Visitors may bring in the following items without Customs charges, on condition that they take them with them when they go:
Personal cameras, film, tapes and accessories.
Portable musical instruments.
Portable sound and video reproduction devices including tape recorders, compact disc players, mini disc players, DVD players, and dictating machines with discs and tapes.
Portable radio receivers.
Cellular or mobile telephones.
Portable personal computers (laptops) and accessories.
Baby carriages and strollers.
Wheelchairs for invalids.
If there is any doubt about a visitor’s intention to take an item out of the country, Customs may require a cash deposit to cover the duty and goods and services tax (GST) normally payable. The deposit will be refunded when the goods have been exported.
If visitors wish to bring prescription medicine to New Zealand, Customs recommends the following:
carry a note from your doctor outlining what the medication is, the medical condition it is for, and the quantity you are expected to need during your stay
keep all the medication in its original packaging.
Computers for study
If you are coming to New Zealand for study, and you are bringing your own computer, GST of 15 percent may be payable on it. The GST is assessed on the purchase price, less depreciation for the length of personal ownership and use, plus international freight and insurance.
If the computer is to be re-exported within 12 months, and this is able to be proved when you first bring it in, there is provision for a cash deposit to be taken which will be refunded once the computer has left the country.
If you wish to bring a hunting rifle into New Zealand, you will need a Police Permit to Import. A GST deposit may also be payable, but will be refunded if the rifle is exported again within 12 months.
This detail was last updated on
Monday, 05 March 2012