Auckland Council has entered a partnership with Tomizone to expand the city’s wi-fi network in time for the Rugby World Cup, which starts in September.
"With 85,000 visitors expected during Rugby World Cup and more than 200,000 expected from next year's cruise season alone, visitors to Auckland will be able to step off their plane or ship and immediately access information about Auckland. For Aucklanders, it means more and better wireless internet access for portable devices such as iPads," says Auckland Mayor Len Brown in a media statement.
The wi-fi zone will expand into areas such as Kingsland, the entire length of Queen Street, Britomart and Queens Wharf, lower Parnell, northern Ponsonby Road, Mt Eden Village, Onehunga, key rugby training areas and selected transport hubs around Auckland.
The statement says the service will be offered at a guaranteed discount to bench-marked market rates, with free access provided to a number of websites offering information about public services, RWC activities, tourism and transport services.
According to a report on the stuff website users will have to pay about $3 an hour, $6 a day or $20 a week to access unsponsored sites.
The network will remain in place following world cup and will be expanded to other parts of Auckland with re-investment of profits from the service.