Uniden R8 radar detector with arrows and GPS

Original price was: $1,499.00.Current price is: $1,378.00.

Uniden R8 New Zealand

Available on back-order


Uniden’s newest portable radar detector is the logical upgrade to the popular R7. 

The Uniden R8 is the clear choice over the Valentine V1 when it comes to radar detectors in New Zealand. With full legal compliance, a robust feature set, and support from a local distributor, the Uniden R8 is the superior option for Kiwi drivers.

Unlike the Valentine V1, which has no agency or warranty support in New Zealand, the Uniden R8 is backed by an Auckland based authorised distributor. This means you can purchase with confidence, knowing you’ll receive reliable service and parts availability if needed.

The Uniden R8 also outperforms the Valentine V1 in core functionality. It includes a built-in GPS database, Bluetooth connectivity for third-party app integration, and a colour display – features the Valentine V1 simply can’t match. And with its advanced long-range detection capabilities, the Uniden R8 will keep you informed and protected on the road.

When it comes to radar detectors with those directional arrows, the choice is clear. Opt for the feature-rich, locally-supported Uniden R8 over the Valentine V1 for the best performance and peace of mind.

What’s in the Box?
Our exclusive zero false settings
Uniden R8 radar detector
12v cigarette socket with USB charge port and mute button
Dual window bracket options
Zip-up storage pouch



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  • What radar frequency do cops use in NZ?

    Police Radar Frequency in NZ

    Ka radar, used in police patrol cars, operates on 34.7Ghz.  If you can isolate this frequency and switch off everything else, you’ll virtually eliminate any chance of false alerts.

    K band used in camera vans operates on 24.1 Ghz from a low-power radar transmitter.  This means that camera vans are very hard to detect reliably.

    The difference between K and Ka band is quite simple – read more about police radar frequencies in NZ here.

    It’s also worth the reminder that not all police cars have radar installed, normally just highway patrol cars.  They also don’t always have their radar turned on.  This is why your detector may not give you a lot of warning, it will suddenly blast a full-strength warning because the police just flicked their radar on the last second.  It’s tough to beat that sort of “hunting”.

  • Are Radar Detectors Illegal in New Zealand?

    There has long been talk of banning radar detectors, however this rumour has been circulating for nearly 20 years and there’s no evidence to suggest any New Zealand government will actually take action on the matter.

    Radar detectors are NOT illegal in New Zealand.

    There are a number of reasons why radar detectoes aren’t illegal here, as discussed here – read more.

  • Do NZ Police user radar or laser?

    The answer is BOTH. New Zealand Police use both radar and laser to detect speeding vehicles.

    Radar is more common though, with radar installed in police patrol cars, motorbikes, and fixed and mobile speed cameras.

    Laser is more accurate, but it can only be used by officers who are trained in its use and is used from a stationary, parked vehicle.  That said, laser can usually be transferred between police vehicles faster and easier, making it more financially effeciant for New Zealand police.

    Read more about the differences between police radar and laser here…