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Duty Free

Buying duty and tax free goods at Queenstown Airport is an essential part of every international trip and now there are more reasons to buy! 

No tax and no duty means great savings on a range of products including alcohol and perfume. Queenstown Airport’s Duty Free Store is located immediately after the Customs Counter in the International Departure Lounge.

Duty free allowances

Make the most of your allowances when travelling - use the following as a guide for your duty free allowances in New Zealand and around the world. To make sure you get the most out of your travel, we recommend you talk with the staff in store to ensure you have the most up to date information for your trip as allowances can change.


From 1 November 2014 all tobacco imported into New Zealand will attract duty and GST, except for a limited amount carried by travellers arriving in New Zealand. The duty free limit for travellers will be 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products. There will not be a duty-free allowance for tobacco sent or imported into New Zealand. If you exceed the duty-free limit and you declare the excess cigarettes or tobacco, you will only pay duty on the excess. If you fail to declare it on your Passenger Arrival Card, your cigarettes or tobacco will be seized and you may be prosecuted.

Approximate duty payable by travellers from 1 November 2014

50 cigarettes = $0 duty
70 cigarettes = $13.50 duty and GST (50 are duty-free)
200 cigarettes = $101.50 duty and GST (50 are duty-free)
50 grams loose tobacco = $0 duty
250 grams loose tobacco = $184 duty and GST (50 grams are duty-free)
10 cigars, each weighing 10 grams = $43.50duty and GST (50 grams are duty-free)

The New Zealand Customs allowances

The New Zealand Customs allowances specify: 
A traveller may import the following quantities of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages free of Customs charges, if:

  • The goods accompany them through the Customs arrival process; and
  • The goods are not being carried on behalf of any other person or persons; and
  • The goods are not intended for sale or exchange.

Cigarettes, cigars, tobacco

200 cigarettes, or
250 grams of tobacco, or
50 cigars, or
A mixture of all three weighing not more than 250 grams.

Alcoholic beverages

Up to six bottles (4.5 litres) of wine, port or sherry
Up to twelve cans (4.5 litres) of beer
Three bottles (or other containers) each containing not more than 1125ml of spirits, liqueur, or other spirituous beverages.

Quantities imported in excess of the allowances, or that are housed in containers greater than the maximum stipulated bottle size, are liable for Customs charges.
More information is available on the New Zealand Customs site at or phone +64 9 275 9059. 

Duty free allowances for other countries

Country AlcoholTobacco
Australia2.25 litres alcoholic beverage50 cigarettes or 50 grams tobacco

Duty free liquor and tobacco allowances can change without notice so always check with the duty free sales assistant at the time of purchase.

A Duty Free store is located in the departure gate directly after the Customs Counters. Also in the departure area are café and news agency kiosks.

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