Prepare your pyjamas, crack open the cabernet and throw another log on the fire.
More than six years on from the seismic event that modified Lyttelton's landscape, the gritty old town is undergoing a revival.
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.
A specialist whisky shop in Christchurch sells more than 1000 varieties of the hallowed drink.
While the shaking earth changed Christchurch's inner-city streetscape forever, a relic from the mid-1800s remains.
A century-old villa has been given a thoroughly modern makeover, while respecting its old bones.
Forget bacon and eggs - give these delicious breakfast bowls in Christchurch a go instead.
Sometimes life gives you the answer you are looking for.
This has turned a sandpit into a green oasis where they keep a kunekune pig and chickens, and grow produce.
Builder-owner Jeff Root always wanted a "black box on a black box" - and the result is simply stunning.
A secluded luxury eco lodge in North Canterbury offers tranquility, views and a hot tub from which to gaze at the stars.
John and Meg Christie's generous section overflows with organic produce, including 37 types of vegetables.
Even road-kill rabbit is fair game for dedicated forager Peter Langlands.
With tender loving care and plenty of creative flair, Mona Vale has been brought back from the brink.
Coffee and icecream is a match made in heaven - especially when it's done just right.
This Christchurch couple took the traditional worker's cottage and gave it a contemporary twist
Texture and light take high priority in the contemporary home of visually impaired Christchurch resident Lynne Smith.
We searched for healthy cafes in Christchurch and found wholesome food sometimes comes at a price.
I signed up to learn how to make an icecream drip cake. How hard could it be?
A tour makes it possible to go from central Christchurch to Middle Earth – and back – in a day.
With the right class, even non-crafty types can learn how to do upholstery.
A volcanic hissy fit created this 15km-long, 44-square-kilometre natural wonder for humans to marvel at.
"We are always saying we are not just selling blueberries; we are selling the experience of a nice day out in the country."
Unassuming building uses light and space to create a modern environment for a Christchurch law firm.
A Canterbury style maven has opened her coveted closet to other young women in the region.
Styling experts work their magic on three Stuff journalists. See the results.
This Mt Pleasant family home eschews "the box" in favour of angled wings that embrace sun, sea views and a garden courtyard.
The first thing most people notice about Ruby Ruin, on stage or off, is her tattoos.
Standing tall, ethereal and yellow, daffodils are a symbol of spring and hope. Meet three growers dedicated to the blooms.
One man and his dog are joining a 250km scooter rally for cancer across the Southern Alps.
Janine Thomson uses flowers donated from weddings and gardens to create bouquets for hospitals and rest homes.
On the edge of the city is a safe home for endangered birds, reptiles and a gorilla troop.
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.
Having a pet in your life can open new doors and opportunities. Avenues went searching for some fun furry activities.
Pipi the dog puts the grooming service at Animates Linwood to the test.
Trying to immortalise a pet in paint isn't all that easy.
What better fun than to stay in a real-life treehouse?
Simple concrete block walls and timber screens mean the Brooklands Lagoon Public Toilet weathers gracefully.
Lincoln's $3.2 million library shows beauty is in its function and flexibility.
It's the crescent roof peaks of the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club that first catch the eye.
Not many classrooms have a rooftop deck, with a slide to the fun below.
Captured inside the exterior's demure white walls is a retro home roaring with colour and personality.
From mid-Century furniture to treasure boxes full of delicate dresses and pearls, the Christchurch vintage traders scene is alive and well.
Summer means festivals and new cafes and bars popping up all over Christchurch.
Wilderness and world-class wines make the bountiful Marlborough region the perfect place for an escape.
Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.
Even on a grey and rainy day, this beauty of this glacial lake is hard to beat.
This home perched amid native bush in Christchurch has served three generations.
Do you prefer hitting the gym or sticking to the great outdoors for your exercise fix?
What do you do if several companies behind the house you are planning go belly up? Take on the project yourself.
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