If you intend to bring your own firearms into New Zealand, you will need to select from a list of standard firearms during the application and provide the following details:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Calibre
  • Action type
  • Ammunition type
  • Serial number

Bringing in your own firearm is limited to standard hunting rifles and shotguns, and in limited instances pistols when attending a pistol competition.

Prohibited firearms and parts

Certain firearms and parts are prohibited in New Zealand. You cannot bring these items in to New Zealand with you.

Prohibited firearms:

  • Semi-automatic firearm, excluding:
    • a semi-automatic firearm that is capable of only firing 0.22 calibre or lower rimfire cartridges; has a magazine capable of holding no more than 10 cartridges; does not have a lower receiver that can be attached to a centerfire upper receiver to result in a firearm that can function
    • a semi-automatic shotgun with a non-detachable tubular magazine or magazines that cannot hold more than 5 cartridges
    • a small semi-automatic pistol
  • Pump-action shotgun that can be used with a detachable magazine
  • Pump-action shotgun that has a non-detachable tubular magazine or magazines that holds more than 5 cartridges
  • Centrefire pump-action rifle that can be used with a detachable magazine
  • Centrefire pump-action rifle that has one or more non-detachable magazines (tubular or otherwise) that can hold more than 10 cartridges



See Sections 2A, 2B and 2C of the Arms Act 1983 for details on the firearms, magazines and parts that are prohibited in New Zealand. If you aren’t sure if a firearm or part is prohibited, refer to this guide.



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