Audio Help

What audio is available?

All Radio New Zealand audio is free to access, however you may incur data costs by downloading or streaming files.

On our smartphone apps around 10.5 megabytes is used per hour of listening. Desktop listening uses 28.1 megabytes per hour.

Listen live

We offer live streams for National, Concert, and International. These are available at the top of every page. The live streams play in a browser window and should work on all modern PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets.

Audio on demand

Most of our programmes are available as audio on demand. This means you can listen to the audio by clicking on links in our website.

Not all audio is available for copyright reasons. Sometimes music or other material may not appear in the web version of something that you heard on air.

Most of our audio is available on the website permanently, but occasionally an item will only be available for 14 days after broadcast.

Our latest audio page contains everything published in the last few days, but each programme has an audio archive available as well. Most programmes have audio from 2008 onwards.

Audio can also be found by using the website search.

Downloadable audio

Many of our audio on demand items are also available to download, as MP3 or Ogg Vorbis files. Most audio players can use MP3 files.

To download a file, right click on the MP3 or OGG link. You should be able to save the file to your computer by selecting 'Save Link As' or 'Save Target As'.

Once the file is on your computer you can play it there, or transfer it to another device such as a portable MP3 player.


We have podcast feeds available for most of our downloadable audio.

A podcast feed allows you to subscribe to a particular programme and automatically receive updates when new content is published. To listen to podcasts, you will need podcast subscription software. 

To subscribe to a podcast, copy the URL of the feed (for example "") and paste it into your software.

Our podcasts are also available free in the podcasts section of the iTunes store.

Radio New Zealand for iPhone and Android

For audio on demand plus live streaming you can download the free Radio New Zealand app, which is available for both iPhone and Android. You will need either an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running iOS 4.0 or above; or an Android device running Android 2.2 or above.

Embedded Audio Player

If you wish to share our audio, you can add it to your own website by using our Embedded Audio Player. On the audio item's page, click the Embed button. This will give you a small piece of code which you can add to your website.

Check the terms and conditions for use of the Embedded Audio Player.

Audio Formats

MP3 is provided for on-demand listening for those who prefer that format, although it does not have the capability to adjust to the speed of your connection. OGG is provided for most programmes for those who prefer a non-patent encumbered format.

Data rates

The standard service has a data rate of 64 kbs. This is roughly equivalent to AM radio quality.