Duty free allowances

Make the most of your allowances when travelling - use the following as a guide for your duty free allowances in New Zealand and around the world.


To make sure you get the most out of your travel, we recommend you talk with the staff in store to ensure you have the most up to date information for your trip as allowances can change.

The New Zealand Customs allowances

When entering New Zealand you are entitled to a personal goods concession. This allows you to bring in goods free of duty (excluding alcohol and tobacco products) obtained overseas and/or purchased duty free in New Zealand, which have a total combined value of NZ$700. If the value of your goods is over NZ$700 then they may attract Customs duty and goods and services tax (GST).

On entering New Zealand you are entitled to bring in the following quantities of alcohol products free of Customs duty, provided that you are over 17 years of age* and that the goods:

  • Accompany you through the Customs arrival process.
  • Are for your own personal use, or intended as gifts.
  • Are not carried on behalf of another person.
  • Are not intended for sale or exchange.

If the above is applicable the following amounts are allowed duty free:


Cigarettes, cigars, tobacco
  • 50 cigarettes, or
  • 50 grams of cigars, or 
  • 50 grams of tobacco products, or 
  • A mixture of all three weighing not more than 50 grams. 
Alcoholic beverages 
  • Up to six bottles (4.5 litres) of wine, champagne, port or sherry
  • Up to twelve cans (4.5 litres) of beer
  • Three bottles (or other containers) each containing not more than 1125ml of spirits, liqueur, or other spirituous beverages

More information is available on the New Zealand Customs site at www.customs.govt.nz or phone +64 9 275 9059.

Convenient duty and tax free options

There are a number of ways you can take advantage of duty and tax free shopping at Auckland Airport, for example:

  • Buy duty free items from one of the many duty free retailers located throughout NZ licensed to sell tax and duty free products.
  • Select duty free items as you leave Auckland, and pick them up on your return. This is much easier than carrying goods throughout your journey!

Duty Free allowances for other countries

Country
Alcohol
Tobacco
Australia
2.25 litres alcoholic beverage 50 cigarettes or 50 grams tobacco
Canada
1 litre alcoholic beverage
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars
China
1.5 litres alcoholic beverage
400 cigarettes
Fiji
4.5 litres wine or beer or 2.25 litres spirits or liqueur
250 cigarettes or 250 grams tobacco or 250 grams cigars
Hong Kong
1 litre of alcohol
19 cigarettes or 25 grams of tobacco or 25 grams of cigars
Japan
3x 750ml of alcoholic beverage
Residents: 200 cigarettes
Non-residents: 400 cigarettes or 250 grams tobacco
Korea
1 litre of alcohol
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars
Malaysia
1 litre of alcohol
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225 grams tobacco
New Caledonia
2 litres of spirits except Aniseed or Absinthe and 2 litres of wine
200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 400 grams tobacco
New Zealand
Up to 3 litres of spirits or liqueur (conditions apply) plus 6 bottles of wine, port or sherry
50 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 50 grams tobacco
Norfolk Island
1 litre alcoholic beverage
200 cigarettes or 250 grams tobacco/cigars
Samoa
2.25 litres of alcohol
200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco/cigars
Singapore
1 litre spirits and 1 litre wine or beer No cigarettes, all tobacco goods must be declared
South Africa
2 litres wine and 1 litre spirits
400 cigarettes and 250 grams tobacco and 50 cigars
Taiwan
1 litre of alcohol
200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco
Thailand
1 litre of alcohol
200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or equal weight of cigars
Tonga
2.25 litres of spirits or 4.5 litres of wine
400 cigarettes or 500 grams of tobacco/cigars
United Kingdom
2 litres wine and 1 litre spirits
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250 grams tobacco
United States of America
1 litre alcoholic beverage

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 1,350 gms tobacco or combination

*Cuban cigars are not permitted to be imported

Vanuatu
2 litres wine and 1.5 litres spirits
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams tobacco


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