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New Zealand is a fascinating study and relatively unique as a sports betting market. Before reading any further, it is important to know that is is completely legal for you, the interested sports bettor, to bet online with a betting site that operates outside the shores of New Zealand. For more information, you can read a complete discussion about New Zealand sports betting laws.
Within New Zealand, the only legitimate place for you to wager is through your local Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) retail location or their website. However, international online sportsbook providers are widely used in New Zealand because the odds offered through the TAB always lower by comparison, meaning they pay out less money to you the bettor when you win. As a consumer that wants to get the best value for your money, it is always better to wager with a betting site that competes for business with better odds and/or incentive promotions rather than with an organization like the New Zealand Racing Board that has essentially been granted a monopoly by the government to accept sports wagers through the TAB.
The purpose of this site is to explore your options for the best New Zealand sports betting. Being such a relatively small and unique national market, it is important to research and judge sports betting providers from the perspective of New Zealand bettors. Below you’ll find my list of the best international betting sites for New Zealanders. It is a fairly short list, but over 30 of the world’s best brands were researched from a Kiwi perspective. Read more about my research and list construction methodology to the right.
First, it is good to understand how most sports betting review sites are structured and their motivations to understand how this site is different.
Most review sites will list every betting site that they have reviewed. In the end, whether good or bad, the review site is hoping that you recognize the sportsbook brand and inclusion of their betting brand on the review site is seen as tacit approval.
Review sites that list every sportsbook that they have reviewed truly only care about
visitors clicking through to start betting, not what is in their readers’ best interests.
This also explains why most review sites use bogus rating systems with star-
I’m not interested in this approach and find it to be dishonest. I’m interested in keeping things as simple as possible for my readers. I don’t want you to have to read through 30+ reviews to find the company that matches your needs. I don’t want to confuse you with a bogus rating system. Furthermore, it serves no purpose to review and then rank 30+ betting sites. Would you read through this many reviews and then select betting site #26? That’s ridiculous.
This is why my list is essentially black and white, companies are in the list, or not in the list and the sites are in alphabetical order. I only have one important point of distinction for the sites included in my list: Those that offer direct New Zealand Dollar Sports betting accounts are listed at the top. For interested bettors that have no issues with the currency to be used, I also include three top betting sites that do not offer NZD betting but offer an excellent overall experience for bettors in New Zealand.
Here is the criteria for all betting sites to meet for inclusion in the list:
Most online sportsbooks cater to the average recreational bettor because this market segment is the largest market segment. However, an important market segment includes those that are high limit or high stakes bettors. As a developed economy, it makes sense to examine the betting sites that can accommodate bettors in New Zealand that wish to bet larger sums of money on the matches of most interest.
Some services are more able to accept high wagers than others. I examine the issue of high limit sports betting and highlight those services that can accommodate players that truly wish to test the limits of these betting sites.
Key to your sportsbook experience is the manner in which you’ll be able to deposit and withdraw funds from your betting account via your chosen banking methods. The international market has developed many payment platforms but some of these are unavailable in New Zealand.
Your chosen betting site needs to accept payments from platforms that caters to you
and how you intend to wager with the means at your disposal. Are you a recreational
bettor? Are you a high stakes bettor? Do they operate in your desired currency?
Are you a mobile-
bet365 covers rugby & cricket comprehensively in terms of the available betting markets. They have the most intuitive interfaces for mobile & desktop and they constantly innovate with the most advanced features for bettors. Lots of banking methods are available for Kiwi bettors. Read the bet365 NewZealand review.
Betway serves over 2 million account holders world-
MarathonBet is becoming one of the biggest names in sports betting. MarathonBet operates with low margins, meaning you get very high odds on all sports. MarathonBet also offers their AdvanceBet feature which lets you unlock the value of unsettled bets toward new bets. Read the MarathonBet New Zealand review.
Pinnacle Sports is a reduced-
Unibet is headquartered in Stockholm and traded on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic exchange. Unibet provides some amazing coverage of sports betting, especially with their coverage of niche sports. If you like a breadth of sports, Unibet must be considered heavily. Read the Unibet New Zealand review.
William Hill is one of the oldest names in sports betting, established in 1934 and currently traded on the London Stock Exchange. William Hill covers all sports well, but soccer, cricket, rugby and horse racing are definitely their focus. So if these are your passions, take note. Read the William Hill New Zealand review here.
888Sport is one of the oldest names in online sports betting, in business since 1997 and traded on the LSE, they provides extensive betting market coverage for each sport. 888sport also accepts the widest array of banking methods of any betting site in the world. Read the full 888Sport New Zealand review here.
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Bethard looks to offer very competitive odds on the main betting markets for the most popular leagues. Bethard is also very selective about the countries it serves, and New Zealand is one of these, so you know they cater to Kiwi preferences. Read the Bethard New Zealand review.