Sending cut-off dates to target delivery by Christmas

It’s important that your customers know when to order by so their parcels arrive on time.

Our last days to target delivery for Christmas are below but we recommend sending earlier for the best chance of getting your items where they need to be by Christmas and avoiding customer disappointment.

Sending cut-off dates to target delivery by Christmas

It’s important that your customers know when to order by so their parcels arrive on time.

Our last days to target delivery for Christmas are below but we recommend sending earlier for the best chance of getting your items where they need to be by Christmas and avoiding customer disappointment.

Shipping within NZ

To target delivery before Christmas day, your item will need to be sent by the dates below:

  Your item will need to be sent by:
Courier Economy Tuesday 21 December
Courier Thursday 23 December
Express Friday 24 December

With large volumes of items being sent during this period, we recommend sending early to ensure your parcels arrive before Christmas:

  • Courier - Recommended sending date for Christmas Tuesday 21 Dec
  • Courier Economy - Recommended sending date for Christmas Friday 17 Dec

 

Shipping overseas

Commercial

To target delivery before Christmas day, your item will need to be sent by the dates below:

  Australia Asia, South Pacific, South America Rest of the world
Economy Wednesday 24 November Friday 19 November Monday 15 November
Courier Friday 3 December Monday 29 November Wednesday 24 November
Express Monday 13 December Thursday 10 December Tuesday 8 December

Courier Select

To target delivery before Christmas day, your item will need to be sent by the dates below:

  Your item will need to be sent by:
Australia Standard Wednesday 8 December
Australia Express Wednesday 15 December
UK Wednesday 8 December
USA Wednesday 8 December
China (Incl. Hong Kong & Macau) Monday 29 November

 

Shipping to NZ from offshore

Postal

To target delivery before Christmas day, your item will need to arrive and enter our delivery network in NZ by the date below:

  Accepted into NZ Post's delivery network by:
All products 12pm - Wednesday 8 December

Commercial

To target delivery before Christmas day, your item will need to arrive and enter our delivery network in NZ by the dates below:

  Accepted into NZ Post's delivery network by:
Courier 11am - Friday 17 December
Courier Economy 11am - Monday 13 December
Economy (untracked) 11am - Monday 13 December
Bulk Mail and Letters 11am - Friday 10 December

 

Cut-off dates are targets only. Sending by the Christmas cut-off dates gives you the best chance to get your item where it needs to be for Christmas and are correct as of 1 October 2021, but may change due to unforeseen service impacts. The spread of COVID-19 globally has led to reduced airfreight capacity and more recently, stricter lockdown restrictions within certain countries, causing delays to parcels coming in and out of New Zealand. We expect delays to continue for some time.

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