Are you looking for the best VPN for New Zealand? If so then you’ve come to the right place, this is my 2019 review for kiwi consumers, with all the best VPN providers in the saturated virtual private network market.
Until more recently, VPN’s were primarily used by large companies to stop unauthorised access to their systems or to prevent data breaches that would probably be very costly. In order to access the work network you needed to connect the VPN and authorise yourself onto the network.
Rolling forward to 2019 and internet users are becoming more sensitive about their personal data and who is actually monitoring or spying on their internet usage. For example in many countries your internet usage is tracked and subject to a court order, local law enforcement, police and spy agencies can access your data without your knowledge.
Ever been to a hotel or cafe in New Zealand? The IT admin guy can probably see all the websites you’ve been too without you even knowing. Questionable content? Your browsing habits are stored and can probably be viewed.
Introducing a VPN.
The main reason you’d need a VPN is to protect yourself online. When running a VPN your network traffic is routed through the network hiding all traffic from preying eyes. That IT guy from our example above wouldn’t see a thing.
Aside from privacy, VPN’s are also a good way to bypass geo IP restrictions such as watching the iPlayer in New Zealand or accessing the lottery in other countries which are blocked if you try and access them normally.
Further you can protect yourself when browsing websites such as those on the dark net or those you wouldn’t want someone to find out about. Adult content and dating websites are likely candidates.
If you’re simply looking for a VPN to protect your identity online then most providers offer powerful data encryption and untraceable services however if you’re using a VPN to change your geo graphical location online then there’s two types of VPN out there you need to consider.
The first type provides access to New Zealand geo blocked content and the second provides access to overseas content. Modern VPN providers such as PureVPN allow you to switch countries at the click of a button.
If you’re a New Zealand expat looking for the best vpn for accessing NZ content then you’ll be pleased to note all the providers featured in this article offer a server in Auckland or Christchurch, allowing you to connect back to New Zealand from anywhere in the world and watch channels such as OneOnDemand, Sky Sports Go and TV3 Online.
If you’re a kiwi living in New Zealand and want to watch content that is currently unavailable to you then a VPN will allow you to bypass these restrictions. For example the most common block is the BBC iPlayer and within minutes you can circumvent this block using a VPN and choosing a UK based server to reroute your internet connection.
In terms of features most modern VPN providers offer the same features, the only difference is the number of servers, datacenters (locations) they have servers within and software features such as apps and extensions.
Pure VPN and Ivacy are setting the standard in add on apps and extensions offering a wide variety of software for Mac, iOS, Android, Windows and Linux alongside a Chrome, Firefox, Fire TV, Apple TV and Kodi app. You won’t find this with any other provider on the market.
In order to get a great deal on a VPN you’ll likely need to purchase a 2 year subscription. Below I’ve compiled the monthly and two year pricing plans of the four most popular NZ VPN providers.
Best VPN For New Zealand 2019
This is my go to choice for a great value, packed full of features, VPN provider. I’ve personally used a lot of different providers over the last three years for both work and pleasure and PureVPN always comes out on top.
They offer over 750+ servers from 140 countries which is the largest offering among any of the VPN companies I reviewed and wrote about today. I only recommend providers I’ve used myself so it’s fair to say they have the largest number of countries on offer. Looking for content in Seychelles, Russia or Africa, VPN got your back.
Many other reviewers will gladly direct you to Express VPN which has a large market share (and nice affiliate commission) but nearly three or four times the price of PureVPN so that’s why Pure comes out on top as my number one VPN provider as they offer a far more rounded package at a super low $2.22 per month when buying a two year package.
PureVPN offers a high level of data encryption and some of the best apps and extensions for connecting out of all the providers featured. I use the Google Chrome extension and the Fire TV, MiBox apps allowing me to watch the iPlayer on my TV along with numerous blocked apps such as Netflix USA, Hulu Plus and even Sky Sports UK. They also have router level app for connecting all devices to your account without setting up each one, pretty cool!
By default you can have 5 devices streaming at once too.
They regularly offer Pure VPN discount codes, black friday deals and limited time offers on 3 and 5 year plans too. Right now the best offer is their 2 year one time fee deal.
If you do ever need to contact their support desk then you’ll be pleased to note they offer 365 day support via email, live chat and an extensive knowledge base is available for those with a little more technical expertise.
Introducing the most value for money you can find if you’re looking for a cheap and long term VPN provider. Ivacy is a reseller of PureVPN but don’t let that put you off, their prices are somehow much cheaper than them.
A 5 year plan with Ivacy can be had for as little as $1.34 per month. A bargain right? Plus you get all the same great features that you would come to expect with PureVPN. The only thing lacking is the level of support.
However if you don’t need much support and guidance then you’d be perfectly suited to signing up with Ivacy and making use of some of their 1400+ servers and 140 countries they have inventory within.
Ivacy offers a high level of data encryption and some of the best apps and extensions for connecting out of all the providers featured.
I use the Google Chrome extension and the Fire TV, MiBox apps allowing me to watch the iPlayer on my TV along with numerous blocked apps such as Netflix USA, Hulu Plus and even Sky Sports UK. They also have router level app for connecting all devices to your account without setting up each one, pretty cool!
By default you can have 5 devices streaming at once too.
They regularly offer Ivacy discount codes, black friday deals and limited time offers on 3 and 5 year plans too. Right now the best offer is their 5 year one time fee deal.
3. Express VPN (Most Famous)
It’s probably the most popular VPN provider in the world and offers a competitive service too but at $9.99 per month it’s one of the most expensive providers as well. Is it worth it?
ExpressVPN offers a generous affiliate program which is why so many people promote this provider. They do offer a large collection of servers and countries and are one of the best VPN providers for watching USA Netflix.
If you’re tired of cheaper VPN providers being blocked by Netflix USA then you’ll probably find refuge in ExpressVPN as they offer the best geo unblocking technology to stay one step ahead of the techies at Netflix trying to spoil your fun.
Express offers 2000+ servers across 94 countries and is the second largest by country provider in the world, second to PureVPN. Looking for smaller countries? You can guarantee you’ll find them on Express and if you can’t, they offer a full 30 day money back guarantee as standard on all plans.
Get set up in minutes on any device. Download, install, and connect to ExpressVPN with the push of a button on many devices including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and routers.
If you plan on doing something questionable, then ExpressVPN might be your safe haven as they are registered in the British Virgin Islands and keep no logs and no records of users.
NZ Buyers Guide VPN
When buying a VPN there’s many features shoved in your face by the big VPN providers so I’ve come up with a quick guide that will showcase five of the best features you should look for when buying.
Servers & Location
Don’t be fooled into thinking the more servers a company has the better the service. This simply means they have more users and a need for more servers and geo graphical locations.
Pure VPN and VyprVPN for example has nearly triple the number of countries with servers than any other competitor. This means you can choose to connect to countries such as New Zealand, Latvia, Russia or United States and you’ll get a local IP.
If a provider says they have thousands of servers, it simply means they probably have 10 servers in one location rather than one which smaller providers might have.
The next most important factor is the connection quality especially if you plan to stream video or on demand content. You’ll need to look for a tier one provider such as those on our list.
Don’t be fooled by the cheap price from some providers, they are tier 2 and you’ll struggle to stream anything. If you’re simply looking for data encryption when browsing online you won’t face any issues.
When using a VPN your connection will inevitably slow down so you need to find a powerful provider that offers fast connections so you won’t notice the difference.
If you want to stay safe and remain anonymous online then you need to ensure your VPN offers no dns logging policies which all the providers on this list offer. You’ll also want to check they offer OpenVPN and L2TP support which will prevent hackers from stealing your information online.
Word of warning, lot’s of users think hiding behind a VPN allows you to undertake illegal or questionable antics and while many companies claim to offer no logs, under a court order they may be forced to release information they may hold if any. A recent case was Hidemyass that claimed they stored no logs until the FBI came after them.
Do you know how you plan on using your VPN? The conventional way was to download a client software program to your Windows or Mac device and connect. In 2018 there are now many additional ways to connect to a VPN:
Chrome/Firefox Extension: Use any device web browser to connect to your VPN. This feature is offered by many providers including Pure VPN.
Fire TV/Roku/Mi Box: These are the three biggest media streaming devices and you can download apps from providers to your device and then access geo blocked content. Pure VPN offers the best app for all three.
Kodi App: Many providers are now turning to Kodi and creating an app that can be downloaded and installed within the app for accessing content.
Router: Many providers are now offering an app or integration with your wireless router at home so all your devices can connect to the VPN at the same time without software or additional setup.
Support & Guidance
Before rushing out to find a cheap VPN take note at the level of support you’ll likely receive when you run into problems. A big problem currently is that Netflix are constantly blocking thousands of VPN servers and VPN providers constantly have to stay one step ahead. Will your provider offer help to unblock sites blocking them?