Before shopping online, you need to be aware that you may have to pay Customs charges and/or GST on top of the advertised purchase price when the goods arrive in New Zealand. When two or more packages arrive for you at the same time, Customs may combine them as one import for the calculation of duty. The Government does not currently collect GST on lower value goods for practical reasons and a 2011 review found it was not cost effective to collect GST and Customs duty (where applicable) if the amount totals less than $60.
You can use our online estimator What's My Duty to estimate how much duty you may need to pay on many commonly imported items.
You should also be aware of what goods cannot be brought into the country or which goods need approval before bringing in.
Before ordering, make sure of the import regulations as they apply to you, and what charges may be due on the goods you wish to bring in.