Top 10 Fastest Broadband Providers In New Zealand

Date Nov 26, 2021
Blog category Broadband
By Sieg C
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Speed is one of the main deciding factors when choosing a broadband plan, be it for home or business.

In fact, from glimp's 2020 survey of the most searched utility in NZ, Broadband took the top spot as the most wanted utility during the pandemic. When subscribing to a new Broadband plan, it was Price that came in as the main deciding factor when switching plans, followed by Quality Customer Service and Speed.

To improve NZ's Broadband speed, several government initiatives in partnership with providers have made fibre internet speeds at least 80Mbps.

Among the many internet companies offering plans in urban, rural, or both areas, which Broadband provider in NZ offers the fastest internet speeds?

Top 10 fastest Broadband providers in New Zealand:

Provider

Average Download

Average Upload

1

Trustpower

950Mbps

550Mbps

2

Vodafone

950Mbps

480Mbps

3

MyRepublic

950Mbps

450Mbps

4

Spark

950Mbps

30Mbps

5

Orcon

940Mbps

550Mbps

6

Stuff Fibre

940Mbps

480Mbps

7

Telnet

940Mbps

470Mbps

8

Nova Energy

940Mbps

20Mbps

9

NOW

940Mbps

30Mbps

10

Voyager

940Mbps

20Mbps

Note: This is based on our research using internetspeedtest.co.nz from quarters 1-3 of 2021

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Which broadband provider is the fastest in NZ?

While they are the fastest Broadband providers in general, this list may vary depending on your location. The speed test results may also vary where you live. Some ISPs may also connect with other servers, which can present different results.

Fastest Broadband providers per NZ region:

Location

Provider

Average Download

Average Upload

Auckland

MyRepublic

950Mbps

450Mbps

Bay of Plenty

Trustpower

950Mbps

280Mbps

Canterbury

Stuff Fibre

940Mbps

460Mbps

Gisborne

Evolution Wireless

270Mbps

20Mbps

Hawke’s Bay

Stuff Fibre

850Mbps

20Mbps

Manawatu-Wanganui

Spark

930Mbps

510Mbps

Marlborough

Orcon

720Mbps

20Mbps

Nelson

Spark

940Mbps

60Mbps

Northland

Vodafone

950Mbps

480Mbps

Otago

Spark

920Mbps

440Mbps

Southland

Spark

930Mbps

450Mbps

Taranaki

Orcon

760Mbps

40Mbps

Tasman

Vodafone

100Mbps

130Mbps

Waikato

Trustpower

950Mbps

550Mbps

Wellington

Orcon

940Mbps

20Mbps

West Coast

Orcon

34Mbps

30Mbps

Note: This is based on our research using internetspeedtest.co.nz from quarters 1-3 of 2021

There’s a big speed difference in the country. The more urbanised regions have higher speeds, while more rural and remote areas have slower internet speeds. However, this may not be the case several years from now, thanks to the NZ government’s various projects.

Initiatives such as the Rural Broadband Initiative and Ultra-Fast Broadband are improving speeds in rural areas, all while strengthening current fibre connections. There are also new providers with new technologies, such as low-orbit satellite broadband from Starlink and 5G connections of Spark, Vodafone, and more.

What is the average internet speed in New Zealand?

As of Worldwide Broadband Speed League 2021, New Zealand has an average internet speed of 85.9Mbps. This is 10x slower than the fastest speeds recorded for 2021 at 950Mbps. We placed 20th out of 224 countries and territories.

While this seems slow compared to the fastest recorded speeds, this is normal as most people don’t subscribe to gigabit fibre broadband plans. Most households and even small businesses only really need standard fibre broadband plans at 100Mbps.

How does NZ Broadband speed fare against other countries in the region?

New Zealand takes the number one spot in Oceania. We’re followed by Australia at 55th (40.5Mbps), New Caledonia at 69th (31.79Mbps), Guam at 86th (20.76Mbps), and Northern Mariana Islands at 114th (13.15Mbps).

On the other hand, the countries with the slowest internet speeds in the region are the Solomon Islands at 177th (5.33Mbps), Papua New Guinea at 179th (5.10Mbps), Palau at 182nd (4.84Mbps), Vanuatu at 198th (2.90), and Federated States of Micronesia at 214th (1.63Mbps).

What is a good internet speed for NZ households?

For an average household of 3-4 members, at least 25Mbps is good enough for their needs. This is enough for streaming HD videos and movies, downloading content, browsing music, and playing online games. Of course, this isn’t absolute as you may need faster speeds depending on many different factors.

For example, network congestion on the roadside cabinet can slow down your connection. Activities that use large bandwidth like uploading files on the cloud, downloading large files of more than 1GB, among others can also cause your internet speed to slow down.

Read: Broadband in NZ: What is a Good Internet Speed?

What is the fastest broadband plan in New Zealand?

The fastest broadband plan in New Zealand has speeds of up to 8,000Mbps or 8Gbps! Hyperfibre plans are 8x faster than gigabit fibre, 80x faster than standard fibre, and 800x faster than ADSL. The caveat is, it’s currently offered by only a few providers and available in selected locations only.

An average household or even a small business doesn’t need all this speed. This is only recommended for big businesses and corporations to process all their data without lag. 

How much does an average broadband plan in NZ cost?

Of course, this varies depending on which plan you get. There are plenty of internet options available throughout New Zealand, including fibre, copper, and fixed wireless. According to the Annual Telecommunications Monitoring Report 2020, the average internet bill in NZ costs:

Broadband plan

NZ price per month

Fixed-line broadband-only

Entry Level (60GB; 10Mbps)

$65 per month

Medium user (150GB; 30Mbps)

$73 per month

High-user (500GB-unlimited; 100Mbps)

$73 per month

Ultra-high user (500GB-unlimited; 900Mbps)

$73 per month

Fixed-line broadband and voice

Entry Level (60GB; 10Mbps)

$75 per month

Medium user (150GB; 30Mbps)

$80 per month

High-user (500GB-unlimited; 100Mbps)

$84 per month

Ultra-high user (500GB-unlimited; 900Mbps)

$84 per month

Mobile phone internet

Entry Level (30 calling minutes; 500MB)

$18 per month

Medium user (100 calling minutes; 2GB)

$28 per month

High-user (300 calling minutes; 5GB)

$47 per month

Ultra-high user (500GB-unlimited; 900Mbps)

$76 per month

Read: How Much Is The Average Internet Bill In New Zealand?

What are the best deals that NZ Broadband providers offer?

NZ Broadband providers offer different deals in their plans. Some deals you can only get if you commit to a contract, or add bundles for mobile plans and/or power. Here are the best inclusions you can take advantage of in your deal. Terms and conditions apply.

  • Slingshot - Free broadband for the first 3 months; 10% off with power bundle
  • Stuff Fibre - Six months half price for a 12-month contract; Free gigabit router
  • MyRepublic - $100 welcome credits for new sign-ups; Discounted router bundle
  • 2degrees - Free Amazon Prime Video, Prime Gaming, or Neon for six months
  • Sky Broadband - Free Disney+ for 12 months on a 12-month contract

There are plenty of other great deals from different broadband providers. Make sure you get the best one available at your address, by using glimp’s free comparison tool.

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Matthew Symmons , 2021-12-14

*edit - turns out the providers are all upgrading and the glimp site is more up to date* Both the highlighted deals i clicked through to get turned out to be inaccurate speeds. Glimp saying 300/100 both providers only offering 100/20 for the price given, despite giving the same address in both sites. still giving 3 stars though as regardless the deals through Glimp are better than the standard advertised deals on the providers site.

Leah Te Rangi , 2021-09-28

Sign up didn't go quite the way it was meant to. But Kate called and she walked through everything so we could work out what went wrong. she was patient, friendly, supportive and kept me calm to finally get plan registration sorted ( still can't log in though - she must be magic )