Prohibited offensive weapons

Offensive weapons other than firearms

These are offensive weapons you are not allowed to bring into New Zealand:

  • Bayonets
  • Knuckledusters, knives incorporating knuckledusters, swordsticks (including, without limitation, any identifiable components of swordsticks), and any weapon disguised to give the appearance of another article*.
  • Any knife having a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in or attached to the handle of the knife (sometimes known as a flick knife or flick gun).
  • Any knife having a blade that is released from the handle or sheath by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force, and that, when released, is locked in place by means of a button, spring, lever, or other device (sometimes known as a gravity knife or butterfly knife).
  • Any knife, with the exception of a folding pocket knife with a blade less than 10 cm in length, that —
    • is designed for ease of concealment on the person; or
    • has a double-edged blade that is designed or suitable for stabbing or throwing (as opposed to cutting); or
    • is a knife of any of the kinds sometimes known as a fist knife, gimlet knife, punch dagger, push dagger, push dirk, push knife, T-handled knife, or throwing knife.

* Note: This includes firearms disguised as other articles, such as walking stick shotguns.

If you want to bring any of these weapons into New Zealand, before you leave your home country apply to New Zealand Police.