The details stated below apply to Air New Zealand operated flights only. If your flight is operated by another airline including Air New Zealand codeshare flights, you will need to check the details with the airline operating the service.

Whether stowed in checked baggage, in your cabin baggage, or on your person, prohibited goods include: briefcases with alarm devices; gases (including camping gas); corrosives such as mercury or wet cell batteries; explosives such as fireworks and flares; flammable liquids such as lighter fuel; flammable solids such as fire lighters and matches; oxidising substances such as bleaching powder; poisonous and infectious substances; radioactive materials and magnetised materials.

Specific requirements exist for the carriage of camping stoves/fuel containers, firearms and any devices with petrol engines. Carriage of these items will require passengers to prepare the items or arrange documentation in advance of the travel date.

It should be noted that devices with petrol engines cannot be carried as checked or cabin baggage and must be consigned as cargo.

Firearms

All firearms and ammunition leaving New Zealand must have a permit, except under specific circumstances (refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) or www.mfat.govt.nz). Additionally, many countries have pre travel clearance requirements that you must apply for prior to travel.

You must notify Air New Zealand at least 2 weeks prior to your date of departure when travelling to the United Kingdom so that we can seek approval for carriage of your firearm on your behalf. For other destinations please notify us of your intention to carry a firearm and or ammunition as soon as possible after you have obtained any required permits.

If you are unsure as to whether you can take something on the aircraft, please ask your travel agent or Air New Zealand for details of the exact requirements.

A guide to dangerous goods

No dangerous goods on aircraft.

Important: Local airport security restrictions may further limit the quantities and conditions of carriage that are shown below. Passengers must ensure they comply with both prior to travelling.

Provisions for Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers Approval of the operator(s) is required Permitted on one's person Permitted in or as checked baggage Permitted in or as carry-on baggage
Disabling devices such as mace, pepperspray, etc. containing an irritant or incapacitating substance are forbidden on the person, in checked and carry-on baggage. - Cross. Cross. Cross.
Electro shock weapons (e.g. Tasers) containing dangerous goods such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc. are forbidden in carry-on baggage or checked baggage or on the person. - Cross. Cross. Cross.
Security-type attaché cases, cash boxes, cash bags, etc. incorporating dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic material, are totally forbidden. - Cross. Cross. Cross.
Ammunition (cartridges for weapons), securely packaged (in Division 1.4S, UN 0012 or UN 0014 only), in quantities not exceeding 5 Kg (11 lb) gross weight per person for that person's own use, excluding ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles. Allowances for more than one passenger must not be combined into one or more packages. Tick. Cross. Tick. Cross.
Wheelchairs or other battery-powered mobility devices with non-spillable batteries, provided that the battery terminals are protected from short circuits, e.g. by being enclosed in a battery container, and the battery is securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid. Operators must ensure that wheelchairs or other battery-powered mobility aids are carried in such a manner so as to prevent unintentional operation and that the wheelchair/ mobility aid is protected from being damaged by the movement of baggage, mail, stores or cargo. Tick. Cross. Tick. Cross.
Wheelchairs or other battery-powered mobility devices with spillable batteries or with Lithium batteries. Tick. Cross. Tick. Cross.
Wheelchairs or other battery-powered mobility devices with Lithium Ion batteries (collapsible), provided that the battery is removed and the battery terminals are protected from short circuits, e.g. by being enclosed in a battery container or the exposed terminals are taped. The wheelchair or mobility aid may then be carried as checked baggage without restriction. The battery must not exceed 300 Wh, or for a device that is fitted with two batteries required for operation, each battery must not exceed 160 Wh. The battery(ies) must then be carried in the passenger cabin. Tick. Cross. Cross. Tick.
Camping stoves and fuel containers that have contained a flammable liquid fuel, may be carried provided the fuel tank of the camping stove and/or fuel container has been completely drained of all liquid fuel and action has been taken to nullify the danger. Tick. Cross. Tick. Cross.
Lithium Ion battery powered equipment containing batteries over 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Spare Lithium Ion Batteries with a Watt-hour rating exceeding 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh for consumer electronic devices. Maximum of two spare batteries may be carried in carry-on baggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. Tick. Tick. Cross. Tick.
Mercury barometer or thermometer carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency. Tick. Cross. Cross. Tick.
Provisions for Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers Approval of the operator(s) is required Permitted on one's person Permitted in or as checked baggage Permitted in or as carry-on baggage
Portable medical electronic devices (Automated External Defibrillators (AED), Nebulizer, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), etc.) containing lithium metal ot lithium ion cells or batteries may be carried in carry on baggage only by passengers for medical use as follows:
  1. no more than two spare batteries may be carried in carry-on baggage only. Spare batteries must be individually protected so as to prevent short circuits (by placement in original retail packaging or by otherwise insulating terminals , e.g. by taping over exposed terminals or placing each battery in a seperate plastic bag or protective pouch);
  2. each installed or spare battery must be of a type which does not exceed the following:
    1. for lithium metal batteries, a lithium content of not more than 8 g; or
    2. for lithium ion batteries, a watt-hour rating of not more than 160 Wh.
Tick. Tick. Cross. Tick.
Avalanche rescue backpack, one (1) per passenger, containing a cylinder of compressed gas in Division 2.2. May also be equipped with a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism containing less than 200 mg net of Division 1.4S. The backpack must be packed in such a manner that it cannot be accidentally activated. The airbags within the backpacks must be fitted with pressure relief valves. Tick. Cross. Tick. Tick.
Carbon dioxide, solid (dry ice), in quantities not exceeding 2.5 Kg (5 lb) per passenger when used to pack perishables not subject to these Regulations in checked or carry-on baggage, provided the baggage (package) permits the release of carbon dioxide gas. Each item of checked baggage must be marked "DRY ICE" or "CARBON DIOXIDE, SOLID" and with the net weight of dry ice or an indication that there is 2.5 Kg or less dry ice. Tick. Cross. Tick. Tick.
Chemical Agent Monitoring Equipment, when carried by staff members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on official travel. Tick. Cross. Tick. Tick.
Heat producing articles such as underwater torches (diving lamps) and soldering irons. Tick. Cross. Tick. Tick.
Oxygen or air, gaseous, cylinders required for medical use. The cylinder must not exceed 5 kg gross weight.

Note: Liquid oxygen systems are forbidden for transport.
Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Small Non-flammable gas cylinder, containing carbon dioxide or other suitable gas in Division 2.2. Up to two (2) small cylinders fitted into a life jacket, and up to two (2) spare cartridges per passenger, not more than four (4) cyliunders up to 50 mL water capacity for other devices. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Alcoholic beverages, when in retail packagings, containing more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol by volume, in receptacles not exceeding 5 L, with a total net quantity per person of 5 L. Cross. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Aerosols in Division 2.2, with no subsidiary risk, for sporting or home use.

The total net quantity of all above mentioned articles must not exceed 2 kg (4.4 lb) or 2 L (2 qt), and the net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kg (1 lb) or 0.5 L (1 pt). Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.

Cross. Cross. Tick. Cross.
Non-radioactive medicinal or toilet articles (including aerosols) such as hair sprays, perfumes, colognes and medicines containing alcohol.
The total net quantity of all above mentioned articles must not exceed 2 kg (4.4 lb) or 2 L (2 qt), and the net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kg (1 lb) or 0.5 L (1 pt). Release valves on aerosols must be protected by a cap or other suitable means to prevent inadvertent release of the contents.
Cross. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Energy efficient light bulbs, when in retail packaging intended for personal or home use. Cross. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Provisions for Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers Approval of the operator(s) is required Permitted on one's person Permitted in or as checked baggage Permitted in or as carry-on baggage

Fuel cell systems, and spare fuel cartridges powering portable electronic devices (e.g. cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers, and camcorders) under the following conditions:

fuel cell cartridges may only contain flammable liquids, corrosive substances, liquefied flammable gas, water-reactive substances or hydrogen in metal hydride;

refuelling of fuel cells on board an aircraft is not permitted except that the installation of a spare cartridge is allowed;

the maximum quantity of fuel in any fuel cell cartridge must not exceed:
1. for liquids, 200 ml;
2. for solids 200 g;
3. for liquefied gases, 120 mL for non metallic fuel cells or fuel cell cartridges or 200 mL for metal fuel cells or fuel cell cartridges;
4. for hydrogen in metal hydride the fuel cell cartridges must have a water capacity of 120 mL or less;

each fuel cell and each fuel cell cartridge must conforms to IEC 62282-6-100 Ed. 1 including amendment 1, and must be marked with a manufacturer's certification that it conforms to the specification. In addition, each fuel cell cartridge must be marked with the maximum quantity and type of fuel in the cartridge;

no more than two spare fuel cell cartridges may be carried in checked baggage, carry-on baggage, or on the person;

fuel cells containing fuel are permitted in carry-on baggage only;

interaction between fuel cells and integrated batteries in a device must coform to IEC 62282-6-100 Ed. 1 including amendment 1. Fuel cells whose sole function is to charge a battery in the device are not permitted;

fuel cells must be of a type that will not charge batteries when the portable electronic device is not in use and must be durably marked by the manufacturer:"APPROVED FOR CARRIAGE IN AIRCRAFT CABIN ONLY".

Cross. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas, up to one (1) per passenger or crew-member, provided that the safety cover is securely fitted over the heating element. These hair curlers must not be used on board the aircraft at any time. Gas refills for such curlers are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage. Cross. Cross. Tick. Tick.
Insulated packagings containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen (dry shipper), fully absorbed in a porous material and intended for transport, at low temperature, of non-dangerous products are not subject to these Regulations provided the design of the insulated packaging would not allow the build-up of pressure within the container and would not permit the release of any refrigerated liquid nitrogen irrespective of the orientation of the insulated packaging. Cross. Cross. Tick. Tick.
Medical or clinical thermometer, which contains mercury, one (1) per passenger for personal use, when in its protective case. Cross. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Non-flammable, non-toxic gas cylinders worn for the operation of mechanical limbs. Also, spare cylinders of a similar size if required to ensure an adequate supply for the duration of the journey. Cross. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Provisions for Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers Approval of the operator(s) is required Permitted on one's person Permitted in or as checked baggage Permitted in or as carry-on baggage
Non-infectious specimens, specimens of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects and other invertebrates packed with small quantities (no more than 30 mL of free liquid alcohol or an alcohol solution) of flammable liquids. Specimens must be placed in vials or a heat sealed plastic bag, the bagged specimens then placed inside another plastic bag with absorbent material, then heat sealed. Cross. Cross. Tick. Tick.

Permeation devices, for calibrating air quality monitoring equipment. The total quantity of Dangerous Goods in each device is limited to 2 mL and the device must not be liquid full at 55ºC.

Each device must be placed in a sealed, high impact-resistant, tubular inner packaging of plastic or equivalent material. Sufficient absorbent material must be contained in the inner packaging to completely absorb the contents of the device. The closure of the inner packaging must be securely held in place with wire, tape or other positive means.

Each inner packaging must be contained in a secondary packaging constructed of metal, or plastic having a minimum thickness of 1.5 mm. the secondary packaging must be hermetically sealed. The gross weight of the completed package must not exceed 30 kg.

Cross. Cross. Tick. Cross.
Portable electronic devices (including medical devices) containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, such as watches, calculating machines, cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers, camcorders, etc., when carried by passengers or crew for personal use. Cross. Tick. Tick. Tick.
All Spare batteries, including lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, for such portable electronic devices may be carried in carry-on baggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits by placement in the original retail packaging or by otherwise insulating terminals (e.g. by taping over exposed terminals or placing each battery in a seperate plastic bag or protective pouch). In addition, each installed or spare battery must not exceed the following quantities:
  1. for lithium metal or lithium alloy batteries, a lithium content of not more than 2 g; or
  2. for lithium ion batteries, a watt-hour rating of not more than 100 Wh.
Note: For larger spare lithium ion batteries refer to item "Spare Lithium ion batteries".
Cross. Tick. Cross. Tick.
Portable electronic devices containing non-spillable batteries, A maximum of two (2) spare non-spillable batteries may be carried. The following requirements apply:
  1. the voltage of each battery must not exceed 12 V and the watt-hour rating must not exceed 100 Wh;
  2. the device must either be protected from inadvertent activation, or the battery must be disconnected and the battery terminals insulated;
  3. each spare battery must be protected from short circuit by insulation of the battery terminals.
Cross. Cross. Tick. Tick.
Radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers or other devices, including those powered by lithium batteries, implanted into a person, or radiopharmaceuticals contained within the body of a person as the result of medical treatment. Cross. Tick. Cross. Cross.
Safety matches (one small packet) or a cigarette lighter that does not contain unabsorbed liquid fuel, other than liquified gas, intended for use by an individual when carried on the person. Lighter fuel and lighter refills are not permitted on one's person or in checked or carry-on baggage.

Note: "Strike anywhere" matches are forbidden for air transport.
Note: "Blue flame" or "Cigar" lighters are not permitted on one's person, carry-on or checked baggage.

Cross. Tick. Cross. Cross.