Drugs and alcohol

Learn about laws and penalties relating to drugs and alcohol, and how to get help for drugs and alcohol problems. Find out about drugs such as methamphetamine and cannabis, liquor licensing, hosting parties and staying safe when drinking.


For our latest safety information, see the Be Safe, Feel Safe booklet below.

Cannabis and the law

Find out what cannabis is, what it looks like, what the laws are against it and what Police is doing to reduce the use and production of this illegal drug. … More

Alcohol – laws and penalties

Alcohol is the most common recreational drug in New Zealand. Read some of the laws, offences and penalties relating to it. It includes what under-18s can and can't do and explains local liquor bans… More

Drugs and alcohol – getting help

Information about, and links to, people and organisations that can help you with drugs and alcohol problems. … More

Illicit drugs – offences and penalties

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 divides illegal drugs into Classes A, B and C, with associated offences and penalties. Drugs may be depressants, hallucinogens or stimulants. Temporary Class DrugMore

Alcohol licences

Find out who needs a liquor licence and where to apply for one. … More

Methamphetamine and the law

Find out what methamphetamine is, what it looks like and what Police is doing to reduce the use of this illegal drug. … More

Alcohol – stay safe when going out

Tips on how to stay safe when you and your friends are out drinking. Includes drink spiking, pubs, clubs and parties, getting home safely and alcohol-assisted sexual assault. … More

'BYO' and 'place of resort' - Guidance on New Zealand Police's approach

The practice of people bringing alcohol to unlicensed venues and community events can raise questions as to whether the practice is lawful, or if the premises is being used as a ‘place of resort’.… More

New drug driving legislation

New illegal limits and tougher penalties for drug-impaired driving … More