Duty Free Allowance Information

Whether you're visiting as a tourist or returning home, certain allowances apply to some of the goods you can buy and bring into the country at any one time.  Duty free allowances differ between Australia and New Zealand, however these quantity restrictions are some of the most generous in the world and allow travellers to purchase a range of top liquor, tobacco products, electronics, and beauty brands without paying GST. 

Overview of Australian and New Zealand duty free allowances:

New Zealand - Allowances per adult:

  • No more than three (3) bottles of spirits (maximum volume of 1.125L each)
  • 4.5 litres of wine, port, sherry, champagne (6 bottles) or beer (12 cans)
  • Up to 50 cigarettes or 50g of tobacco products
  • Other goods purchased at overseas duty free stores, for example beauty products, cannot exceed NZD$700

Australia - Allowances per adult:

  • 2.25 L of alcohol (total)
  • 25 cigarettes or 25g of tobacco products, plus one open packet
  • AUD$900 worth of general personal goods or AUD$450 worth of general personal goods if an individual is under 18 years of age

Families can combine their Australian personal goods allowance. This includes fragrance, beauty, travel, electronics and personal use products. For example, two adults may pool their personal goods allowance to purchase goods worth AUD $1800. Alcohol allowances cannot be shared between travellers.

Any goods over the above quantities will be subject to a Customs Duty and Good and Services Tax (GST). This includes individual bottles of liquid of greater volume than 1.125L (NZ) and 2.25L (AU).

Check the travel allowances for each of your travel destinations

Please note that all duty free allowances for Australia and New Zealand are for personal consumption only, and it is every person’s responsibility to check custom allowances for each destination. If you are unsure about your duty free allowances, call Aelia on 0800 TAXFREE (0800 829 3733) from within NZ or +64-09-927 5460 if calling from overseas.

Liquid, aerosols and gels security regulations

Yes! It’s absolutely fine to take liquids, aerosols and gels, including those purchased duty free, on board your flight. Please make sure you read the security regulations regarding carry-on luggage before passing customs and security, particularly if you’re stopping over on your trip.