Little High Lanes

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Lanes in the Salt District, Enter off High Street, Tuam Street, St Asaph or Lichfield.

Sitting slap bang in the middle of Ōtautahi’s gritty SALT district, Little High Lanes is an eclectic blend of food, fashion and industry. This is a hub of hungry lunch-timers, shoppers and wanderers during the sunlight hours and a taste-bud-tempting foodie destination by night. There’s much to discover within this magical maze.

The Lanes are huddled around the famous Little High Eatery, a modern marketplace of international culinary feasts waiting to delight your senses. Comprised of eight different restaurants, all family owned and operated with passion, this is no ordinary food-court. With choice in abundance, everyone will find something to nibble on that tickles their fancy. If you’re after a more intimate experience, walk those feet to one of the surrounding restaurants. It’s simply not possible to go hungry around here.

After some retail therapy? Little High Lanes has got you covered. Wander through the lanes and encounter everything from top designer looks to secondhand swag, staple streetwear to elegant bridal finery. While you’re at it, why not treat yourself properly and indulge in some self-care by getting a little done up at one of the spots focusing on hair (of all kinds) and beauty.

Perched above all the hustle and bustle, a number of businesses have made their home above the ground floor. There are people and businesses here with expertise in a number of areas, should you be in need of a little advice from a pro or perhaps a long awaited holiday.

If all of the above didn’t sound like enough of a reason to visit, there’s another: Little High Lanes is the home of some of the oldest architecture in Christchurch. The stunning Edwardian structure that greets people entering this area from the Tuam & High Street side dates back to the early 1900s. Look up and around, take in the iconic structures that rub shoulders with the new and really appreciate the effort of restoration and rebuild.

Whatever your needs and wants may be, there’s really no excuse for not pointing your nose this way.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou & Naomi Haussmann