New Zealand Drone Laws

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General New Zealand Drone Laws:

  • Do NOT fly your drone over 400 feet.
  • Do NOT fly your drone at night.
  • Do NOT fly your drone within 4Km of an airfield.
  • Do NOT operate your drone in a way that may cause a hazard, eg, near people or property.
  • Know your responsibilities as pilot in command of a drone.
  • Always fly your drone within line of sight.
  • Before you fly your drone, check for airspace restrictions – controlled airspace, low-flying zones, danger areas, restricted areas and military operational areas.
  • You must have clear visibility for at least 3 kilometers.

New Zealand Commercial Drone Laws:

Commercial drone operations are allowed in New Zealand as long as they comply with the above general regulations.

Last Updated: July 2015