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Christchurch Casino, New Zealand’s first Casino, opened in November 1994 and is a bou­tique style Casino that pro­vides a hos­pitable at­mos­phere with ac­com­mo­dat­ing friendly staff. At pre­sent the Casino is the only Christchurch venue to pro­vide 24 hour en­ter­tain­ment to the city on week­ends and un­til late dur­ing the week. Lo­cated in the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Vic­to­ria Street precinct in the cen­tral city they have a va­ri­ety of R20 en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing ta­ble games, slot ma­chines, live en­ter­tain­ment (bands and DJ’s) and three restau­rants and four bars with a range of din­ing op­tions to suit ev­ery­one. Their in­house se­cu­rity, smart dress code pol­icy and host re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gram (for which they won the na­tional award for ex­cel­lence in 2013), all com­bines to cre­ate a safe en­vi­ron­ment for their cus­tomers.

If you are a vis­i­tor to the city they have a free cour­tesy shut­tle that op­er­ates daily from 6pm to 2am if stay­ing in city ho­tels or mo­tels and have con­ve­nient car park­ing un­der the build­ing on Vic­to­ria Street and across the road in Peter­bor­ough Street.

In­side the cli­mate con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment you will also find free Wi-Fi and cur­rency ex­change for all ma­jor cur­ren­cies with­out fees or com­mis­sion at the cashier on the main gam­ing floor (take the stairs or lift to the next level from the lobby). This area is also where you will find the ta­bles games ac­tion with Roulette, Black Jack, Money Wheel, Bac­carat, Tai Sai and Poker. If you’re a novice at ta­ble games then you can join in a “learn to play” ses­sion or ask their friendly gam­ing staff for some help about the rules and ta­ble eti­quette. There are also a va­ri­ety of gam­ing ma­chines on this level and up­stairs next to the Monza Sports

Bar which of­fer the lat­est in gam­ing tech­nol­ogy and at a touch you can call a ser­vice staff mem­ber for food or drink or­ders, call an at­ten­dant if you need as­sis­tance or check out the lat­est pro­mo­tions. Free tea or cof­fee is avail­able from the drink sta­tions and com­pli­men­tary soft drinks are pro­vided to any­one gam­ing. En­try to their VIP room, known as “Club Aspinall”, is by in­vi­ta­tion only, how­ever if you are a VIP mem­ber at an­other casino you can dis­cuss ac­cess with a mem­ber of the VIP ser­vices team.

There is al­ways some­thing on at Christchurch Casino with pro­mo­tions most days/evenings of the week and usu­ally some­thing spe­cial on Fri­day nights. You can join the Play­ers Club loy­alty pro­gram for free (photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is re­quired) and they have many pro­mo­tions that are ex­clu­sively for mem­bers. As a mem­ber you are re­warded for your pa­tron­age on both gam­ing and food and bev­er­age with bonus points. You can then use your points for play or dis­counts and pur­chases. You can see at any time how many points you have on the gam­ing ma­chines, or at the cus­tomer kiosks lo­cated on the main gam­ing floor next to the Play­ers Club desk, and if you have any ques­tions the friendly Casino hosts lo­cated here can as­sist you.

Their main restau­rant, aptly named the Grand Café, is to the left of the main gam­ing floor and has dishes cre­ated by award win­ning (and mem­ber of the New Zealand Culi­nary team) Chef Richard Hingston. He uses lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents wher­ever pos­si­ble and pro­vides a mod­ern twist on some clas­sic Kiwi favourites.

All the bars have a snack menu avail­able and they fea­ture some clas­sic items such as their salt and pep­per squid, thick cut fries with your choice of tomato sauce, gravy, aioli or tossed in gar­lic but­ter; be warned how­ever their teriyaki chicken nib­bles are sticky, sweet and sen­sa­tional and will have you mak­ing sat­is­fied mur­mur­ing noises to your­self be­fore you know it.

If you want to catch some great sport­ing ac­tion then head up­stairs to Monza Sports Bar which over­looks the main gam­ing floor and has a 146” TV screen and re­laxed at­mos­phere

with clas­sic menu items such as slid­ers, sea food chow­der, BBQ ribs and Pizza (avail­able to take away too).

There new­est multi-pur­pose venue is Mashina with a sep­a­rate en­trance on Peter­bor­ough Street with a theme that’s a com­bi­na­tion of in­dus­trial, with the con­crete floor and pil­lars, to lux­u­ri­ous in the vel­vet and em­bossed fur­nish­ings in the pri­vate booth ar­eas. There is 500 square me­tres of floor space, a 10 me­tre bar lit with 15,000 LED lights, all in a con­tem­po­rary at­mos­phere. They have regular en­ter­tain­ment from Salsa nights, themed par­ties, great lo­cal bands and renowned DJ’s, and have held com­edy shows, the Peek a Boo Bur­lesque Show, Tang Dy­nasty (Chi­nese pop band), Mu­sic Quizzes, Sin­gles nights and on 24th June will host The Bea­tle Boys trib­ute show.

There is an im­pres­sive ar­ray of vod­kas, the jet plane in­fused is a must try; many lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional bou­tique beers and their one me­tre pizza has meant Mashina has be­come the hottest place to be and be seen in Christchurch. So if you are look­ing for some­where to go and dance the night away, avoid the queue (af­ter 10pm on the week­ends) and get in early for din­ing from 5pm or you can book your own pri­vate cel­e­bra­tion in a re­served VIP booth.

With a full ser­vice kitchen Mashina also fa­cil­i­tates din­ners, has hosted “meet the player events” for the Can­ter­bury Cru­saders and Welling­ton Phoenix (the venue does al­low mi­nors for pri­vate func­tions) and has the abil­ity to hold up to 430 peo­ple. They can pro­vide catered din­ners for up to 300 guests, with a va­ri­ety of room set ups and din­ing op­tions avail­able. Christchurch Casino’s ex­pe­ri­enced culi­nary team will work with you to meet your bud­get, di­etary re­quire­ments and ex­pec­ta­tions.

So if you are in Christchurch make sure you visit Christchurch’s premier en­ter­tain­ment des­ti­na­tion: Christchurch Casino!

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