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.

Heritage update: Saving our city's soul

"We've got to keep some history of the city."

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

'A homage to the Mini'

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

'I have an English pub in my shed'

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.

Beauty: Special extras


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

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.

Insider: What's new in the city?

Deli Garcia

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.

Review: Bloody Mary's

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.

Review: Sakimoto


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

Cafe of the month: Lemon Tree Cafe

Lemon Tree

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.

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

Gluten-free special

Just Desserts

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.

Sumner local makes scents


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


Jay and Hana Jackman have revived the glory of the '60s with their boutique Sadhana Surfboards at The Tannery.

Christchurch home for Chinese liquor


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.

Commando-M sneakers are back


The iconic '80s sandshoe brand is being revived with new styles and has teamed up with some Kiwi designers in a bid to make Commando-M footwear cool again.

Review: The Last Word

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.

Review: Madam Kwong's Restaurant

A grand feast

Madam Kwong's

This Riccarton restaurant brings new meaning to going out for Chinese. Its large banquet room definitely has the wow factor and its menu has more than 200 options.

Will street art have a lasting effect on our city's psyche?

"People who don't like street art are missing out on the opportunity to engage with our city in a new way." - Wongi Wilson

Street art

Artists are keen to keep the street art ball rolling long after the Rise festival ends. See what they have to say about the artworks and follow our map to catch a glimpse of every wall.

Insider: What's new in the city?

Who, what, where, when


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

Jack on the box

Our man in New York

Jack Tame

A decade ago, Jack Tame left Cashmere High School bound for a career in broadcasting. Now based in New York, he travels to United States hot spots, with camera in hand.

What's the best Thai restaurant in Christchurch?


Expecting sweet, sour and spicy dishes, we explored the city for the tastes of Thailand.

Hit and miss: The March edition


Ups and downs, highs and lows, what are the hits and misses in the city this month?

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.

Nancy Tichborne's new start


After two decades living on a property that fired her creative spirit, watercolour artist Nancy Tichborne is leaving French Farm Valley on Banks Peninsula.

Mexicano's review: A true amigo


Jax Hamilton decides Tony Astle's latest venture is worthy of becoming her new local.

The best f 'n' c


We all have our local fish and chip shop, but are some worth crossing town for? We cast our net wide to see which chip shop would reel us in.

Vespa Bar is back


An old Poplar Lanes favourite has reopened in High St and gets top marks for ambience.

City watch: Part two


The rebuild is well underway, buildings are occupying empty sites and tenants are moving back into town. Daisy Seely meets the new kids on the block.

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.

Insider: A guide to what's new in the city

Who, what, where, when


From new pop-up tearooms to recent changes to She Chocolat's offerings, this insider guide has the latest on Christchurch's new and existing businesses.

Three cheeses and spring green stuffed mushrooms


Parmesan, halloumi and ricotta make this a must-try for cheese lovers.

Strawberry meringue cake


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

Warm lamb salad

lamb salad

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

Your guide to Sumner


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

Symphony of scents


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

Trifle, Trifle, Trifle


The sweet joys of layered trifle topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.

Crayfish salad


A light but filling fix of crayfish, capsicum and spinach.

Pea salad

Pea salad

Goat's cheese, toasted hazelnuts and a mint and shallot vinaigrette really spice up this pea salad.

The grill

A Q&A with boy band Moorhouse's Brock Ashby.


Life has been jammed on fast forward since Brock Ashby, 19, of boy band Moorhouse appeared on X Factor NZ this year. He is recording a debut album, modelling and singing in Christchurch's Christmas in the Park.

Nobanno review


Jax Hamilton can't remember a time when she lived in London that wasn't an occasion for a curry and a pint.

Roast muscovado brined turkey


For chef Jacob Stanley, a summer Christmas in New Zealand means delicious seafood, with all the trimmings. 

Review: The Carlton Bar and Eatery

Bar Review

City favourite is back on the block and is full of all sorts.

City watch: Part One

city watch

As new buildings begin to shape our city's skyline, Daisy Seely takes a look at the newcomers, starting in Victoria St, in the first of a two-part series.

Mid-morning feast


Stack these pancakes high.

Brunch o'clock


An Italian favourite is given a brunch twist.

Savoury scrambled eggs


With a few extra ingredients, scrambled eggs can be taken to new heights.

Up Waipara way


A weekend in Waipara.

Gustav's Kitchen and Wine Bar


Margaret Agnew is impressed by the English-Kiwi granny style dishes served up at Gustav's.
Wine and dine

A weekend in Waipara.

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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