Read more to find out about the best payment methods and banking options available to New Zealand players.
Credit and debit cards
Almost all online casinos accept both credit and debit cards as payment methods. These are convenient and most people today will have some form of plastic that they can use. Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted cards at our recommended sites, and you can generally use either a credit or debit card. However, a growing number of casinos do not process withdrawals to MasterCard, so this needs to be borne in mind (our reviews make it clear when this is the case). Credit and debit cards can also be amongst the slowest withdrawal methods, although deposits are usually credited to your casino account instantly.
Wire transfers, or direct bank transfers as they are also known, are accepted as a payment method at most of our listed sites. However, this does tend to be one of the slowest ways of getting money into your casino account, with direct bank transfers taking between 1-5 working days as a rule. It is also the case that wire transfers can’t be used to make withdrawals at the majority of our sites. Nevertheless, it is generally accepted to be a fairly secure way of moving money.
Pre-paid and virtual cards
One of the most popular methods of funding an online casino account is to use a pre-paid or virtual credit card. These have the added advantage of giving you greater control over your funds, as they need to have money loaded on to them before it can be transferred to your casino account, while they also add an extra layer of security as you’re not sharing your personal banking details directly with the casino, and so you’re at less risk of being hacked. PaySafe Card (formerly Ukash) is the most popular form of pre-paid card, while EntroPay is the virtual card that the majority of our casinos accept.
E-wallets are secure, fast and can be used to make both deposits and withdrawals, which is why they are so popular with players and so widely accepted at online casinos. They give you added security because you’re not required to share any of your personal banking information directly with the casino – instead, your e-wallet acts as a middle man to transfer money from your bank account to your casino account, and your financial details are never revealed. In addition, at almost of the sites we list, deposits from and withdrawals to e-wallets are completed instantly (in the case of withdrawals there is, however, often a pending period before a casino begins to process your request). The leading names in e-wallets, and the most widely accepted, are Skrill, Neteller and EcoPayz, all of which are easily accessible in New Zealand.
The world’s biggest and best-known online payment system, PayPal has only in the last year or so started allowing its services to be used again by online casinos (after pulling out of the industry in 2003). Its return has been gradual, and not all of the sites that we list are able to accept PayPal, so if this is your preferred payment method, make sure you read our casino reviews before you sign up at a site to check whether you’ll be able to use it there.