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New Zealand Laws


New Zealand Laws

New Zealand Laws

New Zealand basks in its well-earned reputation as a tolerant and liberal society.

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.

Some 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 birthday.

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 sexual orientation.
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.

Laws in 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 imprisonment.


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.



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