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Power, Voltage and Plugs

Find out about New Zealand's power supply and the types of plugs used...

The voltage used for electrical goods in New Zealand is 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz.

New Zealand uses a Type I electrical socket with flat two or three pin plugs. Three pins include an earth fitting. Both two and three pin plugs fit into the same power sockets. New Zealand plugs are the same as those used in Australia, Argentina, Fiji and New Guinea. There are several plug variants: 15A, 20A, 25A and 32A. A socket accepts plugs of equal or lower capacity. For example a 10A plug fits all sockets but a 25A plug only fits a 25 and 32A outlet.

Unless electrical equipment has a multi-voltage option an adapter is needed for most appliances from overseas. 110V AC sockets are provided in most hotels for electrical razors.

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