New Zealand Business Name Search

Getting Started

Choosing a name for your new business can be exciting! It can also be stressful. Both of these feelings are completely valid.

If you’re planning to start a new business in New Zealand, there are certain things you need to do when finalizing your business name. This article will help you navigate the process of selecting and registering a business name in New Zealand.

First things first, find a couple of names that you like. Make sure your business name is unique and distinguishable from other existing business entities within New Zealand.

We suggest coming with a few name ideas in case your first pick is taken.

If you’re having problems coming up with some unique business names, give you business name generator a try.

Generate Business Name Ideas


Search business name availability

New Zealand makes it incredibly easy for you to see if the business name you want is available.

Simply use the ONECheck online business entity name search.

When you search the New Zealand business name database for available names, the ONECheck website will let you know:

  • if the business name is available,
  • if there are any trade mark restrictions on the name,
  • if the web domain is available,
  • and if the name is available on social media sites.

New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation, & Employment

Websitewww.business.govt.nz/

Phone: 0800 424 946

Email: info@business.govt.nz

Hours: 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm, Friday

Don’t forget to run a search through the New Zealand business name database to ensure the name you want is not in use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Use the online ONECheck search engine to see if the name you want for your New Zealand business is available.

After you run your business name search, you will immediately be able to find out if any parts of the business name are trademarked, if the web domain name is available, and if the name is available on popular social media sites.

The information from the ONECheck search can not guarantee that the name you want is available. It is just the first step in selecting a name for your business.

If the result of the search comes up as “No Similar Names Found”, you can click on the Business Name icon.

A drop down box will open up and you can click on “Register Business Name.”

Before continuing on, you will have to choose between selecting the type of business entity you want (Company, Sole Trader, Partnership, etc.) OR you can apply for a New Zealand Business Number.

You can reserve your business name online for $10. The name will be held for 20 days.

To reserve a company name, you must have a RealMe account. This will allow you to login and access a wealth of New Zealand information, both personal and for business.

To register your business name, you will need a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN).

You will also need to know what kind of entity you want your business to be. This page will help you choose the business structure that will work best for your new business.

If your ideal business name is already in use, you’ll need to come up with some new ideas and run a ONECheck search again.

It’s worth the extra effort to come up with a name that stands apart from other New Zealand business names. Not only can it save you from possible legal issues, but building your business brand on a unique name will build limitless value.

If you’re still unable to find a business name that suits you, try using our business name generator to get unique name ideas. Click here to find our business name generator.


Registering your business Domain/website

Lucky for you, New Zealand’s ONECheck business name search engine eliminates this step for you.

No need to worry that another company has a website with the name you want. Simply use ONECheck.

Enter your business name to check domain availability