We are frequently asked whether it’s possible to activate an Australian SIM card in New Zealand. Some travelers prefer to save time and activate their SIM card prior to arrival in Australia. Other people need to get an Australian phone number in New Zealand. Find out how to activate an Australian SIM card in New Zealand in our handy guide below.
Optus SIM cards are the only Australian SIM cards that can be activated in New Zealand. This is because Optus allows customers to verify their ID using their credit card. Telstra and Vodafone require travelers to verify their ID using their passport. However the visa number associated with the passport needs to have entered Australia to successfully verify.
If you are a traveler looking to activate their SIM card prior to arriving in Australia, or if you need an Australian phone number while you are in New Zealand, we recommend that you buy an Optus SIM Card.
You can buy an Optus SIM card here for a low flat rate of A$14 each delivered internationally.
You can activate your Optus SIM card online using the printed instruction booklet provided with your SIM card. Activation is simple, and all you need to do is follow the prompts. As mentioned above, you will need to provide your credit card details to verify your ID.
If you have any further questions about activating your Australian SIM Card in New Zealand, please contact us.