Our aim when we review an online casino is to give you all the information you need to make an informed choice about where you play. We look at the games on offer, the signup bonus, payment methods – everything that goes into making a great gaming site.
Check out the list of our recommended casinos.
When we’re reviewing online gaming sites, there are a number of qualities they have to have before we can recommend them to New Zealand players with confidence. Our listed sites have to meet our strict criteria not only in terms of the games they offer (although this is, of course, important), but also with regard to their reliability and security, and their accessibility for Kiwis.
When it comes to games, our recommended sites need to provide an above-average selection, both in terms of quality and quantity. We think the best sites are those that offer players the greatest variety when it comes to pokies and other games, and so the sites that give you the biggest choice will always get our seal of approval.
We always look at a brand’s reputation when we consider listing it – how long they’ve been up and running and whether it’s a name that’s familiar in New Zealand (perhaps in another area, such as sports betting for instance). If it’s a new player in the industry, we make this clear in our review and give you as much detailed background information as possible.
Our listings will usually only include sites where players can operate their accounts in NZD$ (although in a few instances, this isn’t the case, but we make this clear) and offer payment methods that are convenient to use and accessible in New Zealand. We also make sure that customer support can be contacted easily, and wherever possible will give you a local call or toll-free phone number where you can get in touch.
A good value Welcome Bonus can be crucial in deciding where it is you want to play, and so we take the time in our casino reviews to break down each one so you get a clear picture of the overall quality of any signup offer. We also rate Welcome Bonuses on the type of player they best suit – occasional, regular or high roller.
If you’re looking for a deposit match bonus, a signup that includes free spins, or a no deposit bonus to get you started, our analyses tell you everything you need to know, including the wagering requirements and how long you have to clear your free bonus. We also look at the ongoing promotions our listed sites have running, and from time to time feature exclusive bonus offers that are only available from our site.
The quality, number and variety of the games on offer are the most important factors in our final rating of a site. We explore all the games a site provides, and give you information on the developers and RTP percentages, as well as reviews of individual pokies, both old and new.
We’re not just limited to pokies, however, so we also look at the classic table games like blackjack, roulette and craps, as well as some of the more unusual games you can find online, like Pai Gow Poker and Sic Bo.
As well as our game reviews, you can also check out our how-to-play pages, where we share tips on rules and gameplay, along with wagering strategies, as well as showing you where all of the different games we discuss can be played.
Variety is the key to how we judge sites in our casino reviews, so we rate most highly those that give players the most choice. This can be in terms of the categories of pokie games offered (e.g., old-school 3 reel, themed pokies, etc.), the number of progressive jackpot games, or who has the hottest new release games.
Our reviews break down the pokies you can find at each site into their different categories, so whether you prefer to play your tried-and-tested favourites, try your luck with progressive jackpots, or like to check out the latest games as soon as they’re released, you’ll know where to look, making the process of choosing the right gaming site to suit your playing tastes much quicker and easier.
The sites we list here vary in whose games they offer – some are single-brand sites, where you’ll only find pokies by one of the leading, established games producers, while others have multiple offerings, meaning you can enjoy games from several different producers all in the one location.
Microgaming casinos continue to be the most popular with players in New Zealand, due to their outstanding reputation and the huge number and variety of pokies they produce, although we also highly recommend a number of Playtech and NetEnt sites as well.
However, a growing number of sites now provide games by some of the new and exciting games producers alongside those of one of the big names (usually in Instant Play only). At these sites, you can enjoy pokies by up-and-comers in the industry as well as your favourite titles by the more well-established brands, meaning greater choice and variety in your gaming.
Our focus here is on New Zealand and so our online casino reviews tell you which sites offer the most convenient, accessible and reliable payment options for those playing here. We also rate most highly those gaming sites that accept NZD$ and offer quick and efficient deposit and withdrawal options.
We always recommend the sites with the greatest variety of payment methods, and will let you know whether PayPal, e-wallets, or credit/debit/pre-paid cards can be used. We also give you an indication of the average time it takes for withdrawals to be processed, so you know how long you can expect to wait before you get your cash, and what security is in place to protect your financial information and transactions.
Occasionally, issues do arise at the sites we list here, and so as part of our rating and review process, we also look at the quality of their customer service. This includes the methods by which you can get in touch with the support team, and wherever possible this will include a local or toll free telephone number, as well as whether they have live chat, email support or any other contact methods, such as Skype or WhatsApp. We also highlight where support is available 24/7, especially important when their team is likely to be located in another time zone.
In addition to these forms of customer support, our reviews also highlight other information sources a site provides, such as FAQ pages, game rules and instruction pages, as well as their policies on privacy, underage gambling, etc.
We make a point of only recommending casinos that are reliable and trustworthy, and come under external scrutiny to ensure fair play. There are, unfortunately, some sites out there that don’t always do things in an open and transparent manner, but we warn you away from these and show you to what to look out for when you suspect a gaming site isn’t completely above board.
The sites we list are all licensed and accredited from the countries that they operate from (usually well-established and controlled gaming jurisdictions such as Malta and Gibraltar), while many are also licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. In addition, they will also be audited and approved by an outside, third-party testing agency, such as eCogra, IGL or TST, that provide independent assessments as to the fairness of their games and RTP percentages. We ensure that this documentation can be easily accessed from within the site.
Every casino review we write will end with a Bottom Line, our final assessment and rating of the site in terms of how well it looks after players from New Zealand. As above, our recommendations take into account game quality and variety, the value of the Welcome Bonus and other promotions, the levels of support available and how easy and convenient it is to operate an account. In essence, we do all the work for you, so choosing an online casino just got a whole lot easier.