CITES permitsTo import or export a CITES item to or from New Zealand, you’ll likely need a CITES permit or certificate.
CITES speciesFind answers to frequently asked questions about how CITES is administered and enforced in New Zealand.
Travelling with taongaWithout permits, there is a risk personal taonga made from, or with, animal parts such as feathers and bone or kākahu (cloaks) will be confiscated during your travel.
Traditional medicines and CITES
If you are travelling with traditional medicines to New Zealand, you may need a permit. Find out when you need one and how to apply. This page is available in English and Chinese.
Travelling with elephant products and ivoryRead New Zealand’s CITES requirements for the import and re-export of elephant ivory products.
Trade in elephant ivoryNew Zealand is committed to preventing poaching and illegal trade of elephant ivory. Permits are required for import and re-export of ivory and all other elephant products.
World Wildlife Day competition 2021Be into win one of five prizes by watching a quick 4 minute video, finding out what CITES is, and doing a quick questionnaire. The competition closes 2 March 2021.
Does your luggage break wildlife laws? brochureIf you are travelling with wildlife souvenirs or products, make sure you do it legally.
New Zealand information:
- New Zealand CITES listed species and FAQ
- Does your luggage break wildlife laws?: Brochure for travellers (Available in six Pacific Island languages)
- Travelling with personal taonga | Tō haerenga me ngā taonga (PDF, 639K): Brochure for travellers
- Importing and exporting hunting trophies
Other relevant information:
DOC CITES Officer - Auckland
Phone: +64 9 307 9279
Private Bag 68908
New ton, Auckland 1145
DOC CITES Officer – Wellington
Phone: +64 4 496 1096
PO Box 10420
DOC CITES Officer – Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 371 3700
Private Bag 4715 Christchurch
Mail Centre Christchurch 8140