PO Boxes in NZ – NZ Post vs Private Box

Post Office Boxes have been in use in NZ  since the late 1860s, primarily through NZ Post. Since postal deregulation in the 1990s, a couple of alternative mail operators have offered alternative to NZ Post’s PO Boxes. Today, Private Box is the main alternative that remains.

Here’s how the services compare…

NZ Post – PO Box

The NZ Post PO Box is all physical. You apply for a PO Box at your local NZ Post outlet, get a physical key, and need to travel to your PO Box to collect new mail. It is possible to get email notifications of new mail arriving, so you don’t waste time travelling to your PO Box to check it.

Signup requirements

  • Application in person
  • Photo ID

Pros

  • Control over the address
  • Can setup a redirection to forward mail to another address

 

 

 

 

Cons

  • Can’t receive parcels from all courier companies (only CourierPost)
  • Non-refundable annual fee

Private Box – Virtual Address

The Private Box Virtual Address is primarily accessed online. You apply online (start here), and can choose from PO Box or Street addresses in NZ. You can have mail scanned, forwarded to your current location, or securely destroyed if you don’t need it.

Signup requirements

  • Application online
  • Photo ID
  • Selfie video

Pros

  • All online – manage your mail, like you manage your email
  • Scan mail to PDF
  • Add automatic mail processing rules
  • Forward mail to different addresses – great for travelers
  • No contracts, pay month-to-month, and close your account when you no longer need it
  • Apply & manage mail while living outside of NZ
  • 30-day trial
  • Street addresses can receive parcels from all couriers
  • Can use the address for registering a company

Cons

  • Mail collection in person only available in Johnsonville, Wellington

Costs

NZ Post – PO Box

Personal Business
Annual Rental $170-$285/year $185-$300/year
Forwarding (Redirection) Cost within a year $17-$200 $130-$955
Collecting Mail Value of Your Time Cost of Staff Time
Scanning Mail Not Available
PDF to email Not Available
Business Registration Address Not Available
Mail processing frequency 5 or 6 days/week
Total Average Cost ~$210/year + 50hrs of your time ~$330/year + 78hrs of staff time

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Private Box – Virtual Address

Personal Business
Annual Rental $125-$152/year $299-$364/year
Forwarding Cost Depends on volume & mail service (standard post or courier)
Collecting Mail Value of Your Time Cost of Staff Time
Scanning Mail 5 Free Automatic Scans per month. Then starts at $0.80 per letter
PDF to email Free
Business Registration Address Not Available $232/year
Mail processing frequency 5 days/week
Total Average Cost ~$150 ~$250/year

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