Drones and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)

Flying is always about safety first and that includes drones. In New Zealand, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) determine the rules that apply to unmanned aircraft and drones. All drone operators must follow New Zealand Civil Aviation rules to keep people and property safe.

It’s dangerous to fly drones anywhere other aircraft are operating, so the Civil Aviation Authority rules state that drones aren't allowed to fly within 4km of an airport or helipad. There may also be controlled or special use airspace which extends beyond the 4km limit. To see a map of these no-fly zones, or to apply for a clearance to fly your drone within controlled airspace, go to

If you breach New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules while flying your drone you could face disciplinary action including prosecution.

Information for drone operators:

  • Fly your drone information from New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for drone operators.
  • AirShare the New Zealand UAV and drone hub, for information about airspace and where you can fly.
  • Airshare FAQ for Visitors to New Zealand information for tourists bringing drones to New Zealand.

    If you still have any questions about how to fly your drone safely and legally in New Zealand, please email

Report unsafe flying

If a drone presents an immediate danger, call 111 and ask for the Police.

To report a rule breach contact the Civil Aviation Authority.

Freephone: 0508 4 SAFETY (0508 472 338)


You will need to provide the time and location of the incident, and any other details about the person flying the drone.