The nation's rural delivery contractors battle floods, black ice and snow, and endure pot-holed gravel roads to deliver the mail.
Now Rural Women New Zealand has launched a competition to find the best example of a rural postie going above and beyond the call of duty.
Rural Women president Liz Evans says they're calling for special stories about rural mail contractors.
Ms Evans says that, with proposed changes to rural postal services, there is some uncertainty around.
"But we just wanted to strike a positive note," she says, "and say well done to the rural mail deliverers who are often owner-operated contractors and who just go that extra distance, literally and figuratively, to provide a wonderful service for rural people."
Ms Evans says that for example her rural post deliverer has been servicing her property for the past 25 years and makes an effort to get the mail through if there is flooding.
Competition entries close on 31 August.