Highest RTP Mobile Pokies In New Zealand

Tia Winter | 09 April 2021

As most shrewd New Zealand players know, the RTP is important when it comes to mobile pokies. Higher is better, of course. But what exactly does this mean, and why is it so important?

RTP stands for return to player and is a theoretical percentage of the amount of money that will be given back to the player over a period of time. Anything over 96% is considered to be high, and therefore games with a number over 97% are generally favoured. Although, technically speaking, a high RTP doesn’t guarantee a better chance of winning. Given that the percentage in pokies is calculated over the course of 1 million spins, it should be kept in mind that the stated number is only really valid in the long term.

Even still, bets are not increased for higher RTP mobile pokies, so there is certainly nothing wrong with favouring a high percentage over a low percentage. With that being said, here are the NZ pokies with the highest return to player.

Many are available at JackpotCity, a favourite of Kiwi reel spinners.


When it comes to mobile pokies, NetEnt are widely regarded as one of the best studios in the world. There is no better example of this than their Mega-Joker release, which has the highest return to player of any game. The number sits at an incredible 99%, which is far above virtually any other alternative out there. Smart NZ pokies players already know this, and tend to head for Mega-Joker whenever the urge to spin reels takes them.

1429 Uncharted Seas

Next up is the excellent 1429 Uncharted Seas from Thunderkick, which is renowned not just for the 98.5%. It also features excellent graphics, outstanding artwork, and an exceptionally engaging soundtrack. It is a great mobile pokie all round, and definitely worth a look.

Joker Strike

Joker Strike may not have graphics as impressive as other games on this list, and may even be considered by some to look a bit outdated. But that hardly matters with an RTP of 98.11%. Released by Quickspin, Joker Strike is perfect for those that prefer functionality over unnecessarily complicated visuals.


Last we have Bloodsuckers, also from NetEnt. This mobile pokie classic gained attention for its rather startling artwork, which depicts a host of disturbing vampires. But more than the interesting theme, it also has a return to player rating of 98%.

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