Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives in New Zealand on Sunday for a three day visit.
It's Mr Lee's second visit since he became his country's prime minister in 2004.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said the two countries share common views on many regional issues and he looks forward to constructive discussions.
He said there is a long history of education and defence co-operation. As a key regional hub and gateway to Asia, Singapore is particularly important to New Zealand businesses.
Mr Lee will meet members of the Singaporean community and business leaders in Auckland before travelling to Wellington to meet Mr Key.