Having been born and raised in Wellington, it makes me proud to say that for such a small nation as ours, we have made quite an impact on the world of poker. Lee Nelson, Jamil Dia and Graeme Putt are just a small sample of the kiwis widely feared and respected both online and live. A great deal of research and thought went into creating our list of the top 10 New Zealand online poker sites that appears below.

Best Kiwi Online Poker Sites

Rank Logo   Name Software Bonus Score Review
1. 888 Poker 888.com (Random Logic) NZ$88 FREE + 100% up to NZ$400 Bonus 8.6 Poker
2. William Hill Poker Playtech 200% up to NZ$2000 bonus 8.3 Poker
3. Party Poker Proprietary 100% up to NZ$500 Bonus 8.2 Poker
4. Titan Poker Playtech 200% up to NZ$2000 Bonus 8.0 Poker
5. Everest Poker Playtech NZ$600 Bonus 7.6 Poker
6. Mansion Poker Playtech 100% up to NZ$500 Bonus 7.8 Poker
7. Poker770 Playtech NZ$7.70 FREE & 200% up to NZ$2000 1.0 Poker
8. bwin Poker Ongame 100% up to NZ$500 Bonus 7.6 Poker
9. PokerStars Proprietary 100% up to NZ$600 Bonus 8.2 Poker

Online since back in 2004, the Online Poker Index has worked tirelessly in researching and testing the myriad online poker sites in operation. Our goal is to provide our readers with the most updated and in depth reviews of the finest poker rooms online as well as strategy articles, industry related news and much more.

In constructing our list of the best online poker sites for kiwi players, there were a number of things that we had to consider; including, banking options, the traffic enjoyed at relevant hours and the promotions and bonuses offered.

There are well over 600 online poker rooms currently in operation and they vary greatly in quality. As such, it would seem a daunting task for the discerning kiwi poker player to find a suitable poker site to call home.

The Online Poker Index employs an international staff of professional writers and researchers that are wholly dedicated to providing poker players with a list of only the most outstanding online poker sites in the industry. In reality, we are more than just writers and researchers. We are poker fanatics playing a great deal both live and online. All of the sites on our list have passed a battery of tests. Once a site has proven worthy of being listed in our portal, we generate a thorough and thoughtful review complete with all of the necessary information required for a player to make an educated decision as to which site is best suited to their needs.

One of the aspects of a poker room that is often overlooked by players is that while a particular site might be perfectly suited for players from a particular country or region, it might not be the case for players from other areas of the globe. In other words, a site that might be great for UK players might not pass muster for New Zealanders. In creating this list of the Best New Zealand Poker Sites, there were a number of parameters considered.

First and foremost, we had to look at the banking options available. A poker site might be perfect in every way; however, if it does not accept the New Zealand dollar or offer New Zealanders a selection of acceptable banking options then it obviously could not make the list.

While many online poker sites will cater to players from throughout the world, there are those that will geo-target a particular country or region. This is significant for two reasons: the concentration of traffic at particular hours and promotions offered.

A site that focuses their marketing on a particular country, such as the UK for example, will enjoy the highest concentration of traffic during peak UK hours. Due to the difference in time zones, such a site might not be suitable for kiwis.

Regarding geo-targeted promotions, this is also an important issue. A poker site that focuses on the Canadian market, for example, might run promotions offering tickets to see the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team or a poker tournament at the River Rock Casino Resort in British Columbia. The idea of spending NZ$2,000 for travel and expenses to take advantage of a ticket worth NZ$100 or NZ$200 is simply ludicrous. Now, offer a kiwi a ticket to see the All Blacks play or to a poker tournament at the SKYCITY Hotel in Auckland and that would be an entirely different story.

The sites listed above are the very best available for New Zealanders. You can join any one of them and be supremely confident that you will enjoy the very best in action, promotions, bonuses, security and service.