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Offline glynty

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GPS bring or leave?
« on: March 05, 2011, 08:05:13 pm »
Want to know if my GPS will work or should I leave it.

Offline mandyh

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011, 09:22:41 pm »
I'm not too knowledgeable on this subject but yes it will work - after you've downloaded NZ maps onto it.
I have heard that that can be rather costly.

I'm sure there's someone else out there that will know more than me.

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011, 09:22:41 pm »

Offline rodders

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2011, 12:02:42 am »
You didn't say what brand it is.

I brought my GPS from SA ('cos I had it), and it's a fancy one.
Bought NZ & AUS map from Garmin (USD: $145).

Check out the prices of new units and do the sums of buying new versus buying a map download - but yes, yours will work if NZ maps are available for it.


Offline Nadine n Mini Me

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2011, 12:34:59 am »
We brought our TomTom with us - all we had to do is download NZ maps and that cost around R700 to do that!
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Offline RNienaber

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2011, 05:23:02 am »
We brought our Garmin Nuvi, but after a lot of unsuccessful tries to download and install the new maps, we decided to rather buy a new GPS. If we ordered the maps, we would have paid the same as buying a new GPS.
If I were you, I'd find out from Outdoor warehouse if pre loaded memory cards for NZ was available & price.
Good luck!

Offline BARFLYNZ

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2011, 09:40:05 am »
If you don't bring your GPS with you, what are you going to do with it, probably give it away and end up buying another one, We did that with a lot of items we thought would not be "worth" bringing to NZ, In my opinion, if you think you "might" need it, Bring it!
If you want free maps for your garmin, save yourself some bucks and visit http://nzopengps.org  ;)



Offline SaKiwiBoer

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 04:48:18 am »
If you want free maps for your garmin, save yourself some bucks and visit http://nzopengps.org  ;)

Thanx for that. Now I just need to figure out how to get it on my Garmin...  ::)
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Offline Lodger

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2011, 09:49:26 am »
Hi all

I installed the free maps from nzopengps.org before our LSD in August 2010 and it worked like a charm. We have a Garmin 200w.

You must first have Mapsource installed on your PC which will then allow you to install the NZ maps. Follwo these links for instructions.

http://gwprojects.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4844&highlight=#4844

http://nzopengps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10:loading-using-mapsource&catid=7:how-to-documents&Itemid=9

Offline SaKiwiBoer

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011, 07:25:58 pm »
Thanx Lodger,
Will definitely have to sit with this one day and try and get my Garmin "updated".
Cheers, SAKB
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Offline Ostrich

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2011, 06:42:36 am »
Hi,
I have Route 66 map for South Africa on my Nokia 6110 Navigator.
It cost a couple of dollars to download and active  the map for NZ.
So I decided to rather download and install Nokia maps.
I downloaded the Nokia maps application for my phone and installed it.
Then downloaded and installed both the RSA and NZ maps.
Tested RSA, works like a charm. I am therefore confident it will track in NZ as well. I had a quick look at the NZ map in it looks in order for NZ. Of course I can't see a my position there since I'm still here, but it shows me driving down the N2 just find here in RSA... very happy with it.
There are Nokia maps 2.0 and 3.0
My phone only took the version 2.0, but it seems very nice.
PS: I had a chat today with somebody at the office and apparently for last year's world cup soccer all the RSA maps got updated for the tourists, hence our RSA map is very accurate and updated at this point. I was amazed to even find my complex name on the map!
Good stuff.
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Offline ronaldd

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2011, 08:32:26 pm »
I would say leave it.
If it works,  great,  if you know someone who has the same one as you, and it worked,  great,  bring it. 
But....

You might bring it,  pay $99 for a map that doesnt want to upload,  only to run out of time and be lost a few times, and then buy one anyways,  then send your old GPS back to SA to a family member that can use it.  If you add that all up you realise it would have been cheaper just to pay for a new one.. and less stressfull.
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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2011, 08:58:56 pm »
Bring it if its a Garmin, otherwise toss it...Unless of course you happy a paying over US$100 for new maps everytime a new set becomes available.

I have seen some garmin GPS's here in Dick Smiths very reasonably priced.

http://www.priceme.co.nz/search.aspx?c=481&q=garmin&avs=988

I too have a garmin and are using the free maps. Works like a charm. Let me know if you need any help setting them up

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Offline frodo/maya

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2011, 04:36:10 am »
Personally, I would leave the gps the separate maps are very expensive on this side and if there are specials (and there are always specials in NZ) it is cheaper to buy a new one with the maps. We did not bring our since it was cheaper to buy a  new one on this side vs the maps alone.

Offline Ostrich

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Re: GPS bring or leave?
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2011, 09:47:48 pm »
Thanks for all the offers of help.
Yes, I didn't even want to bother and buy Route 66 maps, rather charmed with the Nokia Maps option.
I am confident it will work, since I managed to load both maps (RSA & NZ) and can zoom to street level.
In RSA it tracts on the RSA map no problem, so I'm quite sure it will track on the NZ map too. Thanks Nokia   :clap:
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