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Looking for a new card? Compare rewards, rates and fees in our comprehensive guide.

Name Product Purchase Rate Annual fee Balance Transfer Rate
OFFER
Farmers Mastercard
25.95% p.a.
$50
0% p.a. for 15 months
0% on balance transfers for 15 months plus link your Farmers Club Card prior to transferring balances and get $200 worth of Farmers Club Vouchers. Offer is for new customers only and ends 30 September 2021.
Flight Centre Mastercard
22.95% p.a.
$50
N/A
Use your Flight Centre Mastercard for everyday shopping and earn rewards as you spend. Earn 2 Flight Centre rewards for every $100 spent at a Flight Centre Store and 1 reward point for standard purchases. Subject to lending criteria. Ts&Cs apply.
AIRPOINTS
American Express Airpoints Card
0% for 6 months (changes to 19.95% p.a.)
$0
N/A
Be rewarded with 50 bonus Airpoints Dollars. Simply apply, be approved, and spend $750 on your new Card in the first 3 months of membership. This offer is available to new Card Members only.
AIRPOINTS
American Express Airpoints Platinum Card
19.95% p.a.
$195
N/A
Limited time offer: Be rewarded with 500 bonus Airpoints Dollars when you apply online by 27 September 2021 are approved, and spend $1,500 on your new Card within the first 3 months. This offer is available to new Card Members only. Ts&Cs apply. You will also earn 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $59 you spend on your card.
OFFER
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
2.99% for 6 months (changes to 19.95% p.a.)
$149
N/A
Enjoy a low rate on purchases and earn 20,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points if you apply, are approved and spend $750 in the first 3 months of Card membership. This offer is available to new Card Members only.
OFFER
American Express Platinum Card
N/A
$1,250
N/A
Get the new metal Platinum Card, 80,000 Membership Rewards bonus points, up to $300 dining credit and $200 to spend on travel each year. Offer available to new customers who apply online, are approved and spend at least $1,500 in the first 3 months. Exclusions, Ts&Cs apply.
LOW RATE
The Co-operative Bank Fair Rate Credit Card
12.95% p.a.
$20
0% p.a. for 6 months
0% p.a. on balance transfers for 6 months, plus benefit from a low rate of 12.95% on both purchases and cash advances.
Q Mastercard
0% for 3 months (changes to 25.99% p.a.)
$50
N/A
Get 3 months zero interest and zero payments on every purchase with no minimum spend required. Lending criteria, Ts&Cs apply.
AIRPOINTS
ANZ Airpoints Visa Credit Card
19.95% p.a.
$65
N/A
Earn 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $130 you spend on your card.
AIRPOINTS
Kiwibank Air New Zealand Airpoints Low Fee Visa
16.9% p.a.
$25
1.99% p.a. for 6 months
1.99% on balance transfers for 6 months.
AIRPOINTS
Kiwibank Air New Zealand Airpoints Platinum Visa
20.95% p.a.
$150
1.99% p.a. for 6 months
1.99% on balance transfers for 6 months.
AIRPOINTS
ANZ Airpoints Visa Platinum Credit Card
19.95% p.a.
$150
N/A
Earn 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $85 you spend. You'll also earn 1 Air New Zealand Status Point with every $250 spent.
LOW RATE
Kiwibank Low Rate Visa
9.95% p.a.
$30
1.99% p.a. for 6 months
1.99% on balance transfers for 6 months.
BNZ Lite Visa
12.9% p.a.
$30
N/A
Gem Visa
25.99% p.a.
$52
N/A
6 months interest free on all Visa purchases $250 and over, plus get long-term interest-free deals at retailers nationwide including Apple, Noel Leeming, Mitre 10 and many more.
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How credit cards work

A credit card is an unsecured revolving line of credit that you can use to make purchases and pay bills. The three major credit card networks used in New Zealand are Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Visa and Mastercard are issued by banks and financial institutions, and American Express issues its own cards.

Based on your perceived ability to make repayments, you are assigned a credit limit, which is the maximum amount of money you can use on your credit card. Some cards have higher limits than others, but also require a higher income.

Unlike a debit card that uses your own money to make purchases, when you use a credit card, it is the lender who pays the retailer. At the end of your billing cycle (once a month), you receive a statement that tells you the total amount you owe for that period. You can either pay the balance off in full or pay an amount that is equal to or greater than the minimum payment due. The bank or financial institution makes money on fees and the interest that accrues on your revolving credit.

Credit card issuers have been offering increasingly shiny rewards, signup bonuses, and travel perks to lure new customers. This can be very helpful if you pay your bills on time and in full. If you don’t you might offset any rewards gained by paying more in fees and interest.

What types of cards are available?

Each type of has specific features and benefits designed to suit a variety of needs. When you know what you want from a credit card, you can narrow down your comparison to a few options. To help you compare credit cards, we have outlined the most common types below:

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No annual fee
Save on yearly credit card costs with a $0 annual fee credit card, including promotional offers and cards with no annual fee for life.
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Business
Credit cards with features designed to make financial management easier across a company, such as additional credit cards for employees, individual pre-set spending limits and accounting tools.

So how do I pick a credit card?

Getting a bit overwhelmed with all the options out there? We totally get it. But picking a credit card that’s right for you is easy once you narrow down your choices. Follow these easy steps if you find yourself getting lost or overwhelmed.

  1. Figure out what you want your credit card to do for you. Do you want to pay off your existing debt faster? Then you’ll want to keep an eye out for a a low of 0% interest balance transfer credit card. Looking to get extra perks in your life? Start investigating rewards credit cards. Once you figure out your number one goal, it’ll make it a lot easier to filter out the cards that aren’t serving that purpose.
  2. Decide how much you’re willing to pay. Are you willing to spend a bit on your credit card to reap the rewards or do you want to keep things as cheap as chips? If you don’t want to spend much, keep a close eye on annual fees and interest rates.
  3. Figure out which, if any, rewards you want to earn. If this is important to you, consider what rewards in particular you want to be accruing. Credit cards that earn Airpoints are very popular, and there are a number of providers who offer them. There are also cashback cards, cards that let you collect hotpoint, and cards with fuel discounts. Check out all rewards credit cards
  4. Be honest with yourself on how likely you are to pay in full. Be as realistic as possible. If you find yourself sometimes paying bills a little late or you know you may be strapped for cash down the line, be wary of cards with high interest rates. If possible, look for cards with a longer interest-free period.
  5. Draw a hard line on your dealbreakers. Need a card with Airpoints? Maybe you’re not willing to budge on paying annual fees. Whatever it is, figure out what your dealbreakers are and make sure to consider them in your comparison. Our handy table above can help you filter what’s important to you so you can find a card that suits you faster.

Credit card application tips

While applying for a credit card doesn’t have to be complicated, it is not guaranteed that you will be approved even if you meet the basic lending criteria. Before moving forward, work through our list of application tips to have the best chance of being accepted.

  • Assess your needs. Before you begin your search, spend some time considering what you want, need and can afford with your next credit card.
  • Compare your options. Once you’ve decided what type of card you want, it’s time to compare credit cards to find one that suits your needs.
  • Are you eligible? Know the requirements for the card application – do you need a minimum income, and do you meet the age limit?
  • Know your credit history. It can be a good idea to request a free copy of your credit report before applying, so you can correct any possible errors on it and see what the bank will be seeing when they assess your application.
  • Lower your credit utilisation ratio. If you already have a credit card balance, it’s wise to pay off your existing balances before submitting a new credit card application. Or, if you can’t pay the balance in full, lower it as much as possible before you apply.
  • Don’t apply for multiple cards at once or within a short period. You may be tempted to apply for a second card just in case your first one doesn’t get approved. Don’t. Each credit enquiry that a lender makes about your credit history leaves a new mark on your credit file for five years.

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Visa, Mastercard and American Express – what’s the difference?

In New Zealand, Visa, Mastercard and American Express are the major credit card networks used. So what is the difference?

Visa and Mastercard credit cards are issued by banks. In the past, some banks offered both options, but now stick with one or the other. Westpac is currently the only bank to issue Mastercard, with the other major banks sticking to Visa.

For the average user, Visa and Mastercard are both widely accepted around the world and get the job done. There are some subtle differences which we explored in our guide to Visa vs Mastercard.

On the other hand, American Express hasn’t been as widely accepted, but this is improving. Cards are issued by American Express itself, so there are no physical branches to visit.

Each credit card network offers its own benefits to cardholders, but the majority of perks tend to be reserved for those with a platinum, black and gold card.

Do I meet the eligibility criteria?

Like with personal loans and mortgages, banks have certain criteria that you must meet to be eligible for a credit card.

At a minimum, you should:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (you may also be eligible on a work visa)
  • Have a good to excellent credit rating.
  • Have a regular income with the ability to meet repayments

The amount of income that you need to be earning differs between financial institutions and also depends on which card you are applying for. Cards with higher credit limits and more benefits tend to have a higher income requirement. For example, the American Express Platinum Edge requires a minimum income of $50,000, compared to the BNZ Lite Visa which only requires an annual income of at least $15,000.

If you are temporarily in New Zealand for work or study, or you’ve just moved here, you may be eligible for a credit card. Banks like ANZ and ASB have dedicated migrant banking teams that can help get you set up with the financial products you need.

If you have bad credit, there are still credit card options to consider.

Points to consider before applying for a credit card

  1. If you have more than one credit card, you can not use one to pay off another.
  2. Paying only the minimum amount due on your statement will mean that your credit card debt takes a lot longer to pay off.
  3. While perks and rewards definitely sound appealing at first, higher annual fees and interest rates may outweigh the benefits.
  4. You don’t have to keep the credit card until its expiry date. You can cancel your card at any time or move the balance over to another card with a low or 0% interest rate for balance transfers.
  5. Even if you are offered a higher credit limit than you asked for, you don’t need to keep it. You can reduce your limit to remove the temptation to spend more.

Rates and fees explained

When you compare credit cards, the rates and fees will help you work out the overall cost of each option. Here are the key features to look at when you start to compare credit cards:

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6 Responses

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    JayMarch 23, 2018

    Is there a credit card in New Zealand that has no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees?

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      MayMarch 26, 2018Staff

      Hi Jay,

      Thanks for your inquiry. At the moment, we don’t have a comparison page for credit cards with zero foreign transaction fees, but we have a guide how this card works instead. Please refer to this page. As to the credit card with no annual fee, please check the one we featured on this page and see if this suits your needs.

      Cheers,
      May

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    SamehDecember 26, 2017

    Hi there
    I am looking for GE credit card within next few days … is that possible? Cause I need to use it to buy some items from Harvey normal before end of December which the price unbeatable for that items
    Thanks a lot
    Sameh

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      ArnoldDecember 30, 2017

      Hi Sameh,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      Actually, you have come to the right page to find options for credit cards in NZ. If you specifically want a GE credit card, you may directly contact the card lender to apply. Please note that you need meet some eligibility requirements to be approved.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    MeghanNovember 27, 2017

    Hello, I am trying to get a job in New Zealand.. I’m looking into credit cards before I leave. I will be paying off any debt I have on the card I have currently of course. I was hoping you could help me find something like the capital one platinum card in the U.S
    I have a little credit.. I only started a year ago though. And I’m looking for something with no annual fee

      Avatarfinder Customer Care
      asiasantiagoNovember 29, 2017Staff

      Hi Meghan,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Upon checking on our website, there is no information about a platinum card that doesn’t require annual fees.

      But we do have a page for no annual fee credit cards, You may want to compare your options on the link address here: https://www.finder.com/nz/credit-cards/no-annual-fee-credit-cards#apply.

      I recommend that it is best to contact your chosen credit card provider to discuss with them your eligibility and options.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Asia

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