Time Zones Currently Being Used in New Zealand
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Example City||Current Time|
|UTC +12||NZST||New Zealand Standard Time||Auckland||Fri, 5:00:39 pm|
|UTC +12:45||CHAST||Chatham Island Standard Time||Chatham Islands||Fri, 5:45:39 pm|
How Many Time Zones Are There in New Zealand?
New Zealand's 2 main islands, North Island and South Island, both lie in the same time zone. The Chatham Islands, located about 860 kilometers (534 miles) east of Christchurch, have a separate time zone, which is 45 minutes ahead of mainland New Zealand.
Tokelau, an archipelago in the Pacific and a dependency of New Zealand, brings the total to 3 time zones.
Because Tokelau does not use Daylight Saving Time (DST), there are only 2 corresponding DST time zones.
Time Zones Not Currently Being Observed in New Zealand
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Commences|
|UTC +13||NZDT||New Zealand Daylight Time||Sep 24, 2017|
|UTC +13:45||CHADT||Chatham Island Daylight Time||Sep 24, 2017|
The above time zones are used during other parts of the year. They will become active again after the next clock change as Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.
Time Zones Being Used in Dependencies of New Zealand
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Dependency||Type||Current Time|
|UTC +13||TKT||Tokelau Time||Tokelau||Territory||Fri, 6:00:39 pm|
The New Zealand dependency of Tokelau has no Daylight Saving Time (DST).
History of Time Zones in New Zealand
New Zealand was one of the 1st countries in the world to officially adopt a nationally observed standard time. New Zealand Mean Time, adopted on November 2, 1868, was 11 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
In 1941, during World War II, clocks were set forward 30 minutes, increasing New Zealand's offset from GMT to 12 hours. The time change was made permanent by the Standard Time Act 1945.
Time Zone News
- 3/10/2017 – Australia & New Zealand End DST on April 2, 2017
- 10/27/2016 – Tonga Reintroduces DST
- 3/18/2016 – Australia & New Zealand End DST on April 3, 2016
- 10/1/2015 – DST Starts in Australia on Sunday, Oct 4, 2015
- 9/25/2015 – Kiwis Start DST on Sunday, September 27, 2015
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