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.
With Mackenzie Country on our doorstep, it's easy to spontaneously hop in the car and head south for a short break.
Methven sleeps through the warmer months, but once the first snow falls, it comes alive for winter.
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.
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.
Tired of the big smoke? Just an hour from Christchurch, Mt Somers is the perfect starting point for a Mid-Canterbury adventure.
Yearning to go native, Avenues editor Yvonne Martin heads to the Catlins on a mini-break.
The popular seaside suburb has picked itself up, dusted off the earthquake debris and is welcoming visitors again.
A weekend in Waipara.
Joanna Davis finds the best thing to do at Tory Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds is to follow instructions: relax, unwind, indulge.
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.
The port town of promise
Kate Preece heads through the tunnel and finds more than enough to encourage a return trip.
Forget your worries in a hot pool
Geoff Collett finds the best place to relax is a mere two hours from the city,
A day-trip of food, shopping and wave watching
Pattie Pegler heads to Amberley for shopping, lunch and some wave-watching.
Christchurch Arts Festival event
Soul diva Bella Kalolo is returning home as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.
What's there now and what's on the way.
Addington has become one of the city's most vibrant and exciting neighbourhoods.
Eat. Drink. Shop. Enjoy.
Ilam is a difficult suburb to define, but there's no doubt it's much more than a student zone.
The musician's favourite places and memories
In Christchurch for an upcoming show, Dave Dobbyn shares his views of our city.
Yvonne Martin develops a taste for Oxford.
An industrial suburb staging a comeback
Working-class history meets international style in a suburb staging a comeback.