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Around the Bays

Banks pen

Banks Peninsula is the ultimate summer playground, with its secluded bays, rolling farmland and starry skies. Explore for a day or, better still, check out these interesting places to stay.

Waimate. Why not?

Waimate

Wonderful Waimate, where the sheep and wallabies roam, is just the place for a short city break.

Five top picnic spots

Check out these top spots for an outdoor feast

Get the basket packed and enjoy some fun in the sun at these perfect picnic spots.

Sensing the past

Waikonini

You know you are leaving the city far behind by the driving instructions from the host: "Past a timber mill, up a shingle road, through a ford, past a hay shed on the left and over a bridge".

Back to nature

Kaikoura

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.

Christchurch's top five walks

Crater, Godley, Bridle - Which one is best?

Lyttelton

The Port Hills offer a bird's eye view across the expansive Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.

Mackenzie mini-break

Tekapo

With Mackenzie Country on our doorstep, it's easy to spontaneously hop in the car and head south for a short break.

Call of the mountains

Mt Hutt

Methven sleeps through the warmer months, but once the first snow falls, it comes alive for winter.

Wine time in Marlborough

Wine trail

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.

A day trip to Cheviot

Cheviot

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.

Canterbury's rural playground

Mt Somers

Tired of the big smoke? Just an hour from Christchurch, Mt Somers is the perfect starting point for a Mid-Canterbury adventure.

Where the wild things are: A visit to the Catlins

Yearning to go native, Avenues editor Yvonne Martin heads to the Catlins on a mini-break.

Your guide to Sumner

Sumner

The popular seaside suburb has picked itself up, dusted off the earthquake debris and is welcoming visitors again.

The grill

A Q&A with boy band Moorhouse's Brock Ashby.

Brock

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.

Up Waipara way

Waipara

A weekend in Waipara.

Tory Lodge escape

Sounds

Joanna Davis finds the best thing to do at Tory Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds is to follow instructions: relax, unwind, indulge.

Lyttelton springs into life

The port town of promise

Henry Trading

Kate Preece heads through the tunnel and finds more than enough to encourage a return trip.

Soul sister back in town

Christchurch Arts Festival event

Bella Kalolo

Soul diva Bella Kalolo is returning home as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

A soak at Maruia

Forget your worries in a hot pool

Maruia Springs

Geoff Collett finds the best place to relax is a mere two hours from the city,

Ambling in Amberley

A day-trip of food, shopping and wave watching

Amberley

Pattie Pegler heads to Amberley for shopping, lunch and some wave-watching.

All about Addington

What's there now and what's on the way.

New York Deli

Addington has become one of the city's most vibrant and exciting neighbourhoods.

An insider's guide to Ilam

Eat. Drink. Shop. Enjoy.

Misceo

Ilam is a difficult suburb to define, but there's no doubt it's much more than a student zone.

How Dave Dobbyn sees Christchurch

The musician's favourite places and memories

Dave Dobbyn

In Christchurch for an upcoming show, Dave Dobbyn shares his views of our city.

A day in Oxford

Oxford

Yvonne Martin develops a taste for Oxford.

The changing face of Woolston

An industrial suburb staging a comeback

Woolston

Working-class history meets international style in a suburb staging a comeback.

Richard Till's take on Christchurch

Q&A with a local foodie

Richard Till

Waltham resident and celebrity chef Richard Till is keeping up with the city's changes.

Exploring Sydenham

Your guide to Sydenham

The Colombo

From the rubble rises a new, exciting Sydenham.

Guide to Edgeware

Eat. Drink. Shop.

Paperback Centre

Tucked between Madras St and Hills Rd, a small, rectangular suburb is a land of plenty.

Understand Ferrymead like a local

Eat. Drink. Shop.

Ferrymead

There are plenty of reasons to stop in Ferrymead, be it for dinner, a dip in the water or a trip back in time.

Your Guide to Riccarton

Eat. Drink. Shop.

Crafted Coffee

Kate Preece lifts the lid on Riccarton - a precinct that offers so much more than a mall.

Summer in the city

Buskers

There's a full line-up of entertainment to make the season even sweeter. Here are five of the best.

Eating out on the cheap

Cheap eats

Our team pounded the streets to find eateries providing more for less.

Barnaby Weir's spoken word

The Black Seeds

Kate Preece catches up with songwriter and vocalist Barnaby Weir.

Coffee classes

coffee

A self-confessed coffee fiend, Joanna Davis embraces her inner barista.

Testing a brew or two

beer

Not one to turn down a brew, Sara Bunny enjoys a night of beer tasting at Pomeroy's.

Step by step

Salsa

Keen dancer Karin O'Donnell tries out some new moves at a salsa class.

Which element are you?

Feng shui

Joanna Davis asks an image consultant for wardrobe advice.

Cook like a master chef

Otahuna

Kim Newth joins a cooking class for some tips on taking the stress out of hosting a dinner party.

Kick it like Carter

Dan Carter

Kate Preece spends an afternoon touring Dan Carter's home turf in Southbridge.

A murder mystery

Despite having plenty of clues, super-sleuth Kim Newth finds solving a mystery is harder than it looks at Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.

Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia at the Chch Arts Festival

Christchurch musician James Milne, aka Lawrence Arabia, serves up his own sound.

A walk on the wild side

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Capuchins

Sara Bunny talks to the animals.

Intrepid dating

Dating

Ashleigh Rolston tries a matchmaking service with a twist.

All at sea

sailing

With a gentle breeze blowing in Lyttelton Harbour and a 109-year-old yacht waiting dockside, Yvonne Martin decides it is time to set sail.

Do-re-mi

do

KIM NEWTH

It’s one thing to strum your guitar at home, but quite another to play it on stage and sing in front of an audience at an open mic night.

Two to tango

Tango

KIM NEWTH

We're a city of lovers, tango lovers that is.

Brooke is back

Brooke

ROSA SHIELS

Brooke Fraser is singing her way around New Zealand vineyards this summer.

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At a stretch

JOANNA DAVIS

Taxis are so last year. Hail a Hummer.

A couple of classics

LAUGHS AHEAD: David McPhail is teaming up with Dame Kate Harcourt to perform in the comic drama Auntie & Me.

ROSA SHIELS

David McPhail has teamed up with fellow stage veteran Dame Kate Harcourt.
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