An architect and designer build an urban cottage in Christchurch CBD

This Christchurch couple took the traditional worker's cottage and gave it a contemporary twist

Which healthy cafe comes out on top in Christchurch?

We searched for healthy cafes in Christchurch and found wholesome food sometimes comes at a price.

A Christchurch townhouse has been designed for all senses and a guide dog

Texture and light take high priority in the contemporary home of visually impaired Christchurch resident Lynne Smith.

Icing on the cake: Learning to make an icecream drip cake

I signed up to learn how to make an icecream drip cake. How hard could it be?

Lord of the Rings, Edoras tour: Lost in Middle Earth

A tour makes it possible to go from central Christchurch to Middle Earth – and back – in a day.

DIY footstool: Nailing the art of upholstery

With the right class, even non-crafty types can learn how to do upholstery.

Why Lyttelton Harbour is nature's playground

A volcanic hissy fit created this 15km-long, 44-square-kilometre natural wonder for humans to marvel at.

Firm new footing for Christchurch legal company Lane Neave

Unassuming building uses light and space to create a modern environment for a Christchurch law firm.

Blueberry fields for the picking

"We are always saying we are not just selling blueberries; we are selling the experience of a nice day out in the country."

Borrowed By Mary offers designer brands to budget-conscious women

A Canterbury style maven has opened her coveted closet to other young women in the region.

Three reporters try out fashion makeover services

Styling experts work their magic on three Stuff journalists. See the results.

A Christchurch hillside home which sits outside the box

This Mt Pleasant family home eschews "the box" in favour of angled wings that embrace sun, sea views and a garden courtyard.

Burlesque dancer Ruby Ruin brings The Grand Tease to Christchurch

The first thing most people notice about Ruby Ruin, on stage or off, is her tattoos.

Daffodils, the harbingers of spring and other things

Standing tall, ethereal and yellow, daffodils are a symbol of spring and hope. Meet three growers dedicated to the blooms.

TranzAlpine Scooter Safari a tribute to cancer patients

One man and his dog are joining a 250km scooter rally for cancer across the Southern Alps.

Donated flowers deliver colour and brightness to city

Janine Thomson uses flowers donated from weddings and gardens to create bouquets for hospitals and rest homes.

The wildlife haven on the outskirts of Christchurch

On the edge of the city is a safe home for endangered birds, reptiles and a gorilla troop.

Just fur fun: Old dogs learning new tricks

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.

Just fur fun: Massages for dogs gives calming fix

Having a pet in your life can open new doors and opportunities. Avenues went searching for some fun furry activities.

Just fur fun: Short back and sides for canine friends

Pipi the dog puts the grooming service at Animates Linwood to the test.

Just fur fun: Learning to paint your pet

Trying to immortalise a pet in paint isn't all that easy.

Hapuku Lodge: On a limb

What better fun than to stay in a real-life treehouse?

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'.
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