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    Hi,
    Can anyone suggest me what is the best GPS car navigation should you recommend to use in NZ ? Eg. Tomtom, garmin...

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    iPhone. Seriously, the GPS features of today's smart phones are so good, I don't know why anyone would spend the money on a stand-alone GPS.

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    Data charges. GPS data charges can be hateful!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bozeman View Post
    iPhone. Seriously, the GPS features of today's smart phones are so good, I don't know why anyone would spend the money on a stand-alone GPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jawnbc View Post
    Data charges. GPS data charges can be hateful!
    Google Maps does allow you to download maps at home, so you don't use data when you are actually travelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirillkruger View Post
    Google Maps does allow you to download maps at home, so you don't use data when you are actually travelling.
    Well there is an ability to download desired location map on your google maps application. You can geofence desired location and download it maps on your smartphone. Keep in mind that such a kind of maps do require a lot of space on our smatphone. But if you know your desired route in advante the is ability to download these maps.

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    Yes, smartphones have apps for gps, BUT you are using it through cellular data. There are remote areas that you can experience dead spot for your cellular data,and this time GPS sold in the market like TomTom, Navman, Garmin, Magellan, etc. are useful. ('',)

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    Get a smartphone and use Waze. It's free and provides near real-time traffic information.

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    If you use a smartphone as a sat nav, I'm pretty sure you have to have it in a fixed hands free holder.

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    I use Google map on my iPhone. Uses some 3G but it's good and 'free'.

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    I use my iPhone just for the last few Kms or so, the first part of the journey is usually so straightforward you don't really need it on if you've checked your route before you leave.

    But if you are reasonable comfortable with technology, get a cheap garmin that takes an sd card but don't pay for maps! Have a look at this website http://gwprojects.org/forum/. I had an old one with US maps built in and it runs the nz ones very happily from the sd card. Not that I use it anymore.

    I really recommend planning your route online on googlemaps or similar before you leave. It's not that the directions are difficult - usually only one way to go. But sat navs don't give you any indication of the terrain. Driving from here to Martinborough seems straightforward on a sat nav. But the most direct route takes you over the Rimutakas, not for the faint hearted!

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