Top Web Hosts in New Zealand

Every month we publish our list of the top five hosts in New Zealand, all based on our strict testing and review process.

1. HostPapa 9.5/10

Another top spot for HostPapa – consistently great service with a dedicated focus for New Zealand customers with multilingual support and great server locations. For the New Zealand market, HostPapa keeps outperforming everyone else by a great margin.

Top Features

FREE Domain Name & SSL Certificate

FREE Website Builder & One-on-One Training

30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Starts at $1.95/mo NZD

Over 4127 visits today

99.9% Uptime Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Award Winning Service & Support

HostPapa Overview

Reasons to Buy:

Tons of add-on service options

Intuitive dashboard and quality of service

Feature rich shared plan starting at just $0.95/mo

World-class support that’s truly available 24/7

Very attractive intro prices without a huge renewal spike

Reasons to Avoid:

Very limited options on VPS plans

Site Speed 10/10
Next generation hardware outperforms typical shared hosting setups out there. Robust enterprise infrastructure is one of the key strength points for this host.

Support Quality 9.5/10
Multilingual and distributed, we’ve put the support to the test day and night over and over — we would almost say that this is engineer level support on some of the queries we had, top marks.

Site Builder 9.0/10
Typical arsenal of professional templates with a great site builder allows you to build a professional-looking website rather easily.

Security 10/10
SSL Certificate included free in every plan, EV options available, higher tier plans offer full enterprise WAF at the edge as well as automated backup and malware scanning and removal. Security is as good as it gets.

2. IONOS Hosting By 1&1  8.4/10

Europe’s largest hosting provider and domain name registrar, IONOS has a customer-focused approach to website management and offers a good variety of website products and services. 

Top Features

Free domain name for 1 year

Free email account 

Free SSL security certificate

Reasons to buy

99.97% uptime 

Solid user interface 

1 click installs for 70+ apps 

Reasons to Avoid

Loading speed is just OK

No free website transfers 

Start at $9.84/mo NZD

Over 2211 visits today

3. GoDaddy 8.1/10

With 20 million customers, GoDaddy is a powerhouse. They’ve made recent changes to their products and services to improve their quality, and it shows. 

Top Features

Low first-year domain costs with free privacy protection forever 

Provide marketing services 

Custom logos with the GoDaddy Logo Maker 

Reasons to buy

The largest domain name registrar out there 

A huge variety of available services 

Unlimited bandwidth and disk space 

Reasons to Avoid

Customer support is not always 24/7

Customer support can be inconsistent 

Start at $4.19/mo NZD

Over 1483 visits today

4. FreeParking 7.6/10

Based in New Zealand, FreeParking offers a variety of web hosting solutions, but doesn’t have any dedicated server options.

Top Features

Unlimited subdomains

Unlimited email addresses and email traffic

140+ free 1-click install apps

Reasons to buy

Easy-to-use customer interface

Free domain for life

Reasonable pricing

Reasons to Avoid

Frequent email issues

Support not available 24/7

Start at $13.42/mo NZD

Over 712 visits today

5. OpenHost 7.2/10

Founded in 2008, OpenHost has servers in New Zealand and offers and wide variety of web hosting solutions to suit any business’s needs.

Top Features

Free domain

Free SSL certificate

Unlimited subdomains  

Reasons to buy

Servers in New Zealand

14-day free trial

Windows and Linux support

Reasons to Avoid

Pricier-than-average hosting

Pre-sales support could be more responsive

Start at $8.60/mo NZD

Over 544 visits today

Four Foundational Pillars

All our testing and reviews can be broken down to our four foundational pillars of quality. All these factors (and more!) are put under our rigorous review process.

Site Speed

Speed is typically the most obvious thing to notice about your site’s performance. Users love fast websites as does Google, the faster the site is, the better it ranks so we have it in our first spot.

Support Quality

Knowledgeable and helpful support should be the building block for every great company. Any support team can answer a question, but few go above and beyond to help customers — we value that.

Site Builder

Because plenty of people choose to build their sites themselves or select pre-built templates, we have the site builder (and templates offered) very high on our ranking priority.


Another foundational metric, most hosts offer the standard SSL certificate, but few are really secure and built on top of security-first principles. There is a lot that goes into security, other than just SSL.

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