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Popular Sports To Place a Bet in New Zealand in 2021

All over the world, various sports continue to be an integral part of the lives of many people. It is even more personal to some people whose existence revolve around sports, the business of sports, and the connections therein. One such business to have been devised from sports is betting – which dates back to a couple of centuries ago.  

While sports betting may not resonate with everyone, it has introduced a whole new attention of people to sports. A wonderful example is New Zealand, where sports betting has considerably drawn the attention of New Zealanders’ to different sports. Today, New Zealand residents can conveniently wager on the tons of sports offered by many sportsbooks within and outside the country. Of those sports, the most popular ones that New Zealanders can bet on are discussed below.

Bets on Rugby

Most commonly referred to as rugby union in New Zealand, rugby is a de facto national sport in the country. This is to show how popular the sport has become notwithstanding it originated from England. Several real sites at CasinoDeps.co.nz offer the rugby union and rugby league (both are known as rugby codes).

In terms of rugby union club competition, most sportsbooks offer markets on Super Rugby, Mitre 10 Cup. New Zealand participates in various rugby union international competitions that you can bet on. These include Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Championship, Rugby Championship, World Rugby Seven Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens, Super 15.

You also have the Commonwealth Games and Summer Olympic Games. In terms of rugby leagues, you can bet on the National Rugby League, Rugby League World Cup and regional rugby league competitions.  

Bets on Horse Racing

Horse racing is a sport that very much resonates with so many Kiwis, with much interest from all demographics. So, the kids and teens love this sport as much as young adults and oldies do. It goes without saying that sportsbooks have leveraged this widespread love of the sport to provide varying markets for bettors.

In New Zealand, horse racing takes two formats: thoroughbred and Standardbred racing. You can bet on either format as soon as any of its annual, bi-annual or frequent competitions kick off.

For thoroughbred horse racing, you can bet on such competitions as the New Zealand Cup. You also have New Zealand Derby, Auckland Cup, Awapuni Gold Cup, Wellington Cup, Championship Stakes, Karaka Million, among others.

For standardbred horse racing, you can stake on New Zealand Free For All, New Zealand Trotting Cup, New Zealand Messenger Championship. Added to these are: the Great Northern Derby, Auckland Trotting Cup, New Zealand Trotting Derby, Dominion Handicap, et al.

Bets on Football

As the leading sports in the whole world, football is the third most popular sport in New Zealand. The great thing about football is that it appeals to a wide range of supporters in New Zealand. These supporters are fans of mostly European leagues like English Premier League, La Liga Santander, Serie A, Ligue 1, etc.

This means that the betting markets for football are indeed robust in New Zealand. For club competitions in New Zealand, you can stake on the ISPS Handa Premiership, ISPS Handa Chatam Cup, ASB National Women’s League. You can stake on Lotto Sport Italia Northern Region Football League, OFC Champions League, among others.

Outside New Zealand, you can stake on UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, English Premier League, French Ligue 1. You also have the Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, etc.

Bets on Cricket

When it comes to cricket, New Zealand is a big nation where big things happen. Cricket is the second most popular sport, as well as the most popular summer sport in the nation. This makes for a great deal of betting options whenever you decide to take your cricket passion up a notch.

If you wish to bet on domestic competitions, the Plunket Shield, Super Smash, and Ford Trophy competitions are awesome options. If you have a thing for international competitions, you should feast on Cricket World Cup and One Day Internationals (ODI). You can equally bet on ICC T20 World Cup, ICC Test Championship, among others.  

Bets on Basketball

Even though basketball doesn’t have as much following as other sports in New Zealand, it is enjoyed by many people. This is keenly followed by people in the age bracket of 15 to 35 years. Hence, you can place a wager on basketball competitions such as FIBA World Cup, Summer Olympics Basketball, FIBA Oceania Championship.

Other competitions are FIBA Club World Cup, National Basketball League, FIBA Asia Championship, NBA, EuroLeague, Basketball Bundesliga, Liga ACB, etc.


On the one hand, betting on any of the sports above can result in wins of really big sums of money. On the other hand, you can as well lose everything in one unlucky streak of losses. As a two-edged sword, you are advised to apply caution in placing bets, and always maintain utmost responsibility. Therefore, kindly stop when the fun factor is gone!

Iain Fenton
Iain Fentonhttp://www.talkesport.com
A freelance sports journalist. I am a graduate in Mass Communication. And I reside in Leeds, England.
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