NZ Post sets Christmas delivery deadlines

New Zealand Post has set postage deadlines for customers to ensure their Christmas presents are delivered on time.

The logistics provider noted that for domestic parcels and post, the cut off date will be in one month’s time – Thursday 19 December. 

For couriers, that date is extended to Monday 23 December. 

Internationally, the picture looks significantly different. For packages delivered to Australia, post will not reach customers in time for Christmas if it is sent after:

  • 4 December by air
  • 11 December by courier
  • 16 December by express courier 

If a package is being sent throughout the South Pacific, Asia, North America, the UK and Europe: 

  • 2 December by air
  • 9 December by courier
  • 13 December express courier 

To the rest of the world, however, mail will not reach the recipient before Christmas if sent after:

  • 29 November by air
  • 6 December by courier
  • 11 December by express courier 

NZ Post’s YouShop service, which allows New Zealand residents the ability to have packages from overseas business sent to a US or UK address, which will be collected by NZPost and shipped to the customers NZ address, has slightly different cut-off dates. 

YouShop USA will see packages not deliverable on time if sent by economy shipping on the 25 November, while standard shipping will be 2 December. 

YouShop UK, which only offers standard shipping, will miss the date if sent after 2 December. 


NZ Post also notes there will be no mail delivery on the 27 and 28 of December, which could further delay packages. 

The postage provider recently revealed domestic e-commerce players are gaining traction, with over 65 per cent of shoppers preferring to purchase directly from local sites as opposed to international players, in its 2019 New Zealand E-commerce Review.

“Domestic sales growth is outstripping international online sales growth,” said Bryan Dobson, chief marketing officer at NZ Post.

Additionally, the data showed that Kiwi shoppers are transacting online 10 per cent more often on average, compared to 2017.

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