Alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco, drugs, and medicines

Wine and beer

Allowed if: It does not contain bugs, seeds, soil, disease or other plant or animal material.
Extra tips:

Check allowances and duty with the New Zealand Customs Service.

Some alcohol items may contain endangered species, like snakes, and those species may be prohibited.

Weight limit: 4.5 litres, if you do not want to pay tax and duties.
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Spirits and liqueurs

Examples: Spirits, bourbon, vodka, gin, whiskey
Allowed if: It does not contain bugs, seeds, soil, disease or other plant or animal material.
Extra tips:

Check allowances and duty with the New Zealand Customs Service.

Some alcohol items may contain endangered species, like snakes, and those species may be prohibited.

Weight limit:

3 bottles (or other containers) each containing not more than 1.125 litres, if you do not want to pay tax and duties.

Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Cigarettes and tobacco

Examples: Cigarettes, tobacco packets, e-cigarettes
Allowed if: It does not contain bugs, seeds, soil, disease or other plant or animal material.
Extra tip:

Check allowances and duty with the New Zealand Customs Service.

Weight limit:

50 cigarettes, 50 grams of tobacco products or cigars, or 50 grams of a mixture of all 3, if you do not want to pay tax and duties.

Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Medication and drugs

Examples: Vitamins, supplement, capsules, Chinese medicine, medicines for animals
Allowed if: It is commercially manufactured and packaged, in its original packaging, and contains less than 2% honey, pollen, or royal jelly. It must be accompanied by a manufacturer's declaration if it contains honey.
Extra tips: If you are carrying prescription medicines or controlled drugs you must have a prescription or letter from your doctor. 

Check with New Zealand Customers Service

Check with The Ministry of Health

Some medication and drugs are protected under a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), like products containing ginseng. They may require CITES documentation to be imported or may be prohibited.

Veterinary medication, vitamins, and supplements items for animals have their own rules to follow.

Steps to Importing - Veterinary Medicines 

Avoid bringing dried plant Chinese medicines as these items can contain pests and diseases.

Weight limit:
  • 3 months' supply, for prescription medicine
  • 1 month's supply, for controlled drugs
  • No limits for other products
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

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