Female hockey players fit within youth or senior registrations, and this is matched by women's national teams, which are U18 and senior womens.

At the youth level however female players play in the NZPIHL and NZMIHL until they turn 17, and from then they play in the NZWIHL.

The NZIHF runs a number of events to encourage female players to take up the sport. These include International Girls Hockey Day and the Girls Global Game.