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Christchurch: A dream city

City

There's no shortage of opinion about how we really want Christchurch to look. What do the city's leading lights think?

A charming life

Rebecca Kain

Rebecca Kain, co-founder of home and giftware store Redcurrent, reflects on the art of giving and her vision for the new Christchurch.

A harbourside haven

House

Sweeping views of Lyttelton Harbour set the scene for a family home in Governors Bay.

Food on the run

Avenues discovers the best luxe fast food places.

Simo's

When you are busy about town, but food cannot wait, it pays to know the best pit stops.

Back to nature

Kaikoura

While whale watching and swimming with dolphins are high on the to-do list for many visitors to Kaikoura, there's also dry land to explore.

Review: Strange & Co

Strange & Co

Strange's Lane is buzzing with people, ranging from bespectacled hipsters with sardonic facial hair to after-work drinkers in sober suits and tiny women in tinier skirts.

Five easy mountainbike tracks in Christchurch

Colonial Knob mountainbike

Some tracks can be daunting for newbies, so we have compiled a list of five accessible tracks.

Review: Chinwag Eathai

Chinwag

The pre-quake Victoria and High streets favourite is back. Grab a park where Victoria meets Salisbury St, then follow the garlic, galangal and lemongrass aromas.

Christchurch's top five walks

Crater, Godley, Bridle - Which one is best?

Lyttelton

The Port Hills offer a bird's eye view across the expansive Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.

Pan-fried salmon, buttermilk-dill dressing and spring vegetable salad

Salmon

Town Tonic chef Mark Collings whips up pan-fried salmon, buttermilk-dill dressing and a spring vegetable salad.

Culinary tiki tour

Costas Taverna

Take a culinary journey through The Americas and Europe without leaving Christchurch city limits.

Meet Orana Wildlife Park keeper Sam Jeune

Cheetah cubs

Every morning, Orana Wildlife Park's carnivore keeper is greeted with hugs and loud purring by Boo and Lion, the playful cheetah cubs.

Mackenzie mini-break

Tekapo

With Mackenzie Country on our doorstep, it's easy to spontaneously hop in the car and head south for a short break.

On home ground

Dan Rutherford

Garden guru Dan Rutherford remains upbeat about the future of our Garden City despite the demise of the Ellerslie International Flower Show. He is hopeful an alternative show will emerge.

Spring chicken

Chicken

A generous smoked chicken salad at The Carlton was the dish to beat.

Review: The Institution

The Institution

This petite New Regent St bar brings together some of the best things local vendors have to offer.

Review: Hachi Hachi

Hachi Hachi

Hachi Hachi, Victoria St, is reminiscent of pre-quake Japanese eatery Wagamamas, with communal tables, served-when-ready dishes and wallet-friendly prices.

Passport to dine

Maharaja

With an eye to dining around the world, the Avenues team scopes the best places in Christchurch to satiate a craving for international cuisine.

Recipe: Bee-sting cake

Bee-sting

Opawa Bakery and Cafe's baker, Detlev Stukenbrok, uses a versatile sweet dough to make his signature bee-sting cake. He tops it with honey and almonds, and fills with vanilla custard.

Stars of service

Coffee

Forget chefs and business owners. Meet some of Christchurch's hospitality stars - the ones going the extra mile to get our orders just right.

The grill: Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Chef Andrew Brown, of Burgers & Beers Inc and The George fame, is about to open The Dragon's Den Social Lounge in Colombo St.

The food crusade

Food Crusade

From the rubble, countless restaurants have emerged that are setting national dining trends. Could Christchurch become the nation's food capital?

The humble pie

Who's baking the best pies?

Pie

It's the pastry you smell first, then the filling. Both reeling you in. And one every now and again is fine, right? But, who's baking the best?

Call of the mountains

Mt Hutt

Methven sleeps through the warmer months, but once the first snow falls, it comes alive for winter.

King of victoria

Tony Astle

The owner of King of Snake, Mexicano's and The Dirty Land will soon reopen Chinwag Eathai.

Restaurant review: Town Tonic

Town Tonic

Dinner gets a perfect score at Addington's newest restaurant, where an open kitchen reveals the kitchen's secrets.

Bar review: Mashina Lounge

Mashina

Christchurch Casino's basement bar is vodka themed, with bacon-infused, wasabi and bubblegum flavours on the menu.

The Grill: Tony Cribb

Tin Man

Tony Cribb is back after brain tumour surgery in November last year and on a creative roll, between naps.

Back to the future

Stranges Lane

Britomart Hospitality Group has spent the last few years developing bars and restaurants in Auckland. Now, its returning to its roots, with three new ventures in the Strange's Building.

The rocket men

Rockets

With the New Zealand altitude record in sight, University of Canterbury engineering students George Buchanan and David Wright spend their days building rockets and launching them.

Street smart driving

Traffic

The Transport for Christchurch website allows people to track real-time traffic flow information and anticipate delays by drawing on Bluetooth technology in cars and mobiles.

Travel: Celebrate history and nature in North Otago

Oamaru

Oamaru, a town often passed on journeys south, is a place where steampunk, Victorian buildings and a colony of blue penguins reign.

No escaping debt with virtual kitty

Glassjar

University of Canterbury graduates have created software to manage flat finances. Glassjar software stops the "carnage" of figuring out who owes what, founder George Smith says.

Seeing red

We entered carnivore mode to discover dishes primed for meat lovers.

Steak

One Good Horse served up the ultimate ribeye steak when Avenues decided to embrace the carnivore within.

Life of tri

Andrea Hewitt

Despite the health troubles fiance, coach and fellow triathlete Laurent Vidal has encountered over the past few months, triathlete Andrea Hewitt is competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this month.

Review: La Tandoor

La Tandoor

The vegetable samosas and breads were among the best, but the curries lacked real spice.

Bar review: Nucleus

Nucleus Bar

This Stranges Lane bar is more of a street venue, with the main seating on the footpath and a small bar that leaves nothing to the imagination.

Chocolate, stout and caramel tart

Chocolate tart

Invercargill's Pitch Black sweet stout is the secret ingredient of this chocolate and caramel tart made by Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn's chef, Brad Kneale.

South Island adventures with Haka Tours

Haka Tours

Haka Tours is offering people the chance to visit and ski six South Island mountains in seven days.

Ticket to ride

West Coast

Daisy Seely catches a train bound for the West Coast in search of an adventure. The TranzAlpine train transports her over distance and back in time.

Your guide to Canterbury's skifields

Ski guide

Ski season is upon us. Pattie Pegler looks at what Canterbury has to offer, to help you choose the best slope.

Gaylene Preston's quake drama

Gaylene Preston

The filmmaker's latest production, Hope and Wire, pays tribute to the resilience of Christchurch residents following the devastating earthquakes.

Humble abodes use space wisely

Tiny Houses

These Cantabrians have turned their backs on traditional home ownership and explored weird, wonderful and cheap ways to set up home.

Soup of the day

Sasuke

On cool winter days, there's nothing better than a bowl of piping hot soup. Avenues trials some of the city's best brews.

Review: Chong's Restaurant

Chong's

Hot pots might be a novel restaurant accessory, but when dining out offers a DIY option, expect stray ladles, splashing and an inevitable mess.

Review: The Dirty Land

The Dirty Land

Visit for the drinks, but stay for the food. Hidden at the back of The Dirty Land's bar menu is the ultimate surprise – a long list of Mexicano's tacos.

Healthy beauty habits

Avenue beauty

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

The good, the bad and the ugly

Hit and miss: The May edition

King of snake

Ups and downs, highs and lows, Avenues picks hits and misses from around the city this month.

Meet the man behind the motivation

Bevan Eyles

When he isn't coaxing people out for a run, fitness instructor Bevan James Eyles plays the piano, meditates and enjoys some peace and quiet.

Eat like a Crusader

Corey Flynn's honey-glazed roast chicken

Honey-glazed chicken

Veteran hooker Corey Flynn likes to spend a Sunday night indulging in a honey-glazed roast chicken with the family. He shares his secret recipe.
almond fruit crumble
Jess Simson's almond fruit crumble

This dessert can be reinvented over and over again.

Beans
The best breakfasts in town

Avenues searches the city for the dishes worth waking up for.

Makeup
Beauty: Special extras

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

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