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Old Dec 21, 19, 6:04 pm
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post
3. New Zealand - You don't specifically need a general permit but most bigger cities are prohibited and a lot of the areas away from the cities are DOC lands, kind of like their natural parks. So you can apply for DOC permits for each province, at about 75 NZD including taxes. I applied for and got approved for the Caterbury area, which will include areas around Lyttleton Harbor and Akaroa Harbor/Banks Peninsula.
While a lot of areas away from the cities are DOC (Dept of Conservation) lands, local Councils control large amounts of land as well. Some councils have very drone friendly policies (e.g. Christchurch), while others seem to want to have nothing to do with them currently (e.g. Queenstown Lakes District).

Christchurch Council has lots of land in Canterbury including on the Banks Peninsula. Much of it has been declared "No Consent Required - Preferred Area" for drones with no need to apply for anything if your drone is under 1.5 kg
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