NZ Post mobilises to deliver Christmas gifts

NZ Post has revealed it's taking extreme measures to beat the rush and get Kiwis' presents delivered in time for Christmas.

Thursday is expected to be the busiest day of the year, with more than 350,000 parcel deliveries expected.

The business is bringing in extra flights, trucks, vans and people to cope with the demand - and it's making sure they're taken care of.

"Our delivery people are working flatout, delivering thousands of parcels every day," says chief operating officer Mark Stewart. "We've set up special hydration and snack stations so that our team can take a pit-stop. It's important that the people working hard to deliver Christmas are well looked-after.

"In 2018 we delivered over 14.5 million parcels over November and December - that's about three parcels per second. This year we've already delivered over 200,000 more parcels than this time last year and we're expecting this to increase in the busiest week of the year."

If you've left it to the last minute - don't worry. Stewart says there's still time to courier your parcel.

"Our couriers are accepting parcels until Monday 23 December, and we've brought on extra vans and people to help us manage those final couple of days."