Most of New Zealand’s urban centres, parks and reserves, have restricted airspace, that requires special clearance from the Civil Authority, or council permission for you to fly a drone there. Although urban centres have stricter rules than open spaces, it’s possible to operate a drone in parks, and reserves, as long as you have the required licensing. When flying the drone, it needs to be kept at a 25m distance from paths, boundaries and playgrounds, and at the same time keeping an eye on animals in the park.
Where Can I Fly My Drone in New Zealand?
The Civil Aviation Authority has set up some rules that regulate the flying of drones for safety reasons, as there has been an increased use of personal drones. The authority has set a maximum drone weight limit of 25kg, with heavier drones requiring special permits. The best place to fly drones is on public property such as parks. A pilot should, however, be familiar with the country’s policies when flying over their land, as different local authorities have various regulations.
Places to Fly Drones in New Zealand
Aoraki/MT Cook National Park; Hooker Valley
The park is made up of rugged rocks of ice, and it brings a scene similar to an ancient landscape. Flying over this land brings an unforgettable experience that is worth your time.
Wanaka airport is strategically positioned and provides a base for drones to land, and take off. Lake Wanaka also offers free airspace, where flyers can operate, as long the drone is within a 4km radius. In case you want to fly further than this, you have to inform the authorities a day in advance.
Drones can be a great source of fun, and before launching that flight, make sure you are familiar with the rules.