New Zealand Duty Free Allowance for Alcohol and Tobacco

Duty free allowance

New Zealand allows everyone that enters New Zealand to have a duty free allowance for alcohol and tobacco.  You need to be the legal age to purchase, 17 years old, to bring in alcohol and tobacc0. When you bring alcohol and tobacco into New Zealand duty-free, it must be for personal use.


  • 50 cigarettes or
  • 50 grams of cigars or
  • 50 grams of tobacco
  • The tobacco allowances are a total combined limit. You can have a total of 50 grams of tobacco products.

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  • You have two allowances for alcoholic beverages. You can bring the max of both allowances
    • Beer, wine, champagne, port, and sherry are one allowance
    • Spirits and liqueurs are the other allowances

Wine and Beer

  • 4.5 liters of wine, sherry, port, or champagne which is six 750ml bottles or
  • 4.5 liters of beer which is twelve 330ml bottles of beer
  • You can mix and match beer and wine for a total of 4.5 liters.
  • You cannot bring both 4.5 liters of wine and 4.5 liters of beer.

Spirits and Liqueurs

  • 3 bottles of spirits or liqueur up to 1.125 liters per bottle.
  • The max is 3.375 liters, but you cannot bring more than 3 bottles duty-free.
    • 4 750ml bottles will have duty even though it is only 3 liters since you are bringing in more than 3 bottles.

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What was your experience with your New Zealand duty-free allowance of alcohol and tobacco?  Our New Zealand airport guide goes over navigating New Zealand’s international airports.  If you are leaving New Zealand, there are duty-free shops in New Zealand airports. Look at our guide to New Zealand GST refunds if you plan on leaving New Zealand.

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