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New Zealand Time: Check the Current Time in New Zealand

New Zealand Time Zone

Our Time Zone is New Zealand is known as GMT+12.

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

Daylight Saving

In Summer, New Zealand time uses 'Daylight Saving', with clocks put forward one hour to GMT+13.

Daylight Saving begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday of the following April, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.

Daylight saving starts when clocks go forward by 1 hour at 2am on 29 September 2019.

Future dates

Daylight saving starts each year on the last Sunday in September, and ends on the first Sunday in April.

Year Daylight saving ends Daylight saving starts
2019 7 April 29 September
2020 5 April 27 September
2021 4 April 26 September


During the daylight saving months we are on ‘New Zealand daylight time’, which is one hour ahead of New Zealand standard time.

These dates and the time of the change are heavily publicised in the lead up to the change through television and radio advertisements, local council websites and national newspapers.

Did you know New Zealand is the First Country to See the Sunrise?

Have you ever wondered where in the world is the first place to see the sun rise? Well, you can wonder no longer! New Zealand is blessed with Gisborne, New Zealand, around the coast to Opotiki and inland to Te Urewera National Park, witnessing the world’s first sunrise each and every day. New Zealand time is also blessed to see the first sunset due to this.

New Zealand Time First To See Sun Rise