Grace Periods

When a domain expires, your website and mail service will stop functioning, and no changes can be made to the domain. However, for many TLDs (.co.nz, .com, etc.), you have a period after the actual expiration date during which you can still renew the domain and retain ownership. If you do not renew the domain during this "Grace Period" then the domain will be released back into the public pool of domains. The actual Grace Period timeframe differs depending on the TLD.

Some TLDs, like .nz domains, also have additional Grace Period after registration or renewal where you can cancel the domain within the timeframe and not be billed for the domain.

Grace Periods for New Zealand Domains

Registration Grace Period

This is the period after initial registration of a domain that it is possible to cancel the domain without being billed for it.

  • The Registration Grace Period for .nz top-level domains is currently 5 days.
  • If the domain is cancelled during this period of time it will be released back into the pool of domains that are available to register.
  • It is not possible to transfer the domain to another domain registrar during this period.

Renewal Grace Period

This is the period after a domain has been renewed that it is possible to to cancel the domain without being billed for it.

  • The Renewal Grace Period for .nz top-level domains is currently 5 days.

Redemption Grace Period

This is the period after a domain name has been cancelled or expired that it is possible for the domain name to be restored.

  • The Redemption Grace Period for .nz top-level domains is currently 90 days.
  • If the domain is not restored within this grace period, it will be released back into the pool of domains that are available to register.

Grace Period for Other TLDs

For information regarding grace periods for all other top-level domain names that SiteHost offers for registration, please feel free to contact us by sending an email to support@sitehost.co.nz.