Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to New Zealand?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to New Zealand. In New Zealand, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

New Zealand und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: New Zealand
New Zealand
IOutlets of type IOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in New Zealand?

New Zealand uses power outlets of type I. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in New Zealand.

Country information

About New Zealand

Flag: About New Zealand

New Zealand is a country in Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) with about 4.4 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 268 000 km². The capital of New Zealand is Wellington (382 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking English and Maori.

New Zealand does not have a neighbor country.

TLD: .nzCurrency: NZDCountry calling code: +64Country Code : NZ
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in New Zealand?

The voltage in New Zealand is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in New Zealand, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in New Zealand?

The utility frequency in New Zealand is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in New Zealand, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in New Zealand, you should not use the device!