Country Summary

Country nameNew Zealand
ISO codeNZ
Dialing code+64


Use Cases

Short codes are ideal for high-throughput programmatic messaging.

Short codes are approved for specific use cases, so if you are experiencing carrier filtering on long codes you may be a good candidate for short codes.

Some of the most common use-cases for short codes in New Zealand are: 

  • Two-factor authentication (2FA) or one-time passwords (OTP)
  • Promotional or marketing alerts
  • Account alert notifications
  • Reminders (appointments, upcoming payments, etc.)

Short codes can only message users on carriers within the countries in which they are provisioned.

Although Twilio can provision short codes in multiple countries, if your customers are not located in New Zealand, you should not obtain a New Zealand Short Code.

Short codes require express consent from end users before any SMS can be sent; if you cannot obtain consent you should not use a short code.

Twilio and/or the carriers will not support certain types of campaigns, including: 

  • Those in which express end-user consent cannot be obtained. This includes friend-to-friend invite-based campaigns, as well as opt-ins obtained through lead generation.
  • Campaigns containing sexual/adult content (which are prohibited by Twilio’s AUP).

Please note that if you order FTEU (Free to End User) Short Code the owner pays extra to send messages for which end users do not pay.

Minimum term commit for New Zealand Short Code is 3 months.

The notice period before returning the Short Code is 1 month (provided minimum term commit has been fulfilled).

Refer to this article for detailed explanation on New Zealand Short Code Best Practices.

Other Options

To apply for New Zealand Short Code please fill in the following Order Form:

The following details are included in the order form:

  • Company Name
  • Company Address
  • Requestor
    • Full Name
    • Position
    • Phone
    • Mobile
    • Email
    • Address
  • Service Details
    • Name of the Service/Promotion
    • Go live date
    • Promotion end date
    • Fully describe the proposed message service
    • Example message flow including opt in and opt out processes
    • Cost of the service: Standard or FTEU
    • Frequency 
    • Full description of marketing channels. How will the service be advertised?
    • Expected volumes daily or weekly
    • Peak times and expected volumes
    • 0800/0508 number for User queries (compulsory)
    • Website for User reference
    • If you have any other supporting information, e.g. flow charts or message flowdiagrams, please attach them here.
  • Preferred Billing Method:
    • Quarterly or Yearly (prices can be reviewed from here)

2 - 4 weeks, once you submit all required information and documentation.

Please expect delays on any applications submitted from December through mid January, as the wireless carriers have an annual provisioning freeze during this time.

Regulatory Bodies
  • NZ Telecommunications Forum Inc (TCF)
  • Department of International Affairs (DIA)


Click to see SMS pricing, including for short codes.

Next Steps

To apply for New Zealand Short Code please follow these steps:

  • Check all the requirements above and collect all the needed details.
  • Send the application including all the requirements to

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