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The Sydenham Picnic Basket

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The streets of Sydenham are filled with all the best artisan producers and quality food and drink. From picnics, special lunches or filling the pantry, we've made this list of Sydenham's top locations so you don't have to.

Welcome to Eating & Drinking in the East Block

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Christchurch & Canterbury

The 'East Block' is home to many of Christchurch, Ōtautahi's best bars and restaurants. You will find a various range of cultures to meet every occasion.

The Best Spicy Eats of Christchurch's Turn Up The Heat Festival

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Ōtautahi Christchurch is finally getting the winter festival it deserves. August is typically that month of the year that feels like the cold weather is lasting longer than we’d like; summer days are a distant memory, and it would be great to break things up with something different. Enter Turn Up The Heat!

New Brighton Good Life Guide: Reuben Woods

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Christchurch & Canterbury
Meet Reuben Woods, an arts writer, curator and the creative director of 'Watch This Space', an urban arts trust dedicated to exploring, documenting and celebrating graffiti and street art in Ōtautahi and wider Aotearoa. He wrote his PhD thesis on the performances of graffiti, street art and independent public art at the University of Canterbury, a challenge that strengthened his bonds with the city and, in some ways, with New Brighton, a village that has embraced colour and creativity.

Aotearoa's Underground Haunts, Rooftops and The In-betweens

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From rooftop bars to underground haunts and hidden gems in-between, New Zealand has plenty of incredible spots hiding in our cities and towns. They may be a bit hard to find, but the best stuff takes a little effort, right?

We celebrate the neat restaurants, cafes, shops, and galleries around New Zealand. Whether you're a local or visiting you'll find something on Neat Places to tickle your fancy.

12 Hour City Itineraries


Some Like It Hot: A Guide To New Zealand’s Best Hot Pools

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Remedy your winter chills by submerging yourself in one of these dreamy (and super steamy) hot pools.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Southern Alps

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The Southern Alps are celebrated around the world for their beauty. With incredible walks, tramps, skiing and outdoor adventures abound, it can feel like an adventurer’s paradise. However, if you prefer to enjoy the views in comfort, the Southern Alps still have plenty to offer. 

A Foodie's Guide to Queenstown and Wānaka

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It’s easy to mention the great outdoors when talking about Queenstown and Wānaka, but what about the incredible food scene? All that adventuring requires some serious fuel and these two Lakes District towns do not disappoint.

A Foodie's Guide to Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau

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Tāmaki Makaurau is New Zealand’s largest city, and it’s filled to the brim with plenty to eat. A wonderful array of cultures, traditions and nationalities reside in Auckland, making it a diverse and rich food city that’s buzzing from day to night.

Christchurch's Secret Spaces and Places

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Christchurch & Canterbury
There’s something thrilling about discovering a secret place. Whether it be a little speakeasy underground or a garden not on any map, it’s a gift for you to enjoy. 

New and Notable

Graze Wine Bar

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Place Wellington
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Wellington’s central city eateries are revered across the country, and for good reason.

Huckle & Co

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Place Wellington
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The perfect summer afternoon doesn’t exis… oh wait, it does, and you’ll find it in Seatoun in Wellington.


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Place Wellington

It’s no secret Wellington is the creative capital of New Zealand.

August Eatery

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Place Wellington
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August conjures many things in the minds of Wellingtonians: the last throes of a bitingly cold winter, the promise of warmer days ahead, the prospect of the country’s...

Three Donkeys

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Located in the heart of New Brighton, Three Donkeys is a small restaurant focused on an authentic yet elegantly modern take on Indian and Japanese cuisine.

The Well Studios

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury

If the mere thought of a packed sweaty gym with lousy dance music sends you into a spin, you’ll be delighted to learn about the utterly zen workout studio, The Well,...

Fenton Art Collective

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Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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What do you get if you put art, history, gin and espresso under one roof? An eclectic melting pot like Fenton Art Collective in Taranaki.

The Burnt Place

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Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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The Burnt Place is quickly coming home away from home for Hāwera locals with its cosy neighbourhood vibes.

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