New Zealanders can finally use cellular Apple Watch models thanks to carrier Spark that now supports eSIM (via NZHerald—paywall).

eSIM

In order to use a cellular Apple Watch your carrier must support eSIM technology. Carriers in the United States supports it but it isn’t the same in other parts of the world. Local carrier Spark however just added support for eSIM, as well as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in its One Number Wearable plan.

Apple Watch series 5

Apple Watch Series 5

The plan costs NZD$12.99 (US$8.56) and gives Apple Watch owners unlimited data, though speeds can be throttled after 40GB. This allows Apple customers to leave their iPhone at home and just take their Watch with them.

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Lancashire-Witch

But the nearest (bricks and mortar) Apple store is still over a thousand miles away – and in another country.
An Auckland Apple store is well overdue.