Is home distilling legal?

From 1 October 1996, the Customs Act and Regulations were changed to allow home distilling of spirits. Section 68B of the Customs and Excise Act 1996 provides an exemption from the requirement to have a customs licence to distil spirits at home provided they are exclusively for personal use and not for sale to any other person.

It used to be illegal to distil spirits even for personal use in New Zealand. At one stage, it was even illegal to own the equipment required to carry out distillation. In New Zealand, this requirement was relaxed in1962, which allowed people to own distilling equipment.