Wi-Fi access on Queenstown's ski mountains has proved
popular, with nearly 10,000 devices registered in less than
two months of operation, Telecom says.
NZSki and Telecom introduced free guest Wi-Fi with a large
data capacity at both Coronet Peak and the Remarkables for
the first time this season.
NZSki sales and marketing general manager Craig Douglas said
the Wi-Fi trial had been very successful. Observations and
early data indicated many snow sports fans were connecting,
''We see a lot of people up there take a lunch break with a
laptop or an iPad.
''Parents might still be trying to run a remote business
while they're on holiday with the kids out on the snow.
''The connectivity has been really valuable for people to
continue their lives, but also we've seen quite a pick-up in
the amount of social media traffic around the mountains.
''We're encouraging people to post about their experiences so
that others can judge from their experience 'What if I go
Telecom connectivity on the mountains followed its trial of a
free public Wi-Fi service in Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown,
Lake Hawea and Wanaka and other popular New Zealand holiday
hotspots last summer.
The trial in Queenstown proved so successful Telecom extended
it to the end of September. Almost 34,000 devices have been
registered in Queenstown, about a quarter of all devices
Telecom found the most popular day for its Wi-Fi service this
winter so far has been July 19. The peak can be attributed to
installation at NZSki, school holidays and the snow sports
The most popular Wi-Fi access point in Queenstown is
installed at the payphone on Shotover St, across the road
from Fergburger. It had the most device registrations, with
''We are reviewing more access point locations at the moment.
We are interested in talking to partners who may want to host
our Wi-Fi solution,'' Telecom spokeswoman Holly Wilkinson, of
Wi-Fi was expected to return to both ski areas next season,
but whether it remained free, as the ski company wanted, or
became part of Telecom's subscriber network, was yet to be