Early Access OTE

This section is for those registrars involved in our Registry Technical Forum and have requested early access to the OTE

IRS Registrar Guide 7.17 (download PDF)

URL servers, and Ports




IRS Portal





Testing (OTE)



With the IRS portal admin user account provided you will be able to set up and manage other registrar users of the Portal as well as EPP API.

Registrar accounts

Account type



can manage registrar information, registrar contacts, users, droplist connections and IP allowlist cannot manage domains, contacts, or hosts


has access to the EPP interface to execute commands;


can view registrar information and registrar financial reports;


can view registrar information domains, contacts, hosts, but cannot change any settings;


has access to registry lock service options; this role must be assigned by a registry user;


can manage registrar information, domains, contacts and hosts; cannot manage users or IP allowlists.

IP whitelisting

Registrar are able to manage your own whitelisting for Portal, EPP and TBR use:

In the IRS Portal, click on the Admin menu. Click on Registrar settings. Scroll down to the bottom on the right hand side, there will be an IP Allowlist Settings.


About early access IRS OTE environment

It is important to note that the early access OTE environment is not complete and some settings may change. As discussed in the registrar technical forum some IRS features are still under development and will become available in upcoming releases. If you encounter any issues or problems please let our support team know.

This OTE has no production data or any test data pre seeded for you. You will need to start with creating contact and host objects and then create some domains to do your testing.


In the event that we need to rebuild this early access environment you may lose your test data, we will try to give you plenty of advance notice.

For this current 7.16 version you will only be able to create domains directly under .nz e.g. test.nz. Registrations at the third level will become available in later versions.

The documentation included is also in its early stages, therefore there are some features mentioned that are not included and the IRS branding is incomplete. ( please let us know if find anomalies)

Domain lifecycle settings

  • Grace period for renewals, and registrations have been set to 1 day (they are 5 days in production).

  • The auto-renewal grace period has also been set to 1 day (45 days in production)

  • The Redemption Grace Period (Pending Release) has been set to 2 days (90 days in production).

This has been done to assist you to simulate lifecycle testing in a shorter timetable.

EPP extensions

The following are the XSD extensions supported by IRS:

  • contact-1.0 - RFC 5733

  • domain-1.0 - RFC 5731

  • epp-1.0, eppall-1.0, and eppcom-1.0 - RFC 5730

  • #fee-0.9 - RFC Draft: brown-epp-fees

  • fee-0.11 - RFC Draft: regext-epp-fees

  • host-1.0 - RFC 5732

  • idn-1.0 - RFC Draft: eppext-idnmap

  • launch-1.0 - RFC Draft: regext-launchphase

  • mark-1.0 and signedMark-1.0 - RFC 7848

  • rgp-1.0 - RFC 3915

  • secDNS-1.1 - RFC 5910


Launch/Mark/SignedMark are all extensions for Launch phases. We are not planning on using them for .nz.

#Fee 0.9 is an earlier version of the Fee extension and 0.11 is the latest version

The following are the Fury-specific custom extensions:

  • fury 2.0 - Generic properties

  • fury-rgp-1.0 - RGP

.nz specific customisations for version 7.16

Authorization Code Updates

  • There is a new Hashed Authorization Code feature that has been enabled:
    • this information is stored as a hashed value and will only display asterisks in the portal;

    • the domain:authinfo element is removed in the EPP Domain Info response.

Transfer in Redemption toggle

  • The system will now allow a domain transfer when it is in the Redemption period.

Reseller name

  • This is an optional feature to allow registrar to capture reseller details associated with a domain name in a free format reseller name field.
    • Reseller name info in the PORTAL domain create/edit pages can be displayed and is editable.

    • Reseller name info can be displayed and is updatable in EPP domain info/create/update commands.

    • Reseller name info will be removed when the domain is transferred.

Version Release and updates

With each release we will add new feature documentation here.

During a release the OTE will have some outage time which will be communicate to registrars in advance along with a change log.

Questions and Queries

Please forward any questions or queries to registry.replacement@internetnz.net.nz You can also ask questions over the Slack channel