You don’t need a license to fly a drone in New Zealand. But you do need to follow the part 101 drone rules, which are New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules.

If you need to fly outside the Part 101 drone rules, you will need to hold a Part 102 unmanned aircraft operator certificate. 

Part 101 rules for drones

Part 102 certification for drones

Training organisations

We recommend getting some training so you understand your responsibilities when flying your drone. A number of organisations provide drone training in New Zealand.

Model Flying New Zealand(external link) (Part 101)
RPA Skills, Ryan Groves(external link) (Part 101)
Aviation Safety Management Systems Ltd (ASMS)(external link) (Parts 101 and 102, UAV Agricultural Pilot Training)
Flight Test New Zealand (external link)(Parts 101 and 102)
Fly UAV(external link) (Parts 101 and 102)
Massey University(external link) (Parts 101 and 102)
Drone Training New Zealand(external link) (Parts 101 and 102)
DroneZup(external link) (Parts 101 and 102, UAV Agricultural Pilot Training)

 Ask us about drones

If you have any questions about this topic, use our contact form, or email drones@caa.govt.nz