Humble farmer's market is a foodie's paradise

This market has the freshest vegetables you can buy.

A Christchurch cafe is using the power of coffee to solve global problems

A mechanic's workshop in Christchurch has been converted into a popular cafe with a strong social conscience.

A long road to recovery from life in the gangs

Two gang members with separate lives talk about their similar roads to recovery.

Changing face of retirement villages is all about catering to new demographic

Cafes, creches, electric cars - the new model for retirement villages has baby boomers firmly in its sights.

Star-gazing through a glass ceiling in the Mackenzie Country

A deluxe glasshouse west of Twizel in the Mackenzie Country promises to be one of the best places on earth for star-gazing.

Painting the town green with eco initiatives in central Christchurch

Eco projects are popping up all over new Christchurch as people strive for clean and green.

Expert insight: how to decorate with white

Here's how to get a crisp, clean look that's serene and stylish.

Car enthusiasts get behind skidpad for Dannevirke's young racers

The council shut it down, but Dannevirke's racers want their skidpad back up and running.

Watching the grass grow in see-through luxury at Waipara's Greystone PurePod

Leave the trappings of civilisation behind, relax and drink wine – that's the mantra at Canterbury's latest glass pod in the Waipara Valley.

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

Fleeing to the foothills to forget the city

It's okay to chat sideways when you have these views.

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.

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.

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.

The spicy liqueur that's made from green, juicy, unripe walnuts

This family can toast their walnut farm's success with their own walnut liqueur.

Life on a Canterbury alpaca farm mixes business with pleasure

Out in rural Selwyn, an enterprising couple have swapped the hum of the city for the hum of alpacas.

Yeverley McCarthy's idyllic Hawea Flat garden is her 'heart and soul'

Yeverley McCarthy is opening up her idyllic Hawea Flat garden for a community fundraiser.

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.

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.

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.

Fly My Pretties celebrate restoration


Kiwi collaboration Fly My Pretties will play a three-hour show to celebrate the restoration of the Isaac Theatre Royal. Local singer-songwriter Lauren Anne (LA) Barus will join them on stage tonight.

Home advantage for World Cup opener

Corey Anderson hails the return of ODIs to Christchurch

Corey Anderson

Corey Anderson is excited to return home for the Cricket World Cup opening match.

Rising to new Coast to Coast challenge

New race director rises to the challenge

Five-time Coast to Coast winner Richard Ussher is looking to put his stamp on event this weekend.

Pass the salad

La di da

What makes the perfect salad? Victoria St's La Di Da's concoction came pretty close.

Women's looks still judged after death

Author Colleen McCullough's obituary shows that even today a woman will be judged by appearance first.

Man in the nylon mask

El Jaguar

World Buskers Festival veteran Derek Flores, aka El Jaguar, says Christchurch audiences make him work hardest for laughs. This year, he'll host the festival's nightly comedy club and be set on testing our limits.

The best magazine moments of 2014


Avenues celebrates some of last year's best photos.

Summer surfing

Learn to Surf

While many people return to the office after the Christmas break, Aaron Lock stays at the beach, teaching people to surf.

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.

Meet the Vanilla Ice man

Vanilla Ice

"We're so happy you're back" is the comment George Taylor and his wife, Raewyn, hear most often since their Vanilla Ice cart returned to Victoria Square.

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.

One for the road


"A fun family project" is how Mark and Nicola Wilson describe doing up their 14-foot 1972 Oxford caravan. The end result is enough to tempt anyone on a camping holiday.

At home in the city

Inner-city living

What is being done to lure residents back to live within Christchurch's four Avenues?

Follow Kiwibank home


SPONSORED CONTENT: With the new home loan rules making the road to a first home a long and rocky one for many of these potential home owners, Kiwibank can, in some circumstances, help to get you into your first home with just a 10 per cent deposit.

Preference shareholders want action

Sharebroker hopes to know soon if watchdog will act for more than 3000 South Canterbury Finance shareholders.

The professional partier

Theme Productions

What's it like to be a professional party planner? Chris Stead knows. His job is to throw ultimate parties that people never forget.

City girl turns rural

A&P Show

Dedicated show attendee Sally Goldsmith has some top tips for getting the most out of the event.

Christchurch: A dream city


There's no shortage of opinion about how we really want Christchurch to look. What do the city's leading lights think?

A charming life

Rebecca Kain

Rebecca Kain, co-founder of home and giftware store Redcurrent, reflects on the art of giving and her vision for the new Christchurch.

Five easy mountainbike tracks in Christchurch

Colonial Knob mountainbike

Some tracks can be daunting for newbies, so we have compiled a list of five accessible tracks.

Taking the drama out of home loans


ADVERTISING FEATURE: With home ownership a goal for many New Zealanders, Kiwibank has two great packages on offer, including attractive home loan and home saver deals.

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.

Culinary tiki tour

Costas Taverna

Take a culinary journey through The Americas and Europe without leaving Christchurch city limits.

Meet Orana Wildlife Park keeper Sam Jeune

Cheetah cubs

Every morning, Orana Wildlife Park's carnivore keeper is greeted with hugs and loud purring by Boo and Lion, the playful cheetah cubs.

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.

On home ground

Dan Rutherford

Garden guru Dan Rutherford remains upbeat about the future of our Garden City despite the demise of the Ellerslie International Flower Show. He is hopeful an alternative show will emerge.

Passport to dine


With an eye to dining around the world, the Avenues team scopes the best places in Christchurch to satiate a craving for international cuisine.

Stars of service


Forget chefs and business owners. Meet some of Christchurch's hospitality stars - the ones going the extra mile to get our orders just right.

The grill: Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Chef Andrew Brown, of Burgers & Beers Inc and The George fame, is about to open The Dragon's Den Social Lounge in Colombo St.
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