New Zealand basks in its
well-earned reputation as a tolerant and liberal
New Zealanders boast of enjoying great
freedoms. Nevertheless, there are particular laws
that are rigorously enforced for the health and
safety of the country’s citizens.
New Zealand’s legal drinking age is 18 years old.
Alcohol is accessible from liquor stores and
supermarkets every day of the week.
metropolitan areas have local rules which forbid
imbibing in alcohol drinks in public places.
If you own driver’s license in your own country, or have an
international driver’s license or driving permit, you are
allowed to drive in the country for up to twelve months
prior to applying for a New Zealand license.
People are allowed to apply for the first stage of the
process of the New Zealand driving license by their 15th
Same as in Australia and the United Kingdom, New Zealanders
drive on the road’s left side. The highway’s maximum speed
is 100kph or 62mph and on busy streets 50kph or 31mph. Rigid
penalties are enforced for speeding, drunken driving, and
not wearing seat belts.
New Zealand has just a hundred miles of motorways
which are divided into multilane.
The majority of
travel in intercity is done on roads which are
two-lane. While these roads are in perfect
condition, the rugged terrain of New Zealand means
that motorists frequently come across steeper grades
and sharper curves than those encountered on the
United States Interstate Highway System.
It is against the law in New Zealand to sell, buy,
import, use, or possess particular drugs. This
includes ecstasy and marijuana.
Visitors are advised
to leave all their firearms in their country of
origin until they have acquired
permanent residence status. They are then allowed to apply
for a Permit to Import and a Firearms License.
Rifles whether semi automatic or bolt action and shotguns
are the most typical New Zealand firearms but these are most
probably owned by farmers or target shooters who are
registered. Except under special circumstances, handguns,
military style and fully automatic weapons are prohibited.
In New Zealand, it is illegal to discriminate based
on race, age, gender, religion, disability, or
To protect its people from the health hazards of
second-hand smoke, smoking in most public areas in
New Zealand including public transport, shopping
malls, bars, pubs, and restaurants is banned. All
places of work are smoke-free. Please remember to
smoke outside if you’re a smoker.
Since the country is an island nation, and the
government is very serious about maintaining its
fragile ecosystem. The MAF (Ministry of Agriculture
and Forestry) enforces strict rules regarding what
can be brought into New Zealand.
People who fail to declare items that could be quarantined
can be penalized up to NZ$100,000 and/or face up to 5 years
People who fail to declare risk items such as seeds, fresh
fruit, and plants can be penalized for as much as NZ$200.
When trying to import a pet, exhaustive veterinary
certification and a period of quarantine are required. Bare
wood products, used shoes for hiking, tools for gardening,
fresh food products, and items such as used carriers for
pets may be confiscated and destroyed by the Ministry of
Agriculture and Forestry.