Sending letters in NZ

Like the old-fashioned way of doing things? Good on you. See our options for sending letters or postcards throughout NZ.

Sending letters in NZ

Like the old-fashioned way of doing things? Good on you. See our options for sending letters or postcards throughout NZ.

Pricing for Standard Post

Size Dimensions* Max weight* Max thickness* Tracking or Signature Delivery time** Pricing (includes GST)
Medium 
(eg. E9, DLE, cheque mailer) 
130mm x 235mm  500g  6mm  No 3 working days $1.40 
(or 1 x KiwiStamp) 
Large 
(eg. C5) 
165mm x 235mm  500g  10mm No 3 working days $2.70 
Oversize 
(eg. E35, A4) 
260mm x 385mm  1kg 20mm No 3 working days $4.00 

* The required postage to send mail by Standard Post is based on the size and weight of your letter or document.

Looking for something extra?

If you need speed, privacy, security or just extra options, we’ve got you covered. Check out our courier or parcel sending options

What you might need:

  • Send a letter faster?
  • Need tracking or signature?
  • Sending a large or heavy letter? (Items larger than 260mm x 385mm, thicker than 20mm, or heavier than 1kg)

Stamps & packaging

Envelopes

Buy envelopes & stamps

To buy individual envelopes or stamps visit your local PostShop or buy stamps and envelopes in bulk online visit our shop.

Stamp collector?

From collectable stamps and coins, to stamp events & clubs, we’ve got your collecting needs covered.

Sending guidelines

How to address mail

Help us get your items where they're going ASAP, by following our simple addressing guidelines.

Prohibited & restricted

Not all items are suitable for sending by post or courier. Please check that your item is safe to send. 

Mailing dates and times

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

Cover for loss or damage

Learn what you're covered for, and how to make a claim should an item get lost or damaged. 

Sending for business?

Whether you’re a start-up, an e-commerce business, or a large enterprise looking for bespoke solutions, we’ve got your sending needs covered. 

Sending for business?

Whether you’re a start-up, an e-commerce business, or a large enterprise looking for bespoke solutions, we’ve got your sending needs covered. 

Frequently asked questions

Post your mail in the Standard Post slot of a New Zealand Post street posting box or at a NZ Post outlet. Or if you’d like to get a New Zealand Post Business Account and have your mail picked up, talk to us today

You can’t get Standard Post letters picked up. However, you can get pick ups with other options such as courier or parcel services

KiwiStamps are non-denominated stamps, meaning they do not have a specific value (denomination) on them.  

A Kiwistamp will always be worth the required postage to send a letter on the day it is used / mailed (currently $1.40). Kiwistamps purchased now can continue to be used in the future even if the required postage changes.

The below table can be used to determine how many Kiwistamps are required for commonly posted items:

Required postage Medium letter Large letter Oversize letter
Max height x length 130 x 235mm 165 x 235mm 260 x 385mm
Max thickness 6mm 10mm 20mm
Max weight
(includes envelope)
500g 500g 1kg
Standard Post 1 x KiwiStamp    

To calculate the cost to send a letter, please refer Rate Finder

Yes. The KiwiStamp has been designed for easy use on Standard Post Medium letters, but is also valid postage on all Standard Post Large and Oversize letters, domestic parcels and most international items. If you're using KiwiStamps in this instance, it's likely you'll need to use a combination of KiwiStamps and denominated stamps to make up the total required postage for the item. 

Yes. The KiwiStamp has been designed for easy use on Standard Post (domestic) letters, however it is valid postage on all domestic parcels.

Yes. Stamps are valid postage on most* international items.

If you want to use denominated stamps to send your international mail items, that’s not a problem. Just make sure you’ve got the right postage amount and that the stamps are firmly fixed to your item.

If you want to use KiwiStamps, that’s fine too - but it's likely that you'll need to use a combination of KiwiStamps and other denominated stamps to make up the exact value of the required postage (as KiwiStamps are worth exactly $1.40). Postage costs for sending items internationally is made up of various components such as weight, size and destination you're sending to. This is unlikely to equal the exact value of multiple KiwiStamps.

* There are some international items that you are unable to pay for using stamps. These include International Air Registered as well as the majority of our business services (which require the use of a PermitPost impression instead of a stamp). When paying for international parcel services with stamps, you are required to pay the GST on the component of postage that is paid for by stamps.

To calculate the cost to send a letter or parcel internationally, please refer International Rate Finder.