There are certain gambling activities that are prohibited under New Zealand law. When you familiarize yourself with these laws, you can gamble without fear of legal repercussions.


Under New Zealand law, gambling activities fall under one of four classifications, including:

  • Class 1: Any gambling activities conducted by individuals with a prize greater than $500 is strictly prohibited.
  • Class 2: Gambling activities with a value of less than $500 or more than $5,000 are prohibited. These activities cannot exceed a turnover of $25,000.
  • Class 3 and 4: Both class 3 and 3 gambling activities cannot be provided without first obtaining a license. Prizes of at least $5,000 are required. Class 4 related specifically to gaming machines (slots).

Game Rules

It is also necessary for any organization that offers gaming activities to have detailed rules for each of their games. These rules must be explicitly stated in writing. Any activities that do not have rules associated with them are prohibited under NZ law.

Remote Gambling Activity

New Zealand law has made remote gambling illegal for anyone who goes through a provider that is based in NZ. This type of gambling activity is only permitted when the provider is based outside of the country.

The Gambling Act of 2003 made remote interactive gambling illegal. This includes gambling from a distance on any communication devices, including computers and phones.

Both the Racing Board and Lotteries Commission are exempt from these remote gambling laws.

Those who are found to be in violation of these laws can be fined up to $50,000 for organizations, or $10,000 for individuals.


Gambling Act

There are also laws in New Zealand that prohibit advertising overseas gambling. This is not allowed under Section 16 of the Gambling Act of 2003. Advertising in this case is defined as any communication that is intended to induce people to gamble outside of New Zealand.

Some exceptions to these advertising laws do exist, such as with tourism companies that incidentally promote gambling along with other activities. It is also legal for companies to advertise for gambling equipment strictly.


There are various types of prizes that cannot be given out by those who offer gambling activities in New Zealand. This includes any tobacco products, liquor, firearms, explosives, or vouchers for sexual services. All of these prizes are strictly against the law in accordance with the Gambling Act of 2003. Offering any such prizes can result in steep penalty fines.

Final Thoughts

While not everyone who offers gambling activities in New Zealand needs to obtain a license, it is still important to follow the established rules. You will need to make sure that you are operating in accordance with these laws before offering any such activities. Licenses for gambling providers can be obtained from the Department of Internal Affairs. You must first fill out and submit the appropriate application. Online gambling is not permitted unless it is done so through a provider that is based outside of the country.