The Port Hills offer a bird's eye view across the expansive Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. Most tracks are now open and ready to explore.
Every morning, Orana Wildlife Park's carnivore keeper is greeted with hugs and loud purring by Boo and Lion, the playful cheetah cubs.
With Mackenzie Country on our doorstep, it's easy to spontaneously hop in the car and head south for a short break.
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.
A generous smoked chicken salad at The Carlton was the dish to beat.
Hachi Hachi, Victoria St, is reminiscent of pre-quake Japanese eatery Wagamamas, with communal tables, served-when-ready dishes and wallet-friendly prices.
This petite New Regent St bar brings together some of the best things local vendors have to offer.
With an eye to dining around the world, the Avenues team scopes the best places in Christchurch to satiate a craving for international cuisine.
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.
Forget chefs and business owners. Meet some of Christchurch's hospitality stars - the ones going the extra mile to get our orders just right.
Chef Andrew Brown, of Burgers & Beers Inc and The George fame, is about to open The Dragon's Den Social Lounge in Colombo St.
From the rubble, countless restaurants have emerged that are setting national dining trends. Could Christchurch become the nation's food capital?
Who's baking the best pies?
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?
Methven sleeps through the warmer months, but once the first snow falls, it comes alive for winter.
The owner of King of Snake, Mexicano's and The Dirty Land will soon reopen Chinwag Eathai.
Dinner gets a perfect score at Addington's newest restaurant, where an open kitchen reveals the kitchen's secrets.
Christchurch Casino's basement bar is vodka themed, with bacon-infused, wasabi and bubblegum flavours on the menu.
Tony Cribb is back after brain tumour surgery in November last year and on a creative roll, between naps.
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.
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.
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.
Oamaru, a town often passed on journeys south, is a place where steampunk, Victorian buildings and a colony of blue penguins reign.
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.
We entered carnivore mode to discover dishes primed for meat lovers.
One Good Horse served up the ultimate ribeye steak when Avenues decided to embrace the carnivore within.
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.
The vegetable samosas and breads were among the best, but the curries lacked real spice.
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.
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.
Haka Tours is offering people the chance to visit and ski six South Island mountains in seven days.
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.
Ski season is upon us. Pattie Pegler looks at what Canterbury has to offer, to help you choose the best slope.
The filmmaker's latest production, Hope and Wire, pays tribute to the resilience of Christchurch residents following the devastating earthquakes.
These Cantabrians have turned their backs on traditional home ownership and explored weird, wonderful and cheap ways to set up home.
On cool winter days, there's nothing better than a bowl of piping hot soup. Avenues trials some of the city's best brews.
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.
Hot pots might be a novel restaurant accessory, but when dining out offers a DIY option, expect stray ladles, splashing and an inevitable mess.
Keeping skin in top condition is a fulltime job. Are these natural beauty products up to the challenge?
Hit and miss: The May edition
Ups and downs, highs and lows, Avenues picks hits and misses from around the city this month.
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.
Corey Flynn's honey-glazed roast 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.
Sick of the rain, Margaret Agnew turns to the wineries for shelter. She joins the trail of international tourists sniffing out a good sauvignon blanc.
Some companies organise fitness classes, others encourage playtime and some even allow sleeping on the job. Are Kiwi corporate outfits slowly coming to the party?
There's nothing like pummeling a punch bag to relieve stress. With a nemesis in mind, exercise binger Charles Anderson picks up boxing gloves for his latest fitness splurge.
Beck Eleven joins a group of strangers for a night of dancing under the stars, without the lycra.
Every day is St Patrick's Day at the new Irish pub in Victoria St.
Offering protein smoothies and paleo-approved foods, Pure Cafe Co strikes us as a health-conscious cafe we'd expect to find in a trendy New York City neighbourhood. Imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon it in Birmingham Dr.
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.
"We've got to keep some history of the city."
Christchurch might have lost nearly half of its heritage buildings, but it is what we do with the rest of them that matters most.
'A homage to the Mini'
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.
This dessert can be reinvented over and over again.
Apply a base coat and then enhance your features with a myriad of colours.
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