Plant products

Live plants, cuttings, pine cones and bulbs

Examples: Live plants, plant cuttings, branches, leaves, pine cones, bulbs
   Not allowed into New Zealand

 

Flowers

Examples: Fresh flowers, dried flowers, dried flowers heads, lavender pillows, lavender pouches
Allowed if: It is dried or pressed and does not contain bugs, seeds, soil, disease or other plant or animal material.
Extra tip:

Do not bring fresh flowers.

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

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

 

Seeds for growing or sowing

Example: Rose seed
Allowed if:

It follows the instructions outlined in this video: 

It also must have the scientific name labelled on the packaging and must not contain bugs, seeds, soil, disease or other plant or animal material.

Extra tips: Tools the video mentions:

If you are ordering seeds online you will need to talk with your seller to make sure they declare the seeds scientific name on the parcel coming to New Zealand.

Weight limit: Depends on the seed.
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

Chinese version of this information

 

Soap nuts

Example: Soap nut shells
Allowed if: It's only the shell and it does not contain bugs, seeds, soil, disease or other plant or animal material.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

Therapeutic heat bags

Examples: Wheat bags, therapeutic heat bags
Allowed if:
  • It has been used and it is from Australia or New Zealand, or
  • the seeds within the bags are listed as "basic" in the plant biosecurity index. Search the scientific name of the seed in the index and under the "Import Specification Seed for Sowing" column it will show if it is "basic". 
  • Plant Biosecurity Index - search seed scientific name
Extra tips: You can find the scientific name of the seed by searching for it on the web. For example, Sesame Seed's scientific name is Sesamum Indicum.

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

 

Balls filled with seeds

Examples Stress ball, juggling balls, hacky sacks
Allowed if: The seeds within the balls are listed as "basic" in the plant biosecurity index. Search the scientific name of the seed in the index and under the "Import Specification Seed for Sowing" column it will show if it is "basic".
Plant Biosecurity Index - search seed scientific name
Extra tips: You can find the scientific name of the seed by simply searching for it on the web. For example, Sesame Seed's scientific name is Sesamum Indicum.

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

 

Mats

Examples Tapa mat
Allowed if: It does not contain bugs, seeds, soil, disease or other plant or animal material.
Extra tip: Clean and dry your items.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

 

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