Mailing dates & times

See the public and regional holidays that can affect delivery times. Please note that public holidays that fall on weekends may be observed on another day (Friday or Monday).

Public holidays

Public holiday  2024 Dates
New Year's Day 1 January
Day after NYD 2 January
Waitangi Day 6 February
Good Friday 29 March
Easter Monday 1 April
ANZAC Day 25 April
King's Birthday 3 June
Matariki 28 June
Labour Day 28 October
Christmas Day 25 December 
Boxing Day 26 December

Regional anniversary dates

Region 2024 Dates
Auckland 29 January
Canterbury (South) 23 September
Canterbury 15 November
Chatham Islands 2 December
Hawke’s Bay 25 October
Marlborough 4 November
Nelson 29 January
Otago 25 March
Southland 2 April
Taranaki 11 March
Wellington 22 January
Westland 2 December

Please allow one to two extra working days for delivery when sending over the above periods.

Delivery targets

Delivery targets are guidelines only and we do not guarantee that your item will reach its destination within the delivery target. Delivery to and from rural or remote areas may take longer. For the purpose of delivery targets, the day in which a mail item is accepted by us is day zero. If you post an item over the counter in a New Zealand Post retail outlet after that day’s final clearance, day zero will be the next working day.

You can expect that items sent overseas will usually arrive at their destination within the timeframe specified for each service. Because we do not directly control all parts of the delivery chain, we cannot guarantee that your items will always reach its destination within the delivery target. Delivery to areas outside major cities, or where your item is dutiable or held in Customs, may take longer.