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Discover the best places to eat, drink, shop, and explore among the sweeping golden hills, frothing beaches and vibrant downtown of Christchurch.

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Christchurch City Itinerary

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The best things to see, eat, and do in Christchurch

Recline and unwind: NZ's independent cinema experiences

The pink and black exterior of The Mayfair in Kaikoura.
Auckland

Picture this, it’s Friday night, you’re settling into your favourite reclining lounger, a glass of wine in hand and the opening credits are beginning on the screen in front of you. Sure this situation could be in your living room at home but why not amp up the cosiness vibes and treat yourself to a trip to your local independent cinema.

Best Urban Wine Experiences in New Zealand

Glasses and a bottle of wine sitting on a table in the outdoor seating area of Puffin Wine Bar in Wellington.
Auckland

All around New Zealand, we are blessed with incredible wine experiences right in our own urban backyard. No matter your vino preference from a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to a Central Otago Pinot Noir or perhaps an interesting blend from a far away European vineyard, you don’t have to travel far to sample and enjoy a glass or two (responsibly of course!).

7 Urban Hotels Worth Travelling For

A colourful bedroom inside The Intrepid Hotel in Wellington.
Auckland

In the UK, the term ‘city-break’ is frequently used to describe a weekend away visiting the European city of the moment, exploring everything on offer and most often staying in boutique accommodation. Now, we may be thousands of miles away from being able to achieve a casual few days in a European city, but here in New Zealand, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to urban hotels that are worth travelling around the country for.

Chase Candyfloss Skies With The Best Places To Catch A Sunset In NZ

Sunset at Piha in West Auckland, New Zealand.
Auckland

In the light of golden hour, take your seat and let the sunset take centre stage.

7 South Island Road Trips to Add to Your Bucket List

View of Milford Sound in South Island, New Zealand.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Fill up the tank; a South Island road trip adventure awaits.

Seven Vegetarian Spots to Travel for this Meat Free May

Waiter holding two vegan dishes at Hillside Kitchen in Wellington.
Auckland

Challenge yourself and go Meat Free this May. The planet, the animals and your body will thank you for it.

8 Café and Restaurant Interiors that will set your heart aflutter in Ōtautahi

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Forget Pinterest, head to these Christchurch spots for major mood board inspo.

Forget the Chocolate Eggs, Let’s Hunt For The Best Hot Cross Buns

A big tray of hot cross buns from Volare, Hamilton.
Auckland

It’s that time of year; hot cross bun season and we’re all about it.

Get your Pocket Guide for Christchurch & Canterbury

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Sweeping golden hills, stunning beaches, and snow-capped mountains a short drive away make Christchurch the hub of an outdoor-loving population.

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The Craft Embassy

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Great beer, great food, great views. Craft Embassy is the whole package and more.

Pink Lady

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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At the corner of Manchester Street and High you’ll find Muse Art Hotel, while at the top of the hotel, you’ll find Pink Lady.

Canterbury Brewers' Collective

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Canterbury Brewers’ Collective at Riverside Market is your CBD spot for takeaway brews, cold pints and free-flowing chat over which to find your new favourite pour.

Cellar Door

Row of wine tasting glasses outside on a table at Cellar Door in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The Cellar Door focus is on approachable wine drinking, seasonal fare and free flowing conversation. It feels like your ‘local’ but has a distinctive, exciting element, sans pretentiousness.

Six Ounces

Avi pouring a glass of wine at Six Ounces, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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There’s nothing quite like a cosy neighbourhood haunt and six ounces is exactly that.

Boo's

A cocktail being made by a bar man at Boo Radley's in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Inventive in its approach to dining, Boo Radley’s draws from the savant of comfort food: Southern American cuisine.

gin gin

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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gin gin's the spot whether you’re keen for an after work bevvie, a boogie, a place to host your own party, seriously good food, a night on the town, or some combination thereof.

O.G.B

A man pouring a cocktail at OGB in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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A speakeasy-style bar, OGB serves up an old-school approach to hospitality.

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Riccarton Noodle House

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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For a flavoursome lunch on the run, a family get together and a few hot brothy bowls that’ll leave you wanting more head to Riccarton Noodle House.

Gatherings

Art on the wall at Gatherings in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Food is best enjoyed together, and when you’re tucked into the intimate restaurant that is Gatherings, you’ll remember why.

Midnight Shanghai

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Midnight Shanghai offers Christchurch elevated, modern Chinese fare with karaoke, handcrafted cocktails and a menu designed for sharing.

Dux Dine

Bi-fold white doors onto deck and courtyard area of Dux Dine in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Dux Dine is one of those rare gems where anyone and everyone has a place at the table, all in a cosy, home-like atmosphere.