A barber shop in retro caravans gives Christchurch men an edge

Benny's Barber Shop has tamed some famous manes from retro caravans parked in Burnside, Christchurch.

Restaurant review: Inati, Christchurch

The waiters and chefs are in your face - literally.

More to Hanmer Springs than hot pools

Hanmer Springs has always been a place of therapy and to the healing power of hot water, add retail therapy.

Keen to up your latte game? Try these cool creations in Christchurch

Who says you have to get the same old latte? Think outside the box with these hot drinks instead.

Design store owner Maureen Taane reigns supreme in Christchurch

Deep in the heart of the Tannery, Maureen Taane's shop Hapa is a window to Canterbury's art world.

What is it like to give and receive a helping hand in business?

"The angels come with a lot more than investment. It's a business relationship, but it's also very supportive," says business founder Sue Skeet about the Canterbury Angels.

Abandoned colonial homestead will become home to a family of eight

"We knew as we walked up the driveway that we would buy this house," say buyers who beat 10 other parties.

The Tai Tapu pensioner who planted a forest of native kowhai

She started planting when she was 70 years old. Now 82, Jan Chaffey is surrounded by blooming golden kowhai.

Humble farmer's market is a foodie's paradise

This market has the freshest vegetables you can buy.

Three young entrepreneurs are helping to shape Christchurch's new hospo scene

Three enterprising young men with big dreams share a determination to shape the city's hospitality map.

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.

Where to get the best waffles in Christchurch

It's hard to beat a good plate of waffles, and these ones certainly tick all the boxes.

Cosy fireplaces perfect for a snowstorm

Prepare your pyjamas, crack open the cabernet and throw another log on the fire.

The edgy town of Lyttelton undergoes a cool revival

More than six years on from the seismic event that modified Lyttelton's landscape, the gritty old town is undergoing a revival.

Saving Christchurch's landmark Shand's Emporium

While the shaking earth changed Christchurch's inner-city streetscape forever, a relic from the mid-1800s remains.

Conservative Christchurch? Meet the artists shattering the mould.

Life in the city is never as ordinary as it seems. Here, there are men who make ray guns, women who wear Victorian bustles beneath their skirts, and erotic performers who embrace the absurd.

Century-old Merivale villa has a new lease on life

A century-old villa has been given a thoroughly modern makeover, while respecting its old bones.

Christchurch's happy place for whisky lovers

A specialist whisky shop in Christchurch sells more than 1000 varieties of the hallowed drink.

Where to find the best breakfast bowls in Christchurch

Forget bacon and eggs - give these delicious breakfast bowls in Christchurch a go instead.

Couple discovered successful honey business on a road trip

Sometimes life gives you the answer you are looking for.

Builder's own award-winning home 'Dark house' is a calm oasis

Builder-owner Jeff Root always wanted a "black box on a black box" - and the result is simply stunning.

A Garden of Eden in suburban Christchurch grows an amazing range of vegetables

John and Meg Christie's generous section overflows with organic produce, including 37 types of vegetables.

A Mt Lyford eco-lodge earthquake survivor is now a refuge for city dwellers

A secluded luxury eco lodge in North Canterbury offers tranquility, views and a hot tub from which to gaze at the stars.

A Canterbury forager finds flavours of New Zealand that money can't buy

Even road-kill rabbit is fair game for dedicated forager Peter Langlands.

A Christchurch family lives the good life on a former sand dune in South Brighton

This has turned a sandpit into a green oasis where they keep a kunekune pig and chickens, and grow produce.

One of Christchurch's most-loved heritage buildings is brought back to life

With tender loving care and plenty of creative flair, Mona Vale has been brought back from the brink.

Where to find the best affogatos in Christchurch

Coffee and icecream is a match made in heaven - especially when it's done just right.

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

Which healthy cafe comes out on top in Christchurch?

We searched for healthy cafes in Christchurch and found wholesome food sometimes comes at a price.

A Christchurch townhouse has been designed for all senses and a guide dog

Texture and light take high priority in the contemporary home of visually impaired Christchurch resident Lynne Smith.

Icing on the cake: Learning to make an icecream drip cake

I signed up to learn how to make an icecream drip cake. How hard could it be?

Lord of the Rings, Edoras tour: Lost in Middle Earth

A tour makes it possible to go from central Christchurch to Middle Earth – and back – in a day.

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.

Blueberry fields for the picking

"We are always saying we are not just selling blueberries; we are selling the experience of a nice day out in the country."

Firm new footing for Christchurch legal company Lane Neave

Unassuming building uses light and space to create a modern environment for a Christchurch law firm.

Borrowed By Mary offers designer brands to budget-conscious women

A Canterbury style maven has opened her coveted closet to other young women in the region.

Three reporters try out fashion makeover services

Styling experts work their magic on three Stuff journalists. See the results.

A Christchurch hillside home which sits outside the box

This Mt Pleasant family home eschews "the box" in favour of angled wings that embrace sun, sea views and a garden courtyard.

Burlesque dancer Ruby Ruin brings The Grand Tease to Christchurch

The first thing most people notice about Ruby Ruin, on stage or off, is her tattoos.

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.

TranzAlpine Scooter Safari a tribute to cancer patients

One man and his dog are joining a 250km scooter rally for cancer across the Southern Alps.

Donated flowers deliver colour and brightness to city

Janine Thomson uses flowers donated from weddings and gardens to create bouquets for hospitals and rest homes.

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.

Just fur fun: Old dogs learning new tricks

By the end of the four-week course, your dog will be able to turn off the lights for you in the evening, we're told.

Just fur fun: Massages for dogs gives calming fix

Having a pet in your life can open new doors and opportunities. Avenues went searching for some fun furry activities.

Just fur fun: Short back and sides for canine friends

Pipi the dog puts the grooming service at Animates Linwood to the test.

Just fur fun: Learning to paint your pet

Trying to immortalise a pet in paint isn't all that easy.

Hapuku Lodge: On a limb

What better fun than to stay in a real-life treehouse?

Grand designs of Christchurch: Brooklands Lagoon Public Toilet

Simple concrete block walls and timber screens mean the Brooklands Lagoon Public Toilet weathers gracefully.
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