The first version of The X Factor in New Zealand will travel to 27 locations in early 2013 to find contestants.
A pre-audition tour starts in Queenstown on January 5 and finishes in Kaitaia on Waitangi Day.
Contestants selected at the pre-auditions will then perform in front of the four judges and a live audience.
"I want to encourage anyone who thinks they have what it takes, but is too scared to give it a try, to get up and give it a go. You've got nothing to lose," said former Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, who is one of the judges.
The promoters have already announced that Dominic Bowden is hosting the talent show.
X Factor NZ will be co-produced by MediaWorks and FremantleMedia Australia. NZ on Air is also funding the show. It will screen on TV3.