Mail Forwarding Costs

How much it will cost to forward your post?

Mail forwarding costs depend on weight, size & shipping service chosen. It’s difficult for Private Box to provide an accurate guide until we have the items to be mailed in our mailroom.

That said, here are the steps to get an estimate of your shipping:

International Parcel Forwarding

Step 1: Work out the weight and dimensions of the item you want to ship
If you are overseas, and wanting to purchase an item in New Zealand, this may require you to contact the store or seller for these measurements.

Step 2: Find the shipping options are rates
The NZ Post Rate Finder is the best calculator. It will provide the shipping services available to your country, and the costs.

Step 3: Add Private Box’s Handling fees
These are our fees for receiving and lodging the parcels, and sorting out customs documentation.
The fees are:

  • Receiving
    • $1 per parcel
  •  Shipping
    • $4.50NZD for a small parcel (under 2kg), plus $0.50NZD per additional item, or
    • $15.50NZD for a parcel over 2kg, plus $0.50NZD per additional item, or
    • $15.50NZD for all mail sent via International Courier or International Express Courier, plus $0.50NZD per additional item

See our support article: How much will it cost me? For all the detailed information.

Forwarding Letters / Paper mail

To help with estimating the cost of forwarding mail, below is an average weight of bundles of mail.

15g 100g 200g 1.3kg
1 Letter 3 Letters 5 Letters & Parcels 24 Letters & Parcels
Average 4 days worth of mail. Average 2 Weeks worth of mail. Average 1 Month worth of mail. Average 3-4 Months worth of mail.


Prohibited & Restricted items

It is important to check if the items you wish to forward from New Zealand are not prohibited or restricted.

Prohibited items cannot be sent in any circumstances by Private Box, and restricted items must be sent via International Express Courier, which is the most expensive shipping service. See Prohibited & Restricted items for more information.

New Zealand Domestic Mail Forwarding

For information on the cost of forwarding mail in New Zealand see: New Zealand Mail Forwarding.

Automatic Mail Forwarding

Mail can be forwarded on an regular automated basis. See Mailroom Automation to find out more.

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