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Christchurch's top five walks

Lyttelton

The Port Hills offer a bird's eye view across the expansive Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. Most tracks are now open and ready to explore.

The big cat lady

Cheetah cubs Every morning, Orana Wildlife Park's carnivore keeper is greeted with hugs and loud purring by Boo and Lion, the playful cheetah cubs.

Mackenzie mini-break

Tekapo With Mackenzie Country on our doorstep, it's easy to spontaneously hop in the car and head south for a short break.

Garden City in bloom

Dan Rutherford Garden guru Dan Rutherford remains upbeat about the future of our Garden City despite the demise of the Ellerslie International Flower Show. He is hopeful an alternative show will emerge.

Best chicken dinners

Chicken A generous smoked chicken salad at The Carlton was the dish to beat.

Eat

How important is good service?

Coffee Forget chefs and business owners. Meet some of Christchurch's hospitality stars - the ones going the extra mile to get our orders just right.

Life of pie

It's the pastry you smell first, then the filling. Both reeling you in. And one every now and again is fine, right? But, who's baking the best?

Restaurant review: Town Tonic

Prime cuts: The city's best meat dishes

Review: Hachi Hachi

Hachi Hachi, Victoria St, is reminiscent of pre-quake Japanese eatery Wagamamas, with communal tables, served-when-ready dishes and wallet-friendly prices.

From burgers to bars

Andrew Brown Chef Andrew Brown, of Burgers & Beers Inc and The George fame, is about to open The Dragon's Den Social Lounge in Colombo St.

Bar review: Mashina Lounge

Christchurch Casino's basement bar is vodka themed, with bacon-infused, wasabi and bubblegum flavours on the menu.

Bar review: Nucleus

Review: The Dirty Land

Review: The Institution

This petite New Regent St bar brings together some of the best things local vendors have to offer.

Ginger and sticky date cake

ginger cake Sugar Baby Cakery's decadent creation puts a modern twist on the classic fruit cake.

Recipe: Bee-sting cake

Opawa Bakery and Cafe's baker, Detlev Stukenbrok, uses a versatile sweet dough to make his signature bee-sting cake. He tops it with honey and almonds, and fills with vanilla custard.

Pomeroy's chocolate and stout tart

Eat like a Crusader

Lemon caramel meringue cake

Lemon lovers will delight in this citrus overload.

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.

Wine time in Marlborough

Wine trail 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.

A day trip to 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

Where the wild things are: A visit to the Catlins

Call of the mountains

Methven sleeps through the warmer months, but once the first snow falls, it comes alive for winter.

Our dining habits

Food Crusade From the rubble, countless restaurants have emerged that are setting national dining trends. Could Christchurch become the nation's food capital?

Tony Astle expands his Victoria St empire

The owner of King of Snake, Mexicano's and The Dirty Land will soon reopen Chinwag Eathai.

Meet the creator of Tin Man

Britomart boys are back in town

Your guide to eating out

With an eye to dining around the world, the Avenues team scopes the best places in Christchurch to satiate a craving for international cuisine.

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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