Sorry folks but the lack of posts recently has been due to me being completely frustrated with chasing the internet.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and you learn as you go along. For anyone considering travelling New Zealand then buy Telecom not Vodafone as we had Sheila's sister with us for a week and she had no trouble at all with purchasing and using a Telecom sim.
Our Vodafone on the other hand was like feeding a one armed bandit with a mask on. That was when it had a signal which was not too often.
Also there are numerous local free internet sites to use for short periods of time like Tomizone in Auckland or Zem-bu for examples and the purchase of further bandwidth is a reasonable price. So check them out before splashing out as we did on a dongle.
Well i have lots of posts in draft form that i will revamp and then release when we get home. Cheers.