Auckland Traffic Cameras
This site also offers congestion advice on the motorways.
Current highway advice in Auckland re roadworks etc can be found here.
Christchurch Traffic Cameras
Wellington Traffic Cameras
Tauranga Live Traffic Cameras
How to Call Home Cheap or Free in NZ
Mobile phones in New Zealand
If you have an unlocked mobile phone from your home county you should be able to just buy a SIM card in New Zealand from Vodafone NZ. This is usually cheaper than usuing yuor home mobile SIM in New Zealand
Pick up a cheap SIM card from most electrical stores (for approx $35 for Vodafone & Telecom, $5 for 2 Degrees) but can use to call most 0800 numbers free of charge, check with phonecards that you get though as some surcharge you. Always check in store your phone will be compatible before buying the SIM though in case you are from the few countries that can't access this (eg Japan etc)
2 Degrees mobile is the cheapest of all the mobile networks in New Zealand
Vodafone NZ, 2 Degrees & Telecom NZ XT network should all work on your UNLOCKED GSM mobile phone.
Text Messaging in NZ
Another cheap way to keep in touch is with Text messaging with your mobile.
It usually doesn't cost anything to receive a text abroad but can be quite expensive to send texts from New Zealand.
Check with your local mobile company at home if you can roam in New Zealand and how much its likely to cost to call or text.
If you're going to be here for some time it is often better to buy a local mobile sim card.
INTERNATIONAL CALLING SPECIALS from your mobile!
Vodafone Mobile are offering cheap calls to 15 countries, any time of the day or night for just $2 for 60 minutes from your mobile. Note they can amend this offer at any time so always check the website!
Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, India, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Check out full terms & conditions here
Cheap International Phone Cards from New Zealand
The easiest & one of the cheapest way to call abroad from New Zealand is often to buy a local phone card from a newspaper shop. You need to call a local number (this is free from a standard NZ landline) but check with your hotel or hostel whether they offer free local calls otherwise this can add up!
Some hostels provide free local calls, great for phoning home cheap.
You can often call UK, Europe or US from 0.05 NZ cents/min
There are 2 big companies fighting it out for cheapest phone card
Another good site for looking at prices is at
We're not sure what they are like to buy from but they're useful in listing the prices for different destinations. Note they don't list all the phone cards!
For phoning the UK the following is currently the cheapest Note prices can change for check when you purchase the card. (rates in NZ cents/min +GST) :
Tends to be the cheapest phone card for a number of destinations Currently 1.5c -China & UK. 2.5c - OZ, NZ landline (check for mobile rates)
Do not use hotel phones as these often work out extremely expensive.
International calls from your NZ mobile
This phone card seems to be the best on offer if you're using the phone whilst travelling.
Calls start from 5 NZ cents/min (UK, OZ etc) + 19c connection fee (per call)
You can talk to other Skype users for free anywhere in the world as long as you both have Skype on.
You can now get Skype on iPod touch & iPhone.
You could always hitch hike in the summer months not so easy in some of quieter routes such as Mount Cook area or West Coast. Can vary how long takes to get picked up. Often more likely to get lift in quieter areas as I guess people may feel sorry for you, easpecially if it rains!
Carpool King is supposedly the No1 Carpool site in NZ!
Jayride is a site that offers services to help hook you up with other people looking to share a ride.
Best Airline to fly to & from New Zealand?
From the many European flights to and from New Zealand I would rate Emirates, Singapore Airlines & the new service from Air New Zealand from London to Auckland via Hong Kong or LA as the best way to fly to New Zealand.
Each of these companies flights are the best for in flight service and comfort. Air New Zealand frequently has the best leg room on any flight to New Zealand but only flight select routes to Auckland.
All have in flight entertainment second to none with over 400 hours of video entertainment available & stop start when you want on seat back TVs!
If you are flying from provincial city in UK, then Emirates can be good as they fly direct from Scotland or Manchester to Auckland via Dubai. Singapore Airlines flies direct from Manchester to Auckland via Singapore. Each time this means you miss the busy London Heathrow route of Air New Zealand which you may want if you live in the South of England.
Obviously these may not be the cheapest airlines to travel with but I consider them to offer some of the best inflight experiences of any airline in the world. Many of the cheaper airlines offer some perfectly good flights but I am only rating what I consider the best from numerous flights I have made.
Frequent Flyer Programmes
When flying to New Zealand you gain alot of frequent flyer miles. In some countries this isn't well known about. I have spoken to many passengers on flights who didn't know about this only to be missing out on free flights.
What Frequent flyer membership entitles you to is free flights, hotel stays, car rentals & more for each mile you fly with an airline. As you can imagine as New Zealand is one of the longest flights, these miles can build up.
For example a return trip from London to Auckland can accrue enough miles on may schemes to get you a free flight within Europe from London or you can save up the miles for a trip to USA, if you plan on doing more flying.
Once you have frequent flyer membership, it is worth trying to fly with that airline or the same airline alliance.
There are 3 main Airline Alliances:
If you're flying try to fly with airlines within the same alliance as you should get frequent flyer miles no matter which airline in that alliance you fly with. Check out the above links to read more about this.
You can ask to join on-board your flight or information is frequently in your in flight magazine.
Always keep your boarding passes to claim back unclaimed miles in case they don't add them from your trip.
Stopover or not?
Always consider when flying to New Zealand having a stopover for a few days as I can tell you from personal experience you don't really want to consider flying direct unless you are really limited on time as you feel rotten after 24-27 hours flying (and that is if you have short connection times in your stopover airport)
SIngapore Airport has to be one of the best airports in the world. It has frequently been voted the best in the world by a number of travel journalists (it has a cinema in the airport and you can even pay to go for a swim in the pool at a gym).
Dubai airport is ultra modern with a fantastic shopping experience and very pleasant experience for a stopover. There are no problems in regards to it being a muslim country, so don't worry if there are any concerns re this.
Always remember it may be worth booking yourself into a airport hotel if you're there for a few hours as I know how difficult it is to get a good sleep on the plane's and you need it if you flight is 24 hours! Sometimes you can just book in for 4-6 hours if you are only on a short stopover. So google your airport and check to see what hotel facilities they offer at the airport.
Free Internet & WiFi
Most of the libraries in New Zealand now offer free internet.
Auckland and Nelson/Marlborough libraries offer free internet at the library and the later also offers free wifi!
Some hostels offer free wifi:
Some I've stayed at include the excellent Bug Hostel in Nelson
Most internet cafe's have skype to call home and even have webcam including Nelson/Marlborough Region libraries which is an excellent free service.
Otherwise there are some nationwide internet service such as Internet Access Company NZHere you can buy internet access for your own computer as you travel around but if so many libraries offer free internet then it may not be worth it