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Country: New Zealand
Capital: Wellington
Location: 41°16'S 174°26'E
Area: 268021
Population: 4290347
Time Zone: NZST (UTC+12) / Summer NZDT (UTC+13) (Sep to Apr)
Calling Code: 64

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IDN capable: No
Handle Updates: Yes
Registration Period: 1-10 years
Autorenew Grace Period: 0 days
Deletion Timeframe: 1 days prior to expiration date
Registration System: Realtime
WHOIS-Update: Realtime
WHOIS-Privacy: No
Registry: Registry
Dispute Policy: Policy


General Information

Expired .NZ domains: Reducing of renewal term after transfer or restore

Background of the upcoming change:
In the case of a transfer of an expired .NZ domain name or after a restore, the .NZ registry adds a period of 1, 2 or 3 months (depending on the former expiration date) to the domain since the registry supports monthly registration periods. The .NZ registry is charging us the corresponding transaction fee for these months.

However, RRPproxy does not support monthly registration periods for .NZ domain names which leads to differing renewal periods and additional costs for us. Thus, we are forced to take measures to ensure that the domain dates are mapped correctly. In addition, the fee for the extra months must be absorbed.

Effective March 16, 2016, the following will apply to expired .NZ domains names after a transfer or restore:

  • The renewal period within RRPproxy will be reduced (if necessary) from 12 months to 9, 10 or 11 month depending on the expiration date while we charge the fee for the full renewal period of 12 months.
  • The StatusDomain command with Authorization Code (UDAI) will be allowed for .NZ domains which are not active in RRPproxy. This will enable resellers to check the expiration date prior to a transfer:
command = StatusDomain
domain  =
auth    = UDAI
code                                      = 200
description                               = Command completed successfully
property[admin contact][0]                = 
property[created date][0]                 = 2007-06-18 05:39:49
property[nameserver][0]                   = 
property[nameserver][1]                   = 
property[owner contact][0]                = 
property[registration expiration date][0] = 2016-06-18 05:39:49
property[tech contact][0]                 = 
property[updated date][0]                 = 2015-06-05 01:27:38

Please be aware that the auth code / UDAI expires after 30 days. Thereafter, the StatusDomain command no longer works for domains not active in RRPproxy.

Zone Info

.NZ is the so-called country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of the New Zealand.

Zone Use

A .CO.NZ can be used and registered by anyone or any corporation.


  • Minimum: 3
  • Maximum: 63
  • Letters and numbers
  • Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD

Domain Registration

.NZ domains can be registered online through webinterface or API.

command         = AddDomain
domain          =
ownercontact0   = [owner handle]
admincontact0   = [admin contact]
techcontact0    = [tech contact]
billingcontact0 = [billing contact]
nameserver0     = [nameserver1]
nameserver1     = [nameserver2]

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Domain Modification


.NZ registrant changes can be done online through API or webinterface.

command       = ModifyDomain
domain        =
ownercontact0 = [new owner contact]

Domain Renewal

.NZ domains can be renewed through the webinterface or with the corresponding API command.

command    = RenewDomain
domain     =
period     = [renew period]
expiration = [current year of expiration]

Deletion Process

.NZ domains can be deleted online through webinterface or API.

command = DeleteDomain
domain  =


No other restrictions


Transfers are possible.

Transfer Procedure

Transfers can be requested online via webinterface or corresponding API command.

command = TransferDomain
domain  =
action  = request
auth    = [UDAI]

Transfer notes

  • A .CO.NZ Domain Transfer must be initiated with a so-called Authorisation Code (UDAI, generally 8 characters), which can be obtained from the current registrar through the owner or Admin-C of the domain.
  • Please note that the UDAI changes automatically upon certain domain operations (e.g. Updates, Transfer)
  • The UDAI will expire after 30 days, wherefore you might have to request a new UDAI for already existing domain names. To initiate the generation of a new UDAI through the registry, please submit a ModifyDomain command like the following example:
command = ModifyDomain
domain  =
auth    = ... (use a random value, since it will be overwritten by a new UDAI,
which is received by an event a few minutes after the domain update)

Transfer time

A transfer is done immediately.


Restores are generally possible. A restore can be requested via API command or via webinterface.

command = restoredomain
domain  =

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