18 Dec 2023

The dangerous & the bizarre: What items travellers try to sneak into NZ

From Checkpoint, 5:27 pm on 18 December 2023

Although Aotearoa has some of the strictest quarantine regulations in the world, some travellers still try to sneak in items that are not allowed.

In the past three months, quarantine officers seized more than 30,000 items, and fined 2,000 people.

The finds include dried fruit in a milk container, a whole vine of peanuts, and an assortment of seeds in the lining of a suitcase.

Biosecurity New Zealand says frontline teams are ready to tackle the inlux of tourists expected to come through our borders this summer.

Northern regional commissioner Mike Inglis speaks to Jimmy Ellingham.