Unmanned Aircraft - Drones

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Unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, are very popular for recreational and business use.

It is important to remember that they're not toys, they are considered aircraft and can create a hazard to people and property, and also other aircraft.

People who fly drones need to know there are safety rules.

Take a look at our drones microsite flyyourdrone.nz and the information below, and if you still have any questions about how to fly your drone safely and legally in New Zealand, please email drones@caa.govt.nz

Related rules

Two Parts of the Civil Aviation Rules apply specifically to drones and other unmanned aircraft.

Intro to Part 101 - Everybody flying a drone must comply with the rules in Part 101, unless they've been granted a variation to those rules by the CAA.
Intro to Part 102 - Part 102 details the requirements for gaining an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate. Anybody flying an unmanned aircraft with a take-off weight of more than 25kg, or requiring a variation from the Part 101 rules must be certificated.

List of Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate Holders

Advisory Circulars provide explanatory information and examples of how to comply with these rules.

FAQs about unmanned aircraft

Read our Frequently Asked Questions about Unmanned Aircraft.

Drone training

These organisations are certified by the CAA to provide training to fly your drone.

Model Flying New Zealand (Part 101)
RPA Skills, Ryan Groves (Part 101)

Aviation Safety Management Systems Ltd (ASMS) (Parts 101 and 102)
Flight Test New Zealand (Parts 101 and 102)
HFT 2016 Ltd trading as Fly UAV (Parts 101 and 102)
Massey University (Parts 101 and 102)
Aviation Training Limited (Parts 101 and 102)


The CAA does not investigate breaches of the Privacy Act. If you think your privacy has been breached by the operator of a drone or unmanned aircraft, please contact the New Zealand Police.

Drone operators should be familiar with privacy implications resulting from misuse of drones. They should always respect people's privacy and stay a considerate distance away from people and private property. They should also ask for consent before filming or taking photographs of people in places where there is an expectation of privacy.

More information about unmanned aircraft

Airspace for Unmanned Aircraft

Report Dangerous Drone Activity

CAA safety promotion products

Post-implementation Review of Parts 101 and 102

RPAS Frequencies

Part 101 and Part 102 Forms - including Compliance Matrixes

Other Unmanned Aircraft

External links


Department of Conservation - Drone use on conservation land


Contact us

If you have further questions, ask the team at drones@caa.govt.nz.