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Many countries have regulations about when a person is old enough to buy and drink alcohol. Usually they’ll also set limits on the amount you can drink and still drive. However, not every country has the same laws. Check out our guide  and avoid getting into trouble at home or abroad.

Laws New Zealand

Buying and drinking alcohol

In New Zealand, the minimum legal age for purchasing alcohol is 18.

If you are under 18, it is illegal:

  • for someone to sell you alcohol
  • to buy or try to buy alcohol

Drinking and driving

There is some variation in the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration limit for driving in New Zealand:

  • Drivers under 20 years – the legal drink drive limit for drivers under 20 years of age is a BAC level of 0.00%.
  • Drivers over 20 years – the legal drink drive limits for drivers 20 years and over are a BAC level of 0.05% (that’s 50 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of blood in your body).


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