New Zealand is one of the countries that have very strict biosecurity procedures at international borders to prevent the introduction of harmful pests and diseases. All risk goods must be declared or be disposed of in marked amnesty bins at air and seaports.
Generally, you cannot bring in fresh fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, fish, honey and bee products. If you have any of these items with you, dispose of them on your arrival in the marked bins at the airport or seaport.
These are the items that you need to declare:
- Any food
- Animals or animal products
- Plants or plant products
- Equipment used with animals, plants or water
- Items that have been used for outdoor or farming activities
- Alcohol and tobacco
- Prescription medicines
- More than NZ$10,000 in cash
- More than NZ$700 worth of goods
- Other biosecurity risk items
If you are not sure whether the items need to be declared or not, just declare it.
If you don’t declare all the food you are carrying, you will be fined and the food will be confiscated. The fine is hefty which is NZD400. So, better declare!