When we’re looking for the best casinos for NZ players, we look at every feature so you have all the info you need to you make your choice.
Before we recommend a site, we need to be confident that it offers New Zealand players a positive gaming experience. We look closely at the range of quality of the games (especially pokies), how accessible they are, and the site’s record in terms of security, safety and customer support.
We review a wide variety of sites — both well-established names and newcomers — so that you get the full picture of what’s out there. We also ensure that the sites we list have plenty of variety when it comes to games, so that all playing tastes are catered for, so whether you’re into pokies, table games or video poker, our casino reviews cover everything you need to know.
Reputation and longevity are important when it comes to online gaming, so we identify the brands that have solid track records in NZ and elsewhere, not only in casinos but also in sports betting or poker, for instance. For newcomers, we look at how long they’ve been operating, where they’ve come from and how they are perceived by players and the industry.
Almost all of the sites that have an online casino review here enable you to operate your account in NZD$ (if they don’t, we’ll let you know) and offer a good range or payment methods that Kiwi players can use. We also look for sites that have easily-contactable customer support services, ideally with a local or toll-free contact number.
Welcome Bonuses and promotions are always changing, as online casinos vie with each other to attract new players and keep their exisiting ones. There are always new signup offers and other bonuses being promoted, and we analyse these in an online casino review to help you decide which ones offer the best value and suit the way you play.
When we break down a bonus, we look at how much it’s ultimately worth and what you have to do claim it, as well as the all-important wagering requirements and other conditions. We also give you a run down on the other promotions a site offers so that you can see how well you’ll be looked after once you’ve signed up.
In the end, it’s the range and quality of the games on offer that is the key to whether we recommend a site or not. We look at every aspect of this in an online casino review, and discuss the number of games a site has, who produces them, the different game types and their RTP as well.
We naturally have a big emphasis on online pokies, and we list the notable titles that each site features, including their progressive jackpot slots. However, we don’t just focus on these and we also look at a site’s offerings in terms of table games and video poker, as well as the live dealer games it offers. We also highlight sites that make a feature of their more niche games as well.
Most players tend to develop a preference for the games of one producer over another, and so our casino reviews make clear whose games you can find at the sites we analyse. This is becoming increasingly important because of the growing number of sites that now give you the chance to play a variety of developers’ pokies and casino games all in one place.
Although Microgaming casinos are still the most popular sites with most New Zealand players, we don’t limit ourselves to only recommending these. Playtech and NetEnt sites also feature in our casino reviews, as do those who offer the games of the growing number of smaller, boutique game developers.
All our research tells us that one of the most important things New Zealand pokies players look for in a site is a good range of convenient-to-use and accessible payment methods, that offer quick and easy deposits and withdrawals, and that let you operate your account in NZD$.
That’s why when we review a site, we make it clear which payment methods are accepted, including e-wallets, credit/debit cards and electronic payment systems. We also look at how quickly your deposits reach your account and, more importantly, how long it takes you to get your money back when you make a withdrawal. We also take into account the security measures a site has a place in order to protect your identity and financial information.
It does sometimes happen, even with the best-regulated sites, that you have an issue that needs resolving and so you need to call on customer support. We think that the service online casinos offer punters is hugely important and so we include a section in all of our reviews describing the various methods you can use to get in touch with a site, should you ever need to.
We’ll tell you if they have 24/7 live chat, a local or toll-free phone number, and how to get in touch via email. Some sites are now reachable vis Skype and What’sApp, so we include these details too. We also review the quality of a site’s FAQ pages and it’s how-to-play pages for individual games.
We all know how important online safety is these days, and so we focus on the reliability and security of the sites we recommend. For instance, we only recommend sites that have clear and transparent privacy policies with regard to what they do with your personal information, and that these policies are easily accessible.
Our listed sites are also all operated from and licensed by jurisdictions with well-established credentials when it comes to online gaming, such as Gibraltar and Malta. We also highlight when a brand has been licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. In addition, you can be sure of fair gaming at our sites because we ensure they are all independently audited by a reputable third party agency, like eCogra, TST or IGL, and that you can access their findings on RTPs and the fairness of the RNGs.
We sum up all our casino reviews by giving you the Bottom Line. This is where we re-cap each site’s strengths and weaknesses and why we think it has appeal (or otherwise!) for New Zealand players. We reach our final verdict by taking into account all of the factors described above, so that you have the most comprehensive information possible before you decide whether or not to play. We hope that by doing all the hard work for you, you get more time to enjoy playing. Good luck!