New Zealand might not be top of every gamer’s hit-list, but this country has a lot to offer gamblers looking for land-based thrills. There are six casinos spread over the main cities in the North Island and the South Island, so Lucky Nugget is going to examine the top three for our continuing blog series.
Check out the best New Zealand casinos, and find out where the locals and tourists alike get their kicks. Whether you’re looking to bet it all on black, or just want a few rounds on the pokies (slot machines), New Zealand can offer you something special.
SkyCity Auckland, Auckland, North Island
New Zealand’s largest city still only has one casino – but, fittingly, it’s the largest venue in the entire country, as well as the flagship property of the SkyCity company. The complex includes a 700-seat theatre, two hotels, and 12 different bars and restaurants to quench your thirst in between games. There’s also a convention centre planned, which is being installed in order to let the government approve the installation of more gambling facilities – sounds like a pretty good trade off!
Currently, the casino offers 1,600 gaming machines and more than 100 tables to play roulette, blackjack, and other popular games. There’s a Platinum Room exclusively for high-stakes gamblers, where high-rollers can splash their cash. The casino is incredibly easy to find: it’s at the base of the Sky Tower, the tallest tower in New Zealand and the whole of the Southern Hemisphere.
Christchurch Casino, Christchurch, South Island
The first casino to open in the country, Christchurch Casino remains one of the best New Zealand casinos. There’s 43,998 square feet of gaming space in the casino, resulting in plenty of room for hundreds of patrons to play games at the same time. It’s a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, so don’t be surprised if the crowd is a mix of proud Kiwis and rich East Asian businessmen.
The New Zealand Poker Championships are held at the venue, and poker is a popular table game. There’s thirty-four table games to pick from, as well as five hundred pokies, two bars, and three restaurants. But youthful gamers be warned: the age of entry is strictly 20 years and older.
Dunedin Casino, Dunedin, South Island
Dunedin is one of New Zealand’s lesser known cities: it’s got strong Scottish and Maori heritage, an abundance of students, and some beautiful wildlife. Much of the architecture dates from the 19th century, so of course Dunedin Casino is in a beautiful Victorian edifice that dates back to 1883 – more than a hundred years older than the casino, which opened in 1999.
It’s a fairly small casino on a global scale, but it has bags of appeal. There’s 180 pokies, and table games up for offer include classics like baccarat and blackjack. It manages to be both opulent and accessible, giving it a diverse appeal that caters really well to the local area.
It would be easy to write New Zealand off, but there’s casinos all over the island which want to appeal to gamers. Head to one of these cities and get ready to experience the best New Zealand casinos – but it may be worth practising with us beforehand!