Very good point. The locals have been having problems however said they had given up due to being told "Vodafone NZ has no interest to upgrade this cell site" - This is going back quite a while with the data issues where the Hotel I was staying at was saying that Vodafone is incredibly unreliable also forcing me to buy (expensive) WiFi driven off an ADSL connection to get some form of data connection. Up the mountain however data works well (I think there is a COW at the base).
Would be good to see this cell site upgraded to LTE in line with the Spark site a mere 100m away for both the locals / visitors each year.
But anyway, thanks! Is a lesson for me to fight the call centre and get a fault logged the next time around (or post here).