I signed up to learn how to make an icecream drip cake. How hard could it be?
A tour makes it possible to go from central Christchurch to Middle Earth – and back – in a day.
With the right class, even non-crafty types can learn how to do upholstery.
A volcanic hissy fit created this 15km-long, 44-square-kilometre natural wonder for humans to marvel at.
"We are always saying we are not just selling blueberries; we are selling the experience of a nice day out in the country."
Unassuming building uses light and space to create a modern environment for a Christchurch law firm.
A Canterbury style maven has opened her coveted closet to other young women in the region.
Styling experts work their magic on three Stuff journalists. See the results.
This Mt Pleasant family home eschews "the box" in favour of angled wings that embrace sun, sea views and a garden courtyard.
The first thing most people notice about Ruby Ruin, on stage or off, is her tattoos.
Standing tall, ethereal and yellow, daffodils are a symbol of spring and hope. Meet three growers dedicated to the blooms.
One man and his dog are joining a 250km scooter rally for cancer across the Southern Alps.
Janine Thomson uses flowers donated from weddings and gardens to create bouquets for hospitals and rest homes.
On the edge of the city is a safe home for endangered birds, reptiles and a gorilla troop.
By the end of the four-week course, your dog will be able to turn off the lights for you in the evening, we're told.
Having a pet in your life can open new doors and opportunities. Avenues went searching for some fun furry activities.
Pipi the dog puts the grooming service at Animates Linwood to the test.
Trying to immortalise a pet in paint isn't all that easy.
What better fun than to stay in a real-life treehouse?
Simple concrete block walls and timber screens mean the Brooklands Lagoon Public Toilet weathers gracefully.
Lincoln's $3.2 million library shows beauty is in its function and flexibility.
It's the crescent roof peaks of the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club that first catch the eye.
Not many classrooms have a rooftop deck, with a slide to the fun below.
Captured inside the exterior's demure white walls is a retro home roaring with colour and personality.
From mid-Century furniture to treasure boxes full of delicate dresses and pearls, the Christchurch vintage traders scene is alive and well.
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.
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