Online Casino Bonuses

Table of Contents:

Bonus Types | No Deposit | Deposit Required | Pre-Wager | After Wager | Codes | VIP Program | Casino Club | Cashback | Golden Chips | Slot Machines | Free Spins | Qualities | Play Now

There are many different kinds of casino bonuses and not every bonus is a good fit for every casino player. In this article, we’ll go over all the different types of casino bonuses so you can find the ones that will be the most beneficial for you.

Whether you’re looking for bonuses for slot games or our Live Dealer Casino, NZ has the best collection of online casino bonuses for Kiwi players. We frequently update the offers throughout the year, so check out the Promotions page for the updated bonuses and to read the Terms and Conditions.

Casino Bonus Types

The Welcome Bonus is usually the first bonus players look at when finding a new online casino. It usually consists of a combination of bonus money and free spins. Other popular bonuses include reload bonuses that can be claimed when making a deposit, casino bonus codes, VIP bonuses, and in-game bonuses.

All these bonuses will typically fall into one of two categories: no deposit and deposit.

No Deposit Casino Bonus (Free Bonus)

A no deposit is exactly what it sounds like; a free bonus that we give to a player even though they didn’t make a deposit. For obvious reasons, these bonuses are pretty rare and therefore, highly sought after. A player who receives a no deposit bonus can use it when betting on real money casino games.

No deposit bonuses will typically include no more than 30 free spins, and they must be used within a designated time.

This type of bonus can be offered to a new player who created an account but for whatever reason hasn’t made a deposit. It will give the player a chance at winning real money and allow them to experience what NZ is really about.

No deposit bonuses aren’t only offered to new players. NZ has been known to send out exclusive casino bonus codes to existing players that can be redeemed for free chips.

Regardless of how or when you receive a no deposit bonus, it’s important to read the Terms and Conditions and see what games the bonus money can be used at and what the wagering requirement is to redeem your winnings.

Deposit Required Casino Bonus (Reload Bonus)

The vast majority of bonuses are deposit bonuses, meaning when you make a deposit, you can claim a bonus. The Welcome Bonus is the most common bonus offer, and you can receive it after making your first deposit. When it comes to Welcome Bonuses, NZ consistently has the biggest and best offers in New Zealand.

Another common type of deposit bonus is the reload bonus. These bonuses are given when players make deposits. Often the deposit will have to take place on a specific day of the week and during certain hours. There are two advantages to the reload bonus.

  1. You’re making a deposit anyway, and now you’ll have even more chips to use for making bets.
  2. Unlike a Welcome Bonus, this is a recurring bonus that you can claim as long as you continue making deposits to your casino account.

Not all deposits are eligible for a bonus. Sometimes there is a minimum or maximum deposit requirement for collecting a bonus. To get a better understanding of the eligibility requirements for each bonus, carefully look over the Terms and Conditions before making your deposit.

Pre-Wager Bonuses

Pre-wager bonuses are instantly credited to your account, and can be used right away. These bonuses can be part of both deposit and no deposit bonus packages. When it is included in a reload bonus it is generally calculated based on the percentage of the deposit.

Any money that is won using pre-wager bonus money will be tagged as bonus winnings and remain in a special bonus account. Only after surpassing the minimum wagering requirement can the money be transferred to the player’s regular casino account and be withdrawn. The one exception is if this is a non-redeemable bonus, in which case only the winnings and not the principal bonus money will be moved to the regular account. 

After-Wager Bonuses

There are some bonuses that only after you meet the wagering requirement will the money be deposited to your account. This is known as an after wager or post wager bonus. The biggest benefit is that once the money is in your account, it can be used with any of the casino games or withdrawn immediately. These bonuses are often included as part of the Welcome Bonus and reload bonuses.

While players can claim multiple bonus offers at NZ, only one can be active at a time, and they must be used in the order in which they were claimed. The one exception to this rule is the post-wager bonus which can only become active when there are no pre-wager bonuses in the queue.

Casino Bonus Codes NZ has exclusive casino codes for players who opt-in to email and SMS promotions. These bonus codes can be redeemed for all different types of bonus, including free spins, Golden Chips, and pre and post wager bonuses.

Bonus codes must be redeemed within a specified time before they expire, so make sure to open and read email and SMS messages from NZ.  

If you haven’t opted in to receive promotional materials from NZ, go to your casino account and opt-in or you might miss out on these exciting bonus offers. Visit the Promotions page for the latest bonus code information.

VIP Program

Becoming a VIP member gets you access to daily, weekly, and monthly bonuses that aren’t offered to regular casino players. Additional bonus offers are just one of the many benefits of becoming a VIP member. Other perks include higher deposit and withdrawal limits, a personal account manager, special prizes, tickets to exclusive events and more.

There are several different VIP tiers, starting with the Bronze, Silver, and then Gold before you can move to the VIP and VIP Elite levels. As you progress through the ranks, the bonuses and prizes get bigger and better. For more information, visit the VIP page today.

Loyalty Program (Casino Club) NZ has an exciting loyalty point program, called Casino Club, which is a fun way to earn virtual coins that can be used to purchase special bonuses. As you play different games, you’ll be presented with different challenges. As you complete the challenges, you’ll be rewarded with badges and trophies that can be converted to virtual coins. The coins are accepted at the Club Store and can purchase free spins, Golden Chips, and other prizes.

Cash and Cashback

There is no better casino bonus than cash. You can choose how and when to use it, or just withdraw it to your bank. A cash bonus has no restrictions or wagering requirements.

A bonus that has cashback is similar to an insurance policy. It can be used to recoup a percentage of your losses. For more information on how the cashback works, how much money you have to wager, and how much can be returned to you, read the Terms and Conditions for the specific bonus offer. 

Golden Chips

Golden Chips are special bonus coins that can be used when playing select casino games.  They are valid for up to 7 days, and if they aren’t used within the time frame, they will expire. You can use one chip per hand or game. Money won while using a Golden Chip can either be treated as a cash bonus or as bonus money that would require wagering requirements before it can be redeemed.

Slot Machines NZ is home to hundreds of the best online slot games. One of the reasons that slot games are so attractive for Kiwi players is they come with a wide range of bonuses and features that can significantly increase your odds of winning real money. The bonuses include free spins, multipliers, side games with cash bonuses, and of course, progressive jackpots.

There are a few different kinds of progressive jackpots, some have a daily winner, while others have a limit on the jackpot size, and others continue to grow, some even several million dollars before someone wins it. 

Free Spins

Many of the bonuses above include free spins as part of the bonus package. These can be chips that only work with specific games, or can be redeemed at any slot game. These bonuses are a great way to discover new games or get extra spins of your favourite game, perhaps even to give additional chances at winning a progressive jackpot. Check out the Free Spins page for a breakdown of all the different types of free spin bonuses. 

Bonus Qualities

As you can see, there are many different kinds of bonuses, and since only one can be used at a time, determining the quality of a bonus can make a big difference.

There are four important criteria, or qualities, that you should look at when deciding if a bonus is right for you.

  1. Bonus amount
  2. Game context
  3. Redeemable/Non-Redeemable
  4. Wagering requirements


Pay attention to the amount of money that you need to deposit, unless it’s a no deposit bonus, to be eligible for the bonus. Many of the Welcome Bonuses and reload bonuses have a minimum bonus that is required to claim the bonus. If that amount is more than you want to deposit, wait for something that fits your budget.

Game Context

Some casino bonuses can only be used with certain games. If you claim a Live Dealer bonus but never play Live Casino games, this will prevent you from claiming a bonus that is useful for you. Similarly, if you like playing certain slot games, like Age of the Gods, for example, finding a bonus that can be used for that game, can be really beneficial.

Redeemable / Non-Redeemable

Whether a bonus is a deposit, no deposit, casino code, or for VIPs, they will fall into one of two categories:

  • Redeemable Bonus: Most bonuses fall into the redeemable category. It means that bonus money, and any money won while betting with the bonus money, are added to a special account. Once you’ve reached the wagering requirement, all the money in that account is transferred to your general account and can be used or withdrawn at your discretion.
  • Non-Redeemable Bonus:  The bonus money and your winnings are added to the special bonus account. However, when you meet the wagering requirements, only the money won can be transferred to your general account. The principal bonus money can’t be redeemed. 

Wagering Requirements

Whenever you read about casino bonuses, you will also hear about wagering requirements. This is basically a way for the online casino to make sure that a player doesn’t create an account, claim a bonus and then withdraw the money without ever playing a game.

The wagering requirements, also known as playthrough and rollover, can be confusing at first. There are a few different types of wagering requirements, so it’s important to look at the Terms and Conditions and make sure you understand them before you claim the bonus.

There are three main types of wagering requirements are:  

  1. Multipliers of a deposit
  2. Multipliers of the bonus
  3. The sum of the multipliers of both the deposit and bonus amount

The one thing these have in common is you have to use the bonus money multiple times before it can be redeemed. For example, if you claim a $10 bonus for slot games and it has a 10x rollover, you will need to bet at least $100 before it can be redeemed.

Another important factor is the game contribution percentages and how it affects when you can redeem your bonus money. Not all games are equal when it comes to reaching your playthrough. For example, a $100 bet on a game like Blackjack, which has a low house edge, might only have 5% of the bet contributed to the playthrough, but a game like scratch cards or some slot games might contribute 100% of the bet to the playthrough. 

Play Now with your Casino Bonus

Casino players from New Zealand will have plenty of chances to claim excellent casino bonuses when they play at NZ. From the Welcome Bonus you’ll receive with your first deposit or the reload bonuses to the special VIP level bonuses and everything in between, it won’t take long to see that NZ has the best online casino bonuses.

Register your account, claim your first casino bonus, and start playing all your favourite online casino games today.