NZ’s Cheapest Broadband Plans

If you’re on the hunt for a cheap, no-frills unlimited broadband internet plan, we’ve done the research for you. Compare the cheapest broadband deals in the market with Canstar Blue.

Trying to track down the best and cheapest broadband plans can be confusing. And at Canstar, we should know. It’s part of our job to be across all the broadband deals in the market. And, actually, to be honest, it’s like a full-time job just keeping across all the broadband deals in the market.

For the casual consumer, trying to discover the best deals can be confusing. There is a range of different services available, from ADSL and VDSL to fixed-wireless broadband and fibre. A range of data allowances, from low to unlimited. Plus different upload/download speeds, and a whole load of bonuses and add-ons offered by different broadband providers.

But, ultimately, most Kiwi homes just want basic, unlimited broadband at 100mbps/20mbps, which is fast enough for the demands of most modern families. All providers offer such plans, but clicking through page after page of deals and details to compare them can be a long process.

But don’t worry, that’s exactly what Canstar has done, so you can get a clear picture of the basics. In the following table, we’ve compiled all the standard 12-month broadband plans from the main NZ providers that were researched for Canstar’s Most Satisfied Customers 2021 Award.

Cheapest Broadband Plans

All plans are for 100mbps/20mbps with no home phone line. Unless indicated as an extra, all include a router, although a $15 one-off delivery fee can apply. It’s worth noting that most deals also include early termination fees, should you break your contract early.

Broadband provider

Unlimited Broadband Deal
$ Per Month



(special offer: 6 months free
on 12-month contract)







Stuff Fibre







$85 (+ $106 router)


$85 (+$120 router)



Nova Energy





$94 (2-year contract)

* $15 one-off modem delivery fee / **Only available as part of a power bundle (Prices correct as of 20/10/21)

What’s the Deal with the Cheapest Broadband Plans?

As you can see above, most broadband plans cost between $80 and $95 per month. On paper, Contact’s deal looks cheap, at $59.99, but you need to sign up for power, too, which could cost more than your current electricity provider. Then there is Skinny’s current cut-price deal, offering free broadband for the first six months of a 12-month contract, which equates to just $39 per month.

So why would you pay $85 for Spark’s broadband when you can get the same internet from Skinny? The answer to that poser comes down to the deals and contract lengths.

When looking at the different providers, you have to look carefully at what’s on offer.

Skinny is a no-frills provider. All it does is deliver unlimited broadband. And while its current deal is great, its regular plan price is $78 per month, in line with the other telcos. After a year, your savings will be minimum, unless you change providers – which Skinny won’t want you to do.

Sign up to Spark, however, and you get free Netflix Standard, worth $18.49 per month. So, if you’re already a Netflix subscriber, your Spark internet will effectively cost you just $66.51 per month. But it’s only a great deal if you want Netflix!

If you’re willing to bundle your internet, adding either mobile phone plans or power plans, a world of extra savings awaits. But you need to do your homework. Current deals include:


  • Free Amazon Prime Video for a year when you sign up to a 12-month plan
  • $10 per month discount across all broadband plans if you have a 2degrees pay monthly phone plan

Nova Energy

  • Bundle with gas or electricity for an extra saving of $10 monthly, or both for $20 monthly


  • Add your power and get a 10% bundle discount on both your broadband and power
  • Add a phone plan and get a $5 monthly discount


  • Add power to your Slingshot broadband and receive 10% off your broadband plan and 10% off your power plan.


  • Includes Netflix Standard (HD), worth $18.49 per month
  • Add Neon to your plan for $11.99 per month
  • Free McAfee protection


  • Six-months free broadband when bundled with power
  • $300 account credit
  • Range of joining rewards, including fridges, TVs and washing machines
  • Duel-fuel discounts on gas and electricity


  • $10 per month discount if you already have a Vodafone pay monthly phone plan
  • Vodafone’s rewards scheme
  • SuperWifi, wall-to-wall wi-fi guaranteed or get a $100 account credit

It’s about more than just the cheapest plans

Ultimately, even if you’re after the cheapest broadband, it’s always worth having a look at the deals on offer. But also the small print. Locking yourself into a two-year deal at a fixed price might be a good deal now. But will it still offer good value 24 months from now, especially if you foresee your needs changing?

Customer service is also a huge consideration. If you’re not a tech wizard, it’s reassuring to know that your provider offers great technical advice to ensure your broadband is always up and running.

For a clearer picture of broadband providers in NZ, Canstar Blue rates all the providers in the market annually. We survey thousands of broadband customers and ask them to score their providers across categories including Value for Money, Network Performance and Customer Service.

Canstar Blue’s 2021 review of NZ internet providers compares NOW, 2degrees, Bigpipe, Contact, MyRepublic, Nova Energy, Orcon, Slingshot, Spark, Stuff Fibre, Trustpower and Vodafone and awards the best our 5-Star rating:

See Our Ratings Methodology

The table above is an abridged version of our full research, so to find out more about NZ’s best broadband providers, just click on the big button below:

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About the author of this page

Bruce PitchersThis report was written by Canstar’s Editor, Bruce Pitchers. Bruce began his career writing about pop culture, and spent a decade in sports journalism. More recently, he’s applied his editing and writing skills to the world of finance and property. Prior to Canstar, he worked as a freelancer, including for The Australian Financial Review, the NZ Financial Markets Authority, and for real estate companies on both sides of the Tasman.

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