Look out for the What's On & similar books at airports, hotels etc – they often have 2 for 1 vouchers or discounts at various tourist attraction
s. You will certainly find a stand in all of the airports (often with a stylised i symbol as a heading), at most hotels and motels and while you are travelling around you will also see i-site locations (same stylised i).
McDonalds is one of the few nationwide providers of free Wi-Fi – good for saving on roaming costs. Some cafe's also offer it but usually with purchase, or at least having to ask staff for the password. Most airports give access too, though usually only for a set period (eg 30 minutes). Libraries are another source of free wi-fi.
Note – Be wary and do not log into internet banking etc when on these very public networks - you do not know who else is on the network who may be snooping, so we suggest avoiding password protected sites (banking, email etc) where possible.
Roaming - Avoid the costs
Speaking of roaming costs – pick up a local sim card – these cost NZ$2-5 usually and then add on a plan – $19 is a popular price point and usually includes 100 national minutes, unlimited national text and 500 meg of data (plans vary so check them out).
(I've seen one provider – “2 Degrees” provide free traveller Sim cards at hotels and airports – in with the other brochures – keep your eye out).
Before You Go Anywhere
Many home countries offer a "Safe Travel" style website where travellers can register their travel plans before heading away - if anything happens, your government can then assist you in the event of an emergency or provide information to help keep you safe.