Best Betting Sites New Zealand
The best betting sites for New Zealand residents are not licensed in this country; instead Kiwis can legally bet with 100s of different offshore betting sites. These online bookmakers accept NZD, cater specifically to Kiwis’ needs and offer odds on all the major domestic and International sports.
Top online betting sites for New Zealand:
The above betting sites are all licensed in either the United Kingdom or Malta and have an outstanding reputation in the gambling industry. The World Gambling List’s general rule is that if we wouldn’t bet there we wouldn’t promote it.
Best betting sites for Kiwis
With so many online betting sites vying for your dollar, it can be a hard and potentially fraught decision. We have taken the guesswork out of which of the sites available to New Zealand residents are the best to wager with.
WilliamHill.com: One of the leading betting sites globally, William Hill has every betting market a punter could possibly want. Has some outstanding promotions, including a nice welcome package for Kiwi punters. Read our WilliamHill review for further information.
Betway: Another betting site with an outstanding global presence, Betway will have every sports betting market you can possibly imagine. If they do have a weakness it is probably covering domestic sports leagues in New Zealand. Read our Betway review for further info.
Guts.com: One of the emerging sports betting brands, has a UK licence and relaunched its platform in June 2019. With a great casino under the same URL, Guts.com has all the betting markets you could want at a top online bookmaker. Read our Guts review to get more info.
LeoVegas.com: Has a reputation as more of a gambling brand, rather than sports betting, but they have become a legitimate option for Kiwis looking to wager on sports. You will need only one account to bet right across the Leo Vegas platform. Read our Leo Vegas sports review for further information.
How to sign up at an NZ betting site
- New account: The first step is to pick a betting site that you like. The things you need to look out for include the currencies they support, deposit options and, of course, licensing. During the sign-up process you will need to supply things such as your name, date of birth, email address, address and various other details.
- Bonus bets: Have a think about whether you want to accept the bonus bets you might be offered by the chosen betting company. Remember the bonuses New Zealanders will receive generally have wagering requirements attached to them. So always read the fine print before accepting a promotion.
- Depositing to a betting account: There are numerous ways Kiwis can deposit New Zealand dollars to their betting accounts. These include common ways like bank transfers and Visas. See below for a full list of common betting banking methods.
- Verifying account: This is a crucial component of signing up at a top betting site; it is imperative you give your right details during the sign up process or you won’t be able to cash out. To prove your identity you will either have to fill in an online form or send in various documents to prove who you are.
- Placing bets: Now that all the hard part is over, placing a bet is a simple process, with all of the various markets put in front of you in simple menus. Find the sports you want to bet on, choose your bet and then it will be added to your bet slip. Visit the bet slip and you can choose your stake and place the bet.
- Withdrawing: Withdrawals at New Zealand betting sites are generally done with either a bank transfer, web wallet or using the card you deposited with.
What sports can Kiwis bet on
The New Zealand sports betting landscape is largely made up of horse racing, the two rugby codes, cricket and basketball. But like the rest of the world, there is huge interest in various other sports. In this section we’ll run you through some of the major sports Kiwis bet on.
Horse racing betting
Horse racing in New Zealand is massive, with this diminutive country boasting one of the best breeding programs in the world. Horse racing is held on both the North and South islands with the New Zealand Derby, Karaka Millions and Karaka Million 3YO Classic some of the races to watch out for. Websites like WilliamHill.com are outstanding for horse racing, including covering every domestic TAB race. Learn more about New Zealand horse betting.
Rugby league betting
Rugby league is playing second fiddle to rugby in New Zealand, but it does still have a huge following. The New Zealand Warriors play in the Australia-based NRL, which is regarded as the best domestic league in the world. The National Competition is the top-flight NZ domestic competition, with it comprising of a four-team national championship and a four-team national premiership, with promotion and relegation between the two comps. Learn about Rugby League betting.
Whenever the New Zealand All Blacks play, a large portion of the country stops in its tracks. The All Blacks are the No.1 team on the world stage and boast many of the finest players. Super Rugby, which is a global club competition, boasts five teams from New Zealand with Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington all represented. Rugby Union betting is available on all major Super Rugby and International matches. One of the highlights of the rugby calendar is the annual Bledisloe Cup competition against Australia. The Rugby World Cup is also due to be played later in 2019.
New Zealand has a proud history in cricket and is among the better T20 and one-day outfits in the world. The Black Caps have global stars such as Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill in their ranks. The Super Smash is the domestic T20 competition, with it generating significant betting interest. Read our guide to cricket betting for further information.
While the NBA is front and centre with Kiwi basketball fans, there is also massive interest in the Australia-based NBL. New Zealand Breakers are the only Kiwi team in the Aussie competition, but many players who have graduated from the NZ NBL have made the move over to the stronger Australian competition. If you’re looking to bet on Australian basketball, an Aussie-licensed bookie is probably your best bet, while all of the big International betting sites will boast extensive NBA markets. Read our guide to basketball betting.
Mobile sports betting sites
One of the most improved areas in online sports betting is mobile access, with all good betting sites being fully responsive or having a mobile site. Many of the best online betting sites also have downloadable apps for both Android and Apple devices.
Mobile betting sites are generally just stripped-back versions of the desktop sites, although as a general rule the exact same markets will be available on mobile. It’s only things such as deposit options or customer service access methods that might be fewer on your mobile or tablet.
Some great options for Kiwis to bet on sports from their mobile include WilliamHill.com and Betway.com which are two massive gambling companies who have poured plenty of money into their mobile offerings.
New Zealand Dollar deposits at betting sites
There are many ways to fund your betting sites from New Zealand, with various deposit options available when you are depositing NZD. The standard banking methods Kiwis use at online betting sites include:
- Credit Card
- Web wallets
Sports betting laws in New Zealand
Sports betting and gambling in New Zealand are governed by the Department of Internal Affairs, with the main legislation being the Gambling Act of 2003.
In short (we’ll talk plenty more about this in another article) Kiwis are legally able to gamble or bet on sports at offshore betting companies.
It is, however, illegal to bet with an online betting site based out of New Zealand, but you are unlikely to even find this as an option.
Customer service at betting sites
One thing the WorldGamblingList.com can’t stress enough is that you must be able to reach a betting company if you sign up and deposit with them.
We have heard reports of New Zealand users of betting sites signing up at less reputable vendors from Curacao and Costa Rica and having trouble cashing out and reaching them to dispute it.
Basically if betting sites don’t clearly have their licensing and customer service displayed, we strongly recommend betting elsewhere.