Christchurch Casino

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Christchurch Casino
Logo of Christchurch Casino
Main entrance to Christchurch Casino on Victoria Street
Address 30 Victoria Street
Christchurch, New Zealand
Opening date1994
Total gaming space43,998 sq ft (4,087.5 m2)
Casino typeLand
OwnerPremier Hotels (Christchurch) Limited
SkyCity Entertainment Group
Skyline Enterprises
Southern Equities Limited
Queenstown Tourist Co Limited

Christchurch Casino is a casino located in Christchurch, New Zealand offering casino games. The 43,998 sq ft (4,087.5 m2) casino was New Zealand's first when it opened in 1994. The casino operates five hundred slot machines and thirty-four table games.[1] The property has three restaurants and two bars. Entry is restricted to patrons above the age of 20.[2]

Acquisition by SkyCity[edit]

On 29 June 2004, SkyCity Entertainment Group announced that it had settled the acquisition of Aspinall (NZ) Limited, which held a 40.5% shareholding in Christchurch Casinos Limited. The purchase price was NZ$93.75 million (on a debt free basis). The deal marked the end of an era for Aspinall.

Skyline Enterprises, which controls a 41 per cent stake in the casino, had opposed SkyCity's purchase of a matching stake from Aspinall earlier in 2004. As part of his resistance to the deal, Mr. Thomas had refused to cooperate over due diligence. Skyline had attempted to purchase the 41 per cent stake from Aspinall but had been rebuffed.

Skyline Enterprises chairman Barry Thomas had objected to the SkyCity purchase on the basis that it gave SkyCity an interest in five out of six New Zealand casinos. The deal was nonetheless approved by both the Casino Control Authority and the Commerce Commission. In clearing SkyCity's application, the Commerce Commission said that the deal would not substantially restrict competition in the Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin casino entertainment markets.[3]

SkyCity Entertainment Group Managing Director, Evan Davies, said that SkyCity's acquisition of the shares in Aspinall and its interest in CCL was a logical extension of its New Zealand operations and in line with the company's investment strategy. The acquisition was motivated in part by the 2003 Gambling Act which outlaws the opening of any new casinos in New Zealand.[4]

Expansion plans[edit]

"SkyCity paid $93.75 million for a 41 per cent share in the casino last year and Mr Davies indicated that SkyCity saw an opportunity to 'refresh and re-present' the business.[5]

New Zealand Poker Championships[edit]

Christchurch hosts the New Zealand Poker Championships.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Best Casinos in New Zealand - Top Casino Picks". Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ SkyCity Completes Casino Deal Archived 13 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine SkyCity gets nod for casino purchase Archived 7 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ SkyCity press release:Cleared To Buy Interest In Christchurch Casino
  5. ^ Casino City Times: Christchurch Casino May Get Makeover
  6. ^ New Zealand herald:Dumped Black Cap turns to competitive poker[permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 43°31′33″S 172°37′59″E / 43.52583°S 172.63306°E / -43.52583; 172.63306