.NZ domain policies

The extension that represents New Zealand is .NZ. InternetNZ administers it while the Domain Name Commission NZ  handles dispute resolution and oversight. 

Registration requirements

Domain names range from two to 63 characters, consisting of lower case letters, digits, and hyphens. IDNs are not available for .NZ domains. OpenSRS offers registrations of .CO.NZ, .NET.NZ, and .ORG.NZ domains. Please refer to the TLD reference chart for more details.

General requirements

  • Registrants do not need to be based in New Zealand, nor does their domain name need to be hosted in New Zealand.
  • Registrants must be identifiable individuals over 18 years of age or properly constituted organizations. 
  • The person named on the register is the legal registrant and therefore holds the license to use that domain name.

Note: Make sure to add these details to your legal contract. When DNC does an audit, the documents to support registration eligibility are required.

Third level .NZ domains

Each second level .NZ domain is designed for a specific type of user:

.CO.NZ Intended for commercial entities.
.NET.NZ Intended for network infrastructures, such as Internet Service Providers.
.ORG.NZ Intended for non-profit organizations

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Domains cannot be transferred within three days of expiry or past the expiry date. The domain must be renewed with the current registrar before the transfer attempt. The expiry date does not change upon transfer.

UDAI code

A UDAI is an eight-character code required to validate a request to transfer a .NZ domain name. UDAI codes are valid only for 30 days. Please get in touch with support to generate a new UDAI code when needed.


Domains may be renewed for one to 10 years. Domains are deleted six days before the expiry date and remain in "pending release" status for 90 days.

To recover the domain name during redemption, please submit a redemption request or contact support via help@opensrs.com.

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