Whether you bank with ANZ, Kiwibank, Westpac or any other New Zealand institution you are able to deposit money at online casinos. It’s as simple as using a credit or debit card at the casino at which you choose to gamble. It is even possible to deposit via a bank transfer and several other methods including pre-paid vouchers and online wallets, but this is a slightly harder process.
Often, because New Zealand is a smaller country, international casinos will not have NZD as an option; this doesn’t mean you can’t play there. It is smart to choose Australian (AUD) as your deposit currency if they don’t have NZD because the New Zealand banking system is heavily inter-wined with that of our neighbours and our dollar is not far off matching theirs.
Deposit methods at online casinos
This section of the article will run you through some of the most popular deposit methods available at online casinos. Each of these methods is available to NZD-depositing players and is 100 per cent legal.
Credit/debit card: Online casinos accept most Kiwi credit cards, with deposits from this method instantly credited to your account. Go to the casino’s cashier section and choose the method and follow the prompts. Usually NZ credit cards will have a cap put on them by their bank, mostly around $1000. Types of card accepted include Visa and MasterCard.
Bank transfers: Most online casinos will have bank transfer options, where you can transfer money to an account held by the gambling establishment. There is generally a fee associated with the bank transfer, which can vary greatly, depending on where you are transferring money to. It’s rare for a casino to have a New Zealand bank account, but often they will have Australian accounts. We can transfer money to Australian banks, but allow two or three days. The benefit of making bank transfers is they usually are not capped – if you have the money in your account, you are able to make the transfer.
Cash deposits: Well, not strictly cash deposits. It’s possible to buy cards that act like a credit card. These are vouchers such as Ukash and several other variations you can buy at service stations.
Web wallets: In the digital age it’s becoming more and more important to use a service such as a web wallet for your online dealings. Popular variations include Neteller and Skrill. For New Zealand residents there is usually a cap of around $1500 with this type of deposit. The benefit of using a service such as Neteller is transactions are quicker, particularly when you make withdrawals which can sometimes take only a few hours. Another is you are not giving your bank details to the casino, you are merely giving your web wallet info.
Withdrawals work on the same premise as deposits. However, if you are withdrawing to a credit card or doing a bank transfer it can take up to three or four business days for your money to appear in the bank.
Banking security at NZD online casinos
While there are no online casinos actually licensed in New Zealand there are plenty which accept NZD as a deposit option. It is wise to read independent reviews on sites such as this one. Has there been any negative feedback? Where is the casino licensed? What currency will your money be displayed in? What software does the casino use and is it licensed? These are all things you need to consider.
The licensing is particularly important. Generally at this website we only play at casinos licensed in the UK (including the Isle of Man), Malta and Costa Rica though we are hearing positive feedback on several emerging European jurisdictions.
If you gamble at the safest online casinos your banking transactions will be encrypted with the same technology online bank transactions use. When you are making the transaction, instead of http:// in the address bar you will see https:// which basically adds an extra layer of protection between you and malicious intent.
Mobile deposit options at online casinos
Gambling is taking place almost as much on mobile phones as it is on computers. Smartphones and tablets are slowly becoming the items of choice for casino players and the people running these websites know this.
Most mobile casinos will have multiple payment methods on their websites which you can access in your device’s web browser. These include many of the methods we have spoken about above. But you may find you have to make bank transfers from your computer.
Popular mobile phones for casino players: iPhone 4, 5, 6; Android phones, Samsung Galaxy; Windows phones; Blackberries.
What to look for in an online casino
First and foremost, you want it to be licensed in a respected jurisdiction. The casino industry is littered with dodgy vendors but there are plenty of good eggs nestled in among them.
We love a lot of casinos licensed by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission, while another respected place for casinos to seek licensing is Malta. Places such as these place strict governance on what happens on these casinos. This stretches from financials to making sure game-play is fair.
Obviously you want the best games and there are plenty of NZ-friendly casinos using software such as Microgaming, BetSoft, Playtech and Playfors, with these international companies boasting some of the best pokies, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, poker, live dealer and other games.
Deposit options for New Zealanders are also critical. No point signing up at a casino if you can’t fund your account. Do your homework on the casino before you sign up and you will be safe.
Is it legal for Kiwis to play at online casinos?
It is not legal to operate an online casino out of New Zealand, but it is legal for its residents to gamble at offshore casinos. Like much of the world the law surrounding online gambling is not really covered in New Zealand. There have been several inquiries into problem gambling that touched on the online side of things, but there are no restrictions on us gambling on the Web at this point.