How Much “Duty-Free” Can You Bring to Niue?
That’s a pretty common traveller’s dilemma: How much can I splurge at the duty-free shop?! At Auckland Airport, which is the only airport operating flights to Niue, you will be tempted by hundreds of different deals on alcohol and other goods. Otherwise, Niue has some pretty good deals on their more limited supply of alcohol at its arrival duty-free. Plus, with Niue generally being a bit more expensive than New Zealand due to its geographical isolation, you could save a bunch by getting a few supplies before crossing the border. We’ll cover all the duty-free allowances for Niue from alcohol, tobacco and other goods, so you know what you can take with you and what you would have to pay duty for.
How to Declare Duty-Free Goods When Arriving in Niue?
Since there are limits on what you can bring into Niue, you will need to do a declaration when entering the country. You declare goods by completing the Niue Passenger Arrival Card on your flight to Niue and handing it over to Customs and Biosecurity on arrival.
It is important to note that you only have to declare items that you bring into the country that are OVER the allowance stated. If you are within the allowance, you do not need to declare them. You will find more information about the allowance below. If you are over the allowance and declare your goods, you will be charged the normal Niuean tax on those products.
However, in case of doubt, it is best to declare them anyway. There is no penalty or tax for declaring items that you do not need to declare. On the other hand, if you do not declare items exceeding your allowance, then you may be subject to a fine.
Find out more about what else you need to declare in What to Declare When Arriving in Niue.
Duty-Free Allowances for Niue
Every single passenger landing in Niue is allowed to bring with them a certain amount of duty-free items. Here is a breakdown of the duty-free allowances for Niue per passenger.
Duty-Free Allowance for Alcohol
Every passenger 18 years old and older is allowed to import one of the following into Niue:
- 3 bottles of spirits – 3.5 litres (118 oz) or smaller OR
- 3 bottles of wine – 3 litres (101 oz) or smaller OR
- Beer cans – 8 litres (270 oz) total allowance OR
- A combination of the above that does not exceed 3.5 litres (118 oz).
It is worth noting that bringing beer in glass bottles is not allowed in Niue.
Duty-Free Allowance for Tobacco, Cigarettes and Cigars
There are very strict limitations on the import of tobacco products into Niue. As such, every passenger 18 years old and older is only allowed to bring:
- 50 cigarettes OR
- 50g of tobacco.
Hanan Airport is the only place in Niue where you are able to purchase duty-free tobacco when available.
Other Duty-Free Allowances
Each passenger may also bring duty-free goods, including gifts and souvenirs, into Niue as long as the combined value of the goods does not exceed NZ$500. This does not include alcohol and tobacco which have their own allowances (see above).
Other Duty-Free Restrictions
There are a few restricted imports for Niue that may affect passengers travelling from New Zealand, including:
- It is forbidden to import glass-bottled beer
- Firearms are also a restricted import in Niue
- Ammunition is a restricted import
- All food items MUST be declared when entering Niue, and yes, that means even your sandwich.
To help you understand these restrictions further, we’ve made an in-depth guide on What to Declare When Arriving in Niue.
Duty-Free Shopping in Niue
There is also the opportunity to buy duty-free goods on arrival into Niue (just alcohol and sometimes tobacco). Passengers also have the option to purchase duty-free alcohol from the Bond Store (Swanson Complex) at duty-free prices within three days of arrival.
Find out more about where to buy duty-free goods in Niue in The Guide to Duty-Free Shopping in Niue.
Duty-Free Allowance to Travel Back to Auckland Airport
Because the only flight to and from Niue is linked to Auckland Airport, when travelling to New Zealand, you may be subject to the New Zealand duty-free allowances. This only applies to passengers that will leave the airport in Auckland. If you are only transiting and staying in the international zone, you will be able to carry to whatever restriction your next port of entry has.
New Zealand Duty-Free Allowances
For each passenger 17 years old or older you can bring back to New Zealand:
- 3 bottles of up to 1.125 millilitres each OR 2.5 litres of wine OR 2.5 litres of beer
- 200 cigarettes OR 250 grams of tobacco OR 50 cigars OR a combination not exceeding 250 grams.
Australia Duty-Free Allowances
And just because we know there are a lot of Australians visiting Niue too, here is what you can bring back to Oz from Niue:
For each passenger 18 years old or older you can bring back to Australia:
- 2.25 litres of alcohol
- 50 cigarettes OR 50 grams of tobacco or cigars.
More About Duty-Free Allowances for Niue and Other Travel Tips
That’s it for the guide to duty-free allowances for Niue. Find out more about what you can and cannot bring to Niue in the following guides:
- Taking Food to Niue: What You Need to Know
- Arrival Advice: Biosecurity and Customs in Niue
- Cheapest Airport Transfer Options in Niue