Fish and seafood

Saltwater fish

Examples: Hoki, snapper, tuna, mahi mahi, blue grenadier, fish balls, fish roe, danggit, halibut
Allowed if: It is dead, and it must be identifiable as of 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

We do not have any packaging requirements but you may want to contact your airline or post company to determine if they have any special rules.

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

 Chinese version of this information

 

Salmon

Examples: Smoked salmon, fresh salmon, salmon steaks
Allowed if: It is commercially packaged, headed, filled, and gutted.
Extra tip:

Salmon can only come from Australia, Norway, Canada, and the USA.

We do not have any packaging requirements but you may want to contact your airline or post company to determine if they have any special rules.

Weight limits:
  • 10kg from Australia.
  • 20kg from Norway, Canada, and the USA.
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes

Chinese version of this information

 

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 more than 3 months from the date of manufacture, it only needs to be commercially manufactured and packaged, and in its original unopened packaging.

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

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

 Chinese version of this information

 

Oysters, mussel, squid, octopus, and other shellfish 

Examples: Other types of shellfish include scallops and clams
Allowed if: It has been shelled and has been cooked, dried, or frozen.
Extra tip:

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

Note, that pāua, trout and char cannot be brought to New Zealand.

We do not have any packaging requirements but you may want to contact your airline or post company to determine if they have any special rules.

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.
Extra tip:

We do not have any packaging requirements but you may want to contact your airline or post company to determine if they have any special rules.

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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