You're about to travel one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Don’t take our word for it, 75,000 people voted in this year’s Telegraph Travel Awards which recognised the world’s best destinations, and New Zealand was the clear winner in the world’s best country category.
When you're travelling around this special place, you're going to want to share your adventure with friends and family back home. Obviously your Instagram likes are going to go through the roof – how could they not when you are in the world’s best country.
To get your photos online – you're going to need access to the internet. To share this with the world, the best and most cost effective way is to grab yourself a New Zealand sim card. Just a tip - WiFI in NZ can be expensive.
New Zealand Travel Tip: There are 3 major networks in New Zealand, between them, operating 4 providers. Here is a comparison.
We think the best value provider is 2degrees and their $30 Visitor Combo. Pick up your free traveller sim card from Nomads or Base and for $30 you will get 60 NZ minutes, 60 international minutes (including landlines and mobiles in the UK, USA and landlines in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland), 500 NZ texts and 750 MB of data. 2degrees also have a store on Queen St only 200m from Nomads.
The coverage for 2degrees is more than adequate, and their service is very good.
Another good option is relative newcomer Skinny. Powered by one the major networks Spark, this brand was established specifically for the 18 – 25 y.o market.
Their Big Data combo is valid for 30 days and will give you 300 minutes to NZ and AU, unlimited text and 1 GB of data for $26.
Pick up a Skinny sim card for $2 from New World supermarket on lower Queen St ( close to Nomads Auckland), The Warehouse (close to Base Auckland) or Noel Leeming (close to Nomads Auckland).
Getting up and running with Skinny is a little more painful than 2degrees – not helped by their lack of retail outlets but compensated by their value for money offering.
A relatively high upfront cost of $5 will get you a sim card. They have a kiosk in both Auckland and Christchurch Airports or buy one from any dairy or supermarket. $29 will get you 200 NZ minutes, 200 NZ texts and 500 MB of data. You’ll also get 1 GB of WiFI/Day that can be used at Spark WiFi Hot Spots (e.g phone booths).
Offering the same as allowances as Spark, we can’t recommend Vodafone because of the relative difficulty in getting a sim card (you’ll have to visit a Vodafone store), but data etc. is valid for 60 days rather than 30 days like the other companies.