Can You Fly a Drone in New Zealand? (New Zealand Drone Laws & Regulations)

Theo asked:”Do you know how tight the drone laws are in New Zealand?” We go over the drone regulations in New Zealand and what you need to do to fly a drone in NZ?


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In this video we tell you what you need to know about flying a drone in New Zealand. What are the New Zealand drone laws and the New Zealand drone regulations?

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  1. Y IN THE WORLD on March 15, 2021 at 12:14 am

    I have 2 drones at the moment and recently have basically decided not to buy any more of them, doesn’t matter how good the gadgetry is of the latest DJI drone, the drone laws here are overly restrictive and overregulated, just like other laws for other things. This is why some of us kiwis call our country "the nanny state". Big brother is always watching and the Govt literally has taxes and fees and rules for every single thing you might want to do. And yes, I have spent the time reading drone rules for other countries (China, Hong Kong, Australia, America), and some other countries actually have less strict drone rules than us.

    No more drones for me in the future, it’s just not worth it here. Biggest problem IMHO is expecting people to go to multiple sources of information to follow the rules, ie- CAA leaflet, district council bylaws, DOC rules, airshare maps, and finding landowners… it’s just ridiculous expecting that people will follow ALL the rules when the rules are literally spread out amongst different people and organisations.

    It’s like if you want to drive a car… saying to somebody to attend 3 or 4 different driving schools before they can get a licence. This place man, fricking nanny state. Just like those Lime scooters, suddenly people are using them to the alarmists are in the media now calling for more rules! more laws! more regulations!.

  2. we3fh1b41wr6e5b4r65t on March 15, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Good video, just a few more caught recently around Lake Tekapo due to air space restrictions.

  3. Blazed kiwi on March 15, 2021 at 12:27 am

    contains incorrect spelling
    contains my opinion
    contains swearing, irrational decision making , ignorance , & hate for the nz goverment
    Ranting about some thing else
    if you dont want to read it

    i just bought me my 1st drone rc tech fpv with wifi camera… charged it up took off got a little abbove the roof the wind got it i stoped my user input trying to fly it back bam it had cut the power… had gone two houses down … man i was flipping out…owned it 4 less then 60 minutes and its laying in some 1s yard either on the roof in some black berry … my mate who was spotter and a little more experienced in drones.. managed to walk down a drive and there it was……lesson learnt DONT FLY HIGHER THEN THE HOUSE other wise the wind will take it away and drop it in some 1s drive way or worse on some 1s roof!! that would suck…

    the laws in this country are just crap… TBH fuck the law…
    they cant stop little shit heads robbing shops
    selling drugs from every corner house… so until they can inforce the laws proper and fairly …. sue me and take my drone MFers…ill buy another…

    untill the law is used for FAIR JUSTICE I WONT FOLLOW ALL THESE SHIT RULES…
    maybe im the dick head ruining it 4 others…. how ever this country is a nanny country of social experiments …. cigerettes and world time high 30gram of capstan 59.90… pack of 20’s 26.90 WTF and this is going to stop little intermediate kids doing what there parents do picking up aids infested butts off the road…

    I will fly my drone wherever i want… obviously not near airports thats just ignorant … but i will fly it at the crickets grounds… council dont own it so what the law is saying i have to chase some 1 down on face book or ring multiple #’s to get permission… wouldn’t 1 think written consent… rather then yeh i wrang a number some dude i answer i asked him can i fly a drone in this park. he say yay …..does this not make it only a verbal contract permission … and how does 1 know who truely holds the tittle for the land….

  4. Matthew Zuo on March 15, 2021 at 12:40 am

    I’m planning my second trip to NZ after 4 years. It’s quite annoying DOC suddenly requires permits to fly a drone. Each permit costs like 75 NZD… per region? and only for 3 months? Unresonable and frustrating. I’m not against rules or regulations, but at least DOC needs to cut down processing fee a little. Now they just seem to making it more difficult and unaffordable on purpose.

  5. Aj Dhull on March 15, 2021 at 12:46 am

    From where I can get a drone licence in Rotorua.

  6. ZOSH Party on March 15, 2021 at 12:49 am

    how do we know who the land owner is?

  7. Yoann D on March 15, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Well won’t take my drone for my next trip, how do you know who’s is owning what land ? This is not compatible with a road trip.

  8. Kevin Busch on March 15, 2021 at 12:52 am

    How do i know if i am on a place where i have to ask someone or apply a the council?

    I think there will be some places where you can fly freely?

    I will be in NZ in march and bought a mvic air for that.

    Becuase i don’t know where it would be cool, i will not apply for aaaaall the council areas because it will be pretty expensive

  9. Matthew M on March 15, 2021 at 1:01 am

    What is your tips for spending money on food and how much would you spend and where would you go?

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