Summer means festivals and new cafes and bars popping up all over Christchurch.
Wilderness and world-class wines make the bountiful Marlborough region the perfect place for an escape.
Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.
Even on a grey and rainy day, this beauty of this glacial lake is hard to beat.
This home perched amid native bush in Christchurch has served three generations.
Do you prefer hitting the gym or sticking to the great outdoors for your exercise fix?
What do you do if several companies behind the house you are planning go belly up? Take on the project yourself.
This retreat is set among the scenic valley of the Hurunui River. Pack for stargazing, roaming and a soak in the outdoor tub.
At dusk, the silvery notes of the native birds steal all the attention from the sweeping views.
Lake Heron is a glittering haven, which drains northwards into the Rakaia River.
Come rain or shine, Hokitika is a cool little town where beach meets bush.
The drinks are poured at the bar, but the bar snacks come fresh from the Spice Paragon kitchen.
Heavenly views, fine food, luxury accommodation and a peninsula to roam is all part of the Annandale experience.
Avenues tracked down the second wave of food trucks popping up on our street and gave them a test drive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"This is no ordinary tramp."
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.
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.
Some days all you need is something between bread.
Not only did Bakermans have the best selection, but it had all the retro favourites, too.
While dipping sauces bring flavour to some bland dishes, Rangoon Ruby is 'a rather pricey lesson in Burmese'.
Food is 'off-the-charts good' at new eatery
Engineers, the roof-top bar and restaurant, and Merchants, the downstairs bar and dance hub, are newbies to city nightlife.
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.
Travel: Collingwood turns out to be the perfect base to explore beautiful golden bay.
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.
Two meat eaters still find plenty on the menu at this vegetarian cafe in Lyttelton.
Corey Anderson hails the return of ODIs to Christchurch
Corey Anderson is excited to return home for the Cricket World Cup opening match.
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.
What makes the perfect salad? Victoria St's La Di Da's concoction came pretty close.
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.
This redux version of an old CBD hangout might be the size of a single garage, but it is perfectly formed.
Looking for a new fragrance? We review the latest perfumes to treat yourself to this season.
When the Canterbury earthquakes tipped the Joneses from their hilltop haven, they found life is perfectly good on the flat.
Avenues celebrates some of last year's best photos.
While many people return to the office after the Christmas break, Aaron Lock stays at the beach, teaching people to surf.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
What is being done to lure residents back to live within Christchurch's four Avenues?
Wonderful Waimate, where the sheep and wallabies roam, is just the place for a short city break.
It's that time of the year when we look back on the best meals we have sampled in 2014.
REVIEW: Lush green surrounds and perfect portion sizes make Ilex Cafe a top spot for lunch.
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.
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This Halswell restaurant is set well back from a busy arterial road, in a two-storey, 1880s homestead with an impressive fit-out.
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.
Two brothers have converted a Beckenham house into a stylish pad for laidback living and entertaining.
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