Zone - .NZ
Top Level - .NZ Requirements
Allowed character length
3 - 63 characters
a-z, 0-9, MUST NOT contain two consecutive hyphens in the third and fourth character positions and MUST NOT start or end with a hyphen.
Transfer locks possible
Renewal on transfer
UDAI (Unique Domain Authentication ID / Authcode)
A UDAI is a unique eight-digit code needed to transfer a .nz domain name from one Registrar to another. If a domain name is conflicted, a UDAI is also needed to take part in the Conflicted Name Process. Please contact Support or your Account Manager to obtain your UDAI
Click here to validate your UDAI
1 - 10
1 day prior to paid until date
There are no restrictions for to top level of .nz however the rules below apply to the following second-level domains:
.ac.nz – Tertiary educational institutions and related organisations
.co.nz – Organisations pursuing commercial aims and purposes
.geek.nz – For people who are concentrative, technically skilled and imaginative who are generally adept with computers
.gen.nz – Individuals and other organisations not covered elsewhere
.kiwi.nz – For people or organisations that associate with being 'Kiwi'
.maori.nz – Māori people, groups, and organisations
.net.nz – Organisations and service providers directly related to the NZ Internet
.org.nz – Not-for-profit organisations
.school.nz – Primary, secondary and pre-schools and related organisations
Article update as of July 2021
Further information is now available regarding the delegation requirements of the .NZ top level domain.
This is only applicable if a domain license holder/registrant has been delegated the .NZ equivalent of a second level domain in the .NZ namespace, such as .co.nz or .org.nz being delegated ownership over their .NZ counterpart, as determined by the Domain Name Commission NZ (DNC)
Should you be wanting to check availability of a .NZ domain, you can confirm whether a .NZ domain has its ownership delegated to another registrant by using the 'Lookup domain details (whois)' tool on the DNC website
If you are a delegated registrant, please ensure you supply the exact whois contact details as found under your delegated domain. A mismatch in Owner/Admin/Billing/Tech contact details may result in failure to register your delegated .NZ domain.
Please contact your Account Manager if you are planning on registering a .NZ domain, as the same UDAI code (a.k.a EPP Code/ Domain Password) of your delegated domain must be used to complete the registration.