Prohibited organisms in New Zealand

Snakes, squirrels and sticklebacks are all prohibited from entering New Zealand. You need to confirm that your new organism is not on the prohibited list.

Some organisms are considered very high risk to the New Zealand environment and must never be imported, developed, field tested or released here.

Here are all organisms prohibited in New Zealand:

  • Snakes of any species
  • Venomous reptiles, venomous amphibian, venomous fish, or venomous invertebrate (ie. capable of inflicting poisonous wounds harmful to human health)
  • American grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis gmelini)
  • Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)
  • Musquash (or muskrat) (Ondatra zibethica)
  • Coypu or nutria (Myocastor coypus)
  • Beaver (Castor canadensis)
  • Gerbil (Meriones unguicaulatus)
  • Prairie dog (Cyonomys spp.)
  • Pocket gopher (Geomys spp. and Thomomys spp.)
  • Red or silver fox (Vulpes vulpes)
  • Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus)
  • Mongoose (family Herpestidae) other than Suricata suricatta
  • Any member of the family Mustelidae, subfamily Mustelinae, other than ferrets (Mustela furo), weasels (Mustela nivalis), and stoats (Mustela erminea), and subfamily Lutrinae, other than oriental small clawed otter (Aonyx cineria)
  • Mole (family Talpidae)
  • Any member of the family Esocidae (eg. pikes, muskellunge)
  • Any member of the families Phalangeridae and Petauridae, other than the Australian brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)
  • Stickleback (Gasterosteus spp.)
  • Giant African snail (Achatina spp.)
  • Any predatory snail (Euglandina rosea)
  • Cane toad (Bufo marinus)
  • Negro root (Cassia occidentalis)
  • Skeleton weed (Chondrilla juncea)
  • Cymbopogon schoenanthus
  • Cynanchum (all species), for example, Indian swallowart
  • Hairy thorn apple (Datura metel)
  • Ephedra sinica
  • Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula)
  • Star of Bethlehem, Pua-hoku (Hoppobroma longiflora)
  • Poverty weed (Iva axillaries)
  • Any member of the family Loranthaceae (eg. mistletoe), other than Alepis flavida, Lleostylus micranthus, Peraxilla colensoi, Peraxilla tetrapetala, Trilepidea adamsii, and Tupeia antarctica
  • Any member of the genus Korthalsella other than Korthalsella clavata, Korthalsella lindsayi, and Korthalsella salicornioides
  • Butterbur (Petasites hybridus)
  • Witchweed (all species) (Striga)
  • Strychnine (Strychnos nux-vomica)
  • Tourrettia volubilis
  • Puncture vine (Tribulus terrestris)