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Taking food into New Zealand - Warning!

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We arrived into Christchurch airport on a Quantas flight from Sydney. Onboard we were asked to complete the usual immigration forms which asked a lot of questions regarding foodstuffs and vegetable matter we may be carrying, also whether we had done any hiking in the last month.

We answered the questions truthfully as we were carring food (had been campervanning) and we had been hiking. At the baggage carousel we were approached by a security guard and asked a few questions about what we were carrying. On passing through immigration we were asked a few more specific questions and asked to list what foods we were carrying, which we duly did to the best of our recollection. Our baggage was then scanned and the operative noticed a small tub (50cc) on the screen and asked if we were carrying any tiger balm. My wife said no so the bag was open and he discovered a small pot of honey we had forgotten about and had not declared. Apparently this is a controlled substance in NZ.

We were told to wait for his supervisor who came and took us away to his office and proceeded to give us a telling off and warned that we faced a $200 fine but would have to wait whilst he dealt with an Indian gentleman on our flight who had been found in possession of two illegal bananas! He was fined $200 - The bananas, which had been handed out free to everyone on board the Qantas flight, did prove a tad expensive at $100 a shot! We were given a formal caution and sent on our way.

I fully accept that a country like NZ is right to protect its biolgical integrity particulary as its economy is based upon agriculture but be warned and either do not take foodstuffs in or declare EVERYTHING.
Finally, surely Quantas should issue an onboard warning about their (very expensive) bananas!

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