There's no shortage of opinion about how we really want Christchurch to look. What do the city's leading lights think?
Rebecca Kain, co-founder of home and giftware store Redcurrent, reflects on the art of giving and her vision for the new Christchurch.
Sweeping views of Lyttelton Harbour set the scene for a family home in Governors Bay.
Avenues discovers the best luxe fast food places.
When you are busy about town, but food cannot wait, it pays to know the best pit stops.
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.
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.
Some tracks can be daunting for newbies, so we have compiled a list of five accessible tracks.
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.
Crater, Godley, Bridle - Which one is best?
The Port Hills offer a bird's eye view across the expansive Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.
Town Tonic chef Mark Collings whips up pan-fried salmon, buttermilk-dill dressing and a spring vegetable salad.
Take a culinary journey through The Americas and Europe without leaving Christchurch city limits.
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.
This petite New Regent St bar brings together some of the best things local vendors have to offer.
Hachi Hachi, Victoria St, is reminiscent of pre-quake Japanese eatery Wagamamas, with communal tables, served-when-ready dishes and wallet-friendly prices.
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.
Hot pots might be a novel restaurant accessory, but when dining out offers a DIY option, expect stray ladles, splashing and an inevitable mess.
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.
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.
This dessert can be reinvented over and over again.
Avenues searches the city for the dishes worth waking up for.
Apply a base coat and then enhance your features with a myriad of colours.
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