How To Watch AFL Overseas In New Zealand (Step-By-Step Guide)

Are you an Australian living overseas or simply love watching AFL? If so then you’re probably wondered how to watch AFL overseas or in New Zealand. Believe it or not, it’s pretty straight forward.

There are many different platforms in Australia that stream all the AFL games.

The easiest option for New Zealand internet users is to sign up for an AFL Live Pass and stream games live.

The problem with Live Pass is that you’re restricted to a 7″ viewing stream and you can’t cast to a big screen.

That’s a huge disappointment especially if you’ve got your mates around. Does AFL really expect you to huddle around your iPad?

Other options include:

  • Duke: live games on freeview (channel 13)
  • TVNZ on Demand (also only works on small screens)
  • Sky Sports (weekly highlights package and grand final coverage).

So there is no way to watch the games in full size screen. Are we stuck in the dark ages?

AFL claim the problem is smart televisions and HDMI connections cause streaming issues.

How To Watch AFL Overseas

With the Live Pass out the window, there are other options to watch AFL games live:

  • Kayo Sports
  • Foxtel Now

Both these providers offer free trials and low monthly fees. You can watch streams on full size devices. You can also cast to, Android TV or use Chromecast 1,2 and Ultra as well as Airplay so that means Apple TV should work provided you’re using Version 4 or older.

You’ll likely need an Australian phone number to sign up to these platforms and a local address.

Follow These Instructions
  • Step 1: Register for a account, you can choose a wide range of plans
  • Step 2: Download VPN software to your phone, laptop or smart TV
  • Step 3: Login to your VPN, change country to Australia
  • Step 4: Register for your account on WatchAFL ($189/yr or $33/mo AUD)
  • Step 5: You need an Australian cell phone to activate an account.
  • Step 6: Enter NZ credit/debit card billing details.
  • Step 7: Download the apps or use web browser
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To avoid blackouts you should pick an Australian VPN server in a city outside the home team, i.e. choose Sydney if Melbourne team is hosting the match.

How To Get An Australian Number?

The obvious option is to get a friend or relative who doesn’t want Kayo Sports to give you their number and send the one time pass code.

Another option is to use and rent a virtual Australian mobile number you can send an SMS too.

Hopefully this gives you an insight into how to watch Australian football games overseas in NZ and around the world without living in Australia. If international TV companies streamed the games live you wouldn’t need to use a VPN but they don’t so what other choice do die hard fans have? None.



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