Although New Zealand has a gambling problem, and we must hear and read every now and then how horrible it is to go to a casino, I quite like the Christchurch Casino. For those who are no gambling addicts it is ok to go there, and it is much more than gambling. In fact we mostly go there not for gambling at all but for lunch and dinner.
They have a lot of special deals, and the buffets are great and very good value for money.
Actually (Feb. 2007) they have a promotion running from Monday till Thursday until 1 March - for the time after that the prices in brackets apply. But there might be other promotions.
Dine in the Grand Cafe Monday - Thursday, until 1 March 2007 (not on Valentine's Day):
Breakfast $10 (normally $20)
Lunch $15 (normally $22)
Dinner $25 (normally $36)
Reservations essential - Telephone (03) 372 8892
There is another café named Café Caesars and several bars.
The Casino is open 24hrs a day. You must be over 20y of age to be allowed in (as well as to the cafés and bars).
Dress Code: They call their dress code "smart and neat attire" - which means: no jeans and sneakers.
Christchurch Casino is located at Victoria Street next to the Christchurch Convention Centre and Town Hall.
This privately owned boutique casino has 500 gaming machines, 35 tables, three bars, two restaurants and a private gaming lounge.
You could learn how to play some of the games for free at the training tables.
We had most of our dinner at Christchurch Casino. The food is inexpensive and delicious.
We tried our luck at the 1 cents machines just for the fun of it.
Free parking just behind the casino. Free Christchurch Casino shuttles operate to and from local hotels and motels each evening after 6pm.
The entry-way of the casino is spectacular! But I was disappointed that the majority of gambling is conducted through the slot machines--there were only about 4 gaming tables open the night I was there.
Dress Code: No Jeans or T-shirts.
There is plenty of nightlife in Christchurch and they now have a Casino which is close to the Town Hall and some Hotels. There is a free shuttle that operates to and from local hotels/motels each evening after 6.00pm.
You need to be 20 years or over and the dress code requires smart casual (no blue/black jeans or track pants). There are the usual restaurants and bars.
This Casino was the first in New Zealand to open its door to the public in November 1994. This building follows an Egyptian based theme and is a privately owned boutique casino. It boasts 500 gaming machines, 37 tables, 3 bars, 2 restaurants and a private gaming lounge.
Open 24 hours a day.
Casinos in NZ are few and far between and whilst Auckland boasts the biggest Casino in the country, this one in Christchurch is much more cosy if you are into this sort of thing.
Dress Code: Smart casual