NZ Post releases Christmas deadlines

Get your gifts to friends and family before the big day.

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Ensuring your Christmas presents arrive by 25 December is as easy as checking out NZ Post’s mail deadlines.

Anyone wanting to send presents to Australia using the cheapest option, International Air, will need to have them away by 10 December.

NZ Post has also released the delivery target for its online shipping service YouShop. Orders from the US, UK, Europe and China will need to be placed by 5 December.

Delivery target - international mailing deadlines

Service Australia South Pacific, Asia, North America, UK & Europe Rest of the world
International Air Wed 10 December Fri 5 December Wed 3 December
International Courier Mon 15 December Fri 12 December Wed 10 December
International Express Courier Wed 17 December Mon 15 December Fri 12 December
Service Deadline
Standard Post, Standard Parcel, Tracked Parcel Fri 19 December
FastPost*, Courier Parcel, Courier & Signature Parcel Tues 23 December
YouShop (from USA, UK/Europe & China) Fri 5 December (international postage paid for)

*FastPost is targeted for next working day between major towns and cities

NZ Post has provided these extra tips to help you get your parcel there on time:

  • Pack it properly – the parcel should be able to travel without being damaged or damaging other items.

  • Check the address using NZ Post’s address checker.

  • Before you go shopping – check the gift you want to buy isn’t a prohibited or restricted item. There are some surprising items on the list, including perfumes, nail polish, cash, toys containing batteries, jewellery and Christmas crackers.

  • Sending overseas? Fill out all Customs documentation and check whether you have to pay Customs duties. It’ll avoid delays at the other end.

  • Ordering gifts online? There are more options now for CourierPost to deliver at a time and place that suits you. Vist and for more information.

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