New Zealand uses New Zealand Standard Time NZST and New Zealand Daylight Time NZDT. NZST is UTC +1200 and NZDT is UTC +1300. New Zealand’s latitude and longitude is 41° 00' S and 174 ° 00' E. Therefore being twelve hours ahead of UTC s very suitable for the country. Considering its high latitude the need for daylight savings time in New Zealand is clear. Remember that the country is south of the equator so it enjoys summer while Europa and North America endures the winter.