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Keeping in touch during your holiday
Need to contact all your friends and family to tell them how awesome New Zealand is? It’s easy.
Need to contact all your friends and family to tell them how awesome New Zealand is? It’s easy!
New Zealand currently operates on a 3G network (4G in cities) and there are three main mobile phone providers, Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees. All providers offer prepaid Sim cards with data, phone minutes and texts, so check out the websites to see what the best plan is for you. Mobile reception is good in most places however it can be patchy in remote and mountainous areas.
If you’re wanting to buy a phone while here, they go for as little as $20 and are available from most large retailers. The best place to grab a cheap phone is probably the Warehouse which is like Big W and Walmart. SIM cards can be picked up in most supermarkets and dairies (convenience stores) around the country.
Internet is available throughout the country and in many hotels and motels you'll get a set amount of free minutes or there will be a small charge for internet use. In the main tourist areas Spark has set up free WiFi zones, register once and take advantage of free internet, check out their website for more information.