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Carrying Liquids onto Domestic Flights

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Carrying Liquids onto Domestic Flights

I am flying into Auckland on an international flight and then transfering to a domestic flight to Christchurch.

I thought I had read somewhere that domestic flights within New Zealand do not observe the same liquid restrictions as international flights. Is this true -and is it OK to purchase alcohol on arrival in Auckland and then carry it onto the plane to Christchurch?


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I take it that you arrive NZ via the international terminal, then make your way over to the domestic terminal in Auckland for separate internal flight to Chch?

The carry-on allowance is 1 bag with weight no more than 7 Kg max plus a separate small handbag - security now quite strict on this. I've often carried my duty free ppurchased on arrival into NZ and then transferred to internal Air NZ with no restriction - so long as I abided by the above regulations.

The Auckland forum poster who works at airport will clarify current alcohol/glass restriction, if online. And Andychef or Zappers will know about latest policy also.

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RNO the carrying of liquids ie your duty free booze won't be a problem on domestic airlines. There is still a problem with knives, scissors etc.

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One word of warning here. While it is true that we do not observe the same LAG rules on domestic flights you need to be wary about which flight you are transferring to in Auckland.

If you are getting onto the special international connecction in Auckland (NZ302/NZ303) this is classed as an international flight so the usual rules apply. Do not stock up on duty free ex USA because you will loose it on arrival in Auckland. You will however be able to buy duty free once you have passed through the security check in Auckland and take that onto the flight.

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Hi RNO, I can confirm that what rbmm said regarding special flight NZ303 into CHC and NZ302 into AKL is true. This domestic flight is treated like it's international. It goes in and out of international terminal so the Liquid, Gel, and Aerosol restrictions do apply there.

Other flights do not. :-) Hope it helps.

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5. Re: Carrying Liquids onto Domestic Flights

You will also find that duty free liquor is cheaper in the NZ duty free shops than most places, although specials down town may be even cheaper. Unless you are buying Port or specialty drinks it's probably not worth it.

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