Phones and SIM cards
Save on roaming charges by buying a New Zealand SIM card for your phone. International calling cards are usually cheaper than standard international rates.
Getting a NZ mobile
When you first get to New Zealand, you’ll probably use your cellphone from home—but roaming charges get expensive fast.
The major phone companies in New Zealand are:
All the cellphone providers in New Zealand use SIM cards. If the phone you have uses one, you can usually just buy a NZ SIM and use it with your phone. You can pay for cellphone use either:
- on contract, where you pay a monthly rate for set services, or
- as you go (called pre-pay), where you add money to your account as you need it.
You can buy international calling cards from any convenience store (called a dairy) or supermarket. These are usually cheaper than standard international rates.
In New Zealand:
- local calls are free landline-to-landline, but calls to cellphones cost per minute
- you always need to use an area code to call a landline from a cellphone (Wellington’s area code is 04)
- 0800 numbers are toll free
- 0900 numbers cost to call.