Fish and seafood

Saltwater fish

Examples: Hoki, snapper, tuna, mahi mahi, blue grenadier, fish balls, fish roe, danggit
Allowed if: It is dead, and must be identifiable as marine origin.
Extra tip: Finfish from these Pacific Island countries are considered saltwater fish:

American Samoa Norfolk Island
Caroline Islands Pitcairn Island
Cook Islands Republic of Belau
Fiji Solomon Islands
French Polynesia Tokelau
Kiribati Tonga
Mariana Islands Tuvalu
Marshall Islands Vanuatu
Nauru Wallis and Fortuna
Niue Western Samoa
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Salmon

Examples: Smoked salmon
Allowed if: It is commercially packaged, headed, gilled and gutted.
Extra tip: Salmon can only come from Australia, Norway, Canada, and the USA.
Weight limits:
  • 10kg from Australia.
  • 20kg from Norway, Canada, and the USA.
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

Caviar (sturgeon and salmon)

Examples: Sturgeon caviar, salmon caviar
Allowed if: It is commercially manufactured and packaged, in its original unopened packaging, and does not require refrigeration.
Extra tip:

Note for salmon caviar, if the product indicates a use by date in excess of 3 months from manufacture, it only needs to commercially manufactured and packaged, and in its original unopened packaging

Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Freshwater fish

Allowed if: It is commercially manufactured and packaged, in its original unopened packaging, cooked, and does not require refrigeration.
Extra tip:

This excludes salmon, trout, and char. Salmon has its own rules and trout and char are not allowed to be brought to New Zealand.

Weight limit: 10kg
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Oysters, mussel, squid, octopus, and other shellfish 

Examples: Oyster, mussel, squid, octopus, scallop, clam
Allowed if: It has been shelled and either been cooked, dried or frozen.
Extra tip:

Some seafood can be endangered species, like clams and may be prohibited.

Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Jellyfish

Allowed if: It is dead and commercially manufactured and packaged.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Crustaceans, urchins, and sea cucumbers

Examples: Crab, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, sea urchins, sea cucumber, prawn
Allowed if: It is dead.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Anchovies and anchovy-like fish

Allowed if: It is dead and dried.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Pāua (abalone), trout, and char

Examples Pāua, abalone, smoked trout
  Not allowed to be brought to New Zealand.

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