Vodafone is New Zealand’s 5G mobile network leader, offering 5G mobile services in more places, and covering more Kiwis than any other provider. With Vodafone, you can get the newest mobile technology in parts of Auckland, Tauranga, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Get fast and reliable internet, on the go.
What you need to be 5G ready, set, go!
Where you can get 5G
Yes, 5G is now available in parts of Auckland, Tauranga, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Go 5G with Vodafone NZ!
And 5G Roaming is now available in selected countries, including Australia. See our list of 5G Roaming countries.
Vodafone ensured NZ was the 22nd country globally to get 5G mobile technology; the network was switched on in December 2019.
As of February 2021, 5G Broadband is also available for homes and businesses within 5G Broadband coverage areas.
Following 5G upgrades in Manawatū, independent testing conducted by global leader umlaut in August 2021* shows Vodafone is the leading mobile provider in the region for voice calls and data performance. The Vodafone network is more than 3 x faster than any other mobile operator in the Manawatū region, also providing clearer calls with faster connections, and the largest 5G footprint.
To build New Zealand’s largest 5G mobile network, we will need to schedule temporary outages to protect the health and safety of our technicians and engineers while they work on improving our digital infrastructure. This means your phone or internet connection may be interrupted for a few hours, or up to a few days, while these upgrades are taking place.
See here for our planned mobile network upgrades to check whether work is taking place in your area.
Want to enjoy 5G now?
Choose from our 5G capable phones
Apple's iPhone 12 range of mobile phones all come with 5G.
For Android, both OPPO and Samsung have a selection of 5G capable phones to choose from.
Discover our 5G phones
5G is set to enhance your life
5G is the next generation of mobile connectivity and will power a network unlike anything you’ve ever seen, until now. It starts with your smartphone; here you’ll notice brilliant voice quality and near-instant connectivity to the web. This will make streaming in HD easier than ever, even when you’re on the move.
But in time, you’ll see the effects of the 5G network make even more exciting things come to life. For starters, you’ll be able to transform your home into a smart home and access your devices and appliances, via the cloud.
You’ll be able to enjoy multiplayer online gaming with near-zero lag, putting you in the heart of the action in high definition. Your family will also be able to stream movies and TV in stunning 4K simultaneously across multiple devices. And all this is just the beginning.
What makes 5G better?
The fifth generation (5G) mobile network enables faster speeds, lower latency (lag) and expands the potential of connected devices. 5G offers a leap forward in speed, reliability and connectivity.
The benefits of 5G are wide-ranging — from helping expand free-range working options, to offering greater Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities to turbocharge New Zealand's economy, and powering better esports and gaming. 5G can also help foster greater digital inclusion by enabling community benefits such as improved health, education, and social outcomes.
Vodafone customers with a 5G-enabled smartphone can currently automatically access 5G for no extra charge. To check the coverage area, you can visit www.vodafone.co.nz/coverage. Find out what 5G can do. Go you.
Frequently asked questions
Why has the date for the 5G add-on changed from 1 July 2020 to 1 July 2022?
How can I access 5G?
If you are looking for 5G Broadband for your home find out more here.
How much will I pay for 5G?
Why is there a charge for 5G?
Is 5G for me?
How can I tell if my plan is 5G ready?
You can also check if your plan if 4G capable by looking in the notification bar (usually on the top section of your screen). If you can see “4G”, it means your plan is 4G capable and therefore 5G ready.
What’s the difference between a 5G ready plan and having 5G access?
How much data will I use on 5G? Do I need to be on a plan with unlimited data?
Will 5G work on my current phone?
What 5G phones are available with the launch of 5G?
Now, there are a lot more 5G phones available, take a look at Samsung's Galaxy S20+ 5G, and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. phones. From Apple, there are new iPhone models with 5G like iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
You can buy a Vodafone approved 5G phone from Vodafone NZ and other selected retailers.
I live outside of the areas where 5G will be available at launch, should I buy a 5G phone now?
We cannot guarantee dates of when 5G will be rolled out to specific areas, but will continually provide updates on the 5G roll out.
Can I use a 5G phone that was bought outside of New Zealand or parallel imported, to access Vodafone NZ’s 5G network?
Vodafone-approved handsets are fully tested and compatible with the full suite of Vodafone NZ services and frequencies.
When will 5G start to roll out around New Zealand?
Which areas will get 5G first?
When will I be able to get 5G in my area?
Our goal is to bring 5G coverage to 90% of New Zealanders within 3 to 5 years.
We cannot guarantee dates of when 5G will be rolled out to specific areas, but will continually provide updates on the 5G roll out
How fast is 5G?
What does latency mean, and why does 5G reduce latency?
What about 4G?
Is this really 5G – or more like 4.5G or 4.9G?
We’re launching 5G in the most popular global spectrum band (3.5GHz). This technology will form the foundation upon which we will build our 5G network through 2020 and beyond – and has been tested in live international networks including Vodafone Italy (which launched 5G in June).
Due to mobility management and 4G/5G carrier aggregation features, our customers will move seamlessly between networks.
Can I use 5G when I am roaming overseas?
Will the 5G network support eSIM capability?
If you want to stay up to date on our eSIM launch, you can register your interest here.