19 thoughts on “What Is the Best GPS to Buy for New Zealand in 2013

  1. Thank you, that’s tremendously helpful. Do you have anything listed on TradeMe in the line of decent GPS used units?

    • Sorry, no I don’t. I don’t sell navigation units, I was involved in many aspects of the development of the map data and systems in New Zealand, but not in sales. That’s why I feel competent to talk about them and review them because I don’t get paid by any of the brands. It has been a while now since I tested physical units. Most of my testing these days is of smartphone apps. I might look at doing that again one of these days because for many people their mobile is now enough, AND a lot of very good software is available for free.

      • Hi, I bought the Tomtom Go 6100 a week ago and I am very much impressed. Free worldwide maps for a lifetime, fitted with a SIM for unlimited data, Free lifetime access to live traffic realtime access, nice large screen, offers alternative routes to avoid congestion, USB charger and more, all for $399.99 NZD (Okay, $400) from Noel Leeming. I’m not a fan of Smart (dumb) phones, as they necessarily become a distraction when driving because of size and other stuff happening in the background.

      • I agree, a dedicated nav device is still better than using a phone. The future hybrid concept in some cars will include the app on the phone being transmitted to the driver information screen or heads up display in the car. Proprietary in car systems are harder to keep up to date. I can’t get up to date disks for my Siemens VDO in car systems for New Zealand, one of retailed for $6,000 and has a 4 year old disk in it. Besides not having real time traffic its a great system with a motorized 7″ display that rolls out of a DIN slot. I have another one worth around $3,000 that doubles as a car stereo and takes the same disk, therefore also 4 year old maps. That’s the risk with any proprietary system. Not as expensive but just as silly is the VW Golf that came out with a socket and firmware for an iPhone 4 just before Apple changed the connector:(
        I’m sure you will really enjoy your TomTom. I used a TomTom with real time traffic in 4 countries in Europe last year, worked really well.

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  4. I’ve had a look at the NZ Open Project Autorouting map for Long Bay and uploaded a screen shot from Garmin BaseCamp (the computer application) here: http://tinyurl.com/k3sovfb
    The latest Garmin City Navigator Aust/NZ 2014.2 road map does not have the roads in the middle right area (Tuatine Pl. etc)

    • Thanks Tony. That at least looks better than Google. Pretty important when people are going to start moving in next month. In the early days of nav, I would often get calls from people who had moved into a new suburb or street, bought a nav device and their street wasn’t there. Our mapping car drove everywhere including gated communities, to get really good data. With the latter, we often wouldn’t know they existed because the roads were private. Once we found areas, for example Papamoa Beach has a lot of gated communities, we would drive them all. Really good to see the NZ Open Project. Do you collect things like speed zone, road class and turn restrictions?

      • I’m not one of the volunteer mappers, just a keen user and install them on all the Garmins I supply. But I do know that yes, it’s a proper auto-routing map with turn restrictions, average speeds (for the GPS to work out arrival times etc) and distinction between gravel / sealed. One of the mappers will be able to give more comprehensive answer to the workings “under the bonnet” of the the map. Late model Garmin nuvi models using their own City Navigator maps have a “speed alert” type of function that lets you know when you are speeding however the NZOP maps don’t have that capability. The POI are incredibly handy as they are contributed / edited on a separate database (http://www.zenbu.co.nz/) by anyone who wants to help.

  5. Perhaps you should check out NZ Open GPS at http://www.nzopengps.org/ Their maps are updated weekly. They recieve information from LINZ about new roading developements and routinely include any changes within DAYS of the roads becoming drivable – oftentimes the data is in place and waiting for notification that the road is drivable at which point it is included on the folloowing Friday. If you manage to find an error chances are that they will personally correct it for you within a week of being informed. I dont know of any other maps with that level of currency. Furthermore the maps are free and you may add free topographical features and free property boundary lines as well if you so choose. What’s the catch? The maps are available only for Garmin units, and android devices, and since this group doesnt make any money from the project they have zero advertising budget and that is probably why you haven’t heard of them.

    • That’s cool! Thanks for sharing Richard. I’m big on crowd-sourced data, but of course accuracy is really important. I don’t have a Garmin so can’t test the quality. If you look at Google for the example I gave in the new Long Bay district in Auckland, Google is well behind too and I’m assuming that they also use LINZ as a source. It can take quite a while between a formed road being completed and LINZ having that data to share.

      • I doubt anyone uses LINZ data for routable mapping. As a mapper on the NZOGPS maps, we use the LINZ data for new roads in subdivisions, but that’s about it. In those cases, the LINZ data is often based on plans, and can go in before the actual road.
        Most of the commercial GPS units would use data that comes from Terralink, I suspect, and via Australia dealers as well, which may explain the lag. Ours comes from local knowledge, which is how we can get substantial updates out within a few days.

  6. I love GPS’s. They are great not just for getting directions, but for safety and security. The new TomTom GPS sounds perfect. I also like that it give you up to date traffic reports. A GPS like this one would be great for businesses using GPS vehicle tracking devices because it will allow them to see where delivery cars are so that they can be sure to send for the closest car. This will ensure efficiency and conserve time and energy.

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