NZST to CST Converter

Use our converter below to change times between New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central Standard Time (CST). If you mixed up your time zones and would like to convert CST to NZST instead, you can find that converter here: Central Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time Converter. And if you don't like either of our tools, then go back to see all of our time zone converters.

New Zealand Standard Time

New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is the time zone followed in New Zealand, including cities like Auckland and Wellington. It is 12 hours ahead of UTC during standard time and 13 hours ahead during daylight saving time.

Cities:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Hamilton

Central Standard Time

Central Standard Time (CST) is used in the central part of the United States, including cities like Chicago and Dallas. It is 6 hours behind UTC during standard time and 5 hours behind during daylight saving time.

Cities:

  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • New Orleans

How to convert time from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central Standard Time (CST)

Converting between New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) and Central Standard Time (CST) could be challenging. As companies become more global, we find ourselves in a mess of calendar invites. Time changes from NZST cities like Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton are -20 hour(s) apart to CST cities like Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, holiday schedules, and the basic communication becomes a juggling act. To make it easier to understand, we'll break down the process of converting time between NZST and CST into step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Understanding New Zealand Standard Time and Central Standard Time

New Zealand Standard Time is UTC13, which means that the local time in the New Zealand Standard Time zone is 13 hours apart from UTC. Central Standard Time is UTC-6, which means that the local time in the Central Standard Time zone is -6 hours apart from UTC.

Step 2: Calculate the Time Difference

To convert time from New Zealand Standard Time to Central Standard Time, we first need to find the time difference between both time zones. Since New Zealand Standard Time is UTC13 and Central Standard Time is UTC-6, the time difference is: -20 hour(s)

  • -20 hours = New Zealand Standard Time's difference from UTC -6 + (Central Standard Time's difference from UTC 13
  • Central Standard Time has -20 hour(s) difference New Zealand Standard Time.

Understanding New Zealand Standard Time and Central Standard Time

New Zealand Standard Time is UTC13, which means that the local time in the New Zealand Standard Time zone is 13 hours apart from UTC. Central Standard Time is UTC-6, which means that the local time in the Central Standard Time zone is -6 hours apart from UTC.

Step 4: Practice Converting Times

Now that you know the process, try converting different times from New Zealand Standard Time to Central Standard Time for practice before going to the answer page. Remember to always add the Central Standard Time time difference to the New Zealand Standard Time time.

Scheduling a meeting between New Zealand Standard Time and Central Standard Time

When scheduling a meeting between employees in the New Zealand Standard Time and Central Standard Time zones, there are several factors to consider to ensure that the meeting is convenient and productive for all participants. Here's a detailed breakdown of what you should consider before scheduling across time zones:

  • Convert Time Difference: As we've discussed earlier, Central Standard Time is -20 ahead of New Zealand Standard Time. It's crucial to take this time difference into account when scheduling a meeting to avoid scheduling conflicts or creating meetings at odd or inappropriate hours. In my experience, accidentally scheduling a meeting a 4am is awkward.
  • Overlapping Working Hours: To find a suitable time for the meeting, you’ll need to identify the overlapping working hours between the two time zones. For example, if employees in both zones work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time, the overlapping hours could be between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM New Zealand Standard Time but -20 hours different to Central Standard Time. Be upfront with Central Standard Time employees to find the right time.
  • Consideration of Local Holidays: Be mindful of local New Zealand Standard Time and Central Standard Time holidays, festivals, or observances in both time zones. These events might affect employee availability or working hours. Check local calendars for both the New Zealand Standard Time and Central Standard Time zones to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  • Communicate Time Zone Differences: Clearly communicate the meeting time in both New Zealand Standard Time and Central Standard Time to avoid confusion. Using a tool like an online meeting planner or time zone converter can help simplify the process and ensure accuracy.

Converting time zones across other countries

The process of converting time between two time zones is similar regardless of the countries involved. You'll need to determine the time difference between the two zones and add it to the time in the first zone. Keep in mind that some countries may observe daylight saving time or have different time zones within the country. It's important to double-check the time difference before scheduling any meetings or events.