you can take into New Zealand
of the most important things to check up on when
planning a visit to a country is its customs laws
and banned items.
Zealand has a reasonable limit for duty-free items,
but if you are caught taking in banned agricultural
things then you can expect an on-the-spot fine.
No excuses are listened to as New Zealand rightly
wants to protect its flora and fauna from imported
who are 17 or older are eligible for duty free alcohol
and tobacco allowances.
smokers can take in 50 cigarettes, or 50 grams of
drinkers can take 4.5 litres of wine, or 4.5 litres
of beer, two bottles containing not more than 1125ml
of spirits, liqueur, or other spirituous beverages
personal items - such as toiletries and jewellery
- are not considered liable for duty or New Zealand's
Goods and Services Tax.
traveller may also take into New Zealand accompanied
goods up to a total value of $700 without worrying
about duty or GST.
are able to take their own property in although
customs officers will be on the lookout for things
that are not what children would "reasonably
expect to own and use".
addition to their allowances, travellers may also
take into New Zealand the following goods without
incurring customs charges. You do need to take the
goods out with you again.
carriages and strollers, binoculars, mobile phones,
laptops, tape recorders, compact disc players, mini
disc players, DVD players, video and motion picture
you can't take them out then Customs may require
a cash deposit to cover the duty and Goods and Services
Tax (GST) normally payable. The deposit will be
refunded when the goods have been exported.
cannot take more than $NZ10,000 cash (or its foreign
equivalent) in or out of New Zealand. If you have
more than this then there are forms you can fill
out called a Border Cash Report.
you don't and get caught then it is a $2000 fine.
you can't take into New Zealand
not take any fruit or plants into New Zealand!
cannot stress how important it is to not take fruit,
animal products, plants or foodstuffs into New Zealand.
Zealand is a group of islands and its economy is
based upon exporting agricultural and horticultural
goods. Customs and agricultural officers view any
breach of the laws extremely seriously and they
don't show leniency.
NZ Customs website advises: "If in doubt, place
all questionable items, especially fruit, into the
marked bins before approaching the immigration area
upon arrival at a New Zealand airport."
are heavy fines so don't take the risk.
banned items include:
and weapons, ivory, tortoise-shell or turtle-shell
jewelry and ornaments, medicines using musk, rhinoceros,
or tiger derivatives, anything made from whale bone
or other marine animals, cat skins or coats.
tranquilisers, depressants, stimulants, cardiac
drugs, and sleeping pills may not be allowed unless
they are covered by a doctor's prescription.
caught trying to import illegal drugs such as marijuana,
cocaine and heroin face severe penalities in New
materials - pornographic DVDs, or films - will be