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Introduced 25 November 2013
TLD type Generic top-level domain
Status Active
Sponsor Dot Kiwi Limited
Intended use Entities connected with  New Zealand
Actual use unknown
Registry Website https://hello.kiwi/

.kiwi is an Internet generic top-level domain with emphasis on New Zealand. It employs the colloquial term kiwi, used to refer to New Zealanders.[1] It is New Zealand's first and presently only "top level domain name approved by ICANN".[1]


Dot Kiwi Limited reportedly spent a "seven-figure" sum securing the new top level domain from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).[2]

The domain launched with a 'landrush' period in March 2014 after two years of planning.[3]

In May 2014, shortly after launch, 4,600 .kiwi domains had been activated.[4] As at the first anniversary on 1 May 2015, 12,000 .kiwi domains had been registered. Dot Kiwi Limited claimed that this meant .kiwi was in the top 25 per cent of new domains released by ICANN.[5]

The .kiwi top level domain is not to be confused with .kiwi.nz, which launched as a new option under the .nz top level domain in August 2012.[6]

Accredited registrars[edit]

As of 6 December 2016.[7]

  • 101 Domain
  • 123.reg
  • CoreHub
  • Crazydomains.com
  • CSC
  • Dynadot
  • Gandi.net
  • GoDaddy
  • IP Mirror
  • Marcaria (company)
  • Network Solutions
  • STrato
  • Regtons
  • Amazon Route 53

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dot kiwi domain name reservations set to begin". TVNZ. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Dot kiwi enters internet domain names". Newshub. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  3. ^ ".kiwi domain names go live after two years of planning | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Thousands switch to .kiwi domain". Stuff. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Dot Kiwi Celebrates First Anniversary | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  6. ^ Bell, Stephen (2012-08-28). "Dot Kiwi fails to knock out .kiwi.nz". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Accredited Registrars". Hello.kiwi. 

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