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{{Trail|About|Auckland}}
[[File:augurs-affordable-accomodation-200x200.png|left]] [[User:Augur_.|<font color="#703931">'''ᏜᏠᎶᏠᏑ'''</font>]] is one of the LCA volunteers, who lives in West Auckland and will be attending the conference every day. He has a 7-seater car with space enough to take some delegates between their accommodation out West and the conference venue. If you want to stay out West but don't want to have the hassles of commuting and parking each day, then this might be a solution for you. There will be a daily ridesharing/carpooling arrangement to the conference venue. Transport back to your accommodation can also be arranged, and can be flexible to suit social activities in the evening, with <font color="#703931">'''ᏜᏠᎶᏠᏑ'''</font> as your sober driver. Spaces are limited, so get in quick! A donation for petrol costs would be appreciated. See below for more details about [[#Transport Arrangements|Transport Arrangements]]. {{newleft}}
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There are 3 major mobile network operators in New Zealand:<br/>
== Accommodation Options ==
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*Spark (was Telecom/XT) http://www.spark.co.nz/<br/>
:<small>'''MAP:''' [https://www.google.co.nz/maps/search/hotels+and+motels+near+henderson/@-36.8707449,174.6293273,14z Google map of hotels and motels near Henderson]</small>
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*Vodafone http://www.vodafone.co.nz/<br/>
If you are staying in one of the hotels/motels listed below, you may be able to be picked up/dropped off by <font color="#703931">'''ᏜᏠᎶᏠᏑ'''</font> each day of the conference as part of the rideshare/carpooling arrangement.
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*2 degrees http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/<br/>
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*Virtual network operator Skinny https://www.skinny.co.nz/<br/>
!Name!!Address!!TripAdvisor||Studio Room||Single Room
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|[http://www.lincolncourtmotel.co.nz Lincoln Court Motel]||[https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/Lincoln+Court+Motel/@-36.86903,174.628223,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d0d4049c1ff317d:0xcc361aac5e32771b Lincoln Road]||1½/5 (13 Reviews) <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Hotel_Review-g2037418-d2037420-Reviews-Lincoln_Court_Motel-Henderson_North_Island.html ★☆☆☆☆]</span>||$85 - $90 p.n.||$119 p.n.
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|[http://www.akwest.co.nz A K West Motel]||[https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/A+K+West+Motel/@-36.8724464,174.62124,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d0d40340ae582f9:0x1a0782ddd4e1dc3c Swanson Road]||3/5 (12 Reviews) <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Hotel_Review-g2037418-d2002196-Reviews-A_K_WEST_Motel-Henderson_North_Island.html ★★★☆☆]</span>||$115 p.n.||$115 p.n.
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|[http://www.sunsetlodgemotel.co.nz Sunset Lodge Motel]||[https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/Sunset+Lodge+Motel/@-36.861152,174.649807,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d0d40f6769b928f:0x3bb0ab51da6ae05d Te Atatu Road]||3/5 (4 Reviews) <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Hotel_Review-g2037418-d2233768-Reviews-Sunset_Lodge_Motel-Henderson_North_Island.html ★★★☆☆]</span>||$110 p.n.||$150 p.n.
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|[http://www.dalmacourt.co.nz Dalma Court Motor Inn]||[https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/Dalma+Court+Motor+Inn/@-36.885672,174.642615,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d0d41a8d055527f:0xd4f8272b0cfb4e Great North Road]||3/5 (12 Reviews) <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Hotel_Review-g2037418-d1186561-Reviews-Dalma_Court_Motor_Inn-Henderson_North_Island.html#REVIEWS ★★★☆☆]</span>||$115 p.n.||$140 p.n.
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|[http://www.qualityhotellincolngreen.co.nz Quality Hotel/Lincoln Green]||[https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/Quality+Hotel+Lincoln+Green/@-36.86294,174.630982,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d0d404660b8d6c5:0x31ea3a5c9c1b5589 Lincoln Road]||3½/5 (59 Reviews)  <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Hotel_Review-g1811043-d1675687-Reviews-Quality_Hotel_Lincoln_Green-Waitakere_City_North_Island.html ★★★☆☆]</span>||$126 p.n.||$132 p.n.
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=== Recommendation ===
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'''[http://www.qualityhotellincolngreen.co.nz Quality Hotel/Lincoln Green]''' is close to where <font color="#703931">'''ᏜᏠᎶᏠᏑ'''</font> lives and is part of a [http://www.choicehotels.co.nz/ major Australasian hotel chain]. The [http://www.lincolngreen.co.nz/ Lincoln Green] is a well known watering hole in the West, with both [http://www.lincolngreen.co.nz/wawcs0145667/Home.html Icon Restaurant & Bar] and [http://www.bar159.co.nz/ Bar159] on the same premises. As at 27-Dec-14, they state that they have the following rooms available during the week of 12-16 January, but this will change as we get closer to the start of the conference...
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;35x Standard Twin Rooms: 1 Queen & 1 King Single bed ($126 p.n.)
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All offer pre-paid SIM cards which can be easily obtained and require no paperwork or registration (you can pick one up in the airport just after you get through customs).<br/>
;5x Superior Rooms: 1 Queen & 1 Single Divan bed, room has no balcony or deck ($132 p.n.)
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All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD.<br/>
;1x Premium Room: 1 Queen & 1 Single Divan bed, spacious room with balcony and bath ($154 p.n.)
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*lte-fd 4g 700, 1800 MHz<br/>
;4x Premium Twin Rooms: 2 Queen beds, spacious room on lower level with deck and bath ($154 p.n.)
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** Very Limited 700MHz at present<br/><br/>
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The above rates are room only. Rates are inclusive of GST and are based on 1-2 people. There is a $20 charge for an extra adult or rollaway if required. For reservations, phone (within NZ) 0800-838-7006 or (within Auckland) 09-838-7006. International bookings via email on reception@lincolngreen.co.nz
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== 2Degrees ==
  
== Transport Arrangements ==
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* No store in Airport -- free SIM cards are available on the Airbus
If you have booked a room at one of the above accommodation options and would like to arrange rideshare/carpooling with <font color="#703931">'''ᏜᏠᎶᏠᏑ'''</font>, please contact him on his [[User_talk:Augur_.|talk page]], or via {{TwitterMe|frittmann}}. The vehicle is a blue Mazda Premacy named Sue. You can follow Sue's exploits on {{TwitterMe|BlueSuePremacy}}. This is the best place to see/notify of any schedule changes for the ridesharing. Please use the hashtags [https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23lca2015&src=typd #lca2015] and [https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23rideshare&src=typd #rideshare]. A donation for petrol costs would be appreciated.
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* SIM sizes: SIM+MicroSIM, and NanoSIM.
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* GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
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* UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
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Prepaid:
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* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/prepay/pricing/plus/value-packs/carryover-combo 19 NZD: Carryover]
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** 100 minutes of calls to phones in NZ and AU
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** Unlimited SMS to phones in NZ and AU
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** 500MB data
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** 30 day expiry
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* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile-data/zone-data-packs NZ$99 for 12GB ]
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Activating the SIM:
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* Insert the SIM in the phone
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* Make sure the correct network is selected
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* Call 200
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* First do a top-up (1).  Minimum amount is 20 NZD, done by credit card
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* You probably don't want to have them save your credit card details, otherwise the combo pack will automatically renew when you leave.
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* You get a text message confirming it.
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* Add a combo pack or data pack
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* You get a text message confirming it.
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**Note**: Their IVR doesn't update with your current balance while you're still on the line -- the balance is from when you started the call.  So you top up your account, and then you get told that you have "0 Dollars"...
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== Skinny ==
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
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'''Note''' Skinny also does a competitive package, with $4 for a sim that comes loaded with calling time (within ANZ), texts and mobile data.
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== Spark (Telecom / XT) ==
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* Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.  Marked as "Telecom" in Airport maps.
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
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Prepaid:
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'''Note''' Spark Travellers SIM for $49 is similar to the Vodafone offering.
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'''Note''' Spark (Telecom NZ/XT) does have 1GB data on WiFi per day across NZ starting at $29
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'''Note''' Spark / Skinny share the same broadcast frequencies and have '''NO''' 2G Network
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== Vodafone ==
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* Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.
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* GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
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* UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
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Prepaid:
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'''Note''' Vodafone Travellers SIM for $49 with 2GB Data, and for a lot of our attendees from outside of ANZ it will probably include minutes to call home. Check your countries Vodafone website
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== Roaming with an Australian Telco ==
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* Optus post-paid mobiles allegedly have a $10/day travel pack option which can be activated online, giving unlimited talk and SMS plus 50MB data/day. This is markedly (exponentially?) cheaper than the standard roaming rate.  See http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobilephones/international-roaming/postpaid#add-roaming for details, or http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobilephones/international-roaming/data-roaming#add-roaming if you only want data and don't care about talk/SMS.
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* Telstra has something similar - see https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/international-roaming#intravelpass.
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* So does Vodafone: http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/international-roaming
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* Don't accidentally use roaming data without getting some sort of travel pack active first.  You will almost certainly regret it.
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* Picking up a New Zealand SIM will probably still work out cheaper than roaming travel packs, especially if you only really care about data.

Revision as of 23:36, 7 January 2015

< Main Page < About < Auckland

There are 3 major mobile network operators in New Zealand:

All offer pre-paid SIM cards which can be easily obtained and require no paperwork or registration (you can pick one up in the airport just after you get through customs).
All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD.

  • lte-fd 4g 700, 1800 MHz
    • Very Limited 700MHz at present


2Degrees

  • No store in Airport -- free SIM cards are available on the Airbus
  • SIM sizes: SIM+MicroSIM, and NanoSIM.
  • GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
  • UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100

Prepaid:

  • 19 NZD: Carryover
    • 100 minutes of calls to phones in NZ and AU
    • Unlimited SMS to phones in NZ and AU
    • 500MB data
    • 30 day expiry

Activating the SIM:

  • Insert the SIM in the phone
  • Make sure the correct network is selected
  • Call 200
  • First do a top-up (1). Minimum amount is 20 NZD, done by credit card
  • You probably don't want to have them save your credit card details, otherwise the combo pack will automatically renew when you leave.
  • You get a text message confirming it.
  • Add a combo pack or data pack
  • You get a text message confirming it.
    • Note**: Their IVR doesn't update with your current balance while you're still on the line -- the balance is from when you started the call. So you top up your account, and then you get told that you have "0 Dollars"...

Skinny

  • UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
  • GSM NOT AVAILABLE

Note Skinny also does a competitive package, with $4 for a sim that comes loaded with calling time (within ANZ), texts and mobile data.

Spark (Telecom / XT)

  • Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area. Marked as "Telecom" in Airport maps.
  • UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
  • GSM NOT AVAILABLE

Prepaid:

Note Spark Travellers SIM for $49 is similar to the Vodafone offering.

Note Spark (Telecom NZ/XT) does have 1GB data on WiFi per day across NZ starting at $29

Note Spark / Skinny share the same broadcast frequencies and have NO 2G Network


Vodafone

  • Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.
  • GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
  • UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100

Prepaid:

Note Vodafone Travellers SIM for $49 with 2GB Data, and for a lot of our attendees from outside of ANZ it will probably include minutes to call home. Check your countries Vodafone website


Roaming with an Australian Telco