Are you wondering how to make money online in New Zealand? Me too! Do you want a simple way to make extra money from home? Getting paid to do surveys is an easy way to earn extra money.
The Simplest Way to Earn Extra Money for Your Family
I’ve recently started to get into online surveys for money as a way of making extra money for my family. It’s truly one of the simplest ways to make money online in New Zealand.
This list of the top paid surveys NZ has to offer is for those of you looking for ways to make extra money in New Zealand.
Completing paid surveys online can be an excellent way to earn money from home in New Zealand. You can apply for surveys from the comfort of your own couch and there is real money at stake.
You won’t get rich, but by completing surveys for money, NZ Mums and Dads can definitely earn a few extra dollars to help with the groceries.
There are many options for online survey companies in New Zealand but not all are equal so this post aims to cut through the noise and show you the best surveys for money in New Zealand.
Below is a list of websites offering surveys for money in New Zealand. I’ve listed the survey company and website address as well as any extra info I can find.
Some of the best survey sites offer vouchers as rewards and some allow you to take online surveys for cash which can be redeemed via Paypal. Note – I’ve only included the best online surveys in New Zealand.
Best Paid Online Survey Companies in New Zealand
The list below contains websites offering real surveys that pay you.
I now complete online surveys for money whenever I have a spare moment and don’t feel like working on the blog.
For me, doing surveys on the couch is better than scrolling social media and helps get me to my big life goal of financial freedom!
So rest assured, the below list contains the best options for NZ surveys and I’ll keep updating the information as I take more surveys.
But please remember, this is only my opinion. Each survey company is different so check them all out to see which suits you best.
I’ll keep this list updated as I spend more time completing surveys for money and let you know what I come up with. I’ve also added some tips on how best to frugally utilise any rewards, so you get the most value for your time.
1. Valued Opinions
Rewards: Vouchers from JB Hifi, Mighty Ape, Farmers, Rebel Sports, Hoyts and Subway.
Valued Opinions are a brand of Research Now, a top worldwide market research firm.
Each survey completed with Valued Opinions can earn up to $5 in reward credit (my highest so far was $4) which you can redeem for vouchers from JB Hifi, Mighty Ape, Farmers, Rebel Sports, Hoyts and Subway.
Valued Opinions is the best choice if you want to take surveys for gift vouchers, as they offer a wide range of redemption options and surveys are plentiful – I get at least 3 a week but your results may vary.
Best for: Saving your credit and using it for Christmas or when the kids need clothes in the Farmers sales.
2. Opinion World New Zealand
OpinionWorld is an online survey panel operated by Survey Sampling International(SSI). SSI has been around for over 40 years and 3,000 companies worldwide trust SSI to gain insights for growing their business.
OpinionWorld is the best option for those who want to take online surveys that pay cash.
Best for: The PayPal option means you can access your rewards for everyday spending. That said, I’d be quite tempted by The Warehouse vouchers for back to school and their grocery items.
Rewards: There are tonnes of options for rewards with Toluna, including vouchers from almost any retailer you can think of and PayPal cash rewards starting at $10. Yes, that’s right – Toluna allows you cash out your rewards from $10.
It’s rare to find a survey company with a low payout threshold, so I’m delighted with this. No more forgetting about survey balances!
Toluna is an online community where you can earn rewards by participating in surveys. Toluna has a great community forum where you can express your thoughts through polls and opinions you create directly and you can embed these polls on your own website or blog if you wish.
Best for: I’m going to say the $10 PayPal payout worth 20,000 points is the best option. Gift cards valued at $30 for The Warehouse and Farmers starts at 60,000 points, so there is no incentive to continue accruing points after you have enough for the $10 PayPal payout.
4. Ipsos i-Say
There’s a new kid in town and I really like them. Ipsos has been a major player in the market research world for a long time and they’ve just launched their online panel, i-Say, in New Zealand.
Right now the rewards are limited to a $50 Caltex Starcard or a $50 Bunnings gift card but I have emailed them about expanding the offering and they were really receptive to my suggestions.
The panel is super fun – especially the qualifying questions which had me laughing out loud. It’s nice to see a survey panel using some humour as some of them can be quite formal.
5. The Panel Station
If you want to make money from home, NZ surveys online are a legit source of extra income and The Panel Station offers a lot of different online paid surveys.
The Panel Station takes fifth place in our list of paid online surveys due to ease of use.
I especially like how easy it is to sign up with them, as some Kiwi survey companies require a lot of information before you can even have a look at the website. Not so with The Panel Station.
Best for: The Panel Station offer cash with Paypal. You can swap 8000 points for $40 – nice!
6. Nielsen Digital Voice
Nielsen Digital Voice is a simple way to share your opinions in New Zealand and be rewarded. Nielsen Digital Voice differs from other online Kiwi survey options as you are required to install a piece of software.
You then continue to use the internet as you normally would and the software tracks your internet usage. That information is used to identify trends in consumer behaviour. You are rewarded by Nielsen for taking part.
7. Nielsen Homescan
Nielsen Homescan is a simple way to share your opinions in New Zealand and be rewarded. Whilst not technically an online survey, I wanted to include this option as it’s a very simple way to earn gift cards and prizes in New Zealand. After you sign up, you will be sent a handheld scanner in the mail.
You will need to scan the barcode of each item you buy and enter the price into the scanner. Once a week the information you have entered is transmitted to Nielsen’s head office. Your account is credited with points which you can use to redeem a range of items from a catalogue.
Best for: Since there is no direct cash payment, using Homescan points for gifts and special occasions is your best bet.
Now, this is a different kind of survey option that Kiwis can participate in. Respondent is actually an online focus group site, and they are actively looking for participants in all industries to participate in focus groups.
The best thing is – they pay cash via Paypal and in US dollars! Boom.
These take a little longer than regular online surveys but the pay is GOOD.
I was offered a marketing panel paying $65USD for 45 minutes when I last logged on – which is amazing! Unfortunately, the toddler had other plans so I wasn’t able to participate but I’ll be keeping a close eye on this site.
Sign up is simple, they do require a PayPal address and all the usual info but it’s nothing too intensive.
Just make sure you’re accurate about the description of your work as that’ll determine the invitations you get.
Pureprofile are a worldwide organisation with a presence in New Zealand. I love how simple Pureprofile is. Their website is mobile-friendly (so you can take surveys from anywhere) and looks great.
I spent 30 minutes going through my feed after setting up my profile and made $2.85 just from answering questions about myself which also builds a stronger profile and increases the likelihood of getting the right surveys. I think that’s pretty good going!
(Update September 2017: I’m now at $50 in earnings from Pureprofile. If you want to take surveys to earn money rather than vouchers, definitely give Pureprofile a try – here’s my full review)
They even give you a token amount ($0.10) if you screen out (survey speak for not qualifying) for a survey, which is a nice touch. The user dashboard is super easy to navigate and I know this is a site I will definitely return to (I’ll let you know how long it takes me to meet the $25 minimum for PayPal rewards.)
Best for: Cash via PayPal, unless you are a big petrolhead and prefer fuel savings.
10. My Opinions
My Opinions is one of the most popular online survey panels in New Zealand. To make the most of My Opinions make sure you fill out as much information as possible, having a complete profile ensures you get matched up with surveys more frequently, so you’ll be able to earn cash and prizes.
I prefer the cash option with PayPal, but being able to redeem a voucher from 1000 points means you can access your rewards sooner if it takes a while to build up your tally.
More paid survey updates to come
I’m currently trying out Perceptive Panel – so far so good, but I’ll be sure to update this post once I’ve reached the payment threshold.
How I compiled this list
In my research, I came across heaps of sites that had dodgy-looking home pages and I didn’t even want to give them my email. I have not included those sites (most weren’t NZ-specific, anyway) on this list.
To make sure this article contained more than just my point of view, I’ve read loads of reviews and researched the website interface, the company behind the surveys and taken surveys.
I’m still an active member of all of the survey sites listed.
Tips for online survey success
- Most survey companies require you to verify your email after you sign up with them, so keep an eye on your inbox for the verification link so you can start taking surveys for cash immediately
- You need a PayPal account for the survey companies who pay cash. You can apply for free here
- Be honest. Each time you apply for a survey you’ll answer qualifying questions. Most paid surveys NZ prefer to deal with real people so they can share honest opinions on products and services. Honesty is best here, in order to continue to receive offers, answer questions truthfully.
- Remember paid surveys aren’t an income replacement, they are a way to make extra money, so while you won’t get rich, the extra few bob is more than welcome.
- A great additional source of income for those who want to work from home, NZ paid surveys are an excellent way to add cash flow to your household while building up a work from home business.
I hope this article has helped you understand your options if you want to get paid to do surveys online.
I’ll continue to add to this list as I complete more paying surveys online.
Have you tried any paid surveys in New Zealand? Any tips for success you’d like to share?