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Rural Broadband

A fast and reliable internet connection for remote and hard to reach locations.


We're bringing Rural Broadband to more places than ever before

Vodafone is part of the Rural Connectivity Group (RCG). A joint venture between the Government and Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees working together to deliver phase 2 of the rural broadband initiative by December 2022.
80% of rural New Zealand can access broadband

We're connecting 30, 500 more households.

67 percent of mobile blackspots

We'll cover 67% of mobile blackspots.

20 percent more 111 coverage

More IoT coverage.

780 kms of new state highway coverage

Adding 780 Kms of new state highway coverage.

400 new cell-sites

An additional 400 cell sites built by 2022.

Rural Broadband coverage

Enter your service address to see rural wireless broadband coverage in your area.

Guide to using the coverage map

3G Aerial – You are in Vodafone 3G coverage. A technician is required to install an aerial and setup your Rural Broadband service.

4G Aerial – You are in Vodafone 4G coverage. A technician is required to install an aerial and setup your 4G Rural Broadband service.

4G PnP – “4G Plug and Play” means you are within very good or excellent Vodafone 4G coverage. Just call Telesales on 0800 32 76 74 or visit your local Vodafone Retail store, to purchase a 4G modem and just plug and play. No installation required.

4G Voice, or 4G calling is also known as VoLTE, which allows calls to be made over Vodafone’s 4G network. To be able to make a call in one of these 4G only areas, you need to be on a VoLTE enabled plan and have a VoLTE enabled device that has been updated with the latest manufacturers’ software. See our FAQs about VoLTE for more information including eligible devices and indicative timings of when to expect a software update.

Please note:  The above map is indicative only and intended to provide general guidance on where rural broadband coverage is available.  Please call us to check what is available at your specific address.

Rural Broadband plans

Getting set up

We’ll usually get started on your installation within 10 working days of signing up. To make sure you're available for the installation, we'll let you know the expected installation date and contact you 24 hours before we arrive.

Before we arrive, we'll check your broadband coverage and let you know if you need more than a basic installation or additional cabling. We'll even give you a full break down of the costs involved. We won't begin the installation unless you are happy with any additional costs. If Rural Broadband doesn't work correctly after installation, no charges will apply.

Find out what your Rural Broadband installation includes and the necessary approvals you need to obtain before we arrive.

Please note you are responsible for obtaining all necessary approvals and consents for the installation of Rural Broadband.

Types of installations

Standard installation: 

Price: $99 (incl GST) standard installation on a 24 month term.

Premium installation:

Price: $199 (incl GST) premium installation on a 24 month term.

Rural Broadband: A few things you need to know before installation

Your Rural Broadband installation includes

Installation of a directional antenna. This is installed on the roof facing the nearest Vodafone cell site

  • Cabling from the antenna to the 4G wireless modem
  • Connection of your main computer to the modem and checking broadband is working
  • Transfer of one landline number to the Vodafone wireless service if you selected Rural Broadband and Calling

Necessary approvals and consents

You need to collect the following approvals and consents before we arrive:

  • The installation of the Rural Broadband antenna, cable and equipment at your premises
  • Any alterations to your premises needed to install the equipment. (For example, drilling of holes to attach the antenna for antenna attachments and cables)
  • Allowing our technicians access to your premises

What’s included in a Standard installation

Standard installation will be carried out if:

  • Your home is easily accessible
  • It has just a single storey
  • If it’s made from brick or wood
  • If the modem can be placed next to an exterior wall
  • Modem requires less than 10 metres of cabling

What’s included in a Premium installation

Premium installation will be carried out if:

  • Your home is built from concrete, steel or glass
  • It has 2 or more storeys
  • Roof access is difficult or has a pitch of more than 15 degrees
  • Scaffolding or elevated platform work is required
  • The modem can't be placed next to an internal wall
  • Modem requires more than 10 meters of cabling
  • Cabling needs to be installed behind interior walls
  • The house shape makes it difficult to install the antenna
  • The modem needs to be located in an area not easily accessible from outside

4G coverage is not available everywhere and requires a capable device.  For coverage and what you need go to *Customers must have one bill for their Rural Wireless Broadband and eligible On Account mobile for a $10 monthly discount of their On Account mobile plan to apply. The discount will cease to apply if you no longer have your Rural Broadband connection. Traffic management policy applies.

Talk to a Rural Specialist

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Vodafone stores with Rural Specialists

North Island

South Island

36 Victoria Street


188 Burnett Street


2 Peel Street


96 Market Street


Cnr Hukanui & Comries Roads, Chartwell


209-233 George Street


209 Russell Street


111 Mackay Street


99 Kerikeri Road


11 Weld Street


188 Oxford Street


3/20 Don Street


192-200 Queen Street


230 High Street


74 Arawa Street


Richmond Mall, Cnr Croucher & Talbot Streets


134 Dickens Street


150 Thames Street


Shop 9A, Centre City

New Plymouth

42 Beach Street


The Plaza Shopping Centre

Palmerston North

15 Ashley Street


103 King Street


288 Stafford Street


1170 Amohau Street


Shop 10, Spencer House


5 Horomatangi Street


163 Palmerston Street


306 Cameron Road



1/119 Alexandra Street

Te Awamutu


R21 Cnr Te Rapa Straight & Avalon Drive

Te Rapa


61 Victoria Avenue



Queen Street



232 The Strand



4 Port Road




Instore Rural Specialists  
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