• Vern Norrgard

How I got drone clearance for my New Zealand holiday

Travelling with a drone is something you don't necessarily do willy nilly, a little bit of research will ensure you don't get yourself into trouble.


When my wife and I were planning a trip to New Zealand, of course I was going to be going nuts with taking photos but I wanted to make sure I was ok to get some from above as well as on the ground.


New Zealand's UAV laws are almost identical to Australia's, not too dissimilar to other places around the world but the big caveat is the national parks which are governed by their Department of Conservation, DOC for short.


This video explains the relatively straight forward process I went through to get clearance to fly.

Further reading to get some more details;


DOC website for recreational drone permits

https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/apply-for-permits/recreational-drone-use/


DOC Map

http://maps.doc.govt.nz/mapviewer/index.html?viewer=docmaps


AirShare

https://www.airshare.co.nz/tourist-questions-answered



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