Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our content.
Netflix New Zealand review: price, features and content
How does New Zealand’s Netflix compare against other streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) services?
Netflix started as a basic DVD rental service back in 1997, and went on to completely transform the world of entertainment. The streaming platform was launched in the United States in 2007, continuing to expand internationally after that. In 2016, the service went global and is now available worldwide, offering a mix of original productions and licensed TV shows and movies to more than 190 countries all across the world.
Netflix also started investing more in original programming in recent years, from documentaries to TV shows, stand-up specials, and movies. The streaming service tied with HBO for the number of Emmy wins in 2018, proving that the company is serious about positioning itself as a top television provider. Offering critically acclaimed productions such as The Crown, and mainstream hits like Stranger Things, there’s no wonder more and more Kiwis are eager to experience everything Netflix has to offer.
Price and packages
The options available are:
|Plan||Features||Price (per month)|
|Basic||Stream in standard definition (SD) on one device at a time.||$11.99|
|Standard||Stream in (up to) high-definition (HD) on two devices at a time.||$16.99|
|Premium||Stream in (up to) 4K definition on four devices at a time.||$21.99|
Netflix New Zealand content
Netflix offers a fun mix of both movies and TV shows, but the platform’s strongest selling point is its original productions. We’ve come a long way since Netflix first released House of Cards, with the service now offering hundreds of hours of original content to anyone willing to stream their weekends away.
Content varies greatly, with literally something for everyone. Besides TV shows, Netflix produces original documentary series, reality shows, stand-up specials, and movies. Even better, fresh content is added every month, so there’s a small chance you’ll be able to keep up with your watch list. From comedies like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, to animated series like Disenchantment, to addictive dramas like Ozark, you’ll surely be able to find something to catch your eye.
TV on Netflix New Zealand
Need a new show to binge watch? Here’s a full list of shows on Netflix New Zealand.
How do I sign up to Netflix NZ?
To sign up to Netflix simply visit its website using any of the links provided. On the homepage you’ll see a button that reads “Try it now”.
Click this button, select your desired plan, enter your information, including your payment method, and you’ll be able to start streaming immediately. Netflix isn’t offering a free trial at the moment, so you will be billed when you sign up.
How does Netflix compare?
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
How much data does Netflix use?
The amount of data Netflix uses greatly depends on your broadband and the device you use to stream content. Generally speaking, expect to burn through about 300MB/hours when streaming in low quality, 700MB/hour in SD, 3GB/hour in HD, and 7GB/hour when watching in 4K/UHD. As you can see, streaming will quickly drain your data allowance, so it would be best to opt for a broadband plan with unlimited data if you’re keen to do a lot of binge-watching.
On the same note, Netflix allows offline viewing, so you can download movies and TV episodes on your mobile devices. That way, you don’t have to use your mobile data to watch Netflix content when out and about.
Netflix NZ pros and cons
- Content. Access to Netflix original series, including House of Cards, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Bloodline
- No lock-in. Netflix has no lock-in contract so you can cancel whenever you want.
- Still some catching up to do. Netflix New Zealand doesn’t offer as much content as its American (or even Australian) counterpart.
- Netflix is no longer offering a one-month free trial.
Netflix has grown into a powerhouse of Internet TV and, as you’d probably expect, its New Zealand offering is pretty impressive. It features hours of great content, exclusive TV shows, including Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, all accessed through an exceptionally easy to use, multi-device platform. The only real complaint has been that the US Netflix service has far more content available, but that should change in time as more licence agreements are made and as the service is billed. In short, at this price it is very difficult to find better than Netflix.
What devices and platforms is Netflix NZ compatible with?
Frequently asked questions
More guides on Finder
Streaming Statistics New Zealand
New Zealand ranks top out of 18 for the percentage of its population with at least one streaming service, with 65% paying for a subscription.
Sonos Arc review
Sonos’s massive soundbar produces some astonishing sound once you’ve got it set up, although its asking price may put it out of reach of many.
Slow internet? We help you identify and solve the issue
If you’re suffering from slow download speeds or choppy Netflix streams, Internet congestion may be to blame.
List of free movies and TV you can watch online in New Zealand
How about hundreds of free movies and TV shows so you can stream your way through the stress of staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic?
81% of Kiwis facing streaming issues as broadband traffic breaks new record
Around 3 million New Zealanders may potentially face disruption to their broadband service as internet usage peaks during the shutdown. Find out how to minimise streaming dropouts.
How to watch (My) Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys in New Zealand
Actor Corey Feldman’s controversial tell-all documentary will be a global, live telecast and you’ll only have two shots at watching the live stream.
Here’s the full list of Disney+ New Zealand features
Streaming shows and movies with Disney+ is a breeze but which features give you bang for your buck?
How to set up Disney+ on Android TV
Disney’s new streaming service is here. Here’s how you can watch it on your Android TV.
How to set up Disney+ on iOS devices
Your Apple device is ready for all the Disney+ streaming action.
Unlimited broadband deals
Unlimited broadband plans allow you to browse, download and stream without exceeding expensive data caps. Compare and apply here.