Allowances & information
Arriving into Auckland Airport
As an international traveller you are entitled to bring a certain amount/value of goods that are free of Customs duty and exempt Goods and Services tax (GST) into New Zealand. This is called your duty free allowance and personal goods concession.
Duty free allowance - New Zealand
Your duty free allowance entitles you to bring into New Zealand the following quantities of alcohol products free of customs duty and GST provided you are over 17 years of age. Please be aware you do need to be 18 years of age or over to buy alcohol in New Zealand.
Up to six bottles (4.5 litres) of wine, champagne, port or sherry.
Or up to twelve cans (4.5 litres) of beer.
And three bottles (or other containers) each containing not more than 1125ml of spirits, liqueur, or other spirituous beverages.
Customs also require 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; and
- are not intended for sale or exchange.
Quantities of alcohol imported in excess of the allowances, or housed in containers greater than the maximum stipulated bottle size, are liable for Customs charges.
If you live in New Zealand and have bought items whilst travelling you will not be required to pay duties on arrival into New Zealand if:
they are strictly personal clothing, toiletries and personal jewellery (including watches);
they are for your own use and wear; and
they are not for gifting or selling.
All other items, even if purchased for personal use, have an allowance of NZ$700. If the value of your goods exceeds NZ$700, then Customs Duty and GST may apply. This does not apply to alcohol or tobacco which have different limits.
Departing from Auckland Airport
Before you purchase it's a good idea to check your duty free allowance for arrival into your travel destination and be aware of the liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) security restrictions when you are transiting through other international airports. Otherwise your purchase may be confiscated if you exceed the overseas quantity or value limits.
Duty free allowance – other countries
There are legal limits on the amount of duty free alcohol and other goods travellers can take into other international destinations. These amounts will vary depending on the country you are flying into. The following table can be used as a guide, but we always recommend you check the latest limits and exemptions under each country's customs requirements.
|Australia||2.25 litres of alcohol|
|Canada||1 litre of alcohol|
|China||1.5 litres of alcohol|
|Fiji||2.25 litres spirits or liqueur or 4.5 litres wine or beer|
|Hong Kong||1 litre of alcohol|
|Japan||3x 750ml of alcohol|
|Malaysia||1 litre of alcohol|
|New Caledonia||2 litres of spirits (except Aniseed or Absinthe) and 2 litres of wine|
|New Zealand||Up to 3 litres of spirits or liqueur (conditions apply) and 6 bottles of wine, port or sherry|
|Norfolk Island||1 litre of alcohol|
|Samoa||2.25 litres of alcohol|
|Singapore||1 litre spirits and 1 litre wine or beer|
|South Africa||1 litre spirits and 2 litres wine|
|Thailand||1 litre of alcohol|
|Tonga||2.25 litres of spirits or 4.5 litres of wine|
|United Kingdom||1 litre spirits and 2 litres wine|
|United States of America||1 litre of alcohol|
Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs)
Due to airline safety regulations, there are certain restrictions on the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) you can carry onboard the plane. When you collect your purchase from The Mall, you will already have passed through Auckland Airport security, meaning that you’ll be able to board without that restriction. All items sold on The Mall are safe to travel with in your carry-on luggage and will be packed in clear sealed bags for your arrival into your next destination.
However, if your journey includes a stopover or transit at another airport, other restrictions may apply. Here’s some helpful tips below :
Rules for taking food overseas
Taking food on your travels in and out of New Zealand, whether for your personal use or as a gift, might be subject to certain restrictions that you need to familiarise yourself with prior to your overseas trip. These will differ depending on the type of food, packaging and/or a destination country.
Please be advised that compliance to these rules is compulsory to prevent potential disappointment with confiscation. We, The Mall, will not be legally obliged to issue a refund or exchange for a food item purchased that does not comply to these provisions.
Flights with multiple stopovers
If you are travelling on flights with multiple stops and where you leave the airport at your next destination (e.g. Auckland – Singapore – London) then yes, you can buy duty free and other 'liquids' to take with you so long as you:
have access to your checked-in luggage at your next destination
pack your purchases at your next destination into your check-in luggage before continuing your journey
We recommend you check your duty free allowance limit for arrival into that country and cabin baggage allocations for your airline.
Flights transiting through other airports
If you are transiting at another airport to then travel on to your final destination you will be security screened. Any items over 100ml will likely be confiscated at the screening point in compliance with the LAGs security restrictions.
If you are going on a return trip to New Zealand and would like to purchase items that are over 100mls, we recommend that you purchase to pick up on your arrival into Auckland.