New Zealand Bingo Halls

While the breathtaking mountains, landscapes and beaches lend themselves to a large amount of outdoor activities, New Zealand Bingo halls are far from unpopulated.

In this section you will find out about the following:

  • NZ Housie
  • Bingo Halls in Auckland

NZ Housie

New Zealanders play NZ Housie, which, like Housie games in Australia, is a 90 Ball game.

The majority of Housie games are not played for fundraising, but more for entertainment. Food stands, or tuckshops as they’re called, are a big part of the evening’s order, and the main event is the Super Housie bonus game.

Interestingly enough, Housie tickets in New Zealand do not have serial numbers as most other Bingo or Australian tickets have. They simply have a two-digit code on the backs of the tickets instead.

Housie games pay out about 90% in prizes, which covers the cost of tickets. Prizes for each game vary, and each game has three winners for lines won. The biggest prize is the Super Housie game prize.

Bingo Halls in Auckland

Community groups and activities are very popular in New Zealand’s capital, so Bingo halls in Auckland are leased out from community centres, as well as schools and churches.

Even though Housie is played for cash prizes, it is still very much a community event. Many groups have Housie nights as functions, and some may donate proceeds left over from tickets to charities.

Some fun types of Housie nights include the following:

  • During the Christmas season, free raffles and special seasonal food is part of the evening’s festivities, and halls are bedecked with decorations and a tree.
  • Some organisations give the Housie events a touch of glam, and have a buffet with champagne and snacks. Players wear cocktail or evening outfits, and the atmosphere is very smart indeed.
  • Smaller groups host special parties such as Baby Shower Housie, or Hen Night Housie. These games are Bingo games with a twist, and prizes tend to be novelties and items especially suited to the occasion.

If you are in the land of Kiwis, head down to your nearest community or entertainment centre and enjoy a great game of NZ Housie.

Check out the Best Bingo Halls page to find the best New Zealand Bingo halls.