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Why I love the central city - Emily Gaffikin, Christchurch Casino

Feeling lucky? Then take a punt at Christchurch Casino baby! Situated at the heart of Victoria Street, the Christchurch Casino is your one-stop-shop for restaurants, bars and entertainment.

We caught up with Emily Gaffikin from the Casino to chat about why she loves working in the central city.

How long have you worked in the central city?

Two years at the Christchurch Casino on Victoria Street.

What is your go-to lunch spot?

Craft Embassy with delicious food and 30 taps of independent craft beer.

Where in the city do you live?


Tell us what your ideal day out in the city looks like?

A morning stroll through the park and then into the CBD for a cuppa and scone. It’s hard to resist the shops, so window shopping through and around The Crossing is a must! Finishing the day with lunch/dinner somewhere along The Terrace overlooking the Avon River.

What is your best kept central-city secret?

All the laneways. I’m reminded of how many there are when I walk through the city and each have a different offering.

What sets Christchurch central city apart from other places in the city? Or other cities in New Zealand?

The variety of eateries and retail options, not to mention how easy it is to get to the city to walk or Lime around.

Can you sum up the central city up in one word?


What would you say to someone who says there is nothing to do in the central city?

Food, shopping and entertainment – what do you think we're missing that other cities have??

Can you finish this sentence: ’I love Christchurch central city because…”

... it’s ours and it’s beautiful.

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