Christchurch Life

Country pub: Little River Hotel

Mark Smith and Kathy Bisman

A black and white sign with an arrow points to a spearmint-coloured building on the edge of State Highway 75.

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Going wild for Christmas treats

It's not just humans who like to indulge at Christmas, even tigers need a festive treat. 

Buddha Stix proves family-friendly

REVIEW: Buddha Stix offers super accessible Asian food. Only a diehard meat-and-three-veg type would not like.

'Obnoxious tool' makes entry

The "most obnoxious tool in the kit of digital narcissism", the selfie stick, is a hot Christmas gift.

Theatre crowds have a thirst for street fare

Bars and cafes on New Regent St are getting a boost from the Isaac Theatre Royal's reopening.

'Tradie day' booming

Christchurch bars are preparing for an influx of holiday revellers this afternoon when many workers are knocking off for Christmas. 

Christmas will be all about BBQ

We have a long, proud history of standing around a grill with a few beers. Christmas Day should be no exception.

Feeling the rush

Lyttelton Coffee Co reopens

And the best dressed is...

A North Island woman is "over the moon" to have been crowned Best Dressed Woman at Cup Day.

Video: Best of the body art

A unicorn-like creation has taken the top prize in a tough body art competition at Cup Day.

Elegant looks have the edge

Keisha to judge style

Heels, our arch nemesis?

Heels take a lot of heat, but are they really the root cause of our foot problems?

A magical Messiah

Full credit to musical director Andrew Withington for a stunning performance of a classic holiday concert.

Dali's surreal cameo

A Christchurch rebuild worker has used his work tools to create fleeting works of art in the concrete columns beneath the Christchurch Art Gallery.

A love letter to Chch

Art transforms drab wall

Jethro Tull hits Christchurch

Ian Anderson has arrived in Christchurch with his trademark flute in his backpack.

Recipe: Braised pork shoulder

Pork shoulder Cook the perfect pulled pork this festive season. It's easily prepared in advance and, served with roast potatoes and salad, stretches to cater for unexpected guests.

Around the Bays

Banks Peninsula is the ultimate summer playground, with its secluded bays, rolling farmland and starry skies. Explore for a day or, better still, check out these interesting places to stay.

One for the road

At home in the city

Christchurch's favourite icecream

"We're so happy you're back" is the comment George Taylor and his wife, Raewyn, hear most often since their Vanilla Ice cart returned to Victoria Square.

Treats aplenty at Food Show

food show If you love food, there is no better place to be this weekend than The Food Show.

Event management

Beck Eleven looks at the weekend's events.

Warm-ups

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Event management

Beck Eleven takes a look at what's on this weekend.

Ladi6's festival homecoming

Ladi6 is headlining two major events in Christchurch this weekend - The Summer Starter and Christmas in the Park.

How to reach the finish line

Here are some quick tips that will help you get the most out of the Summer Starter fun run and walk this Sunday.

Persistence beats resistance

Toll of quake stress

'Bloody good race'

Thousands of participants ran and walked through the eastern suburbs for The Press Summer Starter.

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