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Recharge by the Hurunui River with scenic retreat

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.

Lake Heron Station: Canterbury's spectacular back country

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.

Banks Peninsula's luxury hideaway

Heavenly views, fine food, luxury accommodation and a peninsula to roam is all part of the Annandale experience.

Best food truck tucker

Avenues tracked down the second wave of food trucks popping up on our street and gave them a test drive.

Review: Boo Radley's Food and Liquor

With a long list of cocktails, live music, a pool table and an American south-themed menu, Boo Radley's Food and Liquor has a please-all vibe.

Review: Mexico

The North Island restaurant chain finally comes to Christchurch, and while the food is not strictly authentic, it's just the spot for a party atmosphere.

Did this taco truck set the trend?

Before Mexican food trucks were found on most Christchurch corners, two guys called Tom quit their full-time jobs, bought a truck on Trade Me and learned to whip up some Mexican favourites.

Art classes with a twist

Paint and Sip

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.

Conquering the Hump Ridge Track

"This is no ordinary tramp."

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.

Proteas on the peninsula

Proteas

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.

Best sandwiches in town

Some days all you need is something between bread.

Bakermans

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

Rangoon Ruby: Bland and rather pricey

Rangoon Ruby

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

Review: Engineers and Merchants

Food is 'off-the-charts good' at new eatery

Engineers

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

Final stop on the Winery Tour

Anika Moa

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

Golden Bay

Travel: Collingwood turns out to be the perfect base to explore beautiful golden bay.

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.

Cafe of the month: The Shroom Room

Shroom room

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

Home advantage for World Cup opener

Corey Anderson hails the return of ODIs to Christchurch

Corey Anderson

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

Rising to new Coast to Coast challenge

New race director rises to the challenge

Five-time Coast to Coast winner Richard Ussher is looking to put his stamp on event this weekend.

Pass the salad

La di da

What makes the perfect salad? Victoria St's La Di Da's concoction came pretty close.

Review: Corianders

Corianders

Even before mounting the steps and entering the double doors, the beautiful mural on the side of the building, filigree balcony and lights on the verandah welcome us with open Indian arms, in modern, Bollywood-style.

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.

Summer's best scents

Perfume

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

On the level

Sumner house

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

The best magazine moments of 2014

Avenues

Avenues celebrates some of last year's best photos.

Summer surfing

Learn to Surf

While many people return to the office after the Christmas break, Aaron Lock stays at the beach, teaching people to surf.

The finest vintage

Caravan

Jo Nixon-Sparkes and husband Paul are into all things retro, this extends to their 1954 Auckland Caravan Club caravan, Kitty, and family trips up the coast.

Meet the Vanilla Ice man

Vanilla Ice

"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.

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 pen

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

Caravan

"A fun family project" is how Mark and Nicola Wilson describe doing up their 14-foot 1972 Oxford caravan. The end result is enough to tempt anyone on a camping holiday.

At home in the city

Inner-city living

What is being done to lure residents back to live within Christchurch's four Avenues?

Waimate. Why not?

Waimate

Wonderful Waimate, where the sheep and wallabies roam, is just the place for a short city break.

The best of 2014: Food in Christchurch

It's that time of the year when we look back on the best meals we have sampled in 2014.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the gardens

REVIEW: Lush green surrounds and perfect portion sizes make Ilex Cafe a top spot for lunch.

Five top picnic spots

Check out these top spots for an outdoor feast

Get the basket packed and enjoy some fun in the sun at these perfect picnic spots.

Follow Kiwibank home

Kiwibank

SPONSORED CONTENT: With the new home loan rules making the road to a first home a long and rocky one for many of these potential home owners, Kiwibank can, in some circumstances, help to get you into your first home with just a 10 per cent deposit.

Review: White House Black

White House Black

This Halswell restaurant is set well back from a busy arterial road, in a two-storey, 1880s homestead with an impressive fit-out.

Review: Sugarhorse Bar and Eatery

Sugarhorse

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.

The place to be

Avenues House

Two brothers have converted a Beckenham house into a stylish pad for laidback living and entertaining.

Wagyu sirloin steak with potato gratin, asparagus and red wine sauce

Wagyu steak

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

The professional partier

Theme Productions

What's it like to be a professional party planner? Chris Stead knows. His job is to throw ultimate parties that people never forget.

The best brunches

Mrs Hucks

To start the day the right way, Avenues searched the city for some brunch favourites.

City girl turns rural

A&P Show

Dedicated show attendee Sally Goldsmith has some top tips for getting the most out of the event.

Sensing the past

Waikonini

You know you are leaving the city far behind by the driving instructions from the host: "Past a timber mill, up a shingle road, through a ford, past a hay shed on the left and over a bridge".

Bar review: Dragons Den Social Lounge

Dragons Den

The waitress's good instincts make up for a menu shortage at this contemporary Colombo St bar.

Restaurant review: Spice Paragon

Spice Paragon

Spice Paragon has branched out from its popular Bush Inn base to extend owners Bundit and Bo's upmarket Asian cuisine empire to the city centre.
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