The following delivery targets are a guide only and we do not guarantee your item will reach its destination within the targeted time.
Nationwide: 3 working days
Australia: 3-6 working days
Rest of the world: 6-10 working days
Faster delivery for documents sent within New Zealand is available by using our Courier service.
Faster delivery for documents sent internationally is available by using our Courier and Express services.
Delivery outside major towns and cities including to and from rural or remote areas may take longer.
How much will it cost to send Standard Mail within New Zealand?
(height x length x width)
Maximum weight incl. envelope
Standard Mail required postage#
(e.g. E9, DLE, DLEE, MaxPop, Cheque Mailer)
130mm x 235mm x 6mm
$1.50 (or 1 x KiwiStamp)
165mm x 235mm x 10mm
260mm x 385mm x 20mm
How much will it cost to send a letter overseas?
(height x length x width)*
Max weight incl. envelope*
Australia and South Pacific*
Rest of the world*
Aerogramme & Postcards
130mm x 235mm
(e.g. E9, DLE, DLEE, MaxPop, Cheque Mailer)
130mm x 235mm x 5mm
165mm x 235mm x 10mm
260mm x 385 x x 10mm
Before you send a letter overseas:
Letters must contain paper based written or printed documents only
Check your letter weighs less than 200gms. If your letter weighs more, then it is a parcel
Check your letter fits within maximum dimensions of 260mm x 385mm x 10mm (height x length x thickness).
If not, then it’s a parcel
Envelopes need an Economy, or Par Avion service sticker in the upper left hand corner.
How to address mail
Check out our guidelines on how to address your items correctly so it reaches its destination on time, every time.
A KiwiStamp will always be worth the required postage to send a letter on the day it is used / mailed (currently $1.50). KiwiStamps purchased now can continue to be used in the future even if the required postage changes.
The below table can be used to determine how many KiwiStamps are required for commonly posted items:
Yes. The KiwiStamp has been designed for easy use on Standard Mail Medium letters, but is also valid postage on all Standard Mail Large and Oversize letters, domestic parcels and most international items. If you're using KiwiStamps in this instance, it's likely you'll need to use a combination of KiwiStamps and denominated stamps to make up the total required postage for the item.
Yes. Stamps are valid postage on most* international items.
If you want to use denominated stamps to send your international mail items, that’s not a problem. Just make sure you’ve got the right postage amount and that the stamps are firmly fixed to your item.
If you want to use KiwiStamps, that’s fine too - but it's likely that you'll need to use a combination of KiwiStamps and other denominated stamps to make up the exact value of the required postage (as KiwiStamps are worth exactly $1.50). Postage costs for sending items internationally is made up of various components such as weight, size and destination you're sending to. This is unlikely to equal the exact value of multiple KiwiStamps.
* There are some international items that you are unable to pay for using stamps. These include International Economy as well as the majority of our business services (which require the use of a PermitPost impression instead of a stamp). When paying for international parcel services with stamps, you are required to pay the GST on the component of postage that is paid for by stamps.
You have asked for, and we have agreed to provide, postal services from New Zealand Post Limited (“Services”). These Service Terms, and the current version of our General Terms, together form the agreement with you to provide the Services. Please read both sets of terms carefully. The current version of the Service Terms applies whenever you use the Services. If the Service Terms are not consistent with the General Terms, the Service Terms have precedence for these Services.
By starting to use the Services, you are deemed to have accepted the General Terms and these Service Terms. No amendments proposed by you apply, unless different terms are specifically agreed with you in writing by one of our General Managers.
Service terms & specifications
The Services and their specifications are set out in the current version of the Postal Users’ Guide (available at www.nzpost.co.nz). If we agree with you to provide other Services to you under these Service Terms, we will provide to you a Service Specification for those Services.
We may open and inspect any item if we comply with the Postal Services Act, and may refuse to accept any item for delivery if we reasonably believe that it does not comply with our agreement with you.
Our prices for the Services are based on our standard rates (sometimes called “card rates”), current at the time you lodge your item for delivery – you may be offered a discount off those rates for some or all of the Services. Different levels of discount may apply to different Service types. The pricing schedule specifies any discounts that apply to the Services you use. If you have a current pricing schedule which specifies a discount, or lower rate for a Service, that discount or rate will apply until the pricing schedule expires or a new pricing schedule is issued. If your pricing schedule does not specify a discount, you must pay the card rate for that Service.
We can only deduct the discounts from the client account codes (sometimes called “TPIDs”) linked to your pricing schedule. Please notify us if you open a new TPID, so we can link it to the correct pricing schedule.
Items franked using a Digital Postal Meter (“DPM”) do not receive the discounts in your pricing schedule. Those items will be charged at the rates set out in the relevant DPM package.
If we re-weigh or re-measure your item, we may charge any higher applicable cost to your account. Our decision as to weight or measurement is final.
Any change in card rates will normally be effective from 1 July in that year, but we may change your discount(s) at any time (but we won’t do this more often than once in any 12 month period). As noted in clause 11 of the General Terms, if you don't want to pay the new prices, you can stop using our Services from the date the new prices apply.
Our liability to you
We are not in a position to know what is in any item given to us for delivery, and we will not be deemed to be aware of the contents. You are not released from your obligation to check the goods comply with the specification for the Service used, just because we have accepted them for delivery.
We limit our liability to you as set out in the Postal Users’ Guide, in particular our liability for the Services is limited to direct loss of, or damage to, your item, and only up to a maximum (including GST) of:
$0 for any letter (less than 260mm x 385mm x 20mm x 1kg);
$250 for any other postal item for delivery in New Zealand or internationally;
$2,000 for any courier item for delivery in New Zealand or internationally,
plus reimbursement of postage costs if the item has been lost plus any additional compensation cover purchased.
We have no liability to you for delay in the delivery of any item. Our delivery targets are a guide only, although we will endeavour to ensure that your item arrives within our delivery targets.
We will not pay compensation for any other direct or indirect loss or damage suffered by you, even if caused by an intentional act or negligence of our employees, unless we are required to by law.
We are not liable to pay compensation for any loss or damage to an item if the loss or damage occurred after delivery or was caused by fraudulent or unauthorised use of our Missed Delivery service.
You must claim any compensation following the process set out in the Postal Users’ Guide, including making your claim within the required time limit, being:
10 days after delivery, for damaged or missing contents;
21 days after sending, for non-delivery of an item to be delivered in New Zealand;
30 days after sending, for non-delivery of an item to be delivered by courier internationally;
90 days after sending, for non-delivery of an item to be delivered by post internationally.
If you intend to make a claim in court against us, that claim must be made in a New Zealand court and made within six months after you gave us the item for delivery. The following carriage of goods provisions of the Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 (Subpart 1 of Part 5) do not apply to the Services:
claims of damage or partial loss under s 274;
limitation of actions under s 278; and
actions by the consignee where they are not a contracting party under s 281.
Your responsibilities to us
You must make sure that:
all items given to us for delivery are correctly addressed to addresses within our New Zealand delivery network or to a country where a postal or courier service exists, and show the correct postage has been paid for the Service used;
you follow all instructions about using our Services in the specifications (ie the Postal Users’ Guide or other specifications provided to you). In particular, you must not give us any item for delivery that is inadequately packaged, contains a Restricted item without complying with the stated requirements, or contains any Prohibited item.
Prohibited and Restricted items are set out in the Postal Users’ Guide. Prohibited items include currency, credit or gift cards, perishables, perfume, aerosols and aftershave; Restricted items include fragile items, jewellery, watches, some electronic devices, original copies of identity, travel, ownership or legal documents, and items valued above the compensation limit of the Service used.
We can stop services
If we terminate Services to you in accordance with the General Terms or under clause 18 below, we will still deliver any of your complying items already in our network.
If we reasonably believe you are using a Service for unlawful purposes, we may terminate that Service immediately, by notice to you. Complying items already in our network will still be delivered.
We may dispose of items which cannot be delivered. You may be required to pay us the costs of disposal or other damages incurred.
Additional Postal Service Schedules apply for:
Approved Items (for lodging Prohibited or Restricted items)