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How to call to New Zealand (country code +64)

LAST UPDATE: April 6th, 2018

New Zealand, Tokelau, Niue, and the Cook Islands are all part of the Real of New Zealand, however each of these regions has their own independent country code. Calls between them should be dialed as an international phone call, and not as a domestic phone call. The Ross Dependency (also part of the Realm of New Zealand) is part of New Zealand's domestic phone system.

Dialing from anywhere in the world

… to a mobile (cellular) phone registered in New Zealand

Use the same call sequence.

New Zealand mobile phone numbers begin with ’02’ (or ‘2’ when included in an international call sequence). The next one to two digits of the mobile phone number designates the mobile carrier.

Calling to a mobile phone that is registered in New Zealand but roaming outside of New Zealand: dial the regular call sequence to a New Zealand mobile phone.

Calling to a mobile phone user currently roaming in New Zealand with a phone that is registered outside of New Zealand: call the country where the mobile phone is registered.

… to a VoIP phone

Dial VoIP phone numbers based in New Zealand with the same call sequence as a regular landline phone.

There are no designated VoIP exchanges in New Zealand.

Calling to a VoIP phone registered in New Zealand with the user roaming outside of New Zealand: dial the regular call sequence to a New Zealand VoIP phone.

Calling to a VoIP phone user currently roaming in New Zealand with a phone that is registered outside of New Zealand: call the country where the VoIP phone is registered.

… to a satellite phone

There are no New Zealand-specific satellite phone systems.

Most satellite phones operate on their country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their call sequence.

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Calling within New Zealand (domestic calling)

‘0’ is used as a long distance trunk prefix used when calling long distance within New Zealand.

Local calling (within the same area code)

When calling within the same area code (or between mobile phones) do not dial the trunk prefix or the area code.

When calling between a landline and a mobile phone that is registered locally, dial the long distance sequence.

seven to eight digits
local phone number

Long distance (between different area codes)

When calling between area codes, or between a landline and a mobile phone that is registered locally, dial the long distance sequence.

0one digitseven to eight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

New Zealand phone numbers explained

Number structure

0one digitseven to eight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Trunk prefix: signifies a long distance call. Only used for domestic calls between different area codes. Not used if called from outside the country.

Area code: connects the call to a geographic part of the country. Area code ‘2’ designates a mobile phone number.

Local phone number: seven to eight digits (eight digits for mobile phones).

An example of a New Zealand phone number

The Te Papa Museum lists its phone number in Wellington as +64 (0)4 381 7000.

Number explanation
644381 7000
country code for New Zealandgeographic (area) code for Wellingtonlocal phone number within Wellington
Local example – dialing from another location in Wellington

Only the local seven digit number is dialed when calling within the same area code.

381 7000
local phone number in Wellington
Long distance example – dialing from Invercargill (on the other side of the country)

The trunk prefix ‘0’ as well as the area code are dialed when calling between different area codes.

04381 7000
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Wellingtonlocal phone number within Wellington
International example – dialing from outside New Zealand

Dial the country’s exit code, followed by New Zealand’s country code of ’64’, followed by the local area code (one digit), followed by the local phone number (seven digits).

exit code644
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for New Zealandgeographic (area) code for Wellington

Area codes

The first digit of an eight New Zealand number represent the area code.

Area codes by region

 

Mobile 2
South Island and the Chatham Islands 3
Wellington Region to Kapiti, but not the Wairarapa and Otaki 4
remaining southern and eastern North Island including Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui (excluding Taumarunui), Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, the Wairarapa, and Otaki 6
Waikato, the Bay of Plenty and Taumarunui 7
Auckland and Northland 9
Cook Islands +682
Niue +683
Tokelau +690

Area codes by city

Auckland 9
Blenheim 3
Christchurch 3
Dunedin 3
Gisborne 6
Hamilton 7
Invercargill 3
Kapiti 4
Levin 6
Masterton 6
Napier-Hastings 6
Nelson 3
New Plymouth 6
Palmerston North 6
Pukekohe 9
Rotorua 7
Tauranga 7
Timaru 3
Taupo 7
Wellington 4
Whanganui 6
Whangarei 9

Special numbers

Number type Starts with… Charge to caller
Operator services 01 Varied
Toll-free (freephone) 0508 or 0800 None
Local access 08 Same as a local call
Premium rate 0900 Premium rate

Toll-free (freephone), local rate, and premium rate calls are not dialed with a leading ‘0’ when called domestically.

An international call to these numbers may not be possible (depending on how the phone number’s owner has it set up) – search for an alternate local number when calling from overseas.

Calling internationally from New Zealand

’00’ is used as an international exit code when dialing an international call from New Zealand.

Phone books, directories, and number lookup

Business

  • Yellow Pages – The New Zealand Yellow Pages is a business directory covering all of New Zealand. It is produced by Yellow. The yellow pages is a category organized directory with primarily business listings.
  • Wises – Also owned by Yellow, Wises is a location and map-based business directory search. It allows for searching for a certain word over the area of a map.
  • Finda – Another Yellow directory, Finda offers map-based results along with reader reviews of different businesses.

Residential

Government

  • New Zealand Government – A to Z – Listing of all government departments with the government of New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Government Directory (unofficial?) – Directory of New Zealand government contacts. It requires a login to obtain any contact information. Does not say that it is “unofficial,” however there is no Government of New Zealand branding on the site, and the domain appears to be registered to a Public Relations firm in Auckland.

Other

Sources and more resources