Entrance of the Christchurch Casino in New Zealand at night.
Christchurch Casino, New Zealand

 

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in New Zealand. Find out what the best casinos and online casino sites are in New Zealand, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country. This article supplements the general guide to the legal status of gambling in New Zealand.

 

Online casinos in New Zealand

 

All forms of gambling in New Zealand are regulated by either the 2003 Gambling Act or the 2003 Racing Act. The latter covers betting on various sport events as well as betting on  dog and horse races, while the former includes all other forms of gambling. In accordance with the 2003 Gambling Act, only the forms of gambling explicitly mentioned in either of the two laws are legal, all other games of chance are prohibited.

Casino gambling is legal in New Zealand, but operating online casino gambling sites within the country is not. The 2003 Gambling Act states that all forms of remote interactive gambling is illegal, with the exception of authorised games offered by the Racing Board or the Lottery Commission.* Any gambling [conducted] by a person at a distance by interaction through a communication device is considered remote interactive gambling and is prohibited.

Online casino gambling falls into this category, which means operating an online casino in New Zealand is illegal. However, the law explicitly states that the ban on gambling does not include gambling by a person in New Zealand conducted by a gambling operator located outside New Zealand. This means that it is perfectly legal for gamblers in New Zealand to play on any international online casino sites available to them. (Though advertising overseas online casino gambling sites is forbidden.)

The definition of gambling is defined as “paying or staking consideration, directly or indirectly, on the outcome of something seeking to win money when the outcome depends wholly or partly on chance;”. This means that poker, though often considered a game of skill, not a game of chance, is also affected by the prohibition.

 

 

*Source: Prohibited Gambling (The Department of Internal Affairs)

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from New Zealand

The following online gambling websites accept players from New Zealand:

 

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK

Bonuses for existing players:
  • 32 Free Spins on Sweet Success Code: CHEER1
  • 32 Free Spins on Nordic Wild Code: CHEER2
  • 32 Free Spins on Cosmopolitan Code: CHEER3
  • 32 Free Spins on 7 Chakras Code: CHEER4
  • 32 Free Spins on Le Chocolatier Code: CHEER5
  • 32 Free Spins on Fairy Dust Forest Code: CHEER6
UPDATE, SPECIAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BONUS: It's the Elf Hat Game of the season! Can you keep your eyes on the lucky hat? Choose the right one with the present and see what festive prize you will win! For returning players only.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

BGO

BGO casino banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by BGO casino. You can read these offers below.
Next gen, cross platform and mobile compatible casino with the best casino games, live dealers and bingo. Best bonuses currently.
US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins
  Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

GT Bets Casino and Sports Book

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

European casino & sportsbook & poker
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

 

Classification of gambling in New Zealand

 

Gambling in New Zealand is divided into well-defined categories. There are 4 basic categories; classes 1 to 4 ranging from low-stake to high-stake games. Casino gambling conducted in venues with a casino licence are excluded from this classification, as are lotteries and sports betting.

Games are considered Class 1 gambling if prizes or potential turnover does not exceed $500. All entry fees must be either redistributed as prizes or go towards “authorised” purposes that benefit the community. Class 1 gambling does not require a licence. Class 2 is much the same as Class 1 gambling, the main difference being that prizes or turnover is between $500 and $5000. Also, the latter may only be run by a society, not by individuals.

Class 3 gambling is markedly different from the previous categories in that legally conducting such games is tied to a gambling licence. Prizes for Class 3 gambling may exceed $5000. Lastly, Class 4 gambling covers gaming machines located outside of casinos (i.e. in pubs or clubs).

Apart from the aforementioned categories, private gambling is also regulated. It is not considered a class of gambling, nor does it need to comply with specific game rules. It does, however need to fit certain criteria: All stakes must be redistributed as prizes and no commission is paid. The game must not be advertised; and all participants must have equal chance of winning. Private gambling may be conducted legally without a licence.

 

 

Land-based casinos in New Zealand

 

Casino gambling is legal in New Zealand, and is regulated by the 2003 Gambling Act. However, the law states that no new casino venue licences may be issued, only those casinos are allowed to operate that were granted a licence under the previous casino gambling law, the Casino Control Act of 1990. Also, “opportunities for casino gambling” must not increase either.* This means that the total number of table games and slot machines may not grow, nor the player space available at table games.

There are several casinos operating in New Zealand, most of them owned by Skycity Entertainment Group. Casinos are excluded from the previously mentioned gambling classification, and constitute a category of their own. Sports betting conducted in casino venues need not adhere to casino gambling regulations, supposing the games were authorised by the Racing Board. Casino gambling is regulated by the Gambling Commission which issues and renews casino licences.

Casinos in New Zealand must comply with specific game regulations. Both the types of casino games and their respective rules are set. Casino games in New Zealand are divided into two categories; table games and “other” casino games. The latter group includes slot machines, keno, bingo and racing games (horse race betting). Table games cover numerous casino games; including but not limited to poker, craps, baccarat, blackjack and roulette.

 

*Source: Gambling Act 2003 (New Zealand Legislation)

 

Other forms of online gambling in New Zealand

 

The 2003 Gambling Act prohibits remote interactive gambling and the advertising of such games. The only exceptions from this rule are lottery type sales promotions and certain approved forms of remote interactive gambling conducted by the Lotteries Commission or the Racing Board.

The Racing Board that regulates sports betting in New Zealand operates an online sports betting site called TAB. The main profile of TAB is greyhound and horse race betting. Tab also offers live, “trackside” betting. Aside from races, wagering on various New Zealand and international sports events is also available. Sports to bet on include soccer, american football, basketball and tennis, as well as sports more specific to the area such a surfing.

The Lotteries Commission of New Zealand operates the country’s national lottery, Lotto New Zealand. Profits from the games go to sporting and cultural agencies. The Lotteries Commission operates MyLotto, the only website authorised to sell lottery tickets online. Games on offer include keno, powerball, and other numeric games.

In accordance with the 2003 Gambling Act, only these forms of online gambling may be conducted in the country. However, it is perfectly legal for locals to play on offshore online gambling sites of any kind. This means that New Zealanders – Kiwis – are free to play on any online casino, sports betting, lottery, etc. sites available to them.

 

 

History of gambling and casinos in New Zealand

 

Gambling has a long history in New Zealand. The most popular form of gambling on the islands had long since been horse racing, and betting on such events. The first race meeting was held in the Bay of Islands in 1835.* The automatic totalisator, the “tote board” was invented by New Zealand-born engineer George Julius.

In 1910 bookmakers were banned from horse-racing meetings at the behest of Protestant churches. Still, betting on horses remained the most popular form of gambling in New Zealand. Sports betting was taken over by the state in the form of the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) still in operation today.

By the end of the 1980s, gambling regulation became more lenient as various forms of gambling were legalised by a series of laws: lottery in 1987, slot machines in 1988 and, finally, casinos in 1989. The aim of these changes was to reduce betting on horse races. This proved somewhat counterproductive, as the state-run TAB responded by introducing betting on other sports events.

Today pokies make up the largest percentage of the about $NZ 2 billion spent on gambling, with casinos following suit. Betting on horse racing and other sports accounts for only 18% of the sum.

 

*Source: Story: Sports and leisure (The Encyclopedia of New Zealand)

 

 

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from New Zealand:

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK

Bonuses for existing players:
  • 32 Free Spins on Sweet Success Code: CHEER1
  • 32 Free Spins on Nordic Wild Code: CHEER2
  • 32 Free Spins on Cosmopolitan Code: CHEER3
  • 32 Free Spins on 7 Chakras Code: CHEER4
  • 32 Free Spins on Le Chocolatier Code: CHEER5
  • 32 Free Spins on Fairy Dust Forest Code: CHEER6
UPDATE, SPECIAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BONUS: It's the Elf Hat Game of the season! Can you keep your eyes on the lucky hat? Choose the right one with the present and see what festive prize you will win! For returning players only.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

BGO

BGO casino banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by BGO casino. You can read these offers below.
Next gen, cross platform and mobile compatible casino with the best casino games, live dealers and bingo. Best bonuses currently.
US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins
  Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

GT Bets Casino and Sports Book

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

European casino & sportsbook & poker
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in New Zealand is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2021-01-03

Gamble responsibly,
SimonTheSorcerer

 

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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in New Zealand
Article Name
Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in New Zealand
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A guide to the legal status of online gambling, including casinos in New Zealand, as well as other online gambling opportunities and the history of gambling and casinos in New Zealand.
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Simon András Péter (SimonTheSorcerer)

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