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Alcohol and the legal drinking age in New Zealand

Legal drinking age in New Zealand

Legal purchasing age for Alcohol is age 18 in New Zealand. If parents are present or have given consent to the supplier, the minimum purchasing age is not binding regarding drinking alcohol.

There’s no age at which it is illegal to drink alcohol in New Zealand.

Drinking in the public

It is allowed to consume alcohol in the public; however, any local authority may issue alcohol bans either location or time-based. So, you need to check out the local posted signs and laws. Often the Central Business Districts (CBD) issue bans.

Drinking and Driving

Breath and blood testing is done to determine the alcohol level of a driver.

  • Drivers under 20 years – zero.
    The legal drink drive limit for drivers under 20 years of age is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of zero.
  • Drivers 20 years and over – 250 mcg breath or 50mg blood.
    The legal drink drive limits for drivers 20 years and over are a breath alcohol limit of 250 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of breath and a blood alcohol limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.


Web: Alcohol.org.nz

Another interesting resource…

Web: Drink Drive Calculator (smallman.net.nz)

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