More than 6000 homes, schools, and businesses in Rotorua are benefitting from faster and more reliable broadband on the back of the government's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme.

Quarterly figures as of March show that Rotorua's build is now 99 per cent complete and uptake is 22.6 per cent.

"Rotorua's UFB build is on track, and we are seeing good uptake from those in the area," said Communications Minister Amy Adams.

"Nationwide, over 921,000 households, businesses, schools and hospitals are now able to connect to the UFB network, and uptake is at 21.3 per cent."

Ms Adams said they were on track to connect 75 per cent of New Zealanders to fibre by the end of 2019 with a second phase expanding reach by a further five per cent.


"Access to better broadband means more New Zealand businesses and students can make the most of the digital economy."

Rotorua's UFB figures at a glance:
-Build status: 99 per cent
-Uptake: 22.6 per cent
-Able to connect: 26,698
-Connections: 6047