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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 300/100mbps. So to help you get a clearer picture of what’s on offer, 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 Broadband Award, plus bundle providers, such as Electric Kiwi.

Cheapest broadband plans

Below is an overview of 300/100Mbps broadband deals on offer from major providers in New Zealand.

Broadband Provider Unlimited Broadband Deal
$ Per Month
Modem shipping: $10
$68.75 (Includes current deal: 1 month free on 12-month contract)
($59.58 with $27 or above 4-weekly Skinny mobile plan)
Save further $5/m for 12 months for BYO modem.
Free modem on 12-month plan. $150 on open term.
Standard price: $75/m
Only offers broadband + power bundles
Bundle deals only, no fixed term:
$49: broadband + power
$70: fibre broadband + power
Slingshot* $77 (Includes deal: $20/m discount on 12-month contract)
(Current deal also includes extra $100 bonus credit, bringing total cost to $68.66/m for first 12 months)
BYO modem or rent one for $5/m
Standard price: $97/m
2degrees* $80 (Includes deal: $17/m discount on 12-month contract)
($70 with 2degrees monthly mobile plan)
BYO modem or rent one for $5/m
Bigpipe $79
$49 connection fee applies
Electric Kiwi
Only offers broadband + power bundles
$2.65/day (equivalent to $80.60/m)
BYO modem or buy/rent-to-buy one for $150.
Sky Broadband Non-Sky TV subscriber: $90 | Subscriber: $80
(Sky Starter Package, $25.99/m)
(Current deal: 50% off for first three months,
equal to $78.75/m | $70/m for first 12 months.)
One NZ* $91/m
($81/m with One NZ pay monthly mobile plan)
BYO modem or rent one for $4/m on 12-month plan
No fixed term with BYO modem
Nova Energy* $95 broadband only (no fixed term)
$75: broadband + power
Now $95
(10% power bundle discount + $5 per added mobile plan)
BYO modem or buy one for $120
Orcon* $97
Spark Modem extra $150,
or BYO on fibre plans*
(Includes Standard Netflix worth $18.49/m,
equivalent to $78.51/m.
Plus McAfee Security Standard,
worth $4.95/m)

*$15 one-off modem delivery fee (Prices correct as of 28/02/24)

What’s the deal with the cheapest broadband plans?

As you can see above, most broadband plans cost around $80/m. On paper, Contact’s deal appears cheap. But to take advantage of its low-cost broadband, you must sign up for power, too, which could cost more than your current electricity provider.

Then there are Skinny’s current deals:

Skinny is offering free broadband for the first month of a 12-month contract, which equates to just $68.75/m. And for those with a Skinny mobile plan, just $58.75/m.

So why would you pay $97 for Spark’s broadband when you can get the same internet from Skinny or 2degrees for a lot less? 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.

No frills vs bonuses

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 $75/m; that’s still a good deal, but it’s not miles below what’s on offer from other telcos.

Sign up to Spark, however, and you get free Netflix Standard, worth $18.49/m, indefinitely, as part of the deal. So, if you’re already a Netflix subscriber, your Spark internet will effectively cost you just $78.51. Plus you get McAfee Security Standard, worth $4.95/m, and a $4 discount on a NEON subscription. But it’s only a great deal if you want Netflix or can make use of the other discounts!

The same can be said for Sky Broadband, if you’re a Sky TV customer your broadband will only cost you $80/m – plus you get 50% off your first three months. And, likewise, if you’ve a One NZ pay monthly mobile plan, One NZ’s broadband is just $81.

So 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 cheapest broadband deals include:


  • $18/m discount on 12-month contract
  • $10/m discount across all broadband plans if you have a 2degrees pay monthly phone plan

Nova Energy

  • Bundle with electricity for $20/m off cost of broadband


  • 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


  • 1 month’s free broadband on 12-month plan
  • Save $10 per month on broadband plans while you have an active eligible Skinny mobile plan
  • BYO modem and save further $60 over first 12 months

Sky Broadband

  • Current deal: 50% off for first three months, equal to $78.75/m | $70/m for first 12 months.


  • $20/m discount on 12-month contract + $100 joining credit on 12-month plan
  • $20 discount when you bundle broadband and power + $250 joining credit on 12-month plan
  • $30 discount when you bundle broadband, power and mobile. Plus an extra $5 / month off for every additional mobile


  • Includes Netflix Standard (HD), worth $18.49/m
  • Includes McAfee Security Standard, worth $4.95/m
  • Add NEON for $13.99/m, usually $17.99/m

One NZ

  • $10/m discount if you already have a One NZ pay monthly phone plan
  • Rewards scheme
  • SuperWifi, wall-to-wall wi-fi guaranteed or get a $100 account credit

It’s about more than just the cheapest broadband plans

Ultimately, if you’re after the cheapest broadband plan, it’s always worth shopping around. And don’t forget to check 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?

And while bundling broadband and power can offer tempting discounts, it’s only a good deal if both services come at reduced prices.

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.

Compare Broadband with Canstar Blue

To help you get a clearer picture of broadband providers in NZ, Canstar Blue rates all the big providers annually. We survey thousands of broadband customers and ask them to score their providers across categories including Overall Satisfaction, Value for Money and Customer Service. We then award the best broadband providers our Star Ratings and Most Satisfied Customer Award.

See Our Ratings Methodology

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

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About the author of this page

Bruce PitchersThis report was written by Canstar’s Editor, Bruce Pitchers. Bruce has three decades’ experience as a journalist and has worked for major media companies in the UK and Australasia, including ACP, Bauer Media Group, Fairfax, Pacific Magazines, News Corp and TVNZ. 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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