Help & Support


Incoming international payments

The SWIFT BIC code for Bank of New Zealand is: BKNZNZ22. This should be used whenever funds are sent from overseas to BNZ bank accounts.

SWIFT BIC (Bank Identifier Code) codes should be used on all international payments to identify a particular bank or financial institution.

All international payments being made through BNZ must comply with our sanctions requirements. If we need further information in order to meet these requirements, we may contact you, and in some cases this may lead to delays in processing your payments.

Information you’ll need to provide

Your details

  • Your account name
  • Your address
  • Your full account number to be credited

Your bank’s details

Bank of New Zealand
Wellington
New Zealand

SWIFT code: BKNZNZ22

Account number formats

Domestic Account Numbers (including the four digit branch number, seven digit account and three digit suffix) should be in this format:

02-NNNN-NNNNNNN-NNN
Your account number is displayed on your account statement.

Foreign Currency Account Numbers (including the six digit account number and four digit suffix) should be in this format:

NNNNNN-NNNN
Your foreign currency account number is displayed on your account statement.

International Bank Account Number (IBAN)

European countries have adopted a standard known as an International Bank Account Number (IBAN). 

New Zealand has not adopted this standard, so if you’re giving your details, please provide your full bank branch account number and suffix as indicated on your statement.

Other Codes

Other codes that you may see are BSB, Sort Code, ABA Routing Number, Clearing Code, or National Clearing Code.

If you’re asked to provide a clearing code for your payment into BNZ, please use: NZ02nnnn — where nnnn is your four-digit branch number for your domestic account number (see domestic account number formats above) and NZ021000 for all foreign currency accounts.

New Zealand has not adopted any of the other codes.

Viewing international payments online

You can view payments you’ve received from overseas in Internet Banking for Business.

You’ll be notified of incoming international payments between 8.00am and 7.30pm on the business day they’re being processed. Detailed payment information can be accessed straight away, and funds credited will be visible in your account as soon as they’re available. 

You can also: 

  • request email alerts to notify you, or someone else, as soon as an international payment has been processed
  • view and download a history of your international payments for the past 13 months 
  • search by date range, received currency, or BNZ payment reference
  • add up to 140 characters of reference information per payment.

More information

For more information please call 0800 275 269, or +64 4 931 8209 from overseas (international toll charges apply).