The online casinos that we list here all offer New Zealand online casino players a range of secure, convenient and accessible methods for making deposits and withdrawals to your casino account, and that also enable you to make payments and take cash out in $NZD. Some of these work better than others, and so in this article we discuss the main payment methods used in New Zealand and which ones we think are the best for online casino players.
Payment method preferred in NZ
Although in the end it comes down to a matter of personal choice, we recommend PayPal or a leading e-wallet like Skrill, Neteller or EcoPayz as the most efficient and secure payment method for running an online casino account. There are a number of reasons for this (discussed in detail below), but after trying out lots of different payment options over time, these are the ones that we’ve found work the best.
You can read more about all of the main online casino payment methods used in New Zealand in our more detailed summary below.
Credit and debit cards are accepted as a payment method at all of our recommended online casinos, although in our opinion there are some significant drawbacks to using these.
Firstly, although Visa credit and debit cards are generally accepted for both deposits and withdrawals, the case with MasterCard is not so straightforward. Most New Zealand online casinos will enable you to deposit funds using a MasterCard, but increasingly they are not available to use for withdrawals, which means it can be inconvenient and time consuming to get your hands on your cash. Other cards, such as American Express and Diner’s Club, are almost never accepted at our recommended casinos.
The second major drawback to using credit and debit cards is the processing time. Online casinos can take anything up 72 hours to process a withdrawal request, and it can then take another 3-5 working days for funds to reach your account if you use a bank-issued credit or debit card.
Another drawback to using credit cards is the privacy aspect. Although online casino transactions are not processed as such on your statements, if you’re someone who likes to keep their financial business to themselves, then using a credit card with your online casino account is not the best way to go about this.
In these days of e-commerce, there are plenty of electronic payment methods available that enable you to fund your casino account securely and to be able to conclude transactions quickly. For New Zealand players, PayPal and e-wallets provide the best options in this regard.
One of the biggest advantages of using PayPal is that many people already have an account, so this means there’s one less layer of administration to contend with. In addition, when you add funds to your casino account, they are available to play with immediately; likewise, when you make a withdrawal, once the casino has processed the request, the funds appear in your PayPal account instantly. (However, if you transfer cash from PayPal to your bank account, you can then expect some additional bank processing time.)
There biggest drawback to using PayPal is accessibility, in that not all of the online casinos listed here accept it as a payment method. The number is growing, however, and it’s reasonable to expect that most sites will be PayPal friendly before too long.
The other most viable electronic payment method is e-wallet. Skrill, Neteller and EcoPayz are the most popular with New Zealand online casino users, although there are others in the market, like Click2Pay and ClickandBuy, although these tend not to be used as widely here.
E-wallets are a good choice because of the speed of transaction, and the added layers of security and privacy they provide. E-wallets are also very easy to set up and are accepted at all online New Zealand casinos.
When you use an e-wallet to deposit funds, your cash is instantly available to play with and when you withdraw, once the casino has completed its processing, money is available straight away in your e-wallet account. You can also transfer funds to and from an e-wallet in a variety of ways, such as from a credit or debit card, or using direct bank transfer.
In addition, using an e-wallet means you’re not sharing your financial information directly with the casino, nor are your credit card details stored on their server, and so this gives you added security. Furthermore, you have added privacy as there are no casino transactions on your bank or credit card statements.
A drawback to using an e-wallet is that, while they are free to set up, there are some transaction fees charged (although there are not enormous). You should also be aware that at a few of our online casinos, using an e-wallet when you make you make first deposit into a new account disqualifies you from claiming a Welcome Bonus, so make sure you check the signup T&Cs.
Aside from these, there are other alternative methods of transferring funds electronically, like direct bank transfer, although this is the slowest method of both depositing and withdrawing funds and so should probably be avoided if possible.
If you don’t want to use a line of credit to fund your casino account, then a pre-paid payment method is the best option. Options include virtual Visa cards like EntroPay, pre-paid cards like PaySafe Card, or POLi, which is a payment system linked to your bank account.
EntroPay is a virtual Visa card that is accepted for both deposits and withdrawals at the vast majority of our casinos. Funds are always available instantly when you make a deposit or a withdrawal and it’s free to use EntroPay to transfer funds, although there are charges when you add money via a credit card or bank transfer.
PaySafe Card (which has now replaced UKash) is a pre-paid card that is widely accepted for deposits at online casinos, although there is the disadvantage that you can’t make withdrawals using this method.
POLi is an electronic payment system already widely used in New Zealand, and accepted for both deposits and withdrawals at the majority of our sites. It’s very secure (you don’t need to share your financial info with the casino) and is linked to your NZ bank account, from which any casino deposits are debited. POLi also has the advantage of being able to be used to make payments and purchases with retailers and service providers across the country.
Mobile payment methods
Some sites have preferred payment methods when it comes to making deposits into your mobile casino account via smartphone or tablet. The list below features our recommended mobile casinos that have preferred payment methods.
Preferred payment methods for slots players
New Zealand online slots players can sometimes pick up additional match bonuses when using a casino’s preferred payment method, or re-load bonuses when specific forms of payment are used to make deposits.
These sorts of deals are sometimes sent out to players via email or SMS, but it makes sense to check our promotions pages and the special offers on the casino’s site to see what preferred payment methods for slots players deals are on offer.