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Recharge by the river

This retreat is set among the scenic valley of the Hurunui River. Pack for stargazing, roaming and a soak in the outdoor tub.

One for the birds

At dusk, the silvery notes of the native birds steal all the attention from the sweeping views.

High-country hideaway

Lake Heron is a glittering haven, which drains northwards into the Rakaia River.

Under the canopy

Come rain or shine, Hokitika is a cool little town where beach meets bush.

Review: Khao San Road

The drinks are poured at the bar, but the bar snacks come fresh from the Spice Paragon kitchen.

Eat

Bland and rather pricey

Rangoon Ruby While dipping sauces bring flavour to some bland dishes, Rangoon Ruby is 'a rather pricey lesson in Burmese'.

Cafe of the month: The Shroom Room

Two meat eaters still find plenty on the menu at this vegetarian cafe in Lyttelton.

Review: Corianders

Christchurch's favourite icecream

Best sandwiches in town

Not only did Bakermans have the best selection, but it had all the retro favourites, too.

Review: Vesuvio Courtyard Bar

Vesuvio This redux version of an old CBD hangout might be the size of a single garage, but it is perfectly formed.

Review: Sugarhorse Bar and Eatery

Courtyard drinking and dining might be accompanied by views of the latest furniture deals, but its the platter you'll remember at this horsey-themed Moorhouse Ave bar.

Bar review: Dragons Den Social Lounge

Review: Strange & Co

Engineers and Merchants

Engineers, the roof-top bar and restaurant, and Merchants, the downstairs bar and dance hub, are newbies to city nightlife.

Recipe: The ultimate steak dish

Wagyu steak Take the best-quality steak you can find and pair it with a French-inspired potato gratin, asparagus and red wine sauce.

Recipe: Rosemary panna cotta

With the berry season upon us, pair this traditional Italian dessert with a mixed berry compote.

A statement spring dish

Barbecue lamb loin, yoghurt, tabbouleh and chimichurri

Recipe: Braised 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.

Healthy beauty habits

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

Beauty: Special extras

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

Gift ideas

Handy to have

Summer's best scents

Looking for a new fragrance? We review the latest perfumes to treat yourself to this season.

House of the week: Cashmere

This 1910 Cashmere home has been transformed after suffering major structural damage in the earthquakes.

House of the month

When the Canterbury earthquakes tipped the Joneses from their hilltop haven, they found life is perfectly good on the flat.

House: The place to be

Down by the bay

House of the week: Christchurch

Among the sand dunes of Southshore sits a 1950s beach house with sprawling gardens.

Luxury tramping in Southland

Hump Ridge Track The 52-kilometre Hump Ridge Track is no ordinary venture into the wild. The experience includes packed lunches, three-course meals and king-size beds.

Final stop on the Winery Tour

Waipara Hills will host the last Winery Tour concert of the summer this Saturday. Former Cantabrian Anika Moa is excited to line up with Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan.

Good as gold

The finest vintage

Art classes with a twist

Picasso and pinot noir go hand in hand at Christchurch's only Paint 'n' Sip studio, started last August by fun-loving American Amanda Anthony.

Fly My Pretties celebrate restoration

LA Kiwi collaboration Fly My Pretties will play a three-hour show to celebrate the restoration of the Isaac Theatre Royal. Local singer-songwriter Lauren Anne (LA) Barus will join them on stage tonight.

Backyard cricket

Corey Anderson is excited to return home for the Cricket World Cup opening match.

Competitor's coastal shift

Christchurch crowds are the toughest

Proteas on the peninsula

While most 28-year-olds are pursuing their own passions, Jessica Cooke is busy running the flower business her parents started on Banks Peninsula more than 30 years ago.

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