Using a Calling Card
Even though you may bring your own cell phone or rent one in New Zealand, you may also consider buying a New Zealand calling card on arrival in New Zealand. A calling card is simply one of the cheapest options to call your friends and family back home. Here are a couple of calling card options (though there are many on the market):
New Zealand calling card: Yabba
The Yabba calling card (from New Zealand’s Telecom) can be used in New Zealand, as well as in most other countries around the world (so you can still use it when you’re back home). You can purchase your Yabba card from various retailers throughout New Zealand, as well as from Shell service stations, NZ Post and Youth Hostel Association (YHA) outlets.
New Zealand calling card: Kia Ora calling card
Another great option is the Kia Ora calling card. This card too is widely available in New Zealand (at tourist information centres, local dairies, superettes, petrol stations, internet cafes, backpackers and hostels). Their rates are even lower than those of the Yabba card. However, this calling card can only be used in New Zealand itself. The card is available in several denominations.