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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.

Heritage update: Saving our city's soul

Heritage Watch Christchurch might have lost nearly half of its heritage buildings, but it is what we do with the rest of them that matters most.

Not your average garage: The mini cave

Mini cave A shrine to the Mini is taking over classic car restorer Paul Costin's garage. This man cave is a nod to the 1960s mod culture, with two full-sized minis sitting among vintage steering wheels, license plates and a khaki parka.

Here's the ultimate man cave

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

Canterbury's rural playground

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

Eat

Review: Sakimoto

Sakimoto This petite Japanese tapas-style restaurant is bringing life to the Cathedral Junction precinct.

Cafe of the month: Lemon Tree Cafe

Every month, we scour the city for the best cafes. This time, it was dining among potted flowers and antiques that made us feel this lunchtime haunt was a little bit fancy.

Review: Madam Kwong's Restaurant

What's the best Thai restaurant in Christchurch?

Chocolate time: The best desserts

Some weekdays, a slab of chocolate goodness is all that is required to get over the 3pm hump. Which chocolate dessert satiated the cravings? We tried a few of the favourites.

Christchurch home for Chinese liquor

NZCL Following in the footsteps of 42 Below, Sam and Ben Lu of New Zealand Chinese Liquor have created their own spirit to rival others in the Chinese market and beef up Kiwi cocktails, as a replacement for vodka, with its 58 per cent (ABV) strength.

Review: The Last Word

Whether you're a seasoned whisky drinker or a first-timer, staff will suggest the perfect wee dram at this tiny New Regent St drinking hole.

Vespa Bar is back

Review: The Carlton Bar and Eatery

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.

Warm lamb salad

lamb salad Fresh, light and with just the right amount of spice.

Strawberry meringue cake

If you've got strawberries to spare, this cake is a must.

Three cheeses and spring green stuffed mushrooms

Summer seafood salad

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

For Just Desserts' chef Nic Peters, there is no better ingredient with which to cook than chocolate. Here he uses Belgian white chocolate to create a silky mouse to accompany hazelnut meringues.

Gift ideas

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

Handy to have

Like a spare pare of pantyhose, it's great to have these products at the ready, just in case.

Men's accessories

Colour for your lips and lids

Beauty: Special extras

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

Dyers House in Cashmere

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

A classic recreated

From homestead, heritage barn and creamery to modern, family home.

Huntsbury home built to spec

Canterbury history in a homestead

Sumner, and the living is easy

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.

The surfs up in Sumner

Sumner The popular seaside suburb has picked itself up, dusted off the earthquake debris and is welcoming visitors again.

Wine and dine

A weekend in Waipara.

Off the beaten track

Home, sweet home

Where the wild things are: A visit to the Catlins

Yearning to go native, Avenues editor Yvonne Martin heads to the Catlins on a mini-break.

Sumner local makes scents

Hedonista Sandra Anderson believes we are what we absorb. With that in mind, she creates fragrances with botanicals, drawing on the origin of perfumes to make her luxury scents.

Shepherd's Hut makes modern home

She has a small herd of dressage horses and he has an expanding Holden collection and this modern home, which musters all the charm and character of a backcountry abode, provides space for both.

Jackman family still riding the waves

Commando-M sneakers are back

Insider: What's new in the city?

From new bars and restaurants to where to go for the best deli goods, this insider guide has the latest on Christchurch's new and existing businesses.

Waipara
Wine and dine

A weekend in Waipara.

Eat
Are hotels reliable lunch stops?

Dining in the city.

The best salad in town.
What makes a great salad?

In search of the healthy choice, we found a salad with grunt.

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