NZ’s Best Broadband Deals

There’s more to the best broadband deals than just cheap prices. Canstar Blue reveals what you should look for in a great broadband plan as well as some of the best broadband plans available.

For consumers on the hunt for a cheap broadband deal, there’s no time like the present to be checking out what the market has to offer. Recent upgrades to our fibre network has seen faster speeds become the new norm. And, as a result, 300/100mbps  fibre broadband is the new standard. But that doesn’t mean your existing 100/20 plan is getting a free upgrade.

Broadband providers are rejigging plans to cater for the added speeds, and the market is now awash with new deals and discounts.

But when assessing the plans on offer, it’s worthwhile looking beyond the monthly price tag. Keep in mind other factors, from data limits and speeds, to equipment costs, connection fees, customer service and contract length. Also, are retailers offering any additional incentives to sign you up?

We take a look at what you need to consider when seeking out a cheap broadband deal, beyond just the price. Plus, some of the best broadband plans on offer from top providers, based on our latest awards results.

Broadband deals: factors to keep in mind

Of course, the monthly cost of a broadband plan is a primary consideration for most consumers. However, it’s important that the plan offers the value you need. If the cheapest plan has slower speeds that hinder its use, or data limits that you exceed every month, then it’s not providing you good value for money. Even if it is the cheapest on the market.

So it’s important before you consider price, you consider your needs. Once you’ve done that, you can start comparing like-for-like plans. Of these plans, you’ll want to find a plan that provides the best value for money, not just the best price. That could be by selecting a plan with free Netflix (saving you the $18.49/month you currently spend on a subscription), or a plan that offers free signing or discounts for bundling your phone plan.

Or, just a plan with the lowest price.

Some factors that you should consider when selecting a broadband plan are:

  • Speed and data caps – Do you just browse social media or are you into gaming? Is it just for you or for the whole family? Consider whether you’ll need an unlimited plan, and how fast a plan you need. Depending on what you choose you could get download speeds anywhere between about 30mbps up to 8000mbps!
  • Type of broadband – Fibre is pretty much the standard, and offers the best speeds. But it requires a fibre network, which not all areas of the country have. If so, you may need an ADSL or VDSL or even a wireless broadband connection. Check what options are available to you.
  • Contract – Broadband is a fast-moving industry, with new plans, pricing, and singing on bonuses arriving by the week. If you lock yourself into a long term contract, you risk missing out on great new deals. On the other hand, many of the best deals are only available if you commit to a fixed-term contract.
  • Additional incentives – What else comes with the plan? Some retailers include free subscriptions to streaming services, or initial sign-up incentives, providing reduced monthly rates.
  • Bundling – If your broadband provider offers other services, like electricity or phone plans, you may be able to get better deals and discounts.
  • Router – A router can be a costly expense, and should be considered carefully. Some providers will charge you upfront for one, others will rent it at a monthly expense, and some will give you one for free (although it may be factored into the monthly broadband price). Or can you simply use an existing router you have at home? Furthermore, is the router provided a basic router, or a nest router that provides better connection and range, as well as smart features?
  • Everything else – Does your provider have a good app that allows you to track usage, pay bills, and make changes to your plan? Are the plans and bills easy to understand? Is there good customer service, with easy to reach phone help or in person stores?

When you consider all the above, the cheapest plan may not be the best for you. Sure, your plan should come at a great price, but paying a few dollars more may prove to be better value in the long run.

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Broadband plans

The following is a selection of broadband plans that score highly in Canstar Blue’s latest broadband provider Most Satisfied Customer ratings. It shows the different plans available. As plans change all the time, when making your final decision, you should confirm with retailers the specific plans that are available, prices correct as of 03/05/2022.

 

Now Broadband

NOW Broadband

NOW’s broadband plans comprise fibre, ADSL and VDSL offerings on a 12-month contract, ranging from its 125GB plan to unlimited plans.

New customers have the option of using their own router, or purchasing a router when signing up (for a one-off fee or via monthly payments). There are also the options of adding a home phone line, and purchasing an in-home or remote home tech assist membership.

NOW broadband is the winner of our most recent Most Satisfied Customers award for Broadband

Plan Monthly data limit Speed: (Mbps: download/upload) Cost (per month)*
125GB 125GB Fibre: 300/100
VDSL: 70/10
ADSL: 20/1
$75
Unlimited Unlimited Fibre: 300/100
VDSL: 70/10
ADSL: 20/1
$85
Ultra Unlimited Unlimited Fibre: 900/400 $99

Skinny

Skinny has a range of wireless 4G plans and unlimited fibre plans available with different speeds, with the option to join on open term or fixed-term contracts.

If joining on a 12-month term, you receive a free modem ($199 on open term wireless or $99 on open term fibre) and the wireless plans currently have one month free, while the fibre plans currently have a whopping four months free!

All plans receive a $10 discount if you have a skinny mobile plan. Prices below do not include Skinny Mobile discount or account for the free broadband months.

Plan Monthly data limit Speed (Mbps: download/upload) Cost (per month)*
60GB Wireless 60GB 32mbps download speeds $45
120GB Wireless 120GB As above $50
Uncapped Wireless Unlimited As above $55
Uncapped fibre Unlimited Fibre 39mbps (VDSL)
321mbps
859mbps
$73
$78
$98

→Related article: Skinny NZ’s Cheapest Broadband Deal

contact energy logo Good Nights Plan

Contact

Contact is one of the biggest electricity generation companies in the country. It ONLY offers broadband when bundled with an accompanying electricity plan. Its plans vary in price depending on whether bundled with electricity, or electricity and gas.

All plans have unlimited data and no termination fees. Importantly due to current supply chain issues, Contact does not currently supply modems, so you must BYO modem.

Plan Monthly data limit Speed (Mbps: download/upload) Cost (per month)*
ADSL Unlimited 9/0.7 starting from $69.99
VDSL Unlimited 39/10 starting from $69.99
Fast Fibre Unlimited 313/110 starting from $59.99
Max Fibre Unlimited 841/502 starting from $79.99

 

2degrees logo

2degrees

2degrees offers broadband plans across fibre, wireless 4G, VDSL and ADSL. They also offer joining credits (two months free broadband on selected plans) and deals, including free Neon, Amazon Prime Video and Prime Gaming for six months when you sign on for one year.

Plus there is a monthly $10 discount if you have an eligible monthly phone plan.

Plan Monthly data limit Speed (Mbps: download/upload) Cost (per month)*
300/600GB Wireless 4G 300/600GB Unspecified (Faster than ADSL/VDSL but slower than Fibre) $65/$75
600GB Wireless 5G 600GB Unspecified (Faster than ADSL/VDSL but slower than Fibre) $75
Unlimited Unlimited 306/110 $75
Ultimate Unlimited Unlimited 829/502 $90

 

slingshot

Slingshot

Slingshot offers VDSL and Fibre broadband plans, with the option to pay weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. You can either rent a modem for $5/month or BYO modem. If you add power to your Slingshot broadband, you receive 10% off your base broadband plan and 10% off your power plan. If you are a Slingshot Broadband customer, you’ll receive $5 off your mobile bill every month (or a proportion of that if you’re billed weekly or fortnightly) – for each mobile account you have with Slingshot.

Plan Monthly data limit Speed (Mbps: download/upload) Cost (per month)*
150GB

Unlimited

150GB

Unlimited

8.8(ADSL) 38.2 (VDSL) From $69.95

From $84.95

150GB Fibre 150GB 319mbps From $64.95
Unlimited Fibre Unlimited 319mbps From $79.95
Ultimate Gigantic Fibre Unlimited 875mbps From $94.95

*Further information on pricing can be found at individual retailer websites. This should be used as a starter guide and not considered an actual quote.

Finding the best and fastest broadband plans

Ultimately, if you’re after the best and fastest broadband deal, it’s always worth doing a little research. To help you get a clearer picture of broadband providers in NZ, Canstar Blue rates all the big 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 latest review of NZ internet providers compares NOW, 2degrees, Bigpipe, Contact, MyRepublic, Orcon, Skinny, Slingshot, Spark, Stuff Fibre, Trustpower, Vodafone and Voyager, 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 at the bottom of this story.

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About the author of this page

 Martin KovacsThis report was written by Canstar author Martin Kovacs. Martin is a freelance writer with experience covering the business, consumer technology and utilities sectors. Martin has written about a wide range of topics across both print and digital publications, including the manner in which industry continues to adapt and evolve amid the rollout of new technologies


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