Meals and ingredients

Cereals

Examples: Oats, barley, rye, rice, flour, quinoa
Allowed if It is listed here:
All commercially manufactured and packaged cereals Rice
Barley – rolled, pearl form, malted barley for brewing purposes Rye – flour, kibbled, rolled
Millet – no seeds Sago
Oats – rolled, bran, groats Tapioca
Psyllium husk - husk only of Plantago seed Wheat – Bulgar wheat, couscous, bran, flour, kibbled, malted wheat for brewing purposes, pearl form, rolled, semolina duram
Quinoa Wild rice
Extra tip: Do not bring whole barley seed, whole oats seed, whole rye seed, whole wheat seed.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

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Meals – commercially made

Examples: Dehydrated camping meals, frozen meals
Allowed if: It has been commercially manufactured and packaged, in its original unopened packaging, does not require refrigeration, and contains less than 5% meat which is stated on the packaging.
Extra tip: Do not bring meals containing pork
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Meals – home-made

Examples: Curry, sandwiches, home dehydrated food
Allowed if: It does not contain meat, jackfruit, breadfruit, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, or honey.
Extra tip: Store your home-made meal within clear packaging. It reduces the chance for it to be opened during an inspection.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Hops

Examples: Pelleted hops
Allowed if:

It is dried, milled, and pelleted and is commercially manufactured and packaged.

Extra tip: Do not bring fresh hops.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Margarine, Vegemite and like products

Examples:

Bovril, Vegemite, Marmite, margarine

Allowed if: It does not contain fresh fruit.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Mustard products

Examples:

Honey mustard, mustard

Allowed if:

It is commercially manufactured and packaged, in its original unopened packaging, and does not require refrigeration.

Weight limit:
  • 10kg, if it contains honey.
  • No limits otherwise.
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Pesto

Examples: Basil pesto
Allowed if: It is commercially manufactured and packaged
Extra tip: Do not bring pasta salad into New Zealand.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Plant oils

Examples: Olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, hemp oil
Allowed if: It is commercially manufactured and packaged.
Extra tip:

Do not bring hemp oil containing tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.  

Note that cannabidiol (CBD) oil has its own rules.

CBD oils

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

 

Pasta and noodles

Examples: Noodles, dried spaghetti, fresh penne
Allowed if: It does not contain liquid honey, loose fresh fruit, loose fresh vegetables, loose raw seeds, citrus peel (not candied), or meat.

If it contains egg it also needs to be commercially manufactured and packaged, in its original unopened packaging, and does not require refrigeration.
Extra tip: Do not bring pasta salad into New Zealand.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Salt

Allowed if: It does not contain bugs, seeds, soil, disease or other plant or animal material.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Sauces and dressings

Examples: Bbq sauce, vinaigrette, soya sauce, tomato sauce, mayonnaise, salad dressings
Allowed if: It does not contain liquid honey, loose fresh fruit, loose fresh vegetables, loose raw seeds, citrus peel (not candied), or meat.  

If it contains egg it also needs to be commercially manufactured and packaged, in its original unopened packaging, the label states less than 20% egg and does not require refrigeration.

Weight limit:
  • 1kg, if it contains egg.  

  • No limit otherwise.

Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Soya

Examples: Soya sauce, tofu, soya flour, soya curd, cooked soya, frozen soya, soya milk, split soya beans, grit beans, kibbled soya beans, tempeh
Allowed if: It is not whole soya beans.
Extra tip: Do not bring whole soya beans.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Starters, enzymes and yeast

Examples: Yeast, brewers kit, scoby, miso paste, koji rice starter, tempeh Starter, kefir
Allowed if: It is commercially manufactured and packaged.
Extra tips: If you are bringing starters, enzymes, or yeast, check with New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority: neworganisms@epa.govt.nz

New Zealand Environment Protection Authority is responsible for the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996. Starters, enzymes and yeast can be new organisms to New Zealand which they would want to check before it enters New Zealand.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Stocks and floss

Examples: Stock cubes, stock flavouring, floss
Allowed if: It is commercially manufactured and packaged, in its original unopened packaging, does not require refrigeration, and does not require further cooking before consumption but may require rehydration or reheating prior to consumption.
Extra tip: Do not bring pork stock and floss products.
Weight limit: 1kg
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Syrup

Examples: Maple syrup, treacle
Allowed if: It does not contain honey.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Vanilla

Examples: Vanilla pod, vanilla extract, vanilla paste, vanilla essence.
Allowed if:

It is extract, essence, paste or dried pods.

Extra tip:

Do not bring fresh vanilla pods.

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

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