A young Kiwi charged with smuggling 75kg of methamphetamine from China was due to return to New Zealand.

Peter Gardner, 25, a New Zealand-born builder living in Australia, faces death by firing squad with fellow accused, Sydney woman Kalynda Davis, 22.

On November 5 the pair flew to China from Sydney. They were booked to fly back to Sydney on November 8 and then onto Auckland just three days later, but were intercepted at Guangzhou Airport allegedly carrying the commercial grade drug.

The New Zealand Embassy confirmed the Consul-General had visited Gardner at a detention centre to check on his well-being. He is the second New Zealander this week to face serious drugs charges overseas. A week ago, Whanganui man Antony de Malmanche was arrested in Bali allegedly carrying 1.709kg of methamphetamine.

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His son, Ashley de Malmanche, feared his father was the victim of an online dating drug trafficking scam.

A local journalist said the 52-year-old had been handed over to police and would be interrogated tomorrow.

Current landlord and friend Michael Jurgens was shocked at de Malmanche's arrest.