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Coastguard Lifestyle Broadband

Every month, a portion of the revenue from each Coastguard Lifestyle Broadband plan goes back to Coastguard to support saving lives at sea.

Coastguard have teamed up with Wireless Nation to bring members home broadband you can use on your boat, bach or vehicle.

Every month, a portion of the revenue of each connection goes back to Coastguard to support our work saving lives at sea.

Lifestyle Broadband is like having a home broadband connection that you can take with you. Simply unplug it from the power outlet at home and plug it into your boat, bach or vehicle! Use it year-round or just over the summer. Coastguard Members have exclusive access to the special pricing on the plans below.


Testimonial from Coastguard Northern Region CEO, Callum Gillespie: 

“ Wireless Nation’s lifestyle broadband package was quick and easy to set up, just plug it in and away you go. It was great to be connected wherever we were out on the boat, especially in areas with little cellphone coverage. It kept my teenagers happy so I’m happy!”

Broadband Packages

Coastguard Members get access to special member plans on Lifestyle Broadband:

  • 90GB Total (40GB Anytime | 50GB Off Peak) @ $79 per month
  • 180GB Total (130GB Anytime | 50GB Off Peak) @ $99 per month
  • 270GB Total (220GB Anytime | 50GB Off Peak) @ $159 per month

Explaining Off Peak & Anytime hours

Off Peak hours are midnight to 5pm.

Anytime hours are 5pm to midnight, or if you run out of Off Peak Data.

We have a handy video explaining Off Peak Data here.

You can add unlimited* Off Peak Data for an extra $28 per month on the 180GB & 270GB Total plans during signup.

Put it on hold

While many members use the connection in their home as well, you can put the connection on hold and only pay for the months you require. We’ll just need 30 days’ notice when you wish to put it on hold.


There’s an investment of $299 (already discounted for Coastguard members) for a powerful 4G enabled RBI Modem.

Shipping & Handling: $14.95.

12-24V Adapter (optional)

You can purchase a 12-24V adapter for $69.90 during signup, meaning the modem can run off 12-24V and keep the modem safe from voltage spikes.  Please note: the modem includes a 230/240V to 12-24V wall plug for mains power.

Sounds good, how do I sign up?

Sign up to Lifestyle Broadband by going to the Boaties Best Mate website. Just click on the button, fill out all the required fields and Wireless Nation will sort the rest out for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Wireless Nation?

Backed and trusted by Coastguard, Wireless Nation is an innovative internet service provider who provides fast urban, rural and business broadband access anywhere in New Zealand. Wireless Nation are winners of the ‘Best Wireless Service Provider’ category at the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards 2020 and the ‘Dick Waters Memorial Trophy’ for Excellence in the Motorhome Industry 2018. A portion of the revenue of each connection goes back to Coastguard to support our work saving lives at sea.

Can I run the modem off 12-24V?

Yes, the modem can run off 12V.  It comes with a 230/240V to 12V wall plug for mains power. If you want to run the modem off your battery/cigarette lighter plug we recommend you buy our 12V Adapter add-on – this will keep the modem safe from voltage spikes.

What speeds will I get?

The modem gives a 4G/3G connection. On 4G you will see 5-30Mbps down and 1-12Mbps up. Over 3G you will see 1-15 Mbps down and 1-5Mbps up. The speeds vary depending on how far away you are from a tower and how busy that tower is.

Does it work anywhere in NZ?

There’s 500+ cell towers located around the country to connect to. You must be in RBI Wireless coverage to get Lifestyle. You can check coverage by going to:, and selecting the appropriate tabs.

It also works out at sea and in most holiday spots, towns and cities.

Can I have a home phone line?

You can take your home phone with you too. You’ll keep your existing number and it’s the same as if someone is calling you at home! It’s only $23 per month and you get free local and national calls to other landlines in NZ (up to 2 hours per call. Calls to mobile is 30c per minute).

Member Discount

These discounted Wireless Nation Lifestyle broadband plans are only available to Coastguard members – join now and you’ll get this and a range of other great benefits and discounts.

Standard pricing for non-members is as follows:

  • $79 per month: non members receive the 30GB plan, members get 40GB
  • $99 per month: non members receive the 120GB plan, members get 130GB
  • $159 per month: non members receive the 200GB plan, members get 220GB
Data top ups

If you run out of data, your account will auto top up with a 1GB data pack, up to 4 times. After this, your connection will stop, and you will need to manually purchase one of the data packs below to get back up and running.

Our top-up data packs are flexible and are valid for the month they are bought in, so only purchase as much as you need for the remainder of the month.

  • 1GB – $5.00 per month
  • 5GB – $15.50 per month
  • 10GB – $27.50 per month
  • 20GB – $48.50 per month
  • 50GB – $99.50 per month
  • 100GB – $189.50 per month

It’s easy to change the frequency of auto top ups within your MyHub account. Here’s a couple scenarios on how you can control your auto top ups:

  • You can set your connection to stop as soon as you have run out of data, and manually add a top up from within your MyHub account.
  • You can set various data pack sizes to auto top up e.g. 5GB data pack to auto top up to 5 times, or 1GB up to 2 times.

You’ve got the control. Find out how to purchase top ups here.

What are Off Peak & Anytime Hours?

Off Peak Hours are Midnight to 5pm.

Anytime Hours are 5pm to Midnight, or if you run out of Off Peak Data.

*Unlimited Off Peak Data

If you added an unlimited Off Peak Data add-on during signup, you will see the usage limit for Off Peak Data of 10,000GB. It is virtually impossible to reach the limit figure of 10,000GB, which is ten terabytes: 10TB. 10TB is there in your account as we have to input a figure into our system.

How much power does it use?

Maximum power: 12V-2A; 24Whr

Nominal power: 12V-0.5A; 6Whr

How can I keep track of my usage?

You will receive a notification at 80% and 100% of your data used and you can look up on Wireless Nation’s online portal how much data has been used or how much you have left.

If you run out of data, you can either set up auto top-ups to your desire, stop your connection and manually add a data pack, or upgrade to the next bigger plan, all within your portal. You have the control!

  • This offer is not available in conjunction with other promotions, partner or bundle deals.
  • Lifestyle Broadband is a best efforts residential service, not to be used for business purposes. 
  • You’ll need to setup a direct debit with Wireless Nation; your monthly subscription will auto-renew and be debited from your card automatically. This is the simple, safe and convenient way to manage your payment.
  • You’ll need to be in RBI coverage for the broadband to work.
  • Standard Wireless Nation terms and conditions apply.