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.
'I have an English pub in my shed'
Shaun Maloney has built an old English pub complete with a 'snug' for the ladies, in his backyard in North Canterbury.
Tired of the big smoke? Just an hour from Christchurch, Mt Somers is the perfect starting point for a Mid-Canterbury adventure.
Apply a base coat and then enhance your features with a myriad of colours.
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.
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.
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.
This petite Japanese tapas-style restaurant is bringing life to the Cathedral Junction precinct.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jay and Hana Jackman have revived the glory of the '60s with their boutique Sadhana Surfboards at The Tannery.
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.
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.
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.
A grand feast
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.
"People who don't like street art are missing out on the opportunity to engage with our city in a new way." - Wongi Wilson
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.
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.
Our man in New York
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.
Expecting sweet, sour and spicy dishes, we explored the city for the tastes of Thailand.
Ups and downs, highs and lows, what are the hits and misses in the city this month?
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.
After two decades living on a property that fired her creative spirit, watercolour artist Nancy Tichborne is leaving French Farm Valley on Banks Peninsula.
Jax Hamilton decides Tony Astle's latest venture is worthy of becoming her new local.
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.
An old Poplar Lanes favourite has reopened in High St and gets top marks for ambience.
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.
Yearning to go native, Avenues editor Yvonne Martin heads to the Catlins on a mini-break.
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.
Parmesan, halloumi and ricotta make this a must-try for cheese lovers.
If you've got strawberries to spare, this cake is a must.
Fresh, light and with just the right amount of spice.
The popular seaside suburb has picked itself up, dusted off the earthquake debris and is welcoming visitors again.
Fine-tune your senses this season to find a fragrance that strikes the perfect chord.
The sweet joys of layered trifle topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.
A light but filling fix of crayfish, capsicum and spinach.
Goat's cheese, toasted hazelnuts and a mint and shallot vinaigrette really spice up this pea salad.
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.
Jax Hamilton can't remember a time when she lived in London that wasn't an occasion for a curry and a pint.
For chef Jacob Stanley, a summer Christmas in New Zealand means delicious seafood, with all the trimmings.
City favourite is back on the block and is full of all sorts.
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.
Stack these pancakes high.
An Italian favourite is given a brunch twist.
With a few extra ingredients, scrambled eggs can be taken to new heights.
A weekend in Waipara.
Margaret Agnew is impressed by the English-Kiwi granny style dishes served up at Gustav's.