UCEAP strongly discourages participation in extreme adventure sports, such as bungee jumping, sky diving, rappelling, climbing, motorcycling, and kayaking. Injuries and even death result from participation in such activities.
If you choose to engage in such activities, use caution and common sense. Never participate alone, always carry identification, and let someone else know where you are at all times. Before kayaking, check the river conditions and wear a life jacket. When hiking, rappelling, or climbing, carry a first aid kit, know the location of the nearest rescue center, and bring a friend along.
New Zealand has strict marijuana laws. Cannabis use is controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. Marijuana is scheduled under controlled drugs, Class C of the Act, and more potent forms, such as hashish and cannabis oil, are scheduled under Class B. Possession of any amount of cannabis is illegal and can result in a fine of up to $500 or even a 3-month prison sentence.
Do not attempt to smuggle controlled drugs and temporary class drugs into New Zealand. You will be detained and deported. The importation of such drugs could result in your imprisonment. Be cautious about carrying packages or baggage for strangers.
If you arrive in New Zealand carrying controlled drugs (Class A, B, C, any substance, preparation, mixture, or article) on you or in your luggage (e.g., methadone, cannabis, amphetamine, etc.), you may import it provided that you:
- Declare the controlled drugs on your passenger arrival card.
- Do not have more than one month’s supply of the controlled drug with you – if you have more you will need a license to import from the Ministry of Health.
- Prove to Customs that the drug:
- is required for treating your medical condition
- has been lawfully supplied to you in the country of origin – a letter from your doctor or a valid label on the container with your name and the quantity and strength of the drugs would be sufficient.