Christchurch Casino, New Zealand’s first Casino, celebrates its 20th Anniversary on the 4th of November this year. It is a boutique style Casino that provides a hospitable
atmosphere with friendly and helpful staff.
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), three restaurants and four bars with a range of dining options to suit all. Their in house security, smart dress code policy and host responsibility program (for which they won the national award for excellence in 2013), all combine to create a welcoming and safe environment for their customers.
If you are a visitor to the city they offer a free courtesy shuttle that operates daily from 6pm to 2am for those staying in city hotels or motels (ask your receptionist to book), there is also 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.
The main gaming floor (up the stairs from the lobby) is 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 the dealer for some guidance about the rules and table etiquette. They have a variety of gaming machines on this level and upstairs (next to the Monza Sports Bar) with the latest in gaming technology so that at a touch of the panel and from the comfort of your seat, you can call a service staff member to place 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 the 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.
They have a free to join (photo identification is required) “Players Club” loyalty program that rewards you for your gaming and food and beverage custom with Bonus Points. Points can then be redeemed for play or discounts and purchases. They have many promotions exclusively for members and if you have any questions the Casino hosts located at the Players Club desk will 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.
If its sporting action you’re looking for then head upstairs to Monza Sports Bar which overlooks the main gaming floor and has a 146” TV screen that plays live and replayed sporting events. Open from midday they have created a casual atmosphere with a mix of booth and table seating and provide classic
menu items such as sliders, sea food chowder, BBQ ribs, teriyaki chicken nibbles and pizza (available to take away too).
Mashina, their multipurpose venue has a separate entrance on Peterborough Street and mixes luxury in the velvet and embossed furnishings in the private booth areas; with industrial in the concrete floor and pillars. This 500 square metres of floor space also has a 10 metre bar lit with 15,000 LED lights all combing to create a contemporary atmosphere. With a full service kitchen and the ability to hold up to 430 people, Mashina also facilitates functions and events including corporate and social functions as well as private celebrations (the venue does allow minors for private functions). With a variety of room set ups and dining options available (can provide catered dinners for up to 300 guests) Mashina is a very adaptable venue for any function.
They have regular entertainment from Salsa nights, themed parties, great local bands and renowned DJ’s, and have held comedy shows, Burlesque Shows, Quiz nights and Murder Mystery dinners to name a few. They stock an impressive and exclusive selection of vodkas, many local and international boutique beers and have an array of menus options with sides, burgers, pizza, dessert and small plate options – perfect for an early dinner or late night supper.
Mashina has become the hottest place to be and be seen in Christchurch especially if you are looking for somewhere to go and dance the night away. If you want to avoid the queue (after 10pm on the weekends) get in early for dining (available from 5pm) or you can book your own private celebration in a reserved VIP booth.
With its comprehensive dining and entertainment options to suit all tastes and ages Christchurch Casino lives up to its moniker of Christchurch’s premier entertainment destination and provides great adult (R20) entertainment for all to enjoy and at present is the only Christchurch city venue to provide 24 hour entertainment to the city on weekends and until late during the week.