Getting Online in New Zealand

We are often asked about access to the internet while on a New Zealand self drive tour. The latest government figures, released in March 2017, show that more than one third of New Zealand is now connected to the internet using Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB). UFB is capable of peak speeds of more than 1000 megabits per second, much faster than the speeds available to most consumers in North America.
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Those who travel around New Zealand on a self drive itinerary often want to keep in touch with the folks back home. This is a summary of the current state of high speed internet access in New Zealand.

The NZ broadband usage data released today shows the number of New Zealand households, businesses, schools and hospitals connected to Ultra Fast Fibre broadband (UFB)  has increased by 12 per cent in the past three months. This means that uptake in UFB is now at 33.3 per cent in UFB enabled areas of New Zealand.

Communications Minister Simon Bridges, said: "It's encouraging to see that strong demand for UFB is continuing, as connectivity continues to improve across New Zealand. "The first phase of the UFB roll-out is nearing completion with 73.8 per cent of the fibre broadband build in the allocated areas completed.

The objective is to make UFB available to more than 84 per cent of New Zealanders by the end of 2024.

Ultrafast fibre broadband can reach peak speeds of more than 1000 megabits per second and the  number of users able to connect to UFB increased by 41,441 this quarter, bringing the total number of users to date at 1,103,874. Meanwhile the price gap between fibre broadband connections and the older ADSL and VDSL connection types is closing and ultra fast fibre plans typically now cost the same as the slower copper plans.


The ambition to make UFB widely available in New Zealand was first announced by the government in 2009 and is expected to reach 80% of the population by 2020. Now it’s been confirmed by Minister for Communications Simon Bridges that the reach of the expanded network will be between 84-85% by 2024. 

So you can look forward to enjoying your favorite Netflix drama series when traveling around New Zealand, although you should be aware that Netflix and their competitors often don't make the same content available as that in the US. 


If you have any specific questions about exactly where UFB is available, ask one of the team at New Zealand Vacations by clicking here.

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • May 25, 2017