Bringing food for personal use

All food items brought into New Zealand need to be declared on your passenger arrival card. Biosecurity officers may need to inspect some of the food you're bringing with you.

Food restrictions help protect New Zealand

MPI prohibits or restricts the entry of some food products because they could bring in pests and diseases that:

  • seriously damage our natural resources
  • lower agricultural and horticultural production
  • affect our ability to trade with other countries
  • threaten our economy.

When arriving in New Zealand, you must declare on your passenger arrival card any food you're bringing in. You may also need to show it to biosecurity quarantine inspectors.

No fresh fruit, vegetables, meat or fish

Generally, these foods cannot be brought into New Zealand by travellers:

  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • fresh meat or fish
  • honey and bee products.

If you have any of these items with you, declare them or dispose them on your arrival in the marked bins at the airport or seaport. If you don't declare food items, you will be fined.

Food items you can bring in

Many foods are fine to bring into New Zealand but all food must be declared – even if you think it is allowed. If you don't declare food you're bringing into New Zealand, you will be fined.

Generally, MPI officials at the border will allow in most food that meets these 3 criteria:

  • Commercially prepared and packaged.
  • Shelf-stable.
  • Unopened.

Shelf-stable means that the food will still be edible for at least 4 months without refrigeration.

Weight and volume restrictions for personal food

Limits on amount of food you can bring into New Zealand for personal use:

  • Liquid food (for example sealed fruit juice boxes, tinned soup) – up to 10 litres.
  • Concentrated liquid food (for example concentrated juice boxes) – up to 2 litres.
  • Solid food – up to 10 kilograms.
  • Moisture reduced foods (for example freeze dried tramping meals) – up to 2 kilograms.
  • Spices – up to 1 kilogram.

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Who to contact

If you have questions about bringing food to New Zealand, email

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