Allowances & information

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.

Wine, Beer Spirits Diagram

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. 

Personal goods concessions & gifts

Goods other than alcohol and tobacco, whether purchased overseas or purchased duty free in New Zealand, that have a combined total value not exceeding NZ$700 may also be brought as part of your personal goods concession. If the value of your goods is over NZ$700 then they may attract customs duty and GST.

Customs charges may also be payable on each gift exceeding NZ$110 in value.

Personal effects

If you live in New Zealand and have bought items on The Mall 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.

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.

CountryAlcohol
Australia2.25 litres of alcohol
Canada1 litre of alcohol
China1.5 litres of alcohol
Fiji2.25 litres spirits or liqueur or 4.5 litres wine or beer
Hong Kong1 litre of alcohol
Japan3x 750ml of alcohol
Malaysia1 litre of alcohol
New Caledonia2 litres of spirits (except Aniseed or Absinthe) and 2 litres of wine
New ZealandUp to 3 litres of spirits or liqueur (conditions apply) and 6 bottles of wine, port or sherry
Norfolk Island1 litre of alcohol
Samoa2.25 litres of alcohol
Singapore1 litre spirits and 1 litre wine or beer
South Africa1 litre spirits and 2 litres wine
Thailand1 litre of alcohol
Tonga2.25 litres of spirits or 4.5 litres of wine
United Kingdom1 litre spirits and 2 litres wine
United States of America1 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 :

Flights with no stopovers

If you are travelling on a flight with no stopovers to your final destination (e.g Auckland – Australia) then you will be able to carry these items into your destination. We recommend you check your duty free allowance limits for arrival into that country and cabin baggage allocations for your airline.

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 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.