I heard about the WiFi issues in NZ before I came here, so it's the first country where I actually had to buy a sim card to make sure I had access to important info if I needed it.
For most of my South island trip, it wasn't too hard to find a place with WiFi (thanks to using WiFi to first Google places with WiFi!) It wasn't the best, but it wasn't horrid. It sucked having to pay for it in most accommodations, but at least I was prepared.
But now I'm in Wellington and holy hell it just took me 3 hours to find a place with WiFi, that also worked. My accommodation sells it for $10nzd a day! This is the capital of NZ, for chrissakes. And this was using Google to first pinpoint places likely to have it!
Now that I've finally been able to update family that I'm safe, get some essential trip planning done, and shoot a birthday message to a relative, I'm almost able to go explore the city I'm in. Which is good since there's only five hours of daylight left! I was initialy hoping to have a cup of coffee and spend an hour getting some work done now that I'm "in the city." Ha!
<End rant> I'm a little over caffeinated from buying multiple cups of Joe at places that supposedly had it.
Fellow travelers, best be prepared for this forced "quaint" experience. Invest in some serious data! And if you are a digital nomad, best have plan b through z. And don't buy the coffee until you check and double check that connection!