New Zealand Time and Date

Don't forget to cater for the New Zealand time and date differences when planning, making enquiries, and booking the various components of your holiday.

If you need to contact anyone in NZ, and you make the call in the middle of the day, it may well be in the middle of the night there and you may not even get an answer. Find out the current time in New Zealand before you call.

Hokitika Town Clock, West Coast, South Island - New Zealand Time
Town Clock

As an example of the time difference, 9pm in the UK will be 9am or 10am in New Zealand, depending on if it is in summer or winter months.

There is a clock further down that shows you the exact time in New Zealand no matter which country you are calling from.

Current Time New Zealand Time Zone

The New Zealand zone (NZST) is 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and 2 hours ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Daylight savings is in operation; with clocks adjusted forward 1 hour to be equal to GMT+13 in the summer. This time adjustment happens in October on the 1st Sunday every year.

The summer daylight saving period ends on the last Sunday of March and the clocks are then put back to equal GMT+12.

Of course, being in the southern hemisphere, October is spring and March is Autumn, the opposite to the northern hemisphere.

Local New Zealand Time

This clock shows the hour and minutes of current time in New Zealand right now, a 12 hour clock displaying am or pm, and among other things will help you plan when to make international phone calls to NZ.


NZ is one of the first places in the world to welcome new sunrise every day due to being close to the international date line.

Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands is the first place to see the sunrise each new year being 45 minutes ahead of the main Islands of NZ. On the main Islands, a small town called Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island is the first place to see each new day a it sticks out a bit further towards the dateline than anywhere else on the main Islands.

Clock - New Zealand Time
Historic Railway Clock - Time in Auckland New Zealand