PlayUp is one of New Zealand's newest betting sites (launching in Australia and New Zealand in 2019) and they are already one of the fastest-growing betting sites in Australia. Their popularity is a lot lower in New Zealand but there's plenty to be excited about. Overall, PlayUp has New Zealand's best-fixed odds for racing as well as some top-notch betting apps and mobile betting sites.
PlayUp pros & cons
- Great for racing - high fixed odds
- Easy to use & great for beginners
- Quality mobile site & app
- Australian dollars only
- Only live phone betting
|Game Types||Sportbook, Fanatsy Sports|
|Deposit methods||Visa, MasterCard, POLi, BPay, paysafecard, Bank Transfer|
|Withdrawal methods||Visa, MasterCard, Bank Transfer|
|Betting functions||Live Betting, Fantasy Sports Betting|
|Apps||Apple (Australian App Store), Android (PlayUp website)|
|Support||Live Chat, Email, Free Phone, Phone Betting, Post|
|Owner||PlayUp Interactive Pty Ltd|
PlayUp NZ Safety & Legality
PlayUp is licensed in Australia by the NT Racing Commission and is one of Australia's fastest-growing betting sites. PlayUp payments and accounts are secured using the latest SSL encryption technology.
According to New Zealand's Gambling Act 2003, it is legal to use PlayUp and other online betting sites. Read more about betting legality in New Zealand.
PlayUp is an Australian-owned and operated betting site that launched late in 2019 and already has hundreds of thousands of Aussie (and Kiwi customers). Australia has one of the most competitive betting industries in the world which makes PlayUp's strong growth across the ditch even more impressive.
One of PlayUp's major drawcards is its odds.
PlayUp has New Zealand's best fixed odds for racing and other sports like tennis, AFL, rugby, US sports, esports.
The advertisement of betting bonuses is banned in Australia which means that we cannot tell you whether or not PlayUp has a sign-up bonus for Kiwi players.
Punters need to be logged into their PlayUp account to see their promotions.
PlayUp also has a really simple, fast, and easy-to-use betting app - although the download process is a bit of a hassle. However, the PlayUp mobile and desktop websites are also very straightforward making PlayUp an especially good betting site for beginners.
PlayUp is a good NZ betting site, but it's not the best. For one thing, all payments are in Australian dollars (PlayUp will automatically convert your NZD deposits and withdrawals). Another annoying thing is that because live betting online betting is banned in Australia, all live betting on PlayUp must be done over the phone.
Why we like PlayUp ✅
- Great for NZ and Australian racing with high fixed odds
- Easy to use site - great for beginners
- Well optimized for mobile betting
Why we don't like PlayUp ❌
- All accounts use AUD
- Live betting must be done by phone
PlayUp Deposit Bonus
PlayUp is not allowed to advertise a sign up deposit bonus because of Australian betting regulations that affect Aussie punters. Because Australians may stumble upon this page, we also cannot advertise PlayUp bonuses.
PlayUp NZ FAQ
What is PlayUp?
PlayUp is an Australian-owned and operated betting site that is also available in New Zealand.
PlayUp has the best fixed odds in New Zealand for horse racing and is one of the best esports, US sports and Australasian sports betting websites in New Zealand. They also have top odds for a range of other sports.
Why is PlayUp a good betting site?
PlayUp is a good NZ betting site for a number of reasons.
PlayUp has the best fixed odds for NZ and Australian races. They also have high odds for esports, AFL, NRL, NBA, NFL, tennis, football and a range of other sports.
PlayUp is one of the easiest betting sites in New Zealand to use, whether that's on mobile or desktop. The navigation is simple and the website is fast to load.
Is PlayUp available in New Zealand?
PlayUp is an Australian-owned betting site but is available in New Zealand, India and soon the US as well.
Is there a PlayUp app in New Zealand?
There is a PlayUp app in New Zealand, and it's one of the best in the country, but it is a little tricky to get.
The PlayUp Apple app can be downloaded from the Australian App Store - which means Kiwis will have to change their App Store location before they can get it.
The PlayUp Android app can be downloaded directly from the PlayUp website.
Follow our PlayUp app download instructions if you're interested in getting the PlayUp App.
The PlayUp betting website is also available from your mobile phone and it works really well so there's no need to download the PlayUp app if you're a mobile user.
Are PlayUp's fixed odds really the best in New Zealand?
Yes, we've found that PlayUp's horse and greyhound racing fixed odds for Australian and NZ events are the best.
You'll probably still find better international racing odds with other top betting sites like Bet365 and Betway. PlayUp's sports fixed odds are also pretty good but they're also often not the best in New Zealand.
What is PlayUp fantasy?
PlayUp fantasy is run by Draftstars.
Draftstars is a Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) betting site meaning that competitions only last one game, or game week, so there are no season-long commitments.
Draftstars has New Zealand's biggest fantasy prize pools as well as private and public real-money fantasy competitions for over 15 different sports including the EPL, NRL, NFL, NBA, NFL, NHL, cricket and horse racing.
Is PlayUp an Australian betting site?
Yes, PlayUp is owned by the Australian company PlayUp Interactive Pty Limited. PlayUp is based in Sydney, Australia and also owns Draftstars, MadBookie, TopBetta and ClassicBet.
Can New Zealanders get PlayUp Bonus Bets?
We cannot advertise PlayUp bonus bets on this site. Punters who have PlayUp accounts will need to be logged in to view their promotions.
PlayUp may not be the #1 best betting site in New Zealand but there's still plenty to get excited about. It's easy to use, has great racing fixed odds and a solid range of quality odds for things like esports, NRL and AFL.
Perhaps PlayUp's best feature, and the reason that they're growing so fast across the ditch, is they have the best fixed odds for horse racing and greyhound racing.
PlayUp offers odds on New Zealand and Australian races, plus a range of international races from the UK, Sweden, Japan, Ireland, South Africa, France, and more.
PlayUp also has detailed form information and statistics for all races in Australia and New Zealand as well as a solid range of information for international meets.
PlayUp Sports Betting
PlayUp NZ offers over 65,000+ pre-match betting markets as well as 40,000+ additional live betting options - this isn't a crazy amount but one thing about PlayUp is that they don't offer odds unless they're good.
In general, PlayUp excels for racing but its esports, US sports and Australasian sports markets (AFL, NRL, Cricket, Tennis) are also well priced and well covered.
Note that all PlayUp live bets must be placed on the phone (+611800 888 001).
The PlayUp bookmaker website is definitely made with the user in mind. Overall, it's clear that the site is optimized for mobile, the pages don't burst with information, the navigation is simple and features betting markets are easy to find.
When you're on the PlayUp bookmaker site you can use the menu to find the sport or event that you want to bet on. The main portion of the website will display odds and markets for the event you've selected and you can also view your all PlayUp promotions by selecting the promotions tab.
All account, payment and bonus information can be accessed from the account section at the top of the page.
All of the things that make the PlayUp betting website great are on the PlayUp app - that means good odds and an easy-to-use betting platform.
The PlayUp app is only available in New Zealand via the PlayUp website (for Android) and through the Australian App Store (for iPhone). Follow our installation guide below to learn how you can get the PlayUp app.
PlayUp App Pros ✅
- Free for Android and iPhone users in NZ
- Full access to sports and racing odds
- 65,000+ pre-match betting markets every year
- 40,000+ live betting markets every year
- Easy to use
- Fast to load
- Australia's best fixed odds for racing
- Cash-out & multi betting
PlayUp App Cons ❌
- Australian dollars only
- Limited payment options
- Not on the NZ Google Play Store or Apple App Store
PlayUp Apple App
- Tap the button below this box and create a PlayUp account
- Head to your iPhone settings and then go to "Media and Purchases"
- Tap "View Account" and then "Country/Region"
- Tap "Change Country or Region" and change it to Australia
- Go to the App Store and search "PlayUp"
- Download the App
PlayUp Android App
- Tap the button below this box and create a PlayUp account
- Tap the Android download button at the bottom of the PlayUp site
- Follow the installation guide on the PlayUp website
PlayUp Mobile Site
The PlayUp betting website can still be accessed on your phone without downloading the app. The site works really well on mobile phone and is still a great option for Kiwi punters who don't want to go through the hassle of installing the PlayUp app.
If you're an Aussie who has stumbled onto this review then you may also want to read our PlayUp Australia review.
We go into more depth about how to use PlayUp and what PlayUp is like for Aussies there.