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 09
Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Central Plateau 07
East Coast, Hawkes Bay,Wanganui, Manawatu and Taranaki 06
Wellington region 04 & 06
South Island 03
Telephone Directory Assistance in NZ 018
International Directory Service 0172
International calls from a landline telephone in New Zealand range in price from around $0.50 cents to $2.80 per minute, depending on the country you are calling. For definitive prices contact Telecom.
0800, 0508 and 0900 Numbers:
In New Zealand 0800 (Telecom) and 0508 (TelstraClear) numbers are toll free – but generally only within New Zealand.
0900 numbers incur a charge – usually between $0.99 cents and $1.99 per minute.
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:
New Zealand has three major mobile phone providers – Telecom, Vodafone and 2Degrees.
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.
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.
Internet cafes are also prolific and can be found in most major tourist centres. Rates typically range between $5 and $10 an hour, and many are open 7 days a week.
All libraries have internet connection.
Holiday parks have internet kiosks and connections
Most major hotels and backpacker hostels also have internet facilities – generally open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are five national free-to-air TV stations in New Zealand: TV1, TV2, TV3, C4 (music channel) and Prime.
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.