'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.

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.

Banks Peninsula's luxury hideaway

Heavenly views, fine food, luxury accommodation and a peninsula to roam is all part of the Annandale experience.

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.

Final stop on the Winery Tour

Anika Moa

Waipara Hills will host the last Winery Tour concert of the summer this Saturday. Former Cantabrian Anika Moa is excited to line up with Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan.

Good as gold

Golden Bay

Travel: Collingwood turns out to be the perfect base to explore beautiful golden bay.

The finest vintage


Jo Nixon-Sparkes and husband Paul are into all things retro, this extends to their 1954 Auckland Caravan Club caravan, Kitty, and family trips up the coast.

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?


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


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


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?


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

Mackenzie mini-break


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


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.

Your guide to Sumner


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

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.

The grill

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.

Up Waipara way


A weekend in Waipara.

Tory Lodge escape


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.

Ambling in Amberley

A day-trip of food, shopping and wave watching


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

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,

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.

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.


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


Yvonne Martin develops a taste for Oxford.

The changing face of Woolston

An industrial suburb staging a comeback


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.


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


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


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

Testing a brew or two


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

Step by step


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.

Kick it like Carter

Dan Carter

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