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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Sending dates for Christmas

Sending within New Zealand dates

Standard Post, Standard Parcel, Tracked Parcel - Tuesday 20 December

FastPost, Courier Parcel, Courier & Signature Parcel - Thursday 22 December

International sending dates

International Australia South Pacific, Asia, North America, UK & Europe Rest of the world
International Air Wednesday 7 December Friday 2 December Wednesday 30 November
International Courier Monday 12 December Friday 9 December Monday 5 December
International Express Courier Wednesday 14 December Monday 12 December Friday 9 December

YouShop delivery date

Last day to pay YouShop postage for delivery from USA, UK & China is Monday 5 December.

Public holidays

2016 holidays Dates
South Canterbury Anniversary day 26 September 2016
Hawke's Bay Anniversary day 21 October 2016
Labour day 24 October 2016
Marlborough Anniversary day 31 October 2016
Canterbury Anniversary day 11 November 2016
Chatham Islands Anniversary day 28 November 2016
Westland Anniversary day 28 November 2016
Christmas holiday period 25, 26 and 27 December 2016
2017 holidays Dates
New Year holiday period 1, 2 and 3 January 2017

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

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