Mailing dates & times

See the public and regional holidays that can affect delivery times.

Public holidays

Public holiday 2021 Dates
Waitangi Day 6 February
Observed 8 February
Good Friday 2 April
Easter Monday 5 April
ANZAC Day 25 April
Observed 26 April
Queen's Birthday 7 June
Labour Day 25 October
Christmas Day 25 December
Observed 27 December
Boxing Day 26 December
Observed 28 December

Anniversary dates

Province 2021 Dates
Auckland 29 January
Observed 1 February
Otago 23 March
Observed 22 March
Southland 17 January
Observed 6 April
South Canterbury 16 December
Observed 27 September
Hawke's Bay 1 November
Observed 22 October
Marlborough 1 November
Canterbury 16 December
Observed 12 November
Westland 1 December
Observed 29 November
Chatham Islands 30 November
Observed 29 November

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.