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SIM Cards in New Zealand: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

New Zealand – although most aware of its existence, it is often omitted from world maps.

It is so bad that there is even a dedicated subreddit called Maps without New Zealand on them, with close to 100 000 members.

But what is the country known for? Rugby, the Haka & the Lord of the Rings.

Oh, and the Manuka Honey is phenomenal.

But what can you actually do in the country? A lot.

Sure, you can explore Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, or Wellington, but you would be doing yourself a disservice.

The nature in New Zealand is stunning.

The Abel Tasman National Park is famous. Franz Josef Glacier has unique tours with remarkable views, and you can go on the Hobbiton Movie Set Tours.

In short, there is no reason to be bored in New Zealand.

Before posting amazing New Zealand landscape photos online, you should know that international roaming can be expensive.

So expensive that it could be the same price as your return ticket to and from New Zealand.

Luckily, a way to avoid roaming rates is by using local SIM cards, like one from New Zealand, allowing you to enjoy local rates.

But how much do New Zealand SIM cards cost?

You can get a New Zealand SIM card for as little as 2 NZD (1.20 USD) from Skinny Mobile & 5 NZD (2.95 USD) from Spark, One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand) & 2degrees in their stores and resellers, like convenience stores and grocery stores. SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including Auckland Airport (AKL), Christchurch Airport (CHC), Queenstown Airport (ZQN) & Wellington International Airport (WLG).

If you are flying into Auckland- or Wellington Airport, click on the links above to read about the SIM card options at those airports to save some reading time.

Buying a SIM Card in New Zealand Guide (logos of One NZ, Spark, Warehouse Mobile, Skinny Mobile & 2degrees)

Original publication: 16th of February 2020. Last updated: 18th of February 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in New Zealand?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in New Zealand, I recommend going with One NZ New Zealand (formerly Vodafone New Zealand) or 2degrees. 2degrees, overall, the best mobile operator in the country. One NZ is the fastest (on paper – although 2degrees was way faster on 5G NR).

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New Zealand has three mobile operators and 2 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Spark New Zealand
  • One NZ New Zealand (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)
  • 2degrees New Zealand
  • Skinny Mobile (Spark New Zealand MVNO)
  • Warehouse Mobile (2degrees New Zealand MVNO)
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In this guide, I will only stick to the mobile operators and MVNOs bolded above, as they are the most popular options for travelers.

I decided to stop reviewing MVNOs (in most cases) and spend that testing time on travel eSIMs (like the ones for New Zealand, for example) instead because most Phone Travel Wiz readers avoid MVNOs. But if you really want a SIM card from an unbolded option, you have to do the research yourself, I am afraid.

Anyone is allowed to buy a New Zealand SIM card, including tourists and visitors, from Spark, One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand), 2degrees & Skinny Mobile offering prepaid services without restrictions.

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
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Where Can You Buy a New Zealand SIM Card (+Prices)?

You can get a New Zealand SIM card in Spark (also for Skinny Mobile), One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand) & 2degrees stores. Resellers, like post offices, newsstands & grocery stores, also sell SIM cards. Some airports may sell (tourist) SIM cards (at higher prices).

You can expect to pay the following for New Zealand SIM cards:

  • Spark New Zealand: 5 NZD
  • One NZ New Zealand (formerly Vodafone New Zealand): 5 NZD
  • 2degrees New Zealand: 5 NZD
  • Skinny Mobile: 2 NZD

The following New Zealand mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Spark New Zealand: 29 NZD, 49 NZD, 79 NZD & 129 NZD (Travel SIM)
  • One NZ New Zealand (formerly Vodafone New Zealand): 29 NZD, 59 NZD & 99 NZD (Travel Plans)
  • 2degrees New Zealand: free (Tourist SIM – can be shipped around the world 1)
  • Skinny Mobile: 28 NZD, 48 NZD & 88 NZD (NZ Travel SIM)

Be aware that SIM cards sold at airports can be more expensive than the prices mentioned earlier.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date NZD (New Zealand Dollar) to your currency (let's say USD – US Dollars) exchange rates.

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For reference, below are some exchange rates between NZD and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 NZD = 0.60 USD
  • 10 NZD = 5.95 USD
  • 100 NZD = 59.25 USD

For any other currency, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for New Zealand

The use of (travel) eSIMs has exploded in recent years.

Not only do more phones have eSIM capability (some US-sold iPhones are eSIM-only), but the number of providers adopting technology has proliferated as well.

This includes local mobile operators offering eSIM and platforms selling eSIMs (travel eSIMs).

If you want a local New Zealand eSIM, you can get one from Spark & 2degrees.

If you do not wish to deal with registration for whatever reason, like privacy, consider getting a travel eSIM for New Zealand.

Many eSIM providers have eSIMs for New Zealand and even global eSIMs, which I discuss in my New Zealand eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for New Zealand Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Nzcom, Alosim & Airalo)

Here is a quick introduction to your New Zealand travel eSIM options:

Use these discount codes when getting one of these travel eSIMs:

  • Airalo: FEB15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, FEB10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

If you want to know about all the prices, data options & covered countries (for the regional and global eSIMs), check out my New Zealand eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for New Zealand Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Nzcom, Alosim & Airalo)

New Zealand Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Spark New Zealand, One NZ New Zealand (formerly Vodafone New Zealand), 2degrees New Zealand & Skinny Mobile and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs) 

Let's see what New Zealand mobile operators can offer us.


Spark New Zealand

Spark New Zealand Logo
© Spark New Zealand

Spark New Zealand, just Spark, is the largest mobile operator in New Zealand.

It is also the oldest mobile operator in the country.

However, One NZ New Zealand is the largest in some quarters, so the competition between the two is fierce.

Spark uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: shut down since 2012
  • 3G: 850 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1), 2300 MHz (Band 40) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz/3600 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Spark:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Spark SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Spark New Zealand

Spark has the best coverage in New Zealand.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Below is Spark's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see Spark's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – Spark New Zealand

You can get a Spark SIM card for 5 NZD in Spark stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. SIM cards are also sold at Auckland Airport (AKL) and Christchurch International Airport (CHC).

If you are flying into Auckland- or Wellington Airport, click on the links above to read about the SIM card options at those airports to save some reading time.

Spark New Zealand SIM Card
© Spark New Zealand

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Spark Travel SIM – Spark's tourist offering.

Spark New Zealand NZ Travel Pack Banner
© Spark New Zealand

The following four (previously five) Spark travel/tourist SIM cards are available:

Price 1DataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 2Local SMSInternational SMS 2Validity
29 NZD2 GB200 minutes100 minutes200 SMS100 SMS3 months
49 NZD10 GB200 minutes200 minutes200 SMS200 SMS3 months
79 NZD50 GBUnlimited200 minutesUnlimited200 SMS3 months
129 NZD“Unlimited”, 100 GB 3Unlimited300 minutesUnlimited300 SMS3 months

1 you will be charged 25 NZD, 42 NZD, 68 NZD, or 112 NZD, respectively, if you buy your Spark Travel Pack in the duty-free area of Auckland Airport (AKL) or Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
2 to Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom & the United States
3 100 GB high-speed data, then unlimited @ 1.2 Mbps (slow)

Spark New Zealand Travel SIM Plans

Do note that Spark Travel SIM cards cannot be renewed.

However, if you wish to keep your phone number after three months (validity of each Spark Travel SIM card) or replenish your data, call, or text allowance, you can get a regular Spark prepaid plan.

And all these tourist SIM cards allow for 5G NR access – free of charge.

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
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It is also possible to get a Spark eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for New Zealand because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Spark.

Especially if you get an APAC (Asia-Pacific)-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for New Zealand in my New Zealand eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Nzcom (New Zealand only) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: New Zealand – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: New Zealand (unlimited data eSIMs) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: New Zealand, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my New Zealand eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Spark for now.

Buying an eSIM for New Zealand Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Nzcom, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that Spark offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi) yet.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Spark New Zealand

Spark top-up vouchers are sold in Spark stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout New Zealand.

To top up your Spark SIM card, dial *333, select option 1, enter your phone number, select option 1 again, and enter your VoucherCode.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

You may have to try multiple times or use a different debit or credit card (if you have those) if your initial top-up request gets denied – the New Zealand mobile operators officially only accept NZ-issued cards. Still, you may be lucky (like me after several tries) – do not try virtual (single-use) cards, though – they will not work.

Dial *333 to check your Spark balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Spark NZ app (Android/iOS).

Spark New Zealand App
© Spark New Zealand

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Spark New Zealand

Spark has three data-featured prepaid plans:

All Spark plans can be activated on the Spark NZ app.

I will list all the prices in NZD (New Zealand Dollar).

To convert NZD to your currency (let's say AUD – Australian Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Prepaid Value Packs – Spark New Zealand

The Prepaid Value Packs are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Prepaid Value Packs can be activated on the Spark NZ app:

PriceDataSocial Media Data 2Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
20 NZD1.25 GBN/A200 minutesUnlimited28 days
30 NZD2 GB2 GB300 minutesUnlimited28 days
50 NZD4 GB2 GB500 minutesUnlimited 328 days
80 NZD“Unlimited”, 40 GB 1N/AUnlimited 3Unlimited 328 days

1 40 GB high-speed data, then unlimited @ 1.2 Mbps (slow)
2 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Spotify & Twitter
3 also to Australia

Unused data and minutes will roll over when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

However, you can only carry over a total of 3.5 GB and 500 minutes.

And data and calls in your carryover balance can roll over for up to 365 days.

Spark New Zealand Prepaid Value Packs1
Data Lovers – Spark New Zealand

The Data Lovers are, as the name implies, data plans (with 5G NR access).

Data Lovers can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 258.

PriceDataSocial Media Data 1ValidityActivation Code
20 NZD1.5 GB1 GB28 daysBUY 20DATAROLLL
40 NZD4.5 GB1 GB28 daysBUY 40DATAROLLL

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Spotify & Twitter

Unused data will roll over when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

However, you can only carry over a total of 3.5 GB.

And data in your carryover balance can roll over for up to 365 days.

Spark New Zealand Prepaid Data Lovers1
Data Extras – Spark New Zealand

The Data Extras are data add-ons (with 5G NR access). They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Data Extras can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 258.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
5 NZD100 MB28 daysBUY 5DATA
6 NZDUnlimited4 hoursApp only
9 NZD1 GB 128 daysBUY 9SOCIAL
15 NZDUnlimited24 hoursApp only
20 NZD1 GB28 daysBUY 20DATA
25 NZD2 GB28 daysBUY 23DATA

1 for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Spotify & Twitter only

Spark New Zealand Prepaid Data Extras1

My Review – Spark New Zealand

I had the chance to try out Spark in late 2022.

While it is, for now, the largest mobile operator in New Zealand, it is the slowest and has the worst 4G/LTE coverage experience (according to Opensignal).

Moreover, it has the worst 5G NR coverage and speeds too.

It does not mean that Spark is bad… but there are better options out there, I have to say.

You can read my Spark review here.

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APN/Internet Settings – Spark New Zealand

  • Name: Spark Data
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

One New Zealand Logo
© One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

One NZ, formerly Vodafone New Zealand, is the second-largest mobile operator in New Zealand.

It has, however, overtaken Spark New Zealand numerous times, so it could be the largest at any time.

One NZ uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about One NZ:

* Coverage
* How to Get a One NZ SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

One NZ has extensive coverage throughout New Zealand.

Below is One NZ's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see One NZ's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

You can get a One NZ SIM card for 5 NZD in One NZ stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. SIM cards are also sold at Auckland Airport (AKL), Christchurch International Airport (CHC), Queenstown Airport (ZQN) & Wellington International Airport (WLG).

You may have read that One NZ SIM cards are available for 2 NZD instead. However, that only applies if you order one online… which can only be delivered to New Zealand addresses. Moverover, if you are flying into Auckland- or Wellington Airport, click on the links above to read about the SIM card options there.

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the One NZ Travel Plans – One NZ’s tourist offering.

The following four (previously three) One NZ Travel Plans/tourist SIM cards are available:

Price 1DataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 2Local SMSInternational SMS 2Validity
29 NZD2 GB200 minutesCombined with call allowance200 SMSCombined with text allowance30 days
49 NZD10 GBUnlimited200 minutesUnlimited200 SMS60 days
69 NZD40 GBUnlimited200 minutesUnlimited200 SMS60 days
99 NZD100 GBUnlimited250 minutesUnlimited250 SMS60 days

1 you will be charged 25 NZD, 43 NZD, 60 NZD, or 86 NZD, respectively, if you buy your One NZ Travel SIM in the duty-free area of Auckland Airport (AKL)
2 to Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands (not for 29 NZD plan), Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan (not for 29 NZD plan), Thailand (not for 29 NZD plan), the United Kingdom & the United States

One NZ New Zealand Travel SIM Cards

While these Travel SIM cards are available at airports, they can also be obtained at many One NZ stores and even some resellers.

And all these tourist SIM cards allow for 5G NR access – free of charge.

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Vodafone has no eSIMs yet. However, they are coming mid-2022 in 2023. However, they (initially) will be for postpaid customers only.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for New Zealand, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from One NZ.

Especially if you get an APAC (Asia-Pacific) eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported Asian and Oceanian countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my New Zealand eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Nzcom (New Zealand only) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: New Zealand – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: New Zealand (unlimited data) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: New Zealand, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my New Zealand eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for New Zealand Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Nzcom, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with One NZ.

Note that One NZ offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

One NZ top-up vouchers are sold in One NZ stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout New Zealand.

To top up your One NZ SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 887 or call 777 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 887.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

You may have to try multiple times or use a different debit or credit card (if you have those) if your initial top-up request gets denied – the New Zealand mobile operators officially only accept NZ-issued cards. Still, you may be lucky (like me after several tries) – do not try virtual (single-use) cards, though – they will not work.

Text BAL to 777 to check your One NZ balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My One NZ app (Android/iOS).

My One NZ App
© One NZ

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

One NZ has five data-featured prepaid plans:

All One NZ plans can be activated on the My One New Zealand app.

I will list all the prices in NZD (New Zealand Dollar).

To convert NZD to your currency (let's say AUD – Australian Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Wise Currency Exchange Banner
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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Prepay Combo – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

The Prepay Combo plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Prepay Combo plans are available, which can be activated on the My One NZ app:

PriceDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local/International SMS 1Validity
15 NZD1 GB100 minutesUnlimited28 days
20 NZD1.5 GB200 minutesUnlimited28 days
30 NZD3 GB300 minutesUnlimited28 days
40 NZD8 GB100 minutes100 SMS28 days

1 also to Australia

One NZ New Zealand Prepay Combo Plans
MyFlex Prepay – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

MyFlex Prepay is a customizable plan allowing you to set how much data (with 5G NR access) and how many New Zealand & Australia minutes you want.

Each MyFlex Prepay plan needs at least 250 MB of data and 100 minutes, costing 13 NZD.

With every configuration, unlimited New Zealand & Australia minutes can be added for just 1 NZD.

The following MyFlex Prepay options are available:

Data/Minutes 1250 MB1 GB1.25 GB1.5 GB1.75 GB2 GB3 GB4 GB5 GB8 GB10 GB25 GB40 GB
100 minutes13 NZD15 NZD17 NZD18 NZD20 NZD24 NZD27 NZD32 NZD37 NZD40 NZD42 NZD57 NZD67 NZD
200 minutes14 NZD16 NZD18 NZD19 NZD21 NZD25 NZD28 NZD33 NZD38 NZD41 NZD43 NZD58 NZD68 NZD
300 minutes17 NZD19 NZD21 NZD22 NZD24 NZD28 NZD31 NZD36 NZD41 NZD44 NZD46 NZD61 NZD71 NZD
400 minutes20 NZD22 NZD24 NZD25 NZD27 NZD31 NZD34 NZD39 NZD44 NZD47 NZD49 NZD64 NZD74 NZD
500 minutes22 NZD24 NZD26 NZD27 NZD29 NZD33 NZD36 NZD41 NZD46 NZD49 NZD51 NZD66 NZD76 NZD
Unlimited25 NZD27 NZD29 NZD30 NZD32 NZD36 NZD39 NZD44 NZD49 NZD52 NZD54 NZD69 NZD79 NZD

1 also to Australia

Unused data and minutes will roll over when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

However, you can only carry over a total of 35 GB and 500 minutes.

And data and calls in your carryover balance can roll over for up to 360 days.

One NZ New Zealand MyFlex Prepay

With MyFlex Prepay, you are automatically enrolled into the DataUp program.

With each renewal, you will get 10% bonus data that stacks up.

At your 10th renewal, you will get double the data allowance for the same price.

One NZ New Zealand MyFlex Prepay DataUp
© One NZ
Prepay Boost Data Add-Ons – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

The Prepay Boost Data Add-Ons are, as the name implies, data add-ons (with 5G NR access). They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Prepay Boost Data Add-Ons can only be purchased on the My One NZ app:

PriceDataValidity
5 NZD500 MB1 day
10 NZD750 MB7 days
20 NZD1 GB28 days
25 NZD1.5 GB28 days
45 NZD2.5 GB28 days
Extra Data for Travel Plans – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

The Extra Data for Travel Plans is, as the name implies, 2 GB data add-on valid for 60 days for the One NZ Travel Plans, costing 20 NZD.

Activation is done by texting BUY EXTRADATA to 756.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
20 NZD2 GB60 daysBUY EXTRADATA
One NZ Pass (Chat/Music/Social/Video Pass) – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

The One NZ Passes (Chat/Music/Social/Video Pass) are unlimited data add-ons for select chat, music streaming, social media & video streaming apps. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

One NZ passes can be activated on the My One NZ app:

PricePlanDataValidity
1 NZDChat Pass 4Unlimited 1 day
2 NZDMusic Pass 3Unlimited 1 day
2 NZDSocial Pass 1Unlimited 1 day
3 NZDChat Pass 4Unlimited 7 days
5 NZDVideo Pass 2Unlimited 1 day
5 NZDMusic Pass 3Unlimited 7 days
5 NZDSocial Pass 1Unlimited 7 days
5 NZDChat Pass 4Unlimited 28 days
10 NZDVideo Pass 2Unlimited 7 days
10 NZDMusic Pass 3Unlimited 28 days
10 NZDSocial Pass 1Unlimited 28 days
20 NZDVideo Pass 2Unlimited 28 days

1 for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok & Twitter
2 for Neon, Netflix, Sky Go, TVNZ OnDemand & Vodafone TV
3 for Apple Music, iHeartRadio, Rova, Spotify, SoundCloud & Tidal
4 for Facebook Messenger & WhatsApp

One NZ New Zealand Video Pass
© One NZ
One NZ New Zealand Music Pass
© One NZ
One NZ New Zealand Social Pass
© One NZ
One NZ New Zealand Chat Pass
© One NZ

My Review – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

I had the chance to try out Vodafone in late 2022 before it rebranded to One NZ.

While it is, for now, the second-largest mobile operator in New Zealand, it is also the second-best performer (on paper) according to Opensignal and Speedtest.

What Vodafone does well is that it has the most extensive 5G NR reception.

However, its 5G NR speeds are often not remarkable (speeds you would expect on 4G/LTE or even 3G instead).

But Vodafone does have a large variety of data-featured prepaid plans, which is lovely for those who love choice.

And its SIM cards are sold at all international airports, which its competitors cannot say.

You can read my Vodafone review here.

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APN/Internet Settings – One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

  • Name: VFNZ Internet
  • APN: vodafone

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched. I suspect the APN name (VFNZ Internet) will change in the future, but the name can be whatever (even your name if you want) as long as the APN (vodafone) is set correctly.

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2degrees New Zealand

2Degrees New Zealand Logo
© 2Degrees New Zealand

2degrees New Zealand, just 2degrees, is the smallest and youngest mobile operator in New Zealand.

While 2degrees may be small, it does have a high-quality network.

Right now, it has the fastest 5G NR network in New Zealand.

2degrees uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down in 2018
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 900 MHz (Band 8) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes (but not fore prepaid)
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about 2degrees:

* Coverage
* How to Get a 2degrees SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – 2degrees New Zealand

2degrees has extensive coverage throughout New Zealand.

For some reason, 2degrees joined the 5G NR rollout party late.

While Spark New Zealand and Vodafone New Zealand already had 5G NR early/mid-2021, 2degrees launched its 5G NR network in early 2022 (although it was live in December 2021).

It may be behind now, but it could quickly catch up or be of better quality.

We just have to wait and see.

Below is 2degree's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see 2degree's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – 2degrees New Zealand

You can get a 2degrees SIM card for 5 NZD in 2degrees stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. SIM cards are also sold at Auckland Airport (AKL – Take Home) and near Christchurch International Airport (CHC – 2degrees Frankston, Noel Lemming & The Warehouse) and Wellington International Airport (WLG – The Warehouse).

If you are flying into Auckland- or Wellington Airport, click on the links above to read about the SIM card options at those airports to save some reading time.

2degrees New Zealand SIM Card
© 2degrees New Zealand

Short-term visitors and tourists can order the 2degrees Visitor SIM – 2degrees tourist offering.

It is free and can be shipped worldwide for free too (no delivery costs).

You get 5 international minutes (fixed only) to call to Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, India, Ireland, Samoa, Tonga, the United Kingdom & the United States.

Besides this small benefit, the 2degrees Visitor SIM has no practical benefits, as you can only purchase regular plans with the SIM card.

Besides those perks, regular 2degrees plans can be purchased with the 2degrees Visitor SIM.

You may have to call 200 to activate your 2degrees SIM card.

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It is also possible to get a 2degrees eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for New Zealand, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from 2degrees (in some cases).

Especially when getting an eSIM covering popular APAC (Asian-Pacific) destinations if you do not stay in just New Zealand or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My New Zealand eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Nzcom (New Zealand only) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: New Zealand – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: New Zealand (these eSIMs have unlimited data) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: New Zealand, APAC (15 or 20 countries, depending on the variant), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my New Zealand eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for New Zealand Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Nzcom, Alosim & Airalo)

But let's continue with 2degrees for now.

Note that 2degrees offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – 2degrees New Zealand

2degrees top-up vouchers are sold in 2degrees stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout New Zealand.

To top up your 2degrees SIM card, text your VoucherCode to 201, dial *100#, or call 201 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 201.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

You may have to try multiple times or use a different debit or credit card (if you have those) if your initial top-up request gets denied – the New Zealand mobile operators officially only accept NZ-issued cards. Still, you may be lucky (like me after several tries) – do not try virtual (single-use) cards, though – they will not work.

Text bal to 233 or dial *100*1# to check your 2degrees balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the 2degrees Mobile app (Android/iOS).

2Degrees New Zealand App
© 2degrees New Zealand

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – 2degrees New Zealand

2degrees has four data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in NZD (New Zealand Dollar).

To convert NZD to your currency (let's say AUD – Australian Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Fortnightly Prepay Plans – 2degrees New Zealand

The Fortnightly Prepay Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Fortnightly Prepay Plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 233:

PriceDataLocal Minutes 1Local SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
10 NZD650 MB100 minutesUnlimited14 days10plan14D
15 NZD1.25 GB150 minutesUnlimited14 days15plan14D
20 NZD2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited14 days20plan14D

1 also to Australia

Unused data and minutes will roll over when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

Your carryover balance can roll over for up to one year.

2Degrees New Zealand Fortnightly Prepay Plans1
Monthly Prepay Plans – 2degrees New Zealand

The Monthly Prepay Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Monthly Prepay Plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 233:

PriceDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local/International SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
10 NZD250 MB100 minutesUnlimited1 month10plan1M
19 NZD1.5 GB200 minutesUnlimited1 month19plan1M
30 NZD3 GB300 minutesUnlimited1 month30plan1M
45 NZD8 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month45plan1M
60 NZD15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month60plan1M
85 NZD120 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month85plan1M

1 also to Australia
2 40 GB high-speed data, then unlimited @ 1.2 Mbps

Unused data and minutes will roll over when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

Your carryover balance can roll over for up to one year.

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Data Clock – 2degrees New Zealand

The Data Clock is an unlimited data option (with 5G NR access) from 15 minutes (0.40 NZD) to 1 day (7 NZD). They cannot be purchased as standalone plans, and you need to have a plan worth at least 15 NZD to activate Data Clock.

Data Clock has to be activated on a separate app from the 2degrees app called Data Clock (Android/iOS):

PriceData 1Validity
0.40 NZDUnlimited15 minutes
0.70 NZDUnlimited30 minutes
0.95 NZDUnlimited45 minutes
1 NZDUnlimited1 hour
1.50 NZDUnlimited2 hours
2 NZDUnlimited4 hours
3 NZDUnlimited8 hours
4 NZDUnlimited12 hours
6 NZDUnlimited15 hours
7 NZDUnlimited1 day

1 speed to be reduced to 1 Mbps after exhausting 40 GB in a calendar month

Do note that Data Clock cannot be paused when activated.

You can, however, purchase multiple Data Clocks at a time, which will run after each other.

2Degrees New Zealand Data Clock App
Add-Ons – 2degrees New Zealand

The Add-Ons are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Add-ons can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 233:

PriceDataValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
10 NZD500 MB1 monthBuy 500MBStop 500MB
20 NZD1 GB1 monthBuy 1GBStop 1GB
50 NZD15 GB1 monthBuy 15GBStop 15GB
99 NZD12 GB6 monthsBuy 12GBStop 12GB

Add-ons auto-renew. To cancel auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 233.

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My Review – 2degrees New Zealand

I had the chance to try out 2degrees in late 2022.

On paper, it has the best coverage and the fastest (5G NR) speeds.

And I can confirm this too based on my experiences in multiple cities.

2degrees New Zealand Review by Phone Travel Wiz

APN/Internet Settings – 2degrees New Zealand

  • Name: 2Degrees Internet
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Skinny Mobile

Skinny Mobile New Zealand Logo
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Skinny Mobile, sometimes referred to as just Skinny, is a Spark New Zealand sub-brand.

It is a youth-focused brand. However, anyone, including the elderly, can get Skinny Mobile SIM cards 🤪.

To learn about Skinny Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to Spark New Zealand’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Skinny Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Skinny Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Skinny Mobile

Skinny Mobile is a Spark New Zealand sub-brand, meaning Skinny Mobile uses the Spark New Zealand network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Skinny Mobile, jump to the Spark New Zealand Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Skinny Mobile

You can get a Skinny Mobile SIM card for 2 NZD in Spark New Zealand stores (yes, they are sold there too) and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. SIM cards are also sold at Auckland Airport (AKL) and Queenstown Airport (ZQN).

If you are flying into Auckland- or Wellington Airport, click on the links above to read about the SIM card options at those airports to save some reading time.

Skinny Mobile New Zealand Retailers
© Skinny Mobile

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Skinny Mobile NZ Travel SIM – Skinny Mobile’s tourist offering.

Skinny Mobile SIM Card
© Skinny Mobile

The following three Skinny NZ Travel SIM cards are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local SMS 1Validity
28 NZD2 GB200 minutes200 minutes200 SMS30 days
48 NZD6 GB200 minutes200 minutes200 SMS60 days
88 NZD20 GBN/AN/AN/A60 days

1 also to Australia
2 to Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom & the United States

Skinny Mobile New Zealand NZ Travel SIM

Skinny Mobile NZ Travel SIM cards can be purchased at:

  • Auckland Airport (Relay – arrivals hall) not anymore
  • I-SITE Princess Wharf
  • I-SITE SkyCity
  • Queenstown Airport (Paper Plus – main entrance)

You may have to call 456 to activate your Skinny Mobile SIM card.

Text My Number to 2424 to see your Skinny Mobile phone number.

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Skinny Mobile has no eSIMs.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for New Zealand because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Skinny Mobile.

Especially if you get an APAC (Asia-Pacific)-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for New Zealand in my New Zealand eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Nzcom (New Zealand only) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: New Zealand – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: New Zealand (unlimited data eSIMs) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: New Zealand, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my New Zealand eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Skinny Mobile for now.

Buying an eSIM for New Zealand Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Nzcom, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that Skinny Mobile offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi) yet.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Skinny Mobile

Skinny Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in Spark New Zealand stores (yes, they are sold there), grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout New Zealand.

To top up your Skinny Mobile SIM card, text TOPUP VoucherCode to 2424.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text TOPUP 123456 to 2424.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text BAL to 2424 to check your Skinny Mobile balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Skinny Mobile app (Android/iOS).

Skinny Mobile New Zealand App
© Skinny Mobile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Skinny Mobile

Skinny Mobile has four data-featured prepaid plans:

All Skinny Mobile plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 2424.

I will list all the prices in NZD (New Zealand Dollar).

To convert NZD to your currency (let's say AUD – Australian Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Weekly Prepay Mobile Plans – Skinny Mobile

The Weekly Prepay Mobile Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Weekly Prepay Mobile Plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 2424:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
5 NZD100 MB60 minutes750 SMS7 daysBUY WEEKLY
20 NZD10 GB 1Unlimited 2Unlimited 27 daysBUY20PLAN

1 10 GB high-speed data, then unlimited @ 1.2 Mbps
2 also to Australia

Unused data and minutes will roll over when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

To disable auto-renewal, text STOP to 2424.

Skinny Mobile New Zealand Weekly Prepay Mobile Plans
4-Week Prepay Mobile Plans – Skinny Mobile

The 4-Week Prepay Mobile Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

4-Week Prepay Mobile Plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 2424:

PriceDataLocal Minutes 1Local SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
9 NZD250 MB100 minutesUnlimited28 days9PLAN
17 NZD1.50 GB200 minutesUnlimited28 days17PLAN
27 NZD3 GB300 minutesUnlimited28 days27PLAN
40 NZD5 GB 2UnlimitedUnlimited28 days40PLAN
50 NZD15 GB 2UnlimitedUnlimited28 days50PLAN
70 NZD40 GB 2UnlimitedUnlimited28 days70PLAN

1 also to Australia
2 4.5/12/40 GB high-speed data, then unlimited @ 1.2 Mbps

Unused data and minutes will roll over when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

To disable auto-renewal, text STOP to 2424.

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Data Binge – Skinny Mobile

The Data Binge are unlimited data options (with 5G NR access) from 10 minutes (0.50 NZD) to 12 hours (4 NZD). They can be purchased as standalone data plans.

Data Binge can be purchased on the Skinny Mobile app or by texting DATABINGE to 2424:

PriceDataValidity
0.50 NZDUnlimited10 minutes
1 NZDUnlimited1 hour
3 NZDUnlimited4 hours
5 NZDUnlimited12 hours
Skinny Mobile New Zealand Data Binge

Do note that Data Binge cannot be paused when activated.

You can, however, purchase multiple Data Binge at a time, which will run after each other.

Skinny Mobile New Zealand Data Binge on App
© Skinny Mobile
Data Add-Ons – Skinny Mobile

The Data Add-Ons are, as the name implies, data add-ons (with 5G NR access). They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Data Add-Ons can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 2424:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
4 NZD200 MB7 daysBUY DATA200
8 NZD600 MB7 daysBUY DATA600
10 NZD1 GB28 daysBUY DATA1GB
15 NZD2 GB28 daysBUY DATA2GB
30 NZD5 GB28 daysBUY DATA5GB
Skinny New Zealand Data Add-Ons

APN/Internet Settings – Skinny Mobile

  • Name: Data
  • APN: wapaccess.co.nz

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in New Zealand

Getting a SIM card from One NZ or 2degrees would do you well when considering a New Zealand card.

Going to other places around the world? You should also check out my SIM card buying guides for other destinations worldwide.