Launched in 1987 and was first administered by the Domainz registry operator, later sold to Melbourne IT in 2003.

Third-level .NZ domains

  • .CO.NZ domains – for commercial organizations and businesses
  • .NET.NZ domains – for telecommunication companies, digital agencies and service providers related to New Zealand
  • .ORG.NZ domains – for nonprofit organizations

Administration: By InternetNZ – a non-profit organization dedicated to promote and protect the Internet in New Zealand. The day-to-day operations handled by a subsidiary – NZRS Limited. The Policy development and monitoring registrar activities are done by the Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL)

No. of Domains Registered: 670,000+

Target Customers

  • Individuals, small business owners, freelancers, restaurants, bars, fans of the Lord of the Rings and/or of New Zealand’s stunning nature
  • The locals, known internationally as ‘Kiwis’, show preference to sites ending in .NZ.

Registration requirements

  • Open for registration to anyone from any part of the world
  • Domain name between 3 and 63 characters, which must begin/end with a letter or a number. Also, cannot contain a dash in the third and fourth positions.
  • It may contain letters (a-z, A-Z), numbers (0-9) and dashes (-)