Take a look at these tips to make sure you’re able to maintain phone and internet access on your next New Zealand holiday.
Roaming data plans with your regular phone provider don’t come cheap, so consider purchasing a local SIM card and travel call and data plan when you visit New Zealand. There are some great options to help keep you connected to both your family and friends back home, as well as your travel companions. Here are some excellent options for travel plans:
***Prices as of August 2017***
Vodafone Travel SIM
$29 gets you:
1GB of data
200 minutes to use in New Zealand or to call back home
200 text messages to use in New Zealand or to send back home
Note: some country restrictions apply for international calls and texts
Skinny Holiday SIM
$26 gets you a 14-day travel package including:
1.5GB of data
100 minutes for calls to New Zealand or Australia
200 text to New Zealand and Australia
100 international calling minutes
Spark Travel Pack
$29 gives you the following with a 1 month expiry:
1GB of data
200 New Zealand minutes
100 international minutes
200 New Zealand texts
50 international texts
1GB free WiFi per day at Spark hotspots across New Zealand
A lot of hotels, restaurants and tourism establishments in New Zealand will offer guests free WiFi with an access code or password. Be sure to ask if there is free WiFi available at your hotel or in other venues while travelling and take advantage of calling your loved ones back home for free!
Some of New Zealand’s major cities have also adopted free WiFi in the city centres. These cities include: Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Dunedin.
Another great option for free WiFi is the library - New Zealand’s public libraries all offer a free WiFi service for patrons to access, just remember to keep your voice down if you’re calling home!
If you don’t want to get a local SIM for your phone, you can opt for a calling card to use with New Zealand’s public phone network. Calling cards can be used to ring international countries for a specified amount of time and are generally very cost effective.
Note: most public phones in New Zealand don’t take cash, a credit card or calling card is generally necessary if you are wanting to make a call from a public phone