The New Zealand Government is committed to having a thriving and successful UAS sector in this country, and would like to assist businesses interested in testing and developing UAS in New Zealand. Testing and developing UAS in New Zealand will have benefits for the country and encourage rapid uptake once they are commercially available.

New Zealand is a great place to test and develop all forms of technology. Among its advantages are:

  • a risk-based regulatory framework, which enables innovative aircraft and applications
  • central and local government willingness to support trials
  • large, low-density airspace, with a wide range of geographic, climate and airspace conditions
  • ability to create areas of restricted airspace, available for the testing of UAS
  • a trusted, low cost business environment
  • a simple tax system
  • world-class universities and research centres
  • New Zealanders are keen builders and adopters of new technology
  • the appeal of the New Zealand lifestyle and culture.

The document below provides important information on the legal context for testing and developing UAS in New Zealand, and contact people who can help you establish a presence here. 

Testing UAS in New Zealand [PDF, 247 KB]