Term Deposits

Which option is best for your spare cash? We compare term deposits from over 40 different providers below.

Last Updated Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 4:50pm
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55293
15 months
Minimum Deposit

$2,000

Maximum Deposit

$3,000,000

Rate (p.a.)

3.85%

Interest info: Interest paid or compounded quarterly. For deposits in excess of $25,000, interest can be paid monthly.

    General Finance
    55294
    12 months
    Minimum Deposit

    $2,000

    Maximum Deposit

    $3,000,000

    Rate (p.a.)

    3.50%

    Interest info: Interest paid or compounded quarterly. For deposits in excess of $25,000, interest can be paid monthly.

      Asset Finance
      55401
      12 Months
      Minimum Deposit

      $2,500

      Maximum Deposit

      -

      Rate (p.a.)

      3.30%

      Interest info: Interest (less withholding tax) can be paid into your bank account either monthly or quarterly, or you can grow your investment by having interest reinvest/compound at the end of each quarter.

        NZCU Auckland
        53835
        12 months
        Minimum Deposit

        $10,000

        Maximum Deposit

        $500,000

        Rate (p.a.)

        1.15%

        Interest info: Interest can be paid or compounded on maturity or quarterly

          Bank of Baroda
          60063
          12 months to less than 18 months
          Minimum Deposit

          $10,000

          Maximum Deposit

          $100,000

          Rate (p.a.)

          1.10%

          Interest info: Interest compounded quarterly on term deposits

            Kookmin Bank
            54809
            1 Y
            Minimum Deposit

            $100,000

            Maximum Deposit

            -

            Rate (p.a.)

            1.10%

              Bank of Baroda
              59539
              12 months to less than 18 months
              Minimum Deposit

              $1,000

              Maximum Deposit

              $9,999

              Rate (p.a.)

              1.10%

              Interest info: Interest compounded quarterly on term deposits

                NZCU Auckland
                56066
                12 months
                Minimum Deposit

                $500

                Maximum Deposit

                $9,999

                Rate (p.a.)

                1.10%

                Interest info: Interest can be paid or compounded on maturity or quarterly

                  Heartland Bank
                  60558
                  12 months
                  Minimum Deposit

                  $1,000

                  Maximum Deposit

                  $5,000,000

                  Rate (p.a.)

                  1.00%

                  Interest info: 3 monthly. For terms of 12 months or longer with a minimum deposit of $50,000, interest can be direct credited to a bank account monthly.

                    Heretaunga Building Society
                    61015
                    1 Year
                    Minimum Deposit

                    $1

                    Maximum Deposit

                    $1,000,000

                    Rate (p.a.)

                    1.00%

                    Interest info: Interest paid six monthly or on maturity

                      Kiwibank
                      61016
                      1 year
                      Minimum Deposit

                      $10,000

                      Maximum Deposit

                      $49,999

                      Rate (p.a.)

                      1.00%

                      Interest info: Interest Paid at Maturity

                        Rabobank New Zealand
                        61113
                        15 months Interim interest Quarterly
                        Minimum Deposit

                        $1,000

                        Maximum Deposit

                        $5,000,000

                        Rate (p.a.)

                        1.00%

                        Interest info: Quarterly

                          Kookmin Bank
                          52650
                          1 Y
                          Minimum Deposit

                          $50,000

                          Maximum Deposit

                          $99,999

                          Rate (p.a.)

                          1.00%

                            Rabobank New Zealand
                            58933
                            1 year Standard interest
                            Minimum Deposit

                            $1,000

                            Maximum Deposit

                            $5,000,000

                            Rate (p.a.)

                            1.00%

                            Interest info: Maturity

                              Wairarapa Building Society
                              61398
                              1 Year
                              Minimum Deposit

                              $10,000

                              Maximum Deposit

                              -

                              Rate (p.a.)

                              1.00%

                              Interest info: Interest is calculated on a daily basis. Interest paid on maturity can be either compounded and reinvested or paid out.

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                                What is a term deposit?

                                A term deposit is an investment held at a financial institution for a fixed amount of time, called a term. The money is held for a pre-determined period, typically from one month to five years, with a fixed interest rate for the agreed period. In most cases, the money can only be withdrawn at the end of the term or if it is necessary to access it earlier, penalties apply. The penalties may be partial or full forfeiture of the interest the term deposit would have earned.

                                What are the main types of term deposits?

                                Short Term Deposits

                                If you have a short term savings goal or you don’t want your savings locked away for too long, a short term deposit can last anywhere from one month to one year.

                                Pros

                                • It’s not as large a commitment as a long term deposit. People who think they might need to access their funds in the near future might be more comfortable locking them away for a short term rather than long.
                                • It can be a way of meeting short term savings goals, for example an upcoming holiday or new car.
                                • There’s less chance of being stung by early withdrawal fees. If the money is needed unexpectedly, it’s easier to wait out a short term and avoid early withdrawal penalties than it would be with a longer term.
                                • If market interest rates rise, there are more frequent opportunities to reinvest or add more money to the term deposit balance and reinvest for another term./li>

                                Cons

                                • Shorter terms usually offer a lower interest rate.
                                • As a short term ends, it can be tempting to withdraw the money and spend it.
                                • It’s not as low maintenance. The shorter the term, the sooner the decision of reinvesting will roll around.
                                • If you choose to let the deposit roll over, you could lose a competitive interest rate if market rates have changed.

                                Long Term Deposits

                                A longer deposit, lasting between one and 10 years, can work for savers who have long term goals. It could also be useful for people who have a lump sum, such as a work bonus or inheritance, which won’t be needed in the near future.

                                Pros

                                • Longer term deposits often pay higher rates than short terms.
                                • The interest rate will be locked in for a long time. If market rates drop, the interest on your investment will remain the same for longer.
                                • It can help with saving for long term goals, as the investment will be hard to access without harsh penalties

                                Cons

                                • If market rates rise, your investment will be locked into the lower rate for the term.
                                • The long term commitment means the funds can’t be accessed for emergencies or unexpected expenses, without paying penalties.
                                • It requires careful planning to ensure you can afford to have the funds locked away for a long time without being touched.

                                How do I apply for a term deposit?

                                Here are the important things you’ll need when applying to open a term deposit:

                                Contact Details

                                Whether you’re applying online or inhouse, you will need to provide at least your phone number and email address when you open a term deposit. Give accurate details and update them when necessary, as the bank will need them to remind you when your term deposit is about to mature.

                                Identification

                                Photo ID will usually be required, such as driver’s licence, student ID or passport, particularly if you’re new to the bank. One of the reasons for ID is proof of age. Different banks have different minimum age limits for opening a term deposit, although most are lenient and some offer special accounts for children.

                                Member number

                                If you bank with a Credit Union, you will need to supply your member number. If you’re not a member already, you’ll need to sign up. Be aware, this might involve a membership fee.

                                A bank account

                                This is the account where the interest from your term deposit will be paid. If you’re opening a term deposit at a different bank to the one you usually bank with, check if your new provider will pay the interest into your old bank account. Some may require you to open a savings or bank account with them when you open a term deposit.

                                A desired term

                                By now you will have carefully considered the different types of term deposits available.

                                The important things to think about are your budget and your plans for the future. Make sure you’ve chosen a term you can work around to avoid unnecessary early withdrawals.

                                Minimum deposit

                                You’ll need the lump sum available of the amount you have decided to deposit, in line with the term deposit you have chosen. Make sure you think through which term deposit is best for you and have at least that amount of money available before you apply.

                                A future savings plan

                                When your term deposit matures, you’ll need a plan in place for what to do with the funds, whether you want to withdraw the money or reinvest it for another term. Make these arrangements with your provider so you both know what your money will be doing when your term comes to an end.