New Zealand Drone Regulations


New Zealand Drone Regulations – Updated 6/25/2015

new zealand drone regulations

6/25 Update:  Rule Compliance Matrices added for UAV operators.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand website here are the current New Zealand drone regulations:

  • The operator needs to be able to see the aircraft with their own eyes (eg, not through binoculars, a monitor, or smartphone).
  • The aircraft can be flown only in daylight.
  • Give way to all crewed aircraft.
  • You cannot fly your aircraft higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level.
  • You cannot fly closer than four kilometres from any aerodrome.

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