New Zealand might just be one of the best places in the world to live for gamblers.
• You can gamble online …at offshore sites.
• There are six casinos that offer a wide selection of slots, electronic games, table games and poker.
• You can host and participate in home poker games.
• You don’t have to pay taxes on your winnings (unless you earn your income from gambling).
Anyway, what you’ll find below is some information to get the uninitiated up to speed. You’ll find some details on how to fund your account, New Zealand’s gambling laws and the six brick and mortar casinos you’ll find here.
How to Fund an Online Gambling Account from New Zealand
Want to make a deposit? Well, the best banking methods to use are:
All of these options will hit your player account instantly. You can use them to cash out your winnings, too.
One thing worth noting, though – you shouldn’t have a problem finding a casino that lets you deposit in NZ$
That said – you’ll have to put a bit more effort in to finding a casino that lets you play in NZ$. Most casinos stick to the dollar, pound and euro.
Other than that, though, online banking should be a breeze.
Gambling Laws in New Zealand
Players have it pretty good here.
Gambling is ILLEGAL under the Gambling Act 2003.  More specifically:
• Bookmaking is illegal.
• Remote interactive gambling is illegal. Remote devices include computers, phones, TVs, etc.
• No new casino licenses can be granted.
• There cannot be increases in gambling. This includes an increase in machines, table games, player space, etc.
Technically this makes online gambling illegal.
But …there are exceptions.
The exception made goes something like this:
Remote interactive gambling—
(a) Includes gambling by a person at a distance by interaction through a communication device; but
(b) Does not include—
• (i)gambling promoted by the Lotteries Commission; or
• (ii)gambling authorised under the Racing Act 2003; or
• (iii)gambling by a person in New Zealand conducted by a gambling operator located outside New Zealand; or
• (iv)a sales promotion scheme that is in the form of a lottery and is conducted in New Zealand
What this means is it’s perfectly legal for offshore casinos to service New Zealand customers, and it’s perfectly legal for New Zealand players to place bets at these sites.
(That alone makes New Zealand one of the best places to live.)
This is not a gray area. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) controls the gambling in New Zealand. This is what they have to say:
The prohibition is on remote interactive gambling in New Zealand and therefore does not prohibit gambling conducted overseas. For example, it is not illegal for someone in New Zealand to participate in gambling over the Internet if that website is based overseas. 
They do go on to say that there are risks with playing at offshore sites and if something were to go wrong (like a rogue site), there’s no guarantee the New Zealand Government can back you up (although they will if they can).
(Just stick to legit, public casinos and books and you should be just fine.)
One thing worth noting, though – these offshore sites cannot advertise to New Zealand residents. Doing so comes with a fine as large as $10,000. But there’s nothing illegal with players finding these casinos or sportsbooks on their own, let alone placing bets at them.
And for the icing on the cake – players don’t have to pay taxes on their winnings. The only exception is if you gamble for a living.
So, that takes care of online gaming. But what about home games, such as poker?
These appear to be okay, too. But there are rules you need to follow. Each one falls under a ‘class’ and simply tells you how much money can be at stake, what needs to be done with that money and at what point you need to get a casino license.
Here you go:
Class 1 – There cannot be a prize or turnover larger than $500. All money must be paid to the winners
Class 2 – Prizes must have a value between $500 and $5,000. Turnover cannot exceed $25,000. This doesn’t require a license, but must be conducted per societies (per the Gambling Act).
Class 3 and 4 – Prizes must have a value exceeding $5,000. These usually include gambling machines and require a license.
Alright, that covers online gambling and home games. Now lets look at brick and mortar casinos in New Zealand.
Land Based Casinos in New Zealand
There are six casinos operating in New Zealand.
There are six land-based casinos currently operating in New Zealand:
• Dunedin Casino – Choose from poker, Caribbean stud poker, baccarat, blackjack, roulette and slots. There are 12 table games and 180 electronic gaming machines.
• Christchurch Casino – 43,998 square foot casino complete with 500 hundred slot machines and 34 table games.
• SKYCITY Auckland – Take your pick from over 1,600 machines and 100 table games. The casino is open 24/7.
• SKYCITY Hamilton – Choose from over 330 gaming machines and more than 20 table games.
• SKYCITY Queenstown – Play one of 86 gaming machines or 4 table games.
• Lasseters Wharf Casino – Take your pick from one of 73 gaming machines and table games. They have a bar and restaurant, too.
You need to be 20+ to play at any one of the casinos.