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.

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.

Christchurch's happy place for whisky lovers

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Grand designs of Christchurch: Lincoln Library

Lincoln's $3.2 million library shows beauty is in its function and flexibility.

Grand designs of Christchurch: Sumner Surf Life Saving Club

It's the crescent roof peaks of the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club that first catch the eye.

Grand designs of Christchurch: Cathedral Grammar Junior School

Not many classrooms have a rooftop deck, with a slide to the fun below.

House of the week: A visual symphony in Christchurch

Captured inside the exterior's demure white walls is a retro home roaring with colour and personality.

On the retro trail: visit Christchurch's vintage shops

From mid-Century furniture to treasure boxes full of delicate dresses and pearls, the Christchurch vintage traders scene is alive and well.

Christchurch insider: Eats and drinks, markets, festivals and R18 shakes

Summer means festivals and new cafes and bars popping up all over Christchurch.

'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.

House of the week: Mt Pleasant, Christchurch

This home perched amid native bush in Christchurch has served three generations.

The exercise divide: Are you an innie or an outie?

Do you prefer hitting the gym or sticking to the great outdoors for your exercise fix?

Bad luck meant they took on their house build themselves

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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