Land based New Zealand casinos

Land Based casino

When all you high-rolling online gamers get a feeling to go out on the town and take in some live-action, there are a number of excellent New Zealand land-based casinos to choose from! These include the four casinos of the SkyCity franchise and the two independent casinos, Dunedin and Christchurch. The following short land-based casino reviews will attempt to give you but a small window into these fabulous options just waiting for you to come and explore!!!

SkyCity Auckland

SkyCity Auckland is the utterly massive flagship casino of the SkyCity franchise. The gaming floor has 1600 machines and over 130 table games. Table games include the standard classics Blackjack and Roulette as well as a number of other games including Pai Gao, Tai Sai, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker and Lunar Poker. Some table games even offer a betting terminal service where you play from a video console in tandem with a live dealer. Such games include rapid Baccarat and Rapid Roulette. This is an excellent alternative to online casino real money games.

The establishment offers excellent land-based casino promotions in the form of the Premier Rewards program. After getting your card, all you have to do is swipe it at the machines or tables you are playing. Every time you wager you gain bonus points that can be redeemed for bonus credits. If you win while playing with these credits you earn an effective cash bonus.

There is much more on offer at SkyCity Auckland than just gaming. The casino complex includes 16 restaurants for all your dining needs. There is also the choice of two hotels, either the regular or the grand, custom fitted to your own budget.

SkyCity Auckland has two separate hotels, each available to meet your budgetary requirements. The SkyCity Hotel. The regular SkyCity Hotel includes all the standard amenities of a solid casino hotel. Free Wi-Fi is on offer as well as spa facilities if you want to pamper yourself. The regular hotel is close by to all the main attractions of the casino and other facilities.

A more expensive option is the SkyCity Grand Hotel. This hotel has 5 star services. The rooms are massive and include marbled bathrooms and large windows with views and natural lighting. Some rooms have full sized desks that can fit enough people for a small meeting. This is the stuff of good land based casino reviews!

SkyCity Auckland Restaurants

SkyCity Auckland plays host to a number of good restaurants. These run the gamut from buffets to traditional restaurants. They are absolutely worth checking out.

The Fortuna Buffet offers the traditional casino value meal. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant is always on the job. Prices vary depending on age. Children 0-3 actually get in for free when dining with a full paying adult. Children 4-9 pay less than half price and children 10-14 pay slightly more than half adult price. This makes the buffet a go to destination for families on vacation.

The Jade Dragon restaurant is another establishment of the casino. A one stop shop for everything Chinese, the restaurant offers a-la-carte meals at very reasonable prices. A whole roast duck can be had for only $45 NZ! This is not to mention the outstanding live seafood collection. These go for current market prices and include such delicacies as Abalone, and Crayfish as well as more known fish varieties such as Snapper and Sole, and are prepared directly from live specimens…

SkyCity Queenstown

If you are looking for something quieter than the bright lights of SkyCity Auckland look no further than SkyCity Queenstown. Located on the splendid inlet of Queenstown Bay, the casino offers a boutique experience unlike any other.

The main gaming floor features 86 gaming machines and a number of table games including Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker and Midi Baccarat. There is also Texas Hold’em on offer if you don’t want to play against the house. The casino team is on call to help you play the games and will not hesitate to teach you how to do things properly.

There is a restaurant called Wild Thyme available. The restaurant offers unbeatable prices in classic casino eatery form. The famous 10 for 10 lunch deal offers 10 items per day at only $10 NZD. Dinner options are slightly more expensive but never run higher than $26 NZD.

SkyCity Wharf Casino

In addition to the main gaming floor at Queenstown there is a smaller land-based casino NZ located right on the wharf. This is called SkyCity Wharf Casino and is technically a different branch of the franchise. It has a boutique emphasis and has a scaled down version of the main Queenstown attraction.

SkyCity Hamilton

Another offshoot of the SkyCity franchise is SkyCity Hamilton. The gaming floor features over 330 gaming machines and 23 tables. Table games include Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Money Wheel, Roulette, Three Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. The floor features a separate high limit table game area called Salon 8 where you can play large money games in both style and privacy. There is also corresponding area for high limit machines called the Diamond Lounge.

There are a solid 8 restaurants on offer including two exemplary coffee houses. There is a Spanish food restaurant called La Parrilla. It has everything from sweet treats to cold cut meats and tapas. The casino also features a burger joint called Eat Burger. With good values and quality ingredients burger shop is a go to destination. Finally, there is an excellent bar called the Marble Room. A well decorated, sophisticated atmosphere goes perfectly with amazing cocktails and a large whiskey collection.

In addition to the SkyCity franchise there are two independent casinos in New Zealand, Christchurch and Dunedin Casino. Both of them offer fantastic gaming floors and amenities.

Christchurch Casino

The Christchurch Casino is a large land-based casino NZ offering over 500 pokies machines and 34 table games. These include Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Lunar Poker, Money Wheel, Roulette, Rapid Roulette, Tai Sai and Three Card Poker. You can also play Texas Hold’em! This selection is bound to keep you entertained throughout your stay.

Dunedin Casino

The Dunedin Casino is a slightly smaller operation with 180 slot machines and 12 tables. Games on offer include Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker and Texas Hold’em. The electronic gaming machines run the gamut of pricing, all the way from penny machines to dollar machines. It is quite a solid selection for a casino.


All of above reviewed land-based casino NZ options, from the SkyCity franchise to the two independent casinos Dunedin and Christchurch offer outstanding gaming services and amenities. They offer a huge assortment of pokies games and table games at each exciting land-based location, and are jam-packed with amazing games, restaurants and cozy hotels. So what are you waiting for? Come out on the town today and take in your fill of fun!!!

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