Standards & guides

Find out how to address your mail correctly so it reaches its destination on time, every time.

Our guides describe the correct address format and postcode to use when addressing your mail.

  • A quick guide to addressing your letters and parcels (PDF - 76KB): a two-page summary of New Zealand Post’s address standards.
  • Address and layout guide (PDF - 158KB): a longer version of the Address Standards that describes how to address mail correctly. This guide covers every type of address, from apartments to farms, and includes examples to help you get your addressing right.
  • Address standards (PDF - 950KB): details all the essential elements of a valid New Zealand Post postal address. This includes the contents of address lines, formats for different types of address, and acceptable abbreviations.