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Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

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Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

Hello everyone,

I have read that New Zealand customs are very strict on allowing any food brought in from abroad. I know we have to declare if we do bring in snacks/chocolates. What about domestic flights? I would think that food and snacks are allowed on domestic flights but just want to be very sure. Can someone confirm please? I am flying from Auckland to Queenstown and like to purchase snacks/cold cuts, bread in Auckland for our road trips to Milford Sound and to Mount Cook. My time in Queenstown is pretty short and may not be able to find time to shop at a supermarket. Any suggestions/recommendation as to where the best prices in town are in Auckland and Queenstown are greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

Of course you can take food, either in checked luggage or as carry-on. Even liquids are allowed on domestic flights!!

There are however Supermarkets very close to ZQN so I'd be reluctant to take meat on a long flight.

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2. Re: Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

There are cafes inside the domestic terminal in Auckland to buy snacks, fruit and cut sandwiches. Sandwiches should be fine to eat/keeping quality on a domestic flight to Queenstown. Buy some drinks too so you have something on hand to sip on board or when you arrive.

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3. Re: Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

>>>Even liquids are allowed on domestic flights!!<<<

You can imagine how we were shocked to see someone with a 3-pack of wine boarding a domestic flight!

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4. Re: Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

There is a large supermarket just by the Queenstown airport. A 5 minute drive. The only restriction on flying with food on a domestic flight is having it squashed in your luggage.

You will pass through security on a jet flight from Auckland so anything over 100mls will have to be in your checked luggage and you have the risk of spillage.

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5. Re: Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

@Mike - they have liquid restrictions on domestic flights now?! That is news to me.

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6. Re: Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

I just checked the NZ Aviation security website and for domestic flights only weapons are forbidden (and this may include a kitchen knife), Liquids etc are specifically mentioned in the international flight section.

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7. Re: Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

There are infact three large supermarkets within a 5 min drive of Queenstown Airport. New World is closest (to the left as you drive out). It might be a bit cheaper to buy in Akld, especially if you have more time and have the luggage space.

Domestic security screen for weapons and dangerous items like lighters - I've just barely got through with my SwissArmy pocket knife (the big blade was borderline on their size guide!).

In the last 24months between Akld and Queenstown I've passed through security with: takeaway flat white coffee, multiple bottles of wine, a bouquet of fresh spring flowers (from a wedding), a ziploc plastic bag of lettuce from mums garden, a container of xmas fruit mince pies, frozen ziplocked raw venison and duck, fresh cherries. This weekend I'll have local honey, a zucchini & lemon loaf, and maybe a few fresh zucchini from my garden :-)

Better to buy from supermarkets than airport too... often specials on at supermarkets, and the airport is a captive audience.

Edited: 31 January 2018, 00:46
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8. Re: Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

Yes, food is allowed, but it must fit the Official National NZ Patriot Food list. So, allowed food:

1. Pineapple lumps

2. Proper jet planes

3. Steak and cheese pies (big ben)

4. Flat whites

5. Lamingtons

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9. Re: Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

#8 +1

PLUS cheese rolls if flying out of Southland - AND of course Whitakkers Chocolate!!

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10. Re: Domestic Flights within New Zealand...is food allowed?

Oops, sorry about misleading on the liquids. I was thinking 'international"

Zhuhai, cheese rolls are not just a Southland icon. You can get them anywhere south of the Waitaki. On a recent trip the best ones we had were in Roxburgh, closely followed by a cafe in Milton.. Check my reviews :)

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