If you plan on traveling to New Zealand, knowing how to identify and use the proper telephone area codes is essential to calling ahead to restaurants, bars, shops, tourist attractions, and government buildings to ensure they're still open or make a reservation.
New Zealand has four kinds of area codes, depending on the device and service you are using: landlines, mobile phones, toll-free numbers, and paid phone services. Each type of phone or service has its own set of potential area codes.
Regardless of the type of phone or service, all telephone area codes in New Zealand start with the number "0." The specific digits in the area codes for landlines and mobile phones depend on the region from which you are calling.
Keep in mind that if you're calling from the United States, you will first need to dial "011" to exit the U.S. phone system, followed by "64," the country code for New Zealand, then the one-digit area code (leave off the preceding "0"), then the seven-digit phone number. When calling from a phone within New Zealand, simply enter one of the two to four-digit area codes then enter the seven-digit phone number as normal.
Landline Area Codes
When using an area code, landline phone numbers are proceeded by two digits, the first of which is always "0." When you are calling a local number from a landline, you do not need to include the area code. The specific area codes for landlines are as follows:
- 03 — All of South Island and the Chatham Islands including Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Nelson, Timaru, and Westport
- 04 — The Wellington Region
- 06 — The rest of the southern and eastern North Island, including Manawatu-Wanganui, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Gisborne, New Plymouth, and Palmston North
- 07 — Waikato, the Bay of Plenty, Hamilton, Rotorua, and Tauranga
- 09 — Auckland, the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, Howick, and Northland
Area codes for all mobile phones in New Zealand are three digits long, always starting with "02," with the next digit denoting the network, but when dialing from a United States phone, you'll only need to enter the last two digits. The most common networks and their area codes are:
- 020 — Orcon
- 021 — Vodafone
- 022 — 2 Degrees (Econet Wireless, NZ Communications)
- 026 — Spark New Zealand
- 027 — Telecom Mobile (Telecom New Zealand)
- 028 — Black + White
- 028 — The CallPlus
- 028 — Compass Communications
- 029 — TelstraClear
Toll-Free Numbers and Paid-Phone Services
Toll-free phone numbers are free to call within New Zealand; however, some may not be available from mobile phones. In any case, TelstraClear (0508) and Telecom and Vodafone (0800) are the only three toll-free networks in New Zealand.
Fees for paid phone services are usually charged by the minute or part thereof, but since rates can vary, check with the provider for specific fees. All paid-phone services in New Zealand start with the 0900 area code.