Netflix New Zealand Review | Price, Features and Content


How does New Zealand’s Netflix compare against other streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) services?

US streaming giant Netflix is available in New Zealand, boasting a vast library of movies and TV shows, including original programming. Plus, there are no lock-in contracts and the service offers a month-long free trial, perfect if you want to test the waters before diving in.

About Netflix

While it started as a basic DVD rental service back in 1997, Netflix went on to completely transform the world of entertainment. The streaming platform was launched 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 both critically acclaimed productions as The Crown and mainstream hits like Stranger Things, there’s no wonder more and more Kiwis are eager to experience everything that Netflix has to offer.

Price and packages


The Netflix streaming service comes with three price options, based on streaming picture quality and the number of devices you can use simultaneously.

The options available are:

Plan Features Price (per month)
Basic Stream in standard definition (SD) on one device at a time. NZD11.49
Standard Stream in (up to) high-definition (HD) on two devices at a time. NZD14.99
Premium Stream in (up to) 4K definition on four devices at a time. NZD18.49

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.

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 “Start your free month”.

Click this button, select your desired plan, enter your information, including your payment method, and you’ll begin your one-month free trial. Once that free trial is up, you’ll be charged each month if you don’t cancel your membership.

How does Netflix compare?

Updated June 26th, 2019
Name Product Service 4K/UHD? Simultaneous streams Price Subscription length Min. cost
Neon TV shows
Neon TV shows
On-demand streaming
No
2
NZD11.99
Monthly
$11.99
Neon TV and Movies
Neon TV and Movies
On-demand streaming
No
2
NZD20
Monthly
$20
Prime Video
Prime Video
On-demand streaming
Yes
3
NZD5.99
Monthly
$5.99
Prime Video is currently available to New Zealanders at $2.99 per month for the first six months. Price reverts to $5.99 per month after the first 6 months.
Lightbox Standard
Lightbox Standard
On-demand streaming
Digital Movie Store
No
2
NZD12.99
Monthly
$12.99
Lightbox Premium
Lightbox Premium
On-demand streaming
Digital Movie Store
No
4
NZD15.99
Monthly
$15.99
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic
On-demand streaming
No
1
NZD11.49
Monthly
$11.99
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard
On-demand streaming
No
2
NZD14.99
Monthly
$14.99
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium
On-demand streaming
Yes
4
NZD18.49
Monthly
$17.99
TVNZ On Demand
TVNZ On Demand
On-demand streaming
No
1
NZD0
No subscription
$0.00
Fan Pass Month Pass
Fan Pass Month Pass
Sports
No
1
NZD99
Monthly
$99.00
ThreeNow
ThreeNow
Catch-up
LiveTV
On-demand streaming
No
1
NZD0
No subscription
$0.00
Fan Pass Mobile Only
Fan Pass Mobile Only
Live TV
Sports
No
1
NZD15.99
Monthly
$15.99
This plan is only available on mobile devices.
Fan Pass 6 Months Pass
Fan Pass 6 Months Pass
Live TV
Sports
No
1
NZD55.99
6 months
$335.94
Fan Pass 6 Months + Google Chromecast
Fan Pass 6 Months + Google Chromecast
Live TV
Sports
No
1
NZD75.99
6 months
$911.88
This Fan Pass Plan comes with a Google Chromecast included.
Fan Pass Month + Google Chromecast
Fan Pass Month + Google Chromecast
Sports
No
1
NZD129.99
Monthly
$129.99
This Fan Pass Plan comes with a Google Chromecast included.
Acorn TV
Acorn TV
On-demand streaming
No
1
NZD7.25
Monthly
$7.25
Acorn TV offers British TV shows on-demand.

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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

Pros

  • 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.
  • Free trial. Try it for 30 days.

Cons

  • Not as much content as the American version (or even Australia for that matter)

Verdict

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?


Netflix is available on a wide range of devices, including:

Frequently asked questions

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