Canterbury's warmest corners

Feeling the cold? These cosy spots have you covered.

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Eat & Drink

With spring on the horizon, these winter warmers are your best bet for enjoying those last cold weather comforts. We've even found the best fireplaces to toast yourself in front of.

Little High Eatery

The Little High Eatery

255 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central
Christchurch & Canterbury

A hive of energy on any given day, The Little High Eatery is a good spot to re-energise to get yourself through the final days of winter. It’s options galore when it comes to food and drinks here, with a collection of eight different vendors’ offerings to choose from. Open until 10pm in the week and 11pm Thursday–Saturday, it’s easy to find a time that works for you and your favourite dining partner. Find your perfect spot within the buzz, people watch and devour some seriously delicious food.

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Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn

292 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

A classic pub with a friendly atmosphere, Pomeroy’s is a perfect spot for your winter hibernation. It’s easy to get cosy here in one of the many private corners or comfy booths and sip away at a perfect brew from the impressive selection of craft beer. Bring a mate (or even your well-behaved four-legged friend), hunker down for the evening and know that you are waiting for that first day of spring in good company indeed.

Sister Kong

Sister Kong

123 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central
Christchurch & Canterbury

Sister Kong is a hideaway in the true sense of the word. Sitting at the far end of a lane tucked back from the main strip of Victoria Street, entering Sister Kong will immediately transport you to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong with a wall of waving Lucky Cats, lush seating and red lanterns hanging from the ceiling. The menu centres on the crowd-pleasing bao bun, which they do oh-so-well, and the drinks list showcases an impressive array of cocktails leaning heavily towards refreshing oriental flavours.  

Governors Bay Hotel

Governors Bay Hotel

52 Main Road, Governors Bay
Christchurch & Canterbury

Perched up on the hillside overlooking Lyttelton Harbour, Governors Bay Hotel offers some of the most beautiful views within the city reach. While a trip out here naturally comes to mind in the warm summer sun, a visit in winter will leave you feeling anything but cold. Sitting in the bar by the cosy redbrick open fire, indulging yourself in delicious gastro-pub fare and a locally brewed ale or a glass of mulled wine while taking in the vistas is a great way to warm up on any winter’s day. Bring a group of friends and settle down for a game of pool, foosball or a board game from the hotel’s abundant supply.

Ten27

1027 Ferry Road, Ferrymead
Christchurch & Canterbury

Ten27 is one of those spots you’ve surely passed many a time driving along Ferry Road, but unless you know what to expect inside you may have carried on through. The architecturally designed building houses a stylish café and restaurant known for delicious food, great coffee, a respectable selection of New Zealand beer and wine. Moreover, the secret spot here is a must visit in winter – a cosy courtyard with an actual fireplace. No not just gas heaters, the real thing. Grab a coffee or a glass of wine and snuggle up by the fire, this is a perfect spot to unwind in. Expect live music and a night menu on Fridays when Ten27 opens late.

Miro

Miro

176 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

Housed in a restored heritage building by the river on Oxford Terrace, Miro is a café you must get to know. Stylish interiors, friendly table service, breakfast cocktails and next level brunch menu, need I say more? A visit here in the colder months is going to be especially cosy as the café boasts not one, but two open fire places, some of the very few left in the central city. This is a spot to make that brunch catch up with old friends, take your time and soak up the warm, charming atmosphere.

Black Estate

Black Estate

614 Omihi Road, Waipara
Christchurch & Canterbury

A day trip out to the winery, restaurant and tasting room at Black Estate in the midst of winter is a day well spent indeed. The summer months bring in the crowds, the winter a more intimate atmosphere. Imagine sipping a beautiful Pinot Noir, enjoying a delicious lunch, taking in the vistas of rolling hills and the bare beauty of the leafless vines with the wood fire crackling away on the background. Nothing much more needed to create that warm fuzzy feeling inside, the one that makes you really appreciate these colder months of the year.