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A Guide to Online Gambling in New Zealand

New Zealand News
28 Sep 2020, 00:11 GMT+10

Whether you live in the beautiful country of New Zealand or are visiting to experience the stunning landscapes and immerse yourself in the culture, you may be thinking about taking the opportunity to play a few of your favourite table games or place several bets on your sports team. However, before you begin, make sure you are familiar with the local gambling laws.

Is gambling legal in New Zealand?

Gambling is only legal in New Zealand if authorised by the government or under law. In accordance with the 2003 Gambling Act, you can only gamble at online casinos that are not based in New Zealand. Therefore, New Zealanders can only play in foreign casinos. The New Zealand Lottery Commission and the New Zealand Racing Board have authority over the gambling industry, including online casinos, sportsbooks and lotteries.

Penalties for illegal gambling activity

As some gambling in New Zealand is illegal, fines can range up to $10,000 for individuals and up to $50,000 for corporations taking part in illegal gambling activities. Underage gambling is also subject to a heavy fine for both the player and the casino operator. Therefore, if you make sure you understand and follow all the rules, you can enjoy your favourite games without any issues.

Types of gambling

As online casinos are based outside of the country, gambling enthusiasts can find a multitude of games to enjoy - all at the press of a button. From online lotteries to table games (such as poker, blackjack and Baccarat) as well as betting on a favourite sports team, players have an extensive choice of games and gambling opportunities. On top of this, with the boom in the popularity of mobile casino apps, users can keep the dice rolling and place bets at any time of day and wherever they are.

Online casino safety

Safety is an extremely important factor to consider when playing at online casino sites. It is important to always research before you register and deposit money with an online casino. When looking for the best New Zealand online casinos, you should check that the casino is regulated and licensed by a trusted gambling authority. This means that they offer fair games, secure payment systems and, most importantly, responsible gaming.

Scoring the best deals and bonuses

All online casinos offer different bonuses and promotions to their players. These can be welcome bonuses to new players, free spins for regular players and refer-a-friend bonuses to increase the audience and entice new players. Whilst these seem like a great way of improving your chances of winning, these bonuses often come with several requirements and you may find that you need to deposit a certain amount of money before you even qualify for the bonus to begin with.

Available payment methods

Online casinos offer a wide range of payment options to New Zealand players. You can opt for bank transfers or perhaps you prefer to use e-wallet options such as PayPal and Neteller. On top of this, some casinos are going even further and offering cryptocurrency payments.


The growth in online casinos offers players in New Zealand the opportunity to experience the thrill of gambling while the simultaneous growth in technology helps to contribute to player safety and improve the user's choice and experience.

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