New Zealand Infrastructure
Here you will find information on New Zealand's infrastructure, including New Zealand phone systems, emails and internet access, newspapers, TV stations and electricity information.
New Zealand Phone Systems
The number to call in an emergency is 111.
Calls between local landlines in New Zealand are free.
National calls within New Zealand from a landline telephone cost around 20 cents per minute off-peak (6pm – 8am), and 60 cents during peak hours (8am – 6pm).
|Auckland and Northland||
|Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Central Plateau||
|East Coast, Hawkes Bay,Wanganui, Manawatu and Taranaki||
04 & 06
|Telephone Directory Assistance in NZ||
|International Directory Service||
0800, 0508 and 0900 Numbers:
In New Zealand 0800 (Telecom) and 0508 (TelstraClear) numbers are toll free – but generally only within New Zealand.
Most cities/towns have public telephone boxes. Most public phone boxes require phone cards, but a few will accept coins. Phone cards can be purchased from convenience stores, petrol stations and book shops, and come in $5, $10, $20 and $50 denominations.
Mobile Phone Systems
Vodafone New Zealand operates on a GSM 900 MHz frequency. If your phone also operates on this frequency, and is not locked to your home network, it should work in New Zealand.
If your phone uses Global Roaming it should work as normal.
Vodafone also makes a Prepay Connection Pack for visitors to New Zealand. The pack contains a local Vodafone Simcard and $15 of prepay airtime, and costs $35. To purchase a Prepay Connection Pack call in to any Vodafone branch nationwide.
Emails and Internet Access
Internet access in New Zealand is widespread – in the 2006 census two-thirds of New Zealand homes were connected to the internet (www.stats.govt.nz).
Most major hotels and backpacker hostels also have internet facilities – generally open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sky (pay-for-view satellite TV) is also available in most hotels and features channels such as CNN, HBO and the Discovery Channel.
New Zealand electricity runs at 230/240 volts (50 hertz). Many accommodation options also have 110 volt AC sockets for use with electric razors.
Power sockets only accept flat three-pin (with earth connection) or two-pin plugs.
Most foreign electrical equipment will require an adapter/converter - available at visitor information centres, tourist shops, appliance stores, or buy online through Dick Smith Electronics.