This article is from 2022. For more recent news, see International domain prices are on their way up again (2023).
New, higher prices for some international domains will come into effect on July 1, 2022. We never enjoy charging you more, but these increases are coming from the registrars who set the prices that we pay to secure domains.
For any domains that you already have registered with us, new pricing won’t take effect until they come up for renewal. There is no change to .nz domain prices.
New prices for the most popular affected domains are shown below. The new .com, .net and .org prices match current prices for .nz domains.
- .com, .net, .org $25.95
- .com.au, .net.au, .co.uk $51.90 (2 years)
- .co $58
- .kiwi $73
Other TLDs are affected as well. From Friday 1 July our full domain price list will be available in the Register Domain screen.
Why prices are rising, and what we’re doing about it
When you order an international domain from us, we place an order with upstream providers for the appropriate registry for your TLD. These providers in turn have their own costs and upstream suppliers until you reach ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. This body ultimately sits at the top of the regulation for domain names.
This week’s price rises are coming from our upstream providers passing on costs from registries. They can do this because prices are being deregulated over time, and because mergers and acquisitions have reduced competition.
So you’ll be pleased to know that, through our sister company, we’re already working to improve our place in the system. With ICANN accreditation, we'll have a shorter supply chain to worry about.
As soon as there’s more progress to report, you’ll be able to read about it here.