Age-Old Rule: The Legal Age for Casino Gambling in NZ

Gambling for money in New Zealand has different age limits depending on whether you play casino online or at land-based casinos.

Legal age to play casino

This is what you need to know:

Casino typeAge
Land-based casinos20+
Online casinos18+

Country-based casinos legal age

Country-based casinos follow the law in New Zealand and must therefore require you to be at least 20 years old if you want to visit their casino. You must be able to prove this with a valid identification document such as a driver’s license or ID.

Online casinos legal age

Online casinos usually run their business from other countries where different rules apply, which means they can offer games for money to players who have turned 18. Even online casinos, however, require verification with a valid ID document.

Verify your age

To verify your age to the casino, one of the following documents is needed:

  • ID card
  • Driving
  • license Pass

What about Skycity online casino?

Skycity online casino is operated with GIG’s platform and an MGA license. This means that they, like all other online casinos, could follow exactly the same rules and this in turn would mean that you only need to be 18 years old to play online but this is not the case. Skycity is the only online casino in NZ that requires all their players to be at least 20 years just like in their land-based casino.

Age requirements for gambling in NZ

Here we break down all bet for money products so you can see the age requirement for the specific game selections.

Gambling TypeLegal Gambling Age
Online Casinos18
Land-based Casinos20
Sports Betting18
Instant Kiwi Lottery18
Instant Play18
Scratch Cards18
Restaurant Pokies (Slots)18
LottoNo age limit

No age limit for lotto in NZ

Lotto is the only game for money that anyone from New Zealand can enter. There is no age limit at all for lotto games in NZ.

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