Standard home loan fees

Demand fee

When we demand payment of all amounts outstanding under your home loan because you are in default.

$12 per demand.

When we pay local authority rates that are due on security provided for your home loan.

$12 per payment to the local authority.

Discharge of security fee

When you ask us to fully discharge your mortgage or security.

$30 per request.

When you ask us to partially discharge your mortgage or security.

$70 per request.

Fixed rate break costs

Prior to the end of the current fixed term, when you ask to:

  • repay your entire fixed component early; or
  • make an additional payment, when combined with any other additional payments you’ve made, exceeds our early repayment limit; or
  • switch your fixed component to a variable component or another fixed term.

The amount of the costs varies depending on the current interest rates and how long the fixed term has left to run. The way we calculate fixed rate break costs is described in Kiwibank’s Home Loan Terms and Conditions.

Loan restructure fee

When you ask us to change your existing home loan and/or security by:

  • splitting or combining existing components; or
  • changing the term or interest only period of an existing component; or
  • changing the repayment type on an existing component from principal and interest to interest only; or
  • changing the type of an existing component.

$30 per change.


When you ask us to change your existing home loan and/or security by:

  • changing the identity of the borrower; or
  • changing the identity of the guarantor; or
  • changing the identity of the owner of the security; or
  • changing the security.

$135 per change.


Where we’re changing multiple existing components, the fee applies per changed component.

Note: The following changes aren’t charged a fee:

  • changing an existing component to a fixed component; or
  • refixing an existing fixed component; or
  • changing an existing component to an offset variable component; or
  • changing an existing component to a capped variable component.

Lump sum repayment administration fee

When you make additional payments on your fixed component which exceed our early repayment limit.

$40 per repayment.

Settlement statement fee

When you ask us to prepare a settlement statement. This fee doesn’t apply if the loan balance is zero.

$15 per request.

Top Up Fee

When you ask us for new lending on a new component on an existing home loan, or you are increasing (topping up) an existing component.

$185 per request.

Welcome Home Loan – Lenders Mortgage Insurance

As well as our standard home loan fees and costs, a lenders mortgage insurance fee is payable to Housing New Zealand. This fee reimburses Kiwibank for the Lenders Mortgage Insurance Premium Housing New Zealand charges to insure each Welcome Home Loan.

The amount of this fee is 1% of the loan amount.

This amount can be added to the loan.

Optional home loan service fees

The following are the optional fees and costs you may pay on standard home loans:

Consent fee

When your solicitor requests our consent to one of the following:

  • Registrations affecting land titles such as depositing of a unit plan, easement, encumbrance, covenant, subdivision or cross lease (where no new mortgage required), variation of a lease;
  • Priorities work including changes to a Memorandum of Priority, Deeds of Priority and/or Subordination;
  • and other consent related activity of a similar nature.

$50 per request.

Courier costs

When you ask us to deliver documents to you by courier either within New Zealand or overseas.

Fixed rate lock option fee

When you ask us for a fixed rate lock option.

The amount of the fee may vary depending on the amount you want to lock in and how long you want to lock it in for. The amount of the fee will be set out in the Fixed Rate Lock Option Agreement.

Investigation fee

When you ask us to investigate something about your home loan that does not relate to the usual day to day operation of your home loan.

$60 per hour. Minimum fee $15.

Refinancing Package fee

When you choose to use our Refinancing Package, you will be using Kiwibank’s legal transfer service instead of using your own solicitor.

To qualify for the Refinancing Package free of charge, you will need to meet certain criteria:

  • your home loan needs to be at least $50,000;
  • you have 20% equity in the property being used as security;
  • the ownership of the properties isn’t changing and your home loan is secured by a maximum of two securities;
  • there aren’t any guarantors on your home loan;
  • the documentation must be signed by the property’s owner (not a power of attorney);
  • the refinance can’t form part of a series of same day transactions;
  • if you are using an apartment, townhouse or leasehold property as your security, you will need to obtain (and pay for) a registered valuation; and
  • the Refinancing Package is not available for business banking purposes.

Note: Your existing lender may charge break costs or discharge fees and these aren’t covered as part of the Refinancing Package.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still be able to use our Refinancing Package to refinance to Kiwibank, however you will need to pay a Refinancing Package fee.

This fee reflects the legal and other services carried out by Kiwibank agents. The Refinancing Package fee is calculated as follows:

  • $250 per loan; and
  • $150 per additional security after the first two.

If you want to refinance to Kiwibank without choosing to use our Refinancing Package, you will need to use your own solicitor. Your solicitor’s fees will not be covered by Kiwibank.

Kiwibank’s lending criteria, terms and conditions, and fees apply. Fees effective from 17 December 2018. Fees subject to change.