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

New Zealand power outlet

What adapter do I need for New Zealand?

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 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 your 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 is unable to 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.

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

Background

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. We also recommend referring to the New Zealand Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

New Zealand power adapters

What is the best power adapter for New Zealand?

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

What is the best power adapter for New Zealand?

What is a power adapter for 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 plug sockets are used in New Zealand. This power socket, technically called a type I power outlet, can be recognised by three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.

What is the voltage from a New Zealand power outlet?

The typical voltage from a New Zealand power outlet is 230 volts.

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?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a New Zealand power outlet.

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.

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?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various countries making them ideal if visiting different countries across Oceania which are likely to use a different standard to New Zealand.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in New Zealand.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in New Zealand power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotels in New Zealand only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates are often sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in New Zealand might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances with a New Zealand power outlet for helpful advice on the best power adapter to use with a New Zealand power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain cell phones and tablets might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones overnight using only a single 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?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in New Zealand, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a New Zealand power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

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 [8] 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 [9] 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 [8] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for New Zealand?

You will need a step down power converter [8] 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 [8] 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 [10].

  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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets