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New Zealander Gambling Information

New Zealanders spend over $2 billion on gambling per year. The casino gambling industry has a lot of room to grow in New Zealand, but questions in a 2003 gambling law have so far barred growth. The 2003 law contains a clause which prohibits the increase of "opportunities" for casino gambling. This clause has been used to deny the increase in the number of casinos in New Zealand.

This has led to a large imbalance in the number of New Zealand casinos as opposed to racetracks in the islands. There are only seven casinos in New Zealand, while there are over 50 pari-mutuel race tracks. The Kiwis love to gamble, so it is likely that more casinos eventually will be built in New Zealand.

New Zealand gained full independence in 1947, though it was made a self-governing dominion of the British Dominions as early as 1908. Full independence came as a reward for New Zealanders' brave fighting as the part of the ANZACs in the world wars, while it was also an admission that British power was coming to an end in the far-flung regions of the world.

New Zealand Casinos

New Zealand has a surprisingly small number of casinos, given the Kiwis love of gambling. There are only 7 casinos in New Zealand at the moment. These casinos tend to be rather large, though, perhaps to make up in qualify what they lack in quantity.

Casinos in New Zealand

Sky City Auckland (Auckland) - Sky City has 1,650 gaming machines and 114 table games. The games available at skycity are baccarat, blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Money Wheel, Omaha Holdem, Pai Gow Poker, poker, roulette, Tai Sai and Texas Hold 'Em. The casino also has a 110-seat bingo hall. The number for Sky City is +64 9 363-6000.

Christchurch Casino (Christchurch) - Christchurch Casino has over 500 gaming machines, including slots, video poker machines and 3 MidiBac machines. The casino also has 37 game and poker tables, including American Baccarat, mini-baccarat, poker, money wheel, Tai Sai, touch bet roulette, blackjack, Keno and Caribbean Stud Poker. The contact number for Christchurch Casino is +64 800 227-466.

Dunedin Casino (Dunedin) - Dunedin Casino is home to 180 game machines and 14 table games, including roulette, Texas holdem, stud poker, blackjack and Baccarat. Dunedin also has a sports book, a race book and a 130-seat bingo hall. The front desk at Dunedin Casino is +64 800 477-4545.

Sky City Hamilton (Hamilton) - Sky City Hamilton has 420 game machines, including 89 electronic bingo games, as well as 25 tables for casino games. Two of these tables hold poker games. You can also play at an 80-seat bingo parlor. To contact Sky City Hamilton, call +64 7 834-4900.

Lasseters Wharf Casino (Queenstown) - Lasseters Wharf Casino has only 75 gaming machines and 7 casino tables, including American roulette, mini-baccarat, blackjack and even one poker table. Contact information at Wharf Casino is +64 3 441-1495.

Wharf Casino (Queenstown)

Sky City Queenstown Casino (Queenstown) - Sky City Queenstown Casino has 86 casino gaming machines and 14 table and poker games. The list of games include Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, American Roulette, Baccarat and Blackjack. The general information number is +64 3 441-0400.

Lotteries in New Zealand

The state lottery of New Zealand is organized by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission. The NSLC holds Lotto, Powerball, Strike, Big Wednesday, Keno and Instant Kiwi games. The NZ Lotteries Commission is considering an online state lottery as of late 2007.

Horse Tracks in New Zealand

New Zealand has an impressive number of pari-mutuel racetracks. There are over 50 horse tracks in New Zealand. Below is a list of the horsetracks in New Zealand, along with the cities in which the casinos are located.

Manukau T.C. - Auckland
Pakuranga Hunt - Auckland
Cambridge HRC - Cambridge
Cambridge JC - Cambridge
Cambridge Raceway - Cambridge
Waikato Hunt - Cambridge
Dannevirke Hunt - Dannevirke
Dargaville - Dargaville
Tauherenikau Racecourse - Featherston
Foxton Racecourse - Foxton
Poverty Bay Turf - Gisborne
Ellerslie Racecourse - Greenlane
Waikato Racing Club - Hamilton
Hawkes Bay Racing, Incorporated - Hastings
Egont Racecourse - Hawera
Hawera HRC - Hawera
Stratford Racecourse - Hawera
Waverley Racing Club - Hawera
Kumeu TC - Kumeu
Levin Race Course - Levin
Masterston Race Course - Masterton
Matamata Race Course - Matamata
Opunake Racing Course - Opunake
Otaki Maori Racing Course - Otaki
Maramarua Hunt - Paeroa
Paeroa Racing Course - Paeroa
Thames Race Course - Paeroa
Fielding J.C. - Palmerston North
Manawatus Harness Racing Club - Palmerston North
Marton J.C. - Palmerston North
Rangitikei R.C. - Palmerston North
Alexandra Park - Pukekohe
Counties Race Course - Pukekohe
Rotorua Bay of Plenty Hunt - Rotorua
Rotorua Racecourse - Rotorua
Rotura HRC - Rotorua
Wairoa R.C. - Rotorua
Ruakaka Racecourse - Ruakaka
Stratford TC - Stratford
Taumurunui - Taumarunui
Taupo Racecourse - Taupo
Racing Te Aroha - Te Aroha
Morrinsville TC - Te Awamutu
Te Awamutu RC - Te Awaumutu
South Waikato Race Course - Tokoroa
Trentham Racecourse - Upper Hutt
Wellington RC - Upper Hutt
Waipukurau Raceway - Waipukurau
Wanganui RC - Wanganui
Waverley RC - Wanganui
Gate Pa Tauranga - Whakatane
Northland HRC - Whangarei
Woodville RC - Woodville

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