Supermarket giant Woolworths has extended its Internet home shopping service to the entire “mainland”.
Orders are filled in Christchurch and couriered for $12. Groceries and fresh food are offered, but not frozen and cold foods because of the distances covered.
Produce is only available in the larger provincial towns - like Alexandra, Ashburton, Balclutha, Gore, Motueka and Wanaka - where there is overnight delivery.
In rural areas - like Clandeboye, Tuatapere and Amberley - delivery will take two to three days. Ansett and Rural Post will deliver the goods.
Woolworths began its online shopping service in late 1998 in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
E-commerce director Richard Harrison says it was so successful the company had to expand it nationwide and upgrade the site's search engine.