What is Mobile & Digital TV coverage like in New Zealand.
Overall, New Zealand has good cellphone coverage, 5G, 4G, 3G, Dual Carrier and 2G mobile networks provide coverage in 98.5% for New Zealand with the three major providers, Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees along with several smaller operators providing the digital service.
Cellphones and SIM cards can be picked up at our major airports upon entry into the country as required. Most major malls have Telecom and Vodafone outlets where phones and cards may be obtained.
Both Telecom and Vodafone offer a txt message service for visitors, allowing you to send your location updates and movements to a central database. Here the data is stored and can be accessed by New Zealand Police in the event of a family emergency at home or any situation where they may need to contact you. That number is 7233 (SAFE).
As is the case within most countries, there are areas where cellphone signals can not penetrate. This is particularly so in the mountainous areas of New Zealand. If you intend hiking in the wilderness, do not depend on a cellphone for communication in an emergency. Mountain radios, and ELB’s (Emergency Locator Beacons) can be rented for the duration of your hike for a reasonable fee.
Television in New Zealand is now all digital you can download a app and watch TV on Demand, Endless viewing is at your fingertips! You can watch whatever your heart desires: local and international dramas, documentaries, sci-fi, your all-time favourites, kids, live and everything in between.