If you want to buy cryptocurrency, you need an online app called a “wallet” to hold your currency. Most cryptocurrency exchanges allow you to create an account, then transfer fiat currency (such as NZ$) to buy cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin or Ethereum. A growing number of cryptocurrency trading exchanges allow you to create a wallet to store your cryptocurrency, as well as buy and sell on the exchange.
But, if you’re new to the crypto space and feeling a little overwhelmed, don’t fret. Crypto can seem complicated and daunting at first. But, in reality, understanding how exchanges work and the core ideas behind your investments is pretty easy. All it takes is a bit of research before you dive in. To help you get started, here’s Canstar’s 5-step guide to buying cryptocurrency.
How To Buy Cryptocurrency In NZ: In this article we cover:
- Compare & choose an online exchange or trading platform
- Sign up & verify your email & identity
- Add your bank account, select payment method & make a deposit
- Go to the buy section & select the cryptocurrency you want to trade
- Enter the amount you want, double-check the details and confirm your purchase
1. Compare & choose an online exchange or trading platform
Everyone has their own preferences and trading goals, which will dictate the exchange they should choose. Some people want the widest selection of coins. Others are looking for NZ-based and personalised customer support. Some want all the advanced trading features, while others are just after the easiest way to buy crypto and let their investment grow.
When choosing an exchange, the main things you should keep in mind are:
- Company authenticity and platform security
- Fees, spreads and any hidden charges
- Number of coins offered
- Trading features
- Educational content
- Method of payment
- The ability to buy coins direct with NZ$ (possible with many local exchanges)
For a long time, buying cryptocurrency in NZ was not so easy. But, thankfully, those days are over. However, with so many NZ and international crypto exchanges out there, it can be a little overwhelming to choose the one that’s right for you and your trading needs. For a more in-depth guide on what to look for when choosing a cryptocurrency exchange in NZ, click here.
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If you’re in NZ and want to purchase crypto directly with NZ$ (and don’t want to pay unnecessary and often hidden, conversion fees), make sure you sign up with a local exchange that offers this service. Asking an exchange via their live chat can be a helpful way of finding this out, while testing the quality and authenticity of their customer support, which can be very important if you’re just getting started.
Take your time, do your research, read customer reviews and look for an exchange that is upfront about who they are and the fees they charge.
Related article: How to buy Bitcoin in New Zealand
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2. Sign up & verify your email & identity
Once you’ve chosen the crypto exchange that suits your needs, signing up is usually pretty straightforward. Choose your username and password, fill in your personal information and set up 2-factor authentication (2FA), which gives your account an added layer of security.
From there all you have to do is verify your email, which will then prompt you to verify your identity (and potentially provide proof of residence). This can all be done in a few short minutes with a passport or another form of ID.
3. Add your bank account, select payment method & make a deposit
Once you have added your bank account and selected your preferred payment method, you can make a deposit into your account. Exchanges often offer deposits by bank transfer, PayPal, POLi, or credit and debit cards. Choose an exchange that offers free, instant NZ deposits.
4. Go to the buy section & select the cryptocurrency you want to trade
Almost there! Now that your account has funds in it, you are free to purchase any type of cryptocurrency. Go to the buy/trade crypto section and select the cryptocurrency you wish to purchase.
Note: Buying cryptocurrency is pretty straightforward. However, if you’re new to the space it’s a good idea to start off small and learn a bit about crypto before you dive right in. Getting the lay-of-the-land and understanding what the coin does before you invest can help you get your crypto journey started off on the right foot.
5. Enter the amount you want, double-check the details and confirm your purchase
Ready to go? Enter how much NZ$ you want to invest or how much of the coin you want to buy, double-check the details are correct and confirm your purchase. And, that’s basically it!
Hopefully, you’ve found this step-by-step guide on how to buy cryptocurrency in New Zealand useful. If you do your research and compare exchanges before choosing one and you’ll likely be off to a good start.
How to buy crypto in Australia
For more information on how to buy Bitcoin across the ditch in Oz, check out the story How to Buy Cryptocurrency in Australia on our Aussie website.
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