New Zealand power adapters - what plugs are used in New Zealand?

New Zealand power outlet

What adapter do I need for New Zealand?

You will need to pack a Type I plug adapter [3] for New Zealand if your plug doesn't fit in a New Zealand power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting New Zealand all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a New Zealand power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're from America and visiting New Zealand then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a New Zealand power outlet. As the voltage is different in New Zealand you also need to pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a New Zealand power outlet then you can use it in New Zealand without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a New Zealand power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for New Zealand such a Type I plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for New Zealand (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in New Zealand, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for New Zealand to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for New Zealand if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you only need to bring USB devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose one which has a Type I plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for New Zealand.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a trip will leave you with a flat battery quickly, we recommend bringing a portable charger [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone or other devices whilst travelling to an unknown country.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your device in New Zealand please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

New Zealand power adapters

Power adapters for New Zealand

If packing for a holiday it's helpful to know in advance if you can power all your common electrical devices like mobile phones and tablets when you're there. But without knowing which wall socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced charger when you're there which might be incompatible and damage your device. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in New Zealand. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to New Zealand by using a 230 volt 50Hz I Type New Zealand wall outlet, the New Zealanders will use AS/NZS 3112 plugs for power outlets. You will discover most power adapters will change from country to country so we recommend that you read the Wiki Connections travel power adapters guide for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for New Zealand?

The best power adapter for New Zealand will be a Type I plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for New Zealand?

What is a power adapter for a New Zealand power outlet?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an electrical socket in New Zealand to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a New Zealand power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt New Zealand power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Do I need a plug adapter in New Zealand?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in New Zealand then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for New Zealand if I'm visiting from America?

American plugs won't physically fit in a New Zealand power outlet therefore you will need to use a power adapter for New Zealand, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for New Zealand if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a New Zealand power outlet enables visitors from a different location to use their electrical devices in New Zealand by changing the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for New Zealand?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for New Zealand?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

New Zealand power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in New Zealand?

Type I power outlet

What plug sockets are used in New Zealand?

Type I power outlets are used in New Zealand. The plug outlet (technically known as a type I power outlet) can be identified by the 3 slots forming a triangle configuration with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth blades.

Do US plugs work in New Zealand?

No; an American plug won't work in New Zealand because it won't fit into a New Zealand power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. The voltage is 230 volts therefore please use a power converter for New Zealand if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in New Zealand?

To use a 110 volt appliance in New Zealand you will need to bring a step down power converter.

Is the voltage in New Zealand the same as the US?

The voltage in New Zealand is 230 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a New Zealand power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Is a New Zealand power outlet the same as the US?

A US plug won't fit in a New Zealand power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for New Zealand. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage you will need to use a power converter for New Zealand and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in a New Zealand power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a New Zealand power outlet is 50 Hz.

What is access to electricity in New Zealand like?

The entire population has access to electricity in New Zealand.

Is electric reliable in New Zealand?

Although stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in New Zealand is classed as reliable with no history of frequent power cuts compared to other countries.

Should I bring a portable charger to New Zealand?

Although power blackouts in New Zealand aren't regular and power is available throughout the country, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge cell phones.

  • During a trip to New Zealand increased use of mobile phones for storing calendars, taking photographs, social network sharing, getting directions and staying entertained can syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. By packing a portable charger [4] eases those concerns as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered without using a New Zealand power outlet.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will supply enough energy to cover over three full charging cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep an average smart phone powered for up to seven days.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in New Zealand and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling please note that some airlines won't allow you bring portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are designed for travelling.
Should I bring a portable charger to New Zealand?

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

New Zealand chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

Why use a travel USB charger for New Zealand?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable when travelling across different countries which will probably use different power outlets to New Zealand.
  • Good USB chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in New Zealand.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in New Zealand along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in New Zealand might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in New Zealand could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please refer to the guide on using travel appliances in New Zealand for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in a New Zealand power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for New Zealand?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to New Zealand using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand.

Power converters for New Zealand

What is a power converter for a New Zealand power outlet?

Power converters for New Zealand enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt New Zealand power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

An expensive and heavy power converter [12] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a New Zealand power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in New Zealand.

Do I need a power converter for New Zealand?

If travelling to New Zealand from a different region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [13] is needed if you are visiting New Zealand from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt New Zealand power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hairdryers and flat irons with New Zealand power outlets , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting New Zealand from America?

The voltage from a electric outlet in New Zealand is different to a US supply so bring a step down power converter [13] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for New Zealand?

You need a step down power converter [13] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 230 volt New Zealand power outlet.

What voltage does New Zealand use?

New Zealand uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [13] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt New Zealand power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for New Zealand before plugging that into a New Zealand power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt New Zealand power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a New Zealand power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a New Zealand power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a New Zealand power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a New Zealand power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the New Zealand power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a New Zealand power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a New Zealand power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a New Zealand power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a New Zealand power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting New Zealand, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [15].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand - wikipedia web page about New Zealand.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  12. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  13. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  14. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets