New Zealand and Australian Residents are big gamblers. On average, New Zealanders who gamble spend an average of $41 per month on gambling. New Zealand’s spread their gambling over lotto, horse racing, telebingo and scratch off tickets. There are also 6 physical casinos in Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland, Hamilton, and two in Queensland. Oddly, off-line casinos are not legal in New Zealand despite being the bulk of the gambling business. Instead, New Zealanders who wish to play slot machines away from the six physical casinos are at the mercy and relegation of where they are regulated. In the world of online casinos, there are 13 countries or regions that regulate casinos, the UK, Malta, Gibraltar, the British Island of Alderney, the crown dependency of the Isle of Man, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Panama, Costa Rica and the Kahnawake Mohawk Tribe in Quebec, Canada. Of all the countries that regulate, the best are from Malta and the UK, with Denmark, Estonia, and the Island of man the best. Perhaps the worst are those casinos from Panama and Costa Rica, who don’t regulate at all. New Zealand residents are allowed to gamble at UK Gambling Commission registered sites.

Why we emphasize licensing

We go through licensing so thoroughly because when we are writing about The Best Slot Games in New Zealand, we are talking about the best slot games in the UK or Malta. The dirty secret of online casinos is whether they really will payout or not. The internet is littered with online casino stories about how people have signed up for a casino, met all of the gambling requirements, and then denied payment with paltry excuses such as “you have duplicate accounts at our casino” or similar garbage. To avoid extreme disappointment with your online gambling experience we highly recommend two things:

  • 1. Consider gambling only with the UK or Malta Licensed Casino
  • 2. Only gamble at those casinos which have a eCongra seal. eCongra stands for eCommerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, and independent testing company based in the UK which checks fairness of the online casino’s games, their banking encryption software and the casinos operating procedures. If you see an eCongra symbol at the bottom of a casinos website, that is your insurance, over and above the licensing requirements, that the casino operates above board.

Top Games to Play We chose five of the best online slots out there best on

  • Those with the best odds and payout
  • Those with the best jackpots
  • Popularity

#1 Cleopatra

Produced by IGT, Cleopatra was first a physical slot machine and is still found at many popular casinos. This is a 5 reel, 2o pay line slot that provides a good Return to Player percentage of 95.02 per cent. There are plenty of opportunities to garner up to 15 free respins at a time, and when you hit on those respins, you are normally paid a triple payout. The maximum payout is 10,000 times! It’s also possible during respins to trigger further respins with the maximum respins capped at 180. The two symbols you are looking for the most are Cleopatra herself and the Sphinx symbol which can trigger free respins. Other symbols will trigger up to 750x your stake on that line, along with others that pay 400, 25o, 125 and 100. The graphics are crisp, and the music is tolerable although I prefer to play without the sound.

#2. Mega Moolah

You may wonder why a slot with only 88.12 per cent Return to Player is doing on a list of the best slots to play. The answer is, this African Savannah-based game has huge jackpots. MegaMoolah, produced by Microgaming has three jackpots, one a guarantee of $100+, a Major Jackpot of $10,000 plus, and a Mega jackpot of over 1 million dollars. Mega Moolah holds the record for the largest jackpot with 13 million pounds, almost 16.9 million dollars. Unfortunately, MegaMoolah is not available as a free game unless you go through the hoops of signing up at an online casino because of the progressive nature of the jackpots. Never the less, playing the game for fun is a real thrill, just knowing that you too could be the next millionaire as those progressive jackpots build. And the maximum coin bet, 6.25 pounds is sort of a delight compared to machines that will take up to £100 or more at a throw.

#3. Gonzo’s Quest

I’ve got to say this is one of the most fun slot games I’ve played. The game is an Aztec wall, which if you get the right symbols opens up and lets Gozo the conquistador, go through to another land. Their free falls start dropping down, and the wins roll up big. I give this game 5 stars just for the imaginative way the play takes place. The return is great, 96 per cent, and you can win up to 2,500 times your stake.

#4. Real Rush

Real Rush from NetEnt is a classic slot with 3,125 ways to win. The maximum jackpot is only 1,000 coins but who cares. On my 5th turn of the reels, I won 1500 coins on 5 respins, so it is possible to do well on this candy-themed slot. I never acquired 5 strawberries which net you a thousand coins, but the game played easily, and the graphics were crisp. And at a return to player of 97 per cent. this one is a subtle but powerful contender.

#5. Starburst

Starburst might be the oldest game on this list, but it still features on many of the highest paying casinos in New Zealand. Available from Net Entrainment, many casinos use free spins on Starburst as part of their promotions and bonuses. Even though the game has no progressive jackpot, no bonus rounds, and a max of 3 respins, players keep returning to it because of its classic simplicity and the fact that you can win both ways on the play, which builds up a lot of small wins fast. And if you get really lucky, you can max out at 50,000 coins per win. I did well on Starburst, and were Gonzo’s Quest not available, would probably choose this as a second alternative due to its high RTP of 97 per cent.