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Firearms and weapons

Some weapons are prohibited items which means you can’t bring them into New Zealand. Firearms require a permit from New Zealand Police.

You need a New Zealand Police permit to bring firearms (including airguns) and ammunition into New Zealand. You must get the permit before they arrive in New Zealand. 

Restricted weapons such as stun devices and pepper spray require a permit issued by the New Zealand Police.

Some weapons are prohibited items, and can only be imported if you have a consent to import issued by the New Zealand Police.

This includes:

  • Automatic opening knives such as flick knives or flick guns
  • gravity or butterfly knives (balisong)
  • swordsticks
  • knuckle-dusters

These items are prohibited by the Customs Import Prohibition (Offensive Weapons) Order 2021.