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Travel: Celebrate history and nature in North Otago

Oamaru

Oamaru, a town often passed on journeys south, is a place where steampunk, Victorian buildings and a colony of blue penguins reign.

No escaping debts with virtual kitty

Glassjar University of Canterbury graduates have created software to manage flat finances. Glassjar software stops the "carnage" of figuring out who owes what, founder George Smith says.

Prime cuts: The city's best meat dishes

Steak One Good Horse served up the ultimate ribeye steak when Avenues decided to embrace the carnivore within.

Hewitt gearing up for Glasgow

Andrea Hewitt Despite the health troubles fiance, coach and fellow triathlete Laurent Vidal has encountered over the past few months, triathlete Andrea Hewitt is competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this month.

Bar review: Nucleus

Nucleus Bar This Stranges Lane bar is more of a street venue, with the main seating on the footpath and a small bar that leaves nothing to the imagination.

Eat

Soup of the day

Sasuke On cool winter days, there's nothing better than a bowl of piping hot soup. Avenues trials some of the city's best brews.

Cafe of the month: Pure Cafe Co

Offering protein smoothies and paleo-approved foods, Pure Cafe Co strikes us as a health-conscious cafe we'd expect to find in a trendy New York City neighbourhood. Imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon it in Birmingham Dr.

The best breakfasts in town

Chocolate time: The best desserts

Review: La Tandoor

The vegetable samosas and breads were among the best, but the curries lacked real spice.

Bar review: The Bog is back

The Bog Every day is St Patrick's Day at the new Irish pub in Victoria St.

Review: Bloody Mary's

This sizeable central city bar, based at the Rydges hotel, is likely to impress people with a taste for cocktails and whisky, and those who enjoy faultless theming.

Christchurch home for Chinese liquor

Review: The Last Word

Review: The Dirty Land

Visit for the drinks, but stay for the food. Hidden at the back of The Dirty Land's bar menu is the ultimate surprise – a long list of Mexicano's tacos.

Eat like a Crusader

Honey-glazed chicken Veteran hooker Corey Flynn likes to spend a Sunday night indulging in a honey-glazed roast chicken with the family. He shares his secret recipe.

Jess Simson's almond fruit crumble

This dessert can be reinvented over and over again.

Anna Thompson's zucchini fritters

Recipe of the month: Roasted hazelnut meringues with white chocolate mousse

Pomeroy's chocolate and stout tart

Invercargill's Pitch Black sweet stout is the secret ingredient of this chocolate and caramel tart made by Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn's chef, Brad Kneale.

Beauty: Special extras

Makeup Apply a base coat and then enhance your features with a myriad of colours.

Gift ideas

Fine-tune your senses this season to find a fragrance that strikes the perfect chord.

Handy to have

Men's accessories

Healthy beauty habits

Keeping skin in top condition is a fulltime job. Are these natural beauty products up to the challenge?

Sumner, and the living is easy

Sumner house It's contemporary and well positioned, with beachy good looks, but this Sumner house has got brains, too. Sumner is the owner's home territory. There was no question this is where he would build.

Dyers House in Cashmere

A Cashmere hills home combines the charm of yesteryear with modern comfort.

A classic recreated

Huntsbury home built to spec

Here's the ultimate man cave

Shaun Maloney has built an old English pub complete with a 'snug' for the ladies, in his backyard in North Canterbury.

A day trip to Cheviot

Cheviot Kim Newth takes the road north to discover a charming country town with fascinating local history and a tempting lineup of art, antiques and artisan foods.

Canterbury's rural playground

Tired of the big smoke? Just an hour from Christchurch, Mt Somers is the perfect starting point for a Mid-Canterbury adventure.

Where the wild things are: A visit to the Catlins

The surfs up in Sumner

Wine time in Marlborough

Sick of the rain, Margaret Agnew turns to the wineries for shelter. She joins the trail of international tourists sniffing out a good sauvignon blanc.

To Greymouth by train

West Coast Daisy Seely catches a train bound for the West Coast in search of an adventure. The TranzAlpine train transports her over distance and back in time.

Guide to the skifields

Ski season is upon us. Pattie Pegler looks at what Canterbury has to offer, to help you choose the best slope.

Preston's mini-series dramatises quakes

Honey, I shrunk the house

Selling the great outdoors

Haka Tours is offering people the chance to visit and ski six South Island mountains in seven days.

almond fruit crumble
Jess Simson's almond fruit crumble

This dessert can be reinvented over and over again.

Beans
The best breakfasts in town

Avenues searches the city for the dishes worth waking up for.

Makeup
Beauty: Special extras

Apply a base coat and then enhance your features with a myriad of colours.

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