Wondering where you can and cannot fly your drone in New Zealand?

Check out the maps below to find out.

Low flying zones

The orange areas are Low Flying Zones. UAVs are not permitted to fly in any Low Flying Zones.
Military operating areas

The green areas are Military Operating Areas. Permission from the Administering Authority is required.

The blue circled areas indicate a 4km radius around aerodromes.
Restricted areas

The purple areas are Restricted Areas. Permission from the Administering Authority is required.
Control zones

The red transparent areas are control zones. Control zones are managed by Air Traffic Control and extend down to ground level.
Auckland Council zones
These zones are managed by Auckland Council. For more information, please see Auckland Council website.


Military Operating Areas and Restricted Areas include height data in the pop-up tags. To help you understand this information we have included a key below: 

SFC = Surface

FL660 = Flight Level 66,000FT

NOTAM - Notices to Airman (see glossary for further info)


Please note:

  • These maps are intended to depict published aerodromes, aerodrome control zones, Low Flying Zones, Military Operating Areas and Restricted Areas only. Upper level controlled airspace is not depicted which is above 400 feet outside a control zone. There are other types of special use airspace areas such as Danger Areas, which are permanent and also temporary notified via Notices to Airmen (NOTAM). Refer to the AIP for more information under the Permanent and Temporary Airspace links.
  • You can purchase Visual Navigation Charts which depict other types of airspace here
  • The dynamic map may experience reliability issues on some versions of Apple iOS 7. Please see our Terms & Conditions for the browsers and devices we recommend to fully utlise airshare's functionality.

Disclaimer Message

Important: The information contained on AirShare is provided for information purposes only and is not to be relied on as a substitute for a comprehensive knowledge of the relevant laws (including all rules, regulations and by-laws (including the Civil Aviation Rules)) that apply to the operation of UAVs. It is your responsibility to read and understand all such laws and operate any UAVs in accordance with them. Check out airshare’s Terms & Conditions.