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.