Vodafone is New Zealand’s largest 5G mobile network, 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 selected parts of many NZ cities with more locations being added constantly. Get fast and reliable internet, on the go.
What you need to be 5G ready, set, go!
Where you can get 5G
5G is now available in parts of Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Manawatū-Whanganui, Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch, Queenstown, and more. Go 5G with Vodafone NZ!
And 5G Roaming is now available in selected countries, including Australia. See our list of 5G Roaming countries.
5G Broadband is also available for homes and businesses within 5G Broadband coverage areas.
Vodafone ensured NZ was the 22nd country globally to get 5G mobile technology; the network was switched on in December 2019.
Following completed 5G upgrades in the Bay of Plenty and Manawatū, independent testing conducted by global leader umlaut in November 2021 and August 2021* respectively shows Vodafone is the leading mobile provider in each region for voice calls and data performance. The Vodafone network is more than 3 x faster than any other mobile operator in both the Bay of Plenty and the Manawatū regions, 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 & 13 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
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
How can I access 5G?
5G is already available in select NZ cities and we will continue to expand and roll out 5G to more towns and cities. So keep an eye out on our 5G coverage map.
If you are looking for 5G Broadband for your home look at our Wireless Broadband plans.
How fast is 5G?
As we get more spectrum and build out our 5G network, speeds will increase and will eventually have the potential to be up to 10x faster than 4G.
When will I be able to get 5G in my area?
Please keep an eye on our coverage map as we will update this as more places go live with 5G. While we cannot guarantee dates of when 5G will be rolled out to specific areas, we will continually provide updates on our 5G roll out and mobile cell site upgrades.
How much will I pay for 5G?
How can I tell if my plan is 5G ready?
You can also check if your plan is 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?
If you are on a capped plan, we recommend you upgrade to a plan with unlimited data, so that you don’t run out of data.
Will 5G work on my current phone?
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.
What does latency mean, and why does 5G reduce latency?
On a network with lower latency like 5G, content could load in just a few milliseconds.
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.