Duty free: is Australia or NZ cheaper?

By mspcooper | Oct 08, 2017, 09:16 PM
Anyone have any insight on duty free alcohol purchases, if aus or nz is cheaper?

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By Traveller14 | Oct 08, 2017, 09:49 PM
Australia is not cheap.
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By dimi | Oct 09, 2017, 04:08 AM
You local alcohol store is usually cheaper.
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By large | Oct 09, 2017, 05:44 AM
Never been to a NZ duty free. Adelaide duty free has some good spirit specials e.g. JD, Beam, CC etc.

Wouldn't bother with wine - local bottle shop for me.
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By hakkinen5 | Oct 09, 2017, 08:23 AM
You local alcohol store is usually cheaper.
Agreed. Unless the duty free has a special on, the Dan Murphys are normally just as cheap.

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By kiwiwings | Oct 09, 2017, 09:10 AM
You can check online with Aelia and JR duty free for NZ pick up as they usually offer 20% off online purchases then compare prices to your local stores.
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By Sibelius | Oct 09, 2017, 09:35 AM
In July I picked up 2 x 1-litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire Gin from the duty free in Christchurch airport for NZ$72 (ie. NZ$36 per bottle). Dan Murphy's is currently advertising 1L bottles for A$65.95 each. Dan Murphy's may be cheaper for some products but definitely not for all!
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By mspcooper | Oct 09, 2017, 10:30 AM
I agree with Sibelius. My last purchase was 1L Midori for my wife and 1L spiced rum, both were $20 (per bottle) cheaper in duty free in australia compared to dan Murphys.
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By Joe | Oct 09, 2017, 10:58 AM
Swiss vitamins at SYD airport are highway robbery. At LEAST double the price of supermarket/pharmacy, let alone being even cheaper when supermarket/pharmacy is on sale. They take major advantage of the Asian travel market. I've found Auckland Duty Free to be amazing value when on sale for Aussies. Only problem is you need to purchase at least a day before as items need to be sent to airport. You cannot take a sealed bag with you. HKG and SIN DF can also be great value when on sale. LHR is cheapest for designer labels ironically.
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By blaird | Oct 09, 2017, 12:01 PM
I have found Costco to be one of the cheapest places for alcohol, but I suppose they arent in alot of states yet.

I find them to be cheaper than Dan Murphys, and a fair bit cheaper than Duty Free.
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By Cool Cat Phil | Oct 09, 2017, 03:09 PM
JNB is fantastic for most spirits. Up to 70% off Australian Retail prices. Just about every passenger on QF 64 carries duty free booze off the plane.
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By btaus | Oct 09, 2017, 09:59 PM
JNB is fantastic for most spirits. Up to 70% off Australian Retail prices. Just about every passenger on QF 64 carries duty free booze off the plane.
I'm traveling to WDH via JNB next January, and I'll definitely look at that.

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By KinHo | Oct 10, 2017, 02:32 PM

"I have found Costco to be one of the cheapest places for alcohol, but I suppose they arent in alot of states yet.

I find them to be cheaper than Dan Murphys, and a fair bit cheaper than Duty Free."

You also need to be a member before you can purchase in Costco. I think it cost about $60 per year to join.

Also be mindful if you are transiting when you arrive into Australia. There is the liquid restriction rule when you board the next flight to another city in Australia.
Last edited by KinHo at Oct 10, 2017, 02.36 PM.
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By Yarki | Oct 11, 2017, 10:26 AM

Also be mindful if you are transiting when you arrive into Australia. There is the liquid restriction rule when you board the next flight to another city in Australia.
Last edited by KinHo at Oct 10, 2017, 02.36 PM.

Domestic flights within Australia are not subject to LAG restrictions.
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By KinHo | Oct 11, 2017, 05:07 PM

"Domestic flights within Australia are not subject to LAG restrictions."


This is as per extracted from the travelsecure webpage. 


"Flights within Australia are not subject to restrictions on how much liquid, aerosols and gels you can carry onboard.
However, if you are travelling domestically, but departing from an international terminal (for example, Terminal 1 in Sydney or Terminal 2 in Melbourne—your boarding ticket will confirm if you are departing from an international terminal), you are subject to liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions."



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By Baysider | Oct 11, 2017, 09:52 PM
NZ definitely cheaper for alcohol ! I've purchased rum, gin, scotch and other spirits. Cheaper by more than 10% on most.
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