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NTP Servers For Everyone

In NewZealand

There is a pool of servers at, which provides RoundRobin DNS access to publicly accessible NTP servers that have agreed to be part of the pool.

Many ISPs have NTP servers for their customers:

  • to

or you could try querying your ISP's DNS servers with ntp or ntp1.

Some universities have publicly accessible servers:

  • (Please notify before using)

For a long time WaikatoUniversity had public NTP servers. They are still available but no longer publicly accessible.

In other countries has NTP server pools for many countries.

  • Australia
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Etc. Try, where cc is a country code.

List of public German NTP servers.

Stratum 1 Servers

First: be nice! You shouldn't synchronise to a stratum 1 server for your small network -- if everyone did that then the server would need too much bandwidth. For example. NetGear? hard-coded a public NTP server into some of their consumer products, which eventually ended up using hundreds of Mbits/second of the university's bandwidth, even after they were forced to shut down the server.

The difference in accuracy between syncing to a stratum 1 server and a lower stratum server is negligible.


.nz Registry Services

There are three stratum 1 NTP servers provided by .nz Registry Services (NZRS) for network operators based within New Zealand.

  • in Albany connected to FX?.
  • in Auckland connected to ICONZ and APE.
  • in Wellington connected to FX? and WIX.

All three are Symmetricom S300 NTP servers, each connected to a differential GPS antenna on the roof and each with a rubidium oscillator to provide a stable clock in the event of an issue with the GPS signal. more

The Measurement Standards Laboratory

The standard for time in New Zealand is maintained by the Measurement Standards Laboratory, part of Industrial Research Limited. MSL runs several public NTP servers that are referenced to UTC(MSL).


They are FreeBSD-based servers that are directly connected to their master HP5071A caesium clock. more

United States

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) operates several publicly accessible stratum 1 time servers on the Pacific coast of the US. These servers are referenced to UTC(NIST) using the NIST Automated Computer Time Service (ACTS), a MoDem-based service established in 1988.

  • San Jose, California
  • San Jose, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Mountain View, California

The US Naval Observatory (USNO) operates several stratum 1 time servers from its Alternate Master Clock Facility (AMCF) at Schriever Air Force Base, near Colorado Springs, on the same site as the GPS Master Control Station. These servers are referenced to UTC(USNO).


Hurricane electric operates several stratum 1 servers with good connectivity on the Pacific coast of the US.

  • San Jose, California (CDMA, Endrun Praecis CNTP)
  • Fremont, California (GPS, Symmetricom NTS-150)


The Australian National Measurement Institute (NMI) maintains the Australian time standard, UTC(AUS) using caesium and hydrogen maser standards. NMI maintains a number of NTP servers which are referenced to UTC(AUS). To use these servers, you need to register via Email.

See also