Hitting the Casino

New Zealand is home to six fantastic casinos, all offering a change from a typical night out. Responsible gambling is taken seriously in New Zealand, and there is an emphasis on fun and entertainment. All of the casinos are fully licensed and take measures to ensure that all their customers have a good experience, even when the chips are down.

Christchurch Casino

When it opened in 1994, this was the first and only casino in the country. Since those early days, the casino has evolved into a large entertainment centre and boasts three stunning restaurants and two classy bars. As far as games go, they have 36 tables, featuring all of the classics such as poker, blackjack and roulette, plus more modern options. There are also 500 pokies – slot machines – to try your luck on. There’s a strict over 20 age policy and a smart casual dress code. Membership is available and offers various discounts and bonus schemes, though it is not necessary to become a member to enjoy the games. It’s open from 11am – 3am Monday to Thursday, and all through the weekends.

Dunedin Casino

You can find the casino at the Southern Cross Hotel. Once you step in you’ll feel you’ve been transported back in time. The marble floors and grand staircases are bound to catch your eye but it is the glass domed roof that will really blow you away. Good food and drink can be bought at the grand bar and cafe at reasonable prices, allowing you to have a great evening out, all under one roof. There are twelve gaming tables, with classic games such as baccarat, poker and roulette, and a further 180 pokies.

SkyCity Casinos

The SkyCity brand own four of the six casinos, with locations in Auckland, Hamilton and two in Queenstown. Open 24/7 they offer non stop gaming fun. There’s also live entertainment, a number of world class restaurants and bars and VIP rooms. For beginners, they offer “learn to play packages”.

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