Netflix has a world of its own, where streamers are the “population.” On the weekends, we start our day and end it just binging movies/TV shows, until our eyes get red.
Things are not much different for New Zealander entertainment-geeks, but the geo-restrictions imposed by the VoD service, due to licensing issues become a huge turn-off
The difference in titles on the Netflix NZ and the US version, leave New Zealander’s craving for more and eventually leading to a search for the best Netflix VPNs to access the complete library.
So, I decided to create this guide to help New Zealander binge-watchers in learning how to get US Netflix in NZ by using “tested” VPN services that unblock the VoD!
Comparison of Netflix NZ library with Netflix USA library
If we go back a few years, those located in countries outside the US had access to a minimal number of TV shows and movies available on Netflix, due to licensing issues from the VoD.
Fast forward to 2019, and other versions of Netflix are getting a more extensive library, except for NZ sadly. Where you can watch over 1,761 TV shows and 4,091 movies (5,852 total) in the US library, the New Zealand version only boasts over 1,362 Netflix NZ shows and 3,206 films (4,568 total).
There is a massive difference of 1,000+ titles between both libraries. No wonder why New Zealanders are in search for a VPN solution to bypass geo-restrictions. They want to access the best movies on Netflix NZ by exploring the US version of the VoD!
How to Get American Netflix on Netflix NZ Library
Honestly, gaining access to American Netflix does not require any rocket science. All you need to do is invest in a reliable VPN solution, and it will do the job for you.
The only problem most people face is finding the best option, which is why I have even provided a list of recommendations in the heading below.
I understand, rookie streamers and binge-watchers may still want instructions, so below you can find detailed steps on how to use NordVPN for unblocking Netflix!
- Go to the official NordVPN website and click on the “Pricing” tab
- Select a plan that best suits your budgetary requirements
- Choose a convenient payment method (my preferred choice: Bitcoin)
- Complete the checkout process and download the relevant VPN app
- I will be using the Windows Client for unblocking Netflix on my PC
- Launch the NordVPN app and connect to any of the tested US servers
- Visit https://www.netflix.com and gain access to the complete US library
- Notice how I unblock “Avengers: Infinity War” through NordVPN effortlessly!
Best VPNs to access Netflix USA in New Zealand
When it comes to unblocking Netflix USA, users in New Zealand need access to a “working” service that bypasses the VPN ban imposed by the VoD.
This is not an easy task, especially when you realize that Netflix uses DPI and IP filtering techniques for blocking VPN users from accessing US-specific content.
Of course, finding a suitable VPN and testing them is quite a hassle. So, I did the tough job for you, coming up with recommendations on four best VPNs for Netflix:
Recommended #1 ExpressVPN
The British Virgin Islands-based provider made its way into the marketplace back in 2011. It offers the best service for Netflix unblocking, be it from any device/location. With over 3,000+ servers, multi-logins on three devices, and StealthVPN, you receive maximum support for accessing Netflix US in NZ.
Below is a list of the best ExpressVPN Netflix Servers you can use for unblocking American content on the VoD. These five servers I tested offered the best performance in terms of reliability, speed, and continuity while streaming movies/TV shows on Netflix.
- USA – Los Angeles 5 (Ultra HD)
- USA – Los Angeles 4 (Ultra HD)
- USA – New Jersey 1 (Ultra HD)
- USA – New York 2 (Ultra HD)
- USA – New Jersey 3 (Ultra HD)
See how I unblocked the infamous comedy-drama movie, “50/50” using ExpressVPN’s “USA – New Jersey 3” server. I was able to stream it in ultra HD quality, without any buffering issues!
Recommened #2 NordVPN
Headquartered in Panama, NordVPN also works successfully in unblocking the US version of Netflix. Every server I tested for support blogs regarding the VoD, revealed that 90% of them could unblock the streaming platform, without much hassle or problems.
This excludes the server numbers I obtained, after approaching one of their support representatives. You can test the VPN yourself for its Netflix capabilities, but if you want to stream in Ultra HD quality, consider using these five reliable servers:
- United States – #3288 (Ultra HD)
- United States – #3097(Ultra HD)
- United States – #3325 (Ultra HD)
- United States – #2496 (Ultra HD)
- United States – #3213 (Ultra HD)
You can see how I managed to unblock the US Netflix specific hit American Drama Series, “The West Wing” via the “United States – #3325” server, that too in ultra HD quality.
Recommened #3 Surfshark
Headquartered in the British Virgin Islands, an internet-friendly jurisdiction – Surfshark may be new, but it is a competent service. With 800+ servers in 50 countries, CleanWeb (ad/tracker blocker), MultiHop, WhiteListerTM, and unlimited simultaneous logins, you can unblock Netflix smoothly.
In order to unblock the VoD, I switched the protocol from the outdated IKEv2 and shifted to the OpenVPN (TCP) protocol. After which, I tested the service on all available US server locations. These five I analyzed below offered the best performance on Netflix:
- Los Angeles (Ultra HD)
- Las Vegas (Ultra HD)
- New Jersey (HD)
- Phoenix (HD)
- Seattle (HD)
I established a connection to their “United States – Los Angeles” server and was able to the 15th Season of the hit American Sitcom, “New Girl.”
Recommened #4 CyberGhost
Located in Romania, CyberGhost has been in the marketplace of VPNs since 2011. Since then, the service has only continued growing. It offers excellent compatibility to users wanting to indulge in P2P/file sharing and unblocking of VoDs, through its 960+ US-based servers.
These servers come in handy for accessing US versions of Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, CinemaNow, Crackle, etc. Featured you have available include Wi-Fi Protection, Ad/Tracker Blocking, Kill Switch, and Multi-Logins on seven devices. To unblock US Netflix, check out these five “working” servers, I tested:
- Los Angeles – S01-i02 (Ultra HD)
- Los Angeles – S01-i03 (Ultra HD)
- New York – S03-i02 (Ultra HD)
- New York – S03-i03 (HD)
- Washington — S01-i07 (HD)
After entering “Netflix” into the search bar on the Window app, see how I connected to the “Los Angeles – S01-i02” server and unblocked the most nostalgic movie of all time, “Small Soldiers.”
Wrapping Things Up
This guide should help binge-watchers understand how to get US Netflix in NZ 2019. Make sure you connect to the servers I tested above as “working”.
Also, bear in mind that if any fails in unblocking Netflix, you can always shift to the next one. That is why I tested five servers for each provider in the first place.
Regardless, if you encounter any issues/problems, do not hesitate on commenting below. I will try responding personally to provide as much assistance as possible J