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Old 09-02-2015, 14:10   #1
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Heading To NZ. Cell-WiFi Advice

Hi all,

I'll be in New Zealand next month, joining a boat at Whangarei Port. First time overthere.
I will have about 2 hours in Auckland to get a SIM card and hopefully an Internet connection.

Anyone has a recommendation? Stores at Akl Inter. or near Nakedbus Station in Auckland?

Many thanks!

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Re: HEADING TO NZ. CELL-WIFI ADVICE

Was there two years ago and picked up free SIM card for iPhone at Visitor's Tourism Center (i-Site) at Sky City. Also bought minutes on Vodafone account--worked out of Whangarei and Opua-Pahia. Sky City is under the tower right downtown.
Vodafone’s Travel NZ SIM is now available in the following i-SITE centres:

i-SITE Devonport
i-SITE International Airport
i-SITE Princes Wharf
i-SITE Sky City
i-SITE Waiheke Island
i-SITE Warkworth

Hopefully, you'll be near one of those. IF not, there is an i-Site in Whangarei. Good luck and enjoy.
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Great info!! Many thanks!!
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Re: HEADING TO NZ. CELL-WIFI ADVICE

2 Degrees Mobile is generally the cheapest option. (Vodafone and Spark, formerly Telecom NZ, are the other options and they are generally much of a muchness - although Telecom operates on different frequencies, so make sure your working before you walk away from the store)

There is a Whitcoulls in the International terminal where you can buy a 2Degrees SIM.
Website is here: 2degrees - 2degrees Mobile


You can see all the plans etc available there also.

You have a few options for internet but the simplest is just to include it with your mobile plan and use that. All the networks will offer you a USB dongle if you're that way inclined.

There's free Wifi around the place in typical cafes etc...
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I'll print this out and take it me!!

Thanks guys!
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Vodaphone seems to provide better coverage than Spark in remote locations like Great Barrier Island.


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Coverage is a pretty mute point these days... unless you're talking about 4G (high speed data).

2/ 2.5 / 3G is all pretty well covered.
2Degrees has a slight advantage because they roam on to Vodafones (note the 'f') network when they dont have coverage themselves (or at least they used to).
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