NZ Post & Covid-19 FAQs

Covid-19 FAQs

This is a challenging time for New Zealand businesses. To help provide some clarity, we’ve summarised key questions and answers.

We know you’ll have a number of questions, particularly around our role as an essential service. Please understand that these FAQs are based on what we know today and may change over the coming days given the fluid environment we find ourselves in.

Is NZ Post an essential business service?

Yes. NZ Post is an essential business service and will continue to operate during alert level 4. This extends to any contractors that provide logistics and courier services on behalf of NZ Post.

All NZ Post retail agencies and franchises have not been deemed an essential service and will be closed from 11.59pm Wednesday 25 March.

What services will NZ Post continue to offer under Alert Level 4?

NZ Post will do everything it can to maintain service levels across courier and logistic services to deliver essential deliveries such as blood, medical supplies, food and essential home items.

All of NZ Post’s retail services including postage and bill payments will be unavailable until further notice.

I am a NZ Post customer but how do I know if I am also an essential service?

Essential businesses and those that support them – for instance in their supply chains - will continue to provide necessities to all New Zealanders. The New Zealand government continues to update its list of what is deemed to be an essential business. If you are unsure if you are an essential business supplier visit

What does NZ Post need from me?

We’ve emailed our business customers to ask about any changes in pick-up location, change in volume and anything else they may need NZ Post to help with. If your business has previously completed this form but your circumstances have changed, please re-submit the form with up to date information using the link on the email provided.

Do I need to change the way I arrange my courier pick-ups and bookings?

No. You will still need to book a courier as per normal.  If your pick-up address and details have changed you will need to advise this at the time of booking your courier. Physical distancing protocols must be adhered to when your courier is collecting your parcels.

Will you have contact tracing in place?

All deliveries are tracked. Under alert level 4, we leave the courier item for delivery in a safe place as nominated by the customer so that no signature is required. In place of a signature, a photo of the item will be taken as proof of delivery. Specific delivery details should be noted on the courier item for delivery. NZ Post are currently switching most email delivery notifications to SMS notifications where the mobile phone details for the receiver are available. If you are part of this change, we’ll notify you.

If I receive a card to say my courier couldn’t deliver my item, what are my options?

If you receive a Card to Call, please follow the instructions on the back of the card to book a redelivery or redirection online. If you are unable to book, and we have not attempted a redelivery within a few days, please contact us to arrange a redelivery.

You can book a redelivery online at or call us direct on 0800 501 501. Please note though that caller demand is high and we recommend using our online services.

Can NZ Post hold my mail or redirect it for me during alert level 4?

Business customers who wish to redirect their mail should lodge their mail redirection online at You will notice a slight formatting matter where a title (Mr, Mrs, etc.) will need to be selected for business name. If you are concerned about this then email the redirection number (given after redirection is submitted) to and the redirections team will fix the format. Standard redirection charges apply for this service.

Will NZ Post hold Courier Post scheduled work?

Yes. NZ Post can hold CP scheduled work if the customer requests this. For modifications to the scheduled work contract, contact your Business Manager.

Is the Parcel Collect service still available?

No. The Parcel Collect service has been suspended and Parcel Collect locations will no longer be an option for Parcel delivery.  All collection addresses will be removed from the NZ Post Locator API.

Any parcels currently in transit or already onsite at a Parcel Collect location will be sent to the closest depot and the customer will be contacted to arrange redelivery to a physical address. Any parcel that is already held at a Countdown supermarket ready for collection will continue to be available.

Will depots be open for collections and drop-offs?

No. Our Depots are closed for collections and drop offs while we are at alert level 4. To arrange a pickup, visit To arrange for redelivery visit, or contact us at

Will NZ Post retail agencies and franchises remain open?

No. All NZ Post retail agencies and franchises have not been deemed an essential service and will be closed from 11.59pm Wednesday 25 March. This will impact the following services:

  • All retail over-the-counter postal and payment services will stop.This extends to sending a parcel domestically or overseas, buying postage included products/stamps and bill payment.
  • Parcel collect service to retail locations/agencies and third parties (such as Countdown) will cease.

Will NZ Post continue to pick up and deliver mail?

Yes. Mail is an essential service and we will continue to pick up and deliver mail.

Will NZ Post deliver to a PO Box?

Yes. Mail is an essential service - therefore Box Lobbies will continue to operate and if the Franchise or Agency has PO Boxes, sorting mail into these PO boxes will continue.

Will NZ Post still be sending international mail and parcels?

NZ Post is currently still sending and receiving international parcels and mail, however the situation is constantly evolving and there may be some delays. For further information on international mail and parcels visit