1. The legal age to purchase alcohol

New Zealand's alcohol laws require that the minimum age to purchase alcohol is 18 years. This is called the Minimum Legal Purchase Age for Alcohol.

New Zealand does not have a legal age for drinking alcohol, unlike the United States.

If a young person under the age of 18 was to buy alcohol in New Zealand, they could face a fine of up to $2000. Click here to read the law.

It is illegal for a licensed premises to sell alcohol to a person under 18 years. They may face a fine of not more than $10,000 and/or the suspension of the licensee’s licence for a period of not more than 7 days. Click here to read the law.