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!