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TV signal for each region in New Zealand.

There are two types of TV signals in New Zealand: UHF and Satellite.

Satellite TV signal

Satellite TV signal comes from an actual satellite up there in the atmosphere, so it's available everywhere in New Zealand where the sun shines and you can pick it up using a Satellite Dish.

UHF TV signal

UHF TV signal comes from transmission towers dotted across the New Zealand landscape.  Each tower broadcasts to the homes around it, so you can get extra regional TV channels via UHF and you can pick it up using a UHF aerial.

Because UHF signal is broadcast from transmission towers, it can't travel over the air across mountain ranges and large bodies of water.  This is why it's available to 87% of New Zealand homes.

UHF TV signal is sensitive to location, so coverage levels could vary between you and your neighbour living down on the same street.  Please enter your address here to see if you can get UHF TV signal where you live.

Regions where UHF TV signal is available:

  • AUCKLAND
  • CANTERBURY
  • DUNEDIN
  • GISBORNE
  • INVERCARGILL / SOUTHLAND
  • MASTERTON / WAIRARAPA
  • NELSON and TASMAN
  • NEW PLYMOUTH / EASTERN TARANAKI
  • PALMERSTON NORTH
  • ROTORUA
  • TAUPO
  • TAURANGA
  • WAIKATO
  • WELLINGTON
  • WHANGANUI
  • WHANGAREI

Regions where UHF TV signal is not available:

  • BAY OF PLENTY (excluding Rotorua and Tauranga)
  • MARLBOROUGH
  • NORTHLAND
  • WEST COAST

Freeview does not manage transmission and cannot extend UHF transmission coverage.  Any extension of the UHF coverage would require investment from the broadcasters and transmission providers.

Download a full list of regions and TV signal coverage here.

For detailed coverage maps by region, please see here.

To drill down to individual addresses, enter your address here.

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