What Bank Account Details are Needed to Transfer Money to and within New Zealand
There are not many headaches of a working holiday or studying in New Zealand or doing a long-term backpacking trip. However, one of the headaches is figuring out how banking works in New Zealand. A question we receive all the time is what details do I need to transfer money to New Zealand? So, in this guide, we’ll cover what details you need to transfer money between New Zealand bank accounts. We’ll also go over the more complicated details needed to transfer money between overseas bank accounts and New Zealand bank accounts. We’ll also offer solutions to transferring money where you don’t need a long list of bank details.
The Details Needed to Transfer Money Between New Zealand Bank Accounts
This is the easy one. Transferring money from one bank account to another in New Zealand is pretty straightforward. Once you have set up your online banking, which your banker should have gone through with you when setting up your New Zealand bank account by giving you an account number login and temporary password to open your online banking, your online banking will give you the option to make a payment to someone new.
New Zealand Bank Account Number
The main detail needed to transfer money between New Zealand bank accounts is the bank account number of the payee. For example, a New Zealand bank account number following this structure: 00 0000 0000000 000 or 00 0000 0000000 00.
What if a New Zealand Bank Account Number Has Too Many Digits?
If your online banking only allows you to type in a bank account number with 16 digits but the account number you are trying to insert has 17, then remove the last zero from the number, for instance, XX XXXX XXXXXXX 003, then becomes XX XXXX XXXXXXX 03.
Other Details Needed to Send Money Between New Zealand Bank Accounts
Other details you may be asked for when transferring money in New Zealand are a name and reference. These details are more for providing the context of the payment for both you and the payee, so there’s no right or wrong way to do this. The payment should still work even if you have not included, say, the middle name of your payee.
The Details Needed to Transfer Money From an Overseas Bank Account to a New Zealand Bank Account
There are several methods of transferring money from an overseas bank account to a New Zealand bank account. We have a whole guide on the different methods to transfer money between overseas bank accounts including their pros and cons. When transferring money online via online transfer (telegraphic transfer) or through an online foreign exchange broker (money transfer service), this requires much more details than sending money between New Zealand bank accounts. The required details vary between bank to bank and broker to broker, but generally, these are the details you will need to provide:
The Bank Details of Your New Zealand Bank Account:
- Bank account name (your name)
- Your physical address in New Zealand
- Your full NZ bank account number (found on your bank statement or online banking account)
- Your NZ bank address details
- Branch identifier, if available (i.e. IBAN, NCC, SWIFT, sort code or BSB number).
From an Overseas Account, You May Need:
- IBAN and BIC or home bank credit/debit card details
- Some banks in the USA may require a US phone number (check with your bank).
The Details Needed to Transfer Money From a New Zealand Bank Account to an Overseas Bank Account
You may need to do this before closing your New Zealand bank account or for paying someone overseas. Again, there are several methods for doing this as mentioned in How to Transfer Money to Your New Zealand Bank Account, but when transferring money online or through a foreign exchange broker, you will need the following details:
The Overseas Receivers Bank Details:
- The name of the account holder
- Physical address as stated on their bank account
- Bank name
- Branch name
- Branch address
- The appropriate branch identifier, i.e. IBAN (International Bank Account Number), Clearing Code or SWIFT BIC code. (More details below).
Your New Zealand Bank Account Details:
- Your New Zealand bank account number (found on your bank statement or online banking page)
- The currency and amount you want to send. Some banks will allow you to send money in a foreign currency or an NZ$ equivalent, while other banks will only allow you to send in NZ$.
If you need more help, follow our complete guide on How to Send Money Overseas from a New Zealand Bank Account. If you’re sending money specifically to Australia, don’t miss How to Send Money to Australia from New Zealand.
What are Bank Branch Identifier Codes? IBAN, SWIFT, BSB Codes and Clearing Codes
When transferring money between overseas bank accounts, the trickiest bank detail to find is usually the branch identifier. The branch identifier has a different name in different countries, whether it’s IBAN, SWIFT, BSB or something else.
The best way to find out your branch identifier number or code is either by simply getting in contact with your overseas bank or searching for information on your bank company’s website. This information should be readily available.
Here are some examples of the branch identifier names in different countries:
- Australia – BSB number
- UK – Sort code
- Europe – IBAN number
- US – ABA or FedWire or SWIFT code
- Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore – SWIFT code
- Canada – Transit number or Electronic Fund Transactions (EFT) routing number. Note a full EFT is 9 numbers long including the 0 at the start
- India – SWIFT code
In other countries, most commonly, the requirement is a SWIFT code.
The Ways to Transfer Money Overseas Without Bank Details
If you can’t obtain the details you need to transfer money online between overseas bank accounts, then there are other methods to transfer money that require far fewer details.
International Bank Draft
International bank drafts work like regular bank cheques where you simply need to write the name of the person you are paying, the amount in your chosen currency, and your signature. However, there are a few drawbacks to this transfer method, such as they can take a while to process.
Some banks sell travellers’ cheques which is a cheque that can usually be cashed overseas. However, these are not always accepted by New Zealand banks so we tend to advise you to avoid travellers’ cheques.
Of course, if you have the cash in New Zealand you can cash this in at your New Zealand bank. However, for security reasons, it’s not recommended to carry a large amount of cash on you. For exchanging cash in New Zealand, see The Best Places to Exchange Money in New Zealand.
Need more solutions to transferring money without a bank account? Check out How to Transfer Money Without a Bank Account.
More About the Details You Need to Transfer Money to (or Within) New Zealand
That’s it for our guide on what details you need to transfer money to or within New Zealand. For more about transferring money between bank accounts, check these out:
- How to Open a New Zealand Bank Account
- How to Send Money to Australia from New Zealand
- How to Close a Bank Account in New Zealand
Finally, for more tips for migrating to New Zealand, check out the 20 Essential Must-Dos BEFORE Moving to New Zealand.