New Zealand has three mobile network operators: 2degrees, Vodafone, and Spark. The last two have been operating in New Zealand since the 1990s, while 2degrees started in 2009, bringing a fresh approach and lower prices to the mobile space, with usage combos starting from only $9. They offer free travel SIM cards to keep visitors connected while travelling, and coverage in almost 99% of the key areas in New Zealand. 2degrees are the only mobile network in NZ that allows you to make calls over WiFi, which comes in handy when visiting more remote places. If your mobile phone has roaming, that’s great, but it works out more cost-effective to invest in a local prepaid SIM card.
Internet, usually broadband, can be found at cyber cafes, accommodation providers, i-SITE Visitor Information Centres, and public libraries. Many public PCs are coin-operated ($1 & $2) and typical costs are $6 per hour. Libraries are often cheaper, and sometimes free. If you’re travelling with a laptop and your room doesn’t have Wi-Fi, try the public areas of your hotel, libraries or cafes with a wireless hotspot. Mobile phone providers also offer prepaid mobile broadband, such as 2degrees data-only NZ SIM.
Search out a SIM card that is tailored to the needs of travellers, such as the 2degrees Visitors SIM card, as they will have the best deals for international calls and text. 2degrees Carryover Combos last a full month and when you renew your combo you won’t lose any unused data.