Grand designs of Christchurch: Brooklands Lagoon Public Toilet

Simple concrete block walls and timber screens mean the Brooklands Lagoon Public Toilet weathers gracefully.

Grand designs of Christchurch: Lincoln Library

Lincoln's $3.2 million library shows beauty is in its function and flexibility.

Grand designs of Christchurch: Sumner Surf Life Saving Club

It's the crescent roof peaks of the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club that first catch the eye.

Grand designs of Christchurch: Cathedral Grammar Junior School

Not many classrooms have a rooftop deck, with a slide to the fun below.

House of the week: A visual symphony in Christchurch

Captured inside the exterior's demure white walls is a retro home roaring with colour and personality.

On the retro trail: visit Christchurch's vintage shops

From mid-Century furniture to treasure boxes full of delicate dresses and pearls, the Christchurch vintage traders scene is alive and well.

Christchurch insider: Eats and drinks, markets, festivals and R18 shakes

Summer means festivals and new cafes and bars popping up all over Christchurch.

'The best-kept secret in New Zealand is winter in the Sounds'

Wilderness and world-class wines make the bountiful Marlborough region the perfect place for an escape.

Grasmere Lodge: A high country retreat

Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.

The jewel in Mackenzie Country's crown

Even on a grey and rainy day, this beauty of this glacial lake is hard to beat.

House of the week: Mt Pleasant, Christchurch

This home perched amid native bush in Christchurch has served three generations.

The exercise divide: Are you an innie or an outie?

Do you prefer hitting the gym or sticking to the great outdoors for your exercise fix?

Bad luck meant they took on their house build themselves

What do you do if several companies behind the house you are planning go belly up? Take on the project yourself.

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 - Annandale

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


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.


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, 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


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


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


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


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 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


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


"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?


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.
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