Know the rules
It’s important to know the rules before you fly your drone. It’s an aircraft, so can be a hazard to people, property and other aircraft. Understanding the rules will help you to keep yourself, your drone and other aircraft safe when operating your drone.
The rules you need to follow are part of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules. Complying with them can also help you avoid fines or prosecution. Here’s a simple to follow checklist of the key rules – there’s also a downloadable brochure, and a Share the Skies video to watch – see below.
Visiting New Zealand and want to fly a drone?
If you’re a visitor to New Zealand and want to fly a drone while here, please read our FAQs around drone use by tourists, to understand the rules.