Octopus Group Surveys New Zealand: What You Need to Know

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Octopus Group surveys have launched in New Zealand! After growth and recruitment, they are now live with surveys being offered to New Zealand members.

Octopus surveys have long been the favourite of our survey takers in Australia, and we have no doubt they will do great things in New Zealand.

You can join Octopus Group here.

Octopus Group claims to pay more than 80 to 400% more cash rewards than other survey panels, they pay cash into your bank account after you’ve accumulated $20 and are super reliable.

They also offer a generous refer-a-friend program, earning you up to $20 for every friend you refer. 

Octopus Surveys – What You Need to Know

Octopus Group is an online market research group – but with a difference.

Australian-based, owned, and operated, this online survey site has committed to offering its members the highest-paid surveys for Australians and now New Zealanders!

Octopus Group Review – There’s A Lot to Like

Here’s why you should consider joining Australia’s highest-paying market research company.

About Octopus Group

Online marketing sites are commissioned by companies to gather opinions that help with product development, marketing and sales.

It’s an excellent way for companies to find out what real people think about their product, and what might make it more appealing.

Market research sites like Octopus Group use their massive base of members to get opinions.

The information they use to qualify a person for a survey has all the identifying information removed, and just basic statistics are provided – they might know that your answers come from a Napier man aged 30-40 who earns more than $45,000 a year, but they won’t know your name is Sam – or anything else that could identify you.

Octopus Group set itself apart from the crowd in two critical ways – they’re Australian-owned and claim to pay more than any other market research company open to New Zealanders.

The way they achieve that is to pass more of the money they make to their members than other research companies, with smaller overheads than the international companies and a commitment to doing the best by their members.

Click here to join Octopus Group>>

How does it work?

Any New Zealand resident who is 15 years or older can join online. The website has a simple sign-up process, where you must use your mobile number as your login.

It’s uncommon for a marketing company to need your mobile number, but Octopus Group has a few important reasons to ask for it:

  • It’s easy to remember
  • It stops people from fraudulently opening up multiple accounts
  • There’s a lot of support for mobile users on this platform with a dedicated mobile app.

Editors note: Don’t try to sign in and redeem your survey rewards outside of Australia or New Zealand, or your account might be closed for suspected fraud. I know this from personal experience. Lesson – Redeem before you leave home!

Once you have signed up, provided some basic information about your demographics, and confirmed your mobile number by entering the code they send into the website’s sign-in page, you’re ready to go!

The terms and conditions and the privacy policy are available on the website if you’d like to know what happens to your information.

You can get your survey invitations on the app (you’ll need to enable notifications), on the website, or by email.

Octopus Group doesn’t use a confusing points system – you’ll be offered dollar amounts for your time as you can see from the screenshot of my survey dashboard below.

Once you’ve completed a survey, your reward will automatically be credited to your account.

It should only take a few minutes but might take up to 30 days in rare cases.

The amount you get depends on the survey length, so the longer the survey, the greater the reward.

You might not qualify for every survey opportunity sent to you, but Octopus Group offers a small cash compensation even if you’re not selected.

How much can you earn?

Octopus Group offers 80% to 400% more than all other New Zealand survey companies. Their compensation is definitely generous.

Their stated rate is $0.28/min, which equals $16.80 an hour – far higher than other market research groups. Most surveys will earn you around $4-$8.

Most of your money will come from completing surveys, but Octopus Group has a remarkably generous referral program.

For every friend you refer, you’ll get $1 – but then, Octopus Group will continue to reward you with $1 for every survey your friend completes, up to $20 per friend. That’s far above the market average.

To redeem your cash, you’ll need a minimum of $20. You can check your balance by logging in to the website, or using the “Me” tab on the mobile app.

Octopus Group offers either a bank transfer of your cash or an online gift card for various retailers.

To redeem your reward, sign in to the website and go to the redemption section.

If you receive the money as a deposit, you must enter the redemption amount and your bank details.

You must send an SMS to the provided phone number to confirm your redemption.

Your money can take up to 30 days to appear in your account, but in my experience, it’s paid the Monday following redemption.

If you’d like a faster reward, you can choose an eGift card (from $20) that will appear in your email almost instantly.

Egift cards include the following options:

  • App Store & iTunes
  • ChildFund New Zealand
  • Countdown
  • Macpac
  • Mighty Ape
  • Supercheap Auto
  • World Animal Protection NZ
  • Farmers
  • Mitre 10
  • Sephora
  • Whitcoulls
  • Event Cinemas
  • 2 Degrees Mobile Recharge
  • Espresso Car Wash
  • GrabOne
  • iSubscribe
  • Michael Hill
  • One NZ Mobile Recharge
  • OPSM
  • Spark Mobile Recharge
  • Strandbags
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Warehouse Mobile
  • Hotelgift
  • Ticketmaster
  • Webjet
  • Xbox Live
  • Sony Playstation Network
  • Airbnb
  • Gourmet Direct
  • Harvey Norman
  • Kathmandu
  • Uber & Uber Eats

Getting the most from Octopus Group

Use the app. Many survey sites are behind the times and only allow you to complete surveys on your computer or tablet. Octopus Group has great mobile app lets you complete surveys while out and about. Make sure notifications are enabled so you don’t miss out.

Complete your profile. To receive surveys, the market research company will need to know about you to include you in any research that fits your descriptors. The best way to get surveys you qualify for is to keep your profile current. An inactive account can be deleted, so keep giving your opinion.

Make the most of it. Referring friends, taking the surveys that come your way, and keeping your information up to date are all great ways to earn money and make the most of your time.

Most survey sites pay as little as possible, but Octopus Company wants to compensate Kiwis fairly for their time and opinions.

Click here to join Octopus Group>>

Related: 14 Best Paid Survey Websites in New Zealand

About Emma Healey

Emma is a recognised family finance and budgeting expert and founder of Mum's Money. Her advice has been featured in Stuff, NZHerald, Readers Digest, Yahoo Finance, Lifehacker, The Simple Dollar, MSN Money and more.

4 thoughts on “Octopus Group Surveys New Zealand: What You Need to Know”

  1. Hi Emma,

    I stay in Auckland and I have been following your blog since few months and find it really helpful. Thanks for the information here. Is Octopus survey available yet in NZ? I last checked with them and they said that we can link our 6 digit bank account number for redemption in bank, but I am not sure if that is the case. Do you have any experience with redemptions yet?

    Also for Paypal, I believe that we need to have minimum of $15 in the account to redeem and there is no way to add funds to the bank.


    • Hi Ritu, yes I have completed a redemption with Octopus. They actually had to edit the field as it couldn’t fit our 7 digit bank account number (like a suffix 002 instead of 02) but that was sorted quite quickly. Thank for commenting!

  2. I have been Octopus member and doing surveys in Australia. Now I have moved to New Zealand. Can I still do surveys from New Zealand? Thanks.

    • Hi Bharat, Welcome to New Zealand! Yes I believe you can. Get in touch with the team at Octopus and let them know you’ve moved to NZ as they will need to update your mobile for redemptions. I am getting some good surveys with them at the moment. All the best.

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