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.
Wonderful Waimate, where the sheep and wallabies roam, is just the place for a short city break.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The port town of promise
Kate Preece heads through the tunnel and finds more than enough to encourage a return trip.
Christchurch Arts Festival event
Soul diva Bella Kalolo is returning home as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.
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.
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.
Q&A with a local foodie
Waltham resident and celebrity chef Richard Till is keeping up with the city's changes.
Your guide to Sydenham
From the rubble rises a new, exciting Sydenham.
Eat. Drink. Shop.
Tucked between Madras St and Hills Rd, a small, rectangular suburb is a land of plenty.
Eat. Drink. Shop.
There are plenty of reasons to stop in Ferrymead, be it for dinner, a dip in the water or a trip back in time.
Eat. Drink. Shop.
Kate Preece lifts the lid on Riccarton - a precinct that offers so much more than a mall.
There's a full line-up of entertainment to make the season even sweeter. Here are five of the best.
Our team pounded the streets to find eateries providing more for less.
Kate Preece catches up with songwriter and vocalist Barnaby Weir.
A self-confessed coffee fiend, Joanna Davis embraces her inner barista.
Not one to turn down a brew, Sara Bunny enjoys a night of beer tasting at Pomeroy's.
Keen dancer Karin O'Donnell tries out some new moves at a salsa class.
Kim Newth joins a cooking class for some tips on taking the stress out of hosting a dinner party.
Kate Preece spends an afternoon touring Dan Carter's home turf in Southbridge.
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 at the Chch Arts Festival
Christchurch musician James Milne, aka Lawrence Arabia, serves up his own sound.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Sara Bunny talks to the animals.
Ashleigh Rolston tries a matchmaking service with a twist.
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.
KIM NEWTHIt’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.
KIM NEWTHWe're a city of lovers, tango lovers that is.
ROSA SHIELSBrooke Fraser is singing her way around New Zealand vineyards this summer.
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ROSA SHIELSDavid McPhail has teamed up with fellow stage veteran Dame Kate Harcourt.