Carry-on bags

Find the size, weight and number of carry-on bags that you're allowed.

This applies to flights operated by Air New Zealand. If part of your journey includes codeshare flights or other airlines, please check their allowance as well.

Need more bags?

Carry-on bags allowance

Bag dimensions - height, width and depth.  Total linear dimensions (A + B + C) can be up to 118cm (46.5")


Carry-on size is calculated by measuring a bag's length, width and height (including any wheels and packed away handles), then adding the three measurements together. The total can be up to 118cm (46.5 inches). 

Note: If you are flying on our smaller Q300 aircrafts, the measurement 'C' must not exceed 22cm (8.7 inches).


  • Economy fares get one carry-on bag plus one small item, like a handbag or thin laptop. 
  • Premium Economy, Business Premier™, connecting Business Premier, and Airpoints™ Gold, Elite and Star Alliance Gold members get two bags plus one small item. 


  • Economy carry-on can weigh up to 7kg (15lb). 
  • Premium Economy, Business Premier, connecting Business Premier, and Airpoints Gold, Elite and Star Alliance Gold members' carry-on bags can weigh up to 14kg (30lb) in total, with one item weighing up to 10kg (22lb). 

Got too much?

If your carry-on bag is above your allowance and your fare includes checked bags, you have a few options: 

1. Repack some items into your checked bag
2. Buy a Prepaid Extra Bag to add another checked bag 
3. Pay excess charges at the airport. 

Don't have checked bags in your fare? If you have a seat only booking, you can change your booking to include checked-in baggage.

Restricted and prohibited items

There are some items that are restricted and some that you need to advise us about. Find out which items you can't pack in your carry-on bag.

Children's strollers and car seats

Certain strollers and car seats can be brought on board. To see which strollers and aircraft apply, see travelling with children