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How to Buy Bitcoin in New Zealand (NZ)

Buying Bitcoin or crypto is easier than you think! Learn how Kiwis can buy their first Bitcoin in New Zealand.

Posted June 4, 2019

The illustration for guidance on how to buy Bitcoin (BTC) in New Zealand (NZ)
The illustration for guidance on how to buy Bitcoin (BTC) in New Zealand (NZ)

Cryptocurrencies are quickly becoming a popular asset class for Kiwis wanting to diversify their assets – and for a good reason. Cryptocurrencies offer distinct advantages over traditional asset classes that make them appealing, and arguably more lucrative for investors.

In this article, we’ll be going over how to you can get started buying Bitcoin (BTC) and 100+ other cryptocurrencies in New Zealand with Easy Crypto.

So, what is Bitcoin (BTC) anyway?

Bitcoin (BTC) was and is the world’s first cryptocurrency. And just like the NZD in your New Zealand bank account, it can be stored, sent and received through the internet – and you can use Bitcoin to buy and sell goods and services all around the world.

Since Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are stored, sent, and received digitally via blockchain technology, it is not geo-politically locked to any international borders.

Bitcoin in particular, was engineered to enable seamless peer-to-peer transfer of value to anyone and anywhere on the globe.

A key component and underlying technology that makes this a possibility is blockchain technology – which in short, is a decentralised global ledger that provides a secure and immutable record keeping of all transactions on the network.

Check out our YouTube channel below to learn more about Bitcoin (BTC)!

Bitcoin is different from government-issued currency like the NZD in three key ways:

  • Bitcoin is not stored in a bank account, but rather a ‘Bitcoin or cryptocurrency wallet‘ – cutting out the entire need for a bank account or government ID.
  • Bitcoin can be sent anywhere on Earth in seconds, essentially acting as a digital universal currency.
  • Unlike traditional government-issued money like the NZD, the total amount of Bitcoin in existence can not be manipulated or changed.

Further reading: Read our complete guide on Bitcoin and how it works.

Bitcoin is more than money

Since it’s inception in 2008, Bitcoin has emerged as Earth’s first decentralised universal currency.

  • 1.7 billion people on Earth don’t have access to a bank account, and they can now use Bitcoin to store value and engage in online exchange.
  • It can take anywhere between 4 days to 2 weeks to send money internationally, but with Bitcoin, it can be transacted in seconds.
  • Bitcoin transactions can’t be reversed, meaning that no government or bank can stop you from using your hard-earned Bitcoin.

With less than 1% of the world owning Bitcoin, it feels safe to say that Bitcoin has a long future ahead of it. Bitcoin was the best performing global asset of the 2010s, increasing 3,424% in price from 2015 to the day this was last updated.

Why should you buy Bitcoin?

Did you know that in 2019, New Zealand became the first country in the world to make it legal to pay salaries in cryptocurrency?

That’s right. If you are a resident of NZ, your employer can now pay your wages in Bitcoin. Sadly, not every NZ employer has a pot of Bitcoin that they can immediately start paying wages out of. However, the message to BTC investors is clear – Bitcoin is here, and it’s only going to get bigger.

Like gold, Bitcoin is scarce; its supply is limited. There is currently just over 18 million Bitcoin in circulation, and the maximum that will ever exist is capped at 21 million.

This capped limit is due to the math and technical architecture of the Bitcoin network itself, and it’s well known to the public – making its scarcity transparent, unlike gold or other precious metals.

You may be confused by how Bitcoin can have a set limit in existence, but this is one of Bitcoins greatest truths. We know exactly how Bitcoin much exists, and therefore we can accurately value it – unlike gold, silver, government currency or other assets.

Illustration of a smartphone with the Bitcoin logo on the screen.

As demand for Bitcoin increases with more people using it as a store of value, investment vehicle or currency, the price will follow and continue to rise as there’s is a fixed supply of Bitcoin in existence.

Here are some other reasons that make Bitcoin is special:

  • Bitcoin is fast, and it typically takes less than 30 minutes to send Bitcoin anywhere on earth.
  • Sending Bitcoin is cheap, as it only has to pass through its own system rather than the banks or other 3rd party intermediaries.
  • Since there is no organisation in the middle of the Bitcoin network authenticating transactions as a bank would, there is no way that the system can be shut down, nor can anyone meddle or restrict your ability to make payments.
  • Bitcoin transactions can be anonymous, as its user’s bitcoin wallets by default are not tethered to their real-world identities.
  • Anyone can easily create a Bitcoin wallet without having to ask anyone for permission – which is a big deal for the 1.7 billion adults in the world who currently don’t have access to bank accounts.
  • Bitcoin was the worlds first genuinely decentralised digital universal currency.

Bitcoin clearly holds multiple revolutionary qualities, such as its ability to be used to send anonymous irreversible transactions to anywhere in the world with just a cellphone and internet connection – or its ability to used as a self-sovereign banking system without central oversight or restriction.

Bitcoin is just one a growing list of over 18,000+ cryptocurrencies. All of which have the potential to transform the way we transact around the world and the way we see digital good moving forward.

How many other New Zealanders buy Bitcoin?

According to the 2019 Global Digital Yearbook report, at the start of January 2019, a reported 4.1% of Kiwis own cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. This is just one report, however, and it is impossible to truly know how many New Zealand Bitcoin holders there are.

The future of Bitcoin

Due to the highly unique characteristics of Bitcoin, BTC has seen a rapid increase in usage and adoption over the past 11 years.

With people around the world scrambling to buy BTC as a speculative investment or to use as money, governments and businesses have been rushing to establish their stances on this revolutionary new asset class.

In the time since Bitcoin was created during the Financial Crisis of 2007–08, millions of people around the world have magnetised towards it, resulting in immense fluctuations in Bitcoin demand, and therefore Bitcoin price.

Although Bitcoin price is immensely turbulent, this hasn’t stopped countless speculators and investors from buying Bitcoin and setting up their own BTC stash. Preparing for if the world really does end up using this interesting new currency as the digital gold standard of money.

Is now a good time to buy Bitcoin?

If you are researching how to buy Bitcoin safely, it’s natural to wonder if now is the right time to buy coins. After all, the cryptocurrency market is notoriously volatile.

Sadly, there is no way of saying for certain whether the price of Bitcoin will go up or down in the future. However, there are a few key points that Kiwis should consider when thinking about buying Bitcoin.

  • Every 4-years, the amount of Bitcoin entering circulation each day is cut by 50%. Historically, this has seen Bitcoin prices rise sharply as a result. As it is, the last Bitcoin halving took place in May this year.
  • To date, Bitcoin has been the most successful consumer investment of the past decade ($5 of Bitcoin bought in 2010, is today worth over $14 million).
  • Worldwide, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency adoption, in general, is on the increase. If this trend continues, it is reasonable to expect Bitcoin prices to go higher long-term.

How to buy Bitcoin in New Zealand with Easy Crypto

Our mission at Easy Crypto is to simplify the crypto experience, making it accessible for Kiwis to buy Bitcoin (BTC) or any of the 100+ different crypto assets that we offer.

Create a free account with Easy Crypto to buy Bitcoin instantly

Easy Crypto boasts the only automatic sign up and verification system out of any of the Bitcoin brokers in New Zealand, making it so signing up and verifying your account to Buy Bitcoin in New Zealand can be completed in less than 3 minutes. ⚡

Screenshot of Easy Crypto New Zealand Homepage.
We make it easy for Kiwis to buy, sell, and exchange over 100+ cryptocurrencies – including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and many more.

You can sign up with us via email, or alternatively, you can create an account in a single click by logging in via Google, Facebook, or Twitter.

Complete your verification

To satisfy New Zealand financial regulatory requirements, Easy Crypto needs to verify the identity of all users. However, unlike on international exchanges like Coinbase, almost all users can verify their identity with us in under 2-minutes. All we will need is a scanned copy or photograph of a New Zealand issued driving license.

  • Average ID verification times on Coinbase – 24-hours – 7-days
  • Typical ID verification times on BitPrime – 24-hours
  • Average ID verification times on Easy Crypto – 2-minutes

Learn more: Read more about our verification process.

Buy Bitcoin in New Zealand through Easy Crypto

After verifying your Easy Crypto account, you can dive straight in and buy Bitcoin in NZ instantly. All you need to do is enter the New Zealand dollar amount of Bitcoin you would like to purchase and click ‘Buy Now’.

This video guide below will walk you through the process, but you should be able to easily create your order and have Bitcoin delivered to your wallet in just a few minutes. ⚡

Unlike other exchanges, we include all transaction fees in the Bitcoin price you will see on your screen.

  • Remember to wait for confirmation that your ID has been verified, before attempting your first purchase
  • If you are having Bitcoin sent to a wallet you already own, make sure to enter your Bitcoin wallet address in the order details area

Once you have decided how much Bitcoin you would like to buy, you can complete your purchase instantly via POLi instant pay or A2A pay. Payment can also be made by direct bank transfer. As soon as payments are confirmed, Bitcoin will be sent to your wallet in under 2-minutes.

What can you do with Bitcoin in NZ?

Now that you have your very own Bitcoin (BTC), what can you actually do with it?

Similar to government-issued fiat currency, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies can be easily used to conduct transactions are supported locations. In fact, some businesses in New Zealand have even offered cryptocurrencies as a payment gateway.

Learn more: Visit our growing list of businesses that accept crypto in New Zealand.

Other things you can do with Bitcoin:

  • Browse NFT marketplaces and shop for the latest collectible NFTs!

For more ideas on what you can do with your Bitcoin now that you have learnt how to buy Bitcoin in NZ, see a guide here.

Disclaimer: The discussions in this article are not meant to be taken as financial advice. As with any investment endeavor it’s recommended to do your due diligence and conduct your own empirical research.

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Disclaimer: This is general information only and is not intended to be advice. Crypto is volatile, carries risk and the value can go up and down. Past performance is not an indicator of future returns. Please do your own research.

Last updated March 8, 2022

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