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Local telephone numbers have a two-digit area code and seven-digit local number. Drop the zero in the area code if you are calling from overseas. Note that you will need to dial the area code for out-of-town calls even if the town you are calling has the same area code
There are three main providers of Cellular/Mobile Phones. SIM cards are available at most major retailers:
Toll-free numbers start with 0800 or 0508 followed by six digits. Premium-rate numbers start with 0900 followed by five digits.
The operator is 010 for national and 0170 for international. Directory assistance is 018 for national and 0172 for international.
The emergency number in New Zealand is 111.
Alternatively, before you leave to go to New Zealand you can opt to purchase a prepaid SIM card to avoid the hassle of looking for one upon arrival and not to spend a fortune on international roaming with your home provider. Among some of the most popular prepaid SIM cars for New Zealand are those by TravelSim and OneSimCard. Beware that you can use them only with an unlocked GSM phone. However, if you purchase the one from TravelSim you get a free unlocked cell phone with the card. It is a prepaid service that offers coverage in over 200 countries, including New Zealand. If your trip will be relatively short, they also provide renting options as well (this option is only available for individuals in the US). This is a great way to stay in touch with your friends and family around the world!