Mailing dates & times

Find out when to send your letters, cards, parcels and presents to family and friends to get there before the next special occasion.

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Christmas mailing dates

Within NZ

Standard post, Standard parcel and tracked parcel: Tuesday 19 December

FastPost, Courier, Parcel, Courier and signature parcel: Wednesday 20 December

International

  Australia South Pacific, Asia, North America, UK and Europe Rest of world
Air Wednesday 6 December Friday 1 December Wednesday 29 November
Courier Monday 11 December Friday 8 December Monday 4 December
Express Courier Wednesday 13 December Monday 11 December Friday 8 December

Last day to pay for YouShop parcels

From the USA: Standard - Sunday 3 December; Economy - Sunday 26 November

From UK: Standard - Sunday 26 November

Public holidays

Public holiday Dates
Labour Day 23 October 2017
Christmas Day 25 December 2017
Boxing Day 26 December 2017
New Year holiday period 1 and 2 January 2018
Waitangi Day 6 February 2018
Good Friday 3 March 2018
Easter Monday 2 April 2018
ANZAC Day 25 April 2018
Queen's Birthday 4 June 2018

Anniversary dates

Province Date
Hawke's Bay Friday 20 October 2017
Marlborough Monday 30 October 2017
Canterbury Friday 17 November 2017
Canterbury (South) Monday 25 September 2017
Westland Monday 4 December 2017
Chatham Islands Monday 27 November 2017
Auckland Monday 29 January 2018
Taranaki Monday 12 March 2018
Wellington Monday 22 January 2018
Nelson Monday 29 January 2018
Otago Monday 26 March 2018
Southland Tuesday 3 April 2018

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.

Terms and conditions

The standard terms and conditions of the products and services offered by New Zealand Post Limited, including information on the extent of our liability, are set out in the Public Contract and the Postal Users' Guide. They are also available for reference at PostShop stores and selected New Zealand Post retail outlets.

Delivery Targets

You can expect that items will usually arrive at their destination within the delivery target specified. Because New Zealand Post does not directly control all parts of the delivery chain, we cannot guarantee that your item 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. For information on our delivery targets for international destinations, view our guide to World Zones.

Required postage

The required postage is the value of postage required for New Zealand Post to carry the item. Actual price paid may vary instore. The required postage and specifications are subject to change.

Cover for loss or damage, prohibited & restricted items

Before sending mail items, make sure your item is safe to send and will be covered if it goes missing or is damaged. Make sure you read about cover for loss or damage and prohibited & restricted items.

International Air, International Courier and International Express Courier are trade marks of New Zealand Post Limited.

Next steps

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