When is my area going digital?

Things to remember

You will need Freeview, SKY, IGLOO or Vodafone to continue watching TV after your area goes digital. If you have more than one TV, you'll need to make sure each one can receive a digital signal.

Region to go digital Geographic description (1) Date for
going digital

Lower North Island
and East Cape
Wellington to Taranaki
(Awakino), south of Taumarunui,
Ruapehu and to East Cape.
29 September

Upper North Island The remainder of the
North Island.
1 December

Regions that have gone digital Geographic description Date of changeover
South Island (excluding West Coast, St Arnaud, and Murchison) South Island east of and
including Arthur's Pass; south
of Haast; north of St Arnaud.
28 April

West Coast Haast to Karamea,
including Murchison,
St Arnaud and Maruia
30 September

Hawke's Bay Approximately Norsewood*
to Tutira, including translators
dependent on Mt Erin and
Mt Threave.
30 September

(1) It is important to note that the areas above describe the expected areas in which digital switchover will occur. In some areas, viewers may receive their signals from a site other than that identified by the radio engineers.

* Viewers in Norsewood or further south with aerials pointed at Mt Erin went digital on 30 September 2012. Those with aerials pointed at Wharite will go digital on September 2013.