Pull Up a Chair .. These are the Best Mid-Century Modern Furniture Shops in New Zealand

Chairs, lamps and artwork on display in a vintage store.
Mid-century modern is a design philosophy that emerged - ironically enough - in the middle of the 20th century. It is typified by elegance, simplicity and timelessness, which is why it often mixes well with other design styles and aesthetics.

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.

Fill Your Picnic Basket with Sydenham's Finest Artisan Food & Drinks

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Christchurch & Canterbury

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.

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.

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!

Bottoms Up ... 9 of the Best South Island Pubs

A wooden bar with green downlights where there are 4 beers on tap.
Pack up the car, gather a group of mates and most importantly designate a sober driver… it’s time to embark on a tour of the South Island.

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

A view of the Pink Lady building looking up from the ground.
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?

South Town

People working inside a busy cafe in Christchurch's South Town.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Named for its position at the bottom edge of the city's main centre, Christchurch's South Town offers a pretty fantastic mix of eateries and shops. Made up of a collection of boutique cafés, bars and workspaces, the area has seen a massive renewal since the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. An ambitious group of young owner/operators have flocked to the area to combine forces and bring a bit of quirk to the centre city’s southern suburb. If it’s coffee you’re after, this is the place to come. Those who excel at roasting have set up camp here and are followed religiously by those who can’t start the day without a cup of joe.

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

Blue steaming hot pools surrounded by the New Brighton beach.
Christchurch & Canterbury

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

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. 

11 Craft Beer Destinations To Add To Your South Island Getaway

A staff member pulling a pint of craft beer behind the counter at B.Effect in Wanaka.
Few things top the feeling of sampling a local craft beer while on holiday. Lucky for you, the South Island is brimming with places to get your small-batch fix.

Go Plastic-Free with GoodFor’s Top Picks

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Banish your everyday plastics with a bunch of nifty replacements courtesy of the clever folks at refillery, GoodFor.

New Zealand’s Top Bakeries to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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Carb lovers rejoice, we’ve scoured the country for the best baked goods establishments aka bakeries! No sourdough loaf, flaky almond croissant or pillowy brioche doughnut has been left unturned in this quest.

Free Things To Do in Christchurch Ōtautahi

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Even without spending a cent, you can enjoy the rich history and beautiful landscape that Christchurch has to offer.

Follow the Crumbs ... 9 NZ Pâtisseries Worth Knowing

Pembroke Patisserie's cabinet filled with yummy treats

Walking into a pâtisserie is an experience that can overwhelm your senses - in the best way possible.

Recline and Unwind: NZ's Independent Cinema Experiences

The pink and black exterior of The Mayfair in Kaikoura.

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.

7 Urban Hotels Worth Travelling For

A colourful bedroom inside The Intrepid Hotel in Wellington.

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.

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.
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!).

New Brighton Good Life Guide: Sam & Caroline at The Burger Joint

Sam and Caroline sitting on the couch at The Burger Joint, New Brighton.
Christchurch & Canterbury
We shifted to New Brighton 10 years ago. Caroline moved to New Zealand from England 25 years ago and has always dreamed of living by the beach. We bought a little cottage in South New Brighton and live there with our teenage daughter Lola, two dogs and three cats. Our eldest son, Mali, recently moved out to live with friends but stayed local.  

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

Sunset at Piha in West Auckland, New Zealand.

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

Relax Your Way to Wellness

Woman having a spa treatment in Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury
First things first, we are not your guru and neither is Tony (iykyk). However, what we do promote is partaking in daily practices that encourage a sense of thriving.  Wellness gets bandied around a lot these days. It's open to a plethora of interpretations and frankly, it can be exhausting keeping up. We’ve tried to keep our Wellness Guide to Christchurch simple by breaking it down into bite-size sections and highlighting a bunch of places we like to search out when the cup needs filling up. Namaste folks.    

7 South Island Road Trips to Add to Your Bucket List

View of Milford Sound in South Island, New Zealand.

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

Nature Bath Your Way to Wellness

Someone walking in Banks Peninsula.

First things first, we are not your guru and neither is Tony (iykyk). However, what we do promote is partaking in daily practices that encourage a sense of thriving. 

Wellness gets bandied around a lot these days. It's open to a plethora of interpretations and frankly, it can be exhausting keeping up. We’ve tried to keep our Wellness Guide to Christchurch simple by breaking it down into bite-size sections and highlighting a bunch of places we like to search out when the cup needs filling up. Namaste folks.    

Nathan Ingram from Fiksate shares his guide to Ōtautahi

Nathan and Jen Ingram standing in front of an artwork in their gallery, Fiksate.

Christchurch gallery owners, Nathan and Jen Ingram, have invigorated the urban art scene with their stylish gallery space, Fiksate. We caught up with Nathan who told us how the couple like to spend time in Ōtautahi with their son, Frank. It's a mix of their favourite places to eat, drink and relax in the city as well an unexpected art discovery.  

Eat Your Way to Wellness

Interior view of Barefoot Eatery with people dining amongst the green plants.

First things first, we are not your guru and neither is Tony (iykyk). However, what we do promote is partaking in daily practices that encourage a sense of thriving. 

Wellness gets bandied around a lot these days. It's open to a plethora of interpretations and frankly, it can be exhausting keeping up. We’ve tried to keep our Wellness Series simple by breaking it down into bite-size sections and highlighting a bunch of places we like to search out in Christchurch when the cup needs filling up. Namaste folks.    

Inspire Your Way to Wellness

Discovery centre at Canterbury Museum in Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury
First things first, we are not your guru and neither is Tony (iykyk). However, what we do promote is partaking in daily practices that encourage a sense of thriving.  Wellness gets bandied around a lot these days. It's open to a plethora of interpretations and frankly, it can be exhausting keeping up. We’ve tried to keep our Wellness Guide to Christchurch simple by breaking it down into bite-size sections and highlighting a bunch of places we like to search out when the cup needs filling up. Namaste folks.    

Move Your Way to Wellness

Woman doing yoga at Uprising in Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury
First things first, we are not your guru and neither is Tony (iykyk). However, what we do promote is partaking in daily practices that encourage a sense of thriving.  Wellness gets bandied around a lot these days. It's open to a plethora of interpretations and frankly, it can be exhausting keeping up. We’ve tried to keep our Wellness series simple by breaking it down into bite-size sections and highlighting a bunch of places we like to search out in Christchurch when the cup needs filling up. Namaste folks.    

Seven Vegetarian Spots to Travel for this Meat Free May

Waiter holding two vegan dishes at Hillside Kitchen in Wellington.

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

An Ode to Long, Lingering Lunches Across New Zealand

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.

Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Crazy about Hazy? All about the stouts? Time to read our CHC Craft Beer Guide

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Christchurch & Canterbury
Christchurch has a raft of excellent craft beer bars at its disposal and, quite frankly, that’s great news for locals and visitors alike. If you’re on the hunt for a bar that serves high quality brews with a similarly authentic vibe, we suggest having a perusal through our Christchurch Craft Beer Guide. We won’t claim it as definitive, but it's a bloody good attempt. Any visit to one of these top establishments will likely have you ordering another round faster than you can say ‘blimey they’re crafty..’.

8 Unexpected Things To Do in Christchurch

Someone zip-lining at Christchurch Adventure Park in the Port Hills, Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Take the lesser known track and try our list of unexpected places to visit in Christchurch.

Get Acquainted at the Chef’s Table at these 5 Christchurch Spots

People dining at the bar at Londo.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Dine up close and personal.

Time to Mastermind an Outing with Your Family at One of These Kid Friendly Spots

Mum with three kids inside Riverside Market in Christchurch.
You’ve got the mini-mes in tow and you’re needing a bite to eat - we’ve got you covered…

Let's Celebrate Women in Hospitality

Three women on strike in 1913.

To mark International Women's Day, we reached out to five women who live and breathe hospitality in Christchurch. These women put in the hard yards, work tirelessly (dishes and all) and have the energy and stamina to do hospo day in day out with a smile in tow. We have massive respect for that.  

Amongst their answers a common thread emerges. These Women - sommieliers to gelato makers - love connecting with people. It is inspiring to hear how they chose their path (or rather it choosing them in some cases) and they've shared some tips for budding hospo wāhine out there. 

Great hair days on repeat with Christchurch’s best hairdressers

Hairstylist washing a woman's hair at Mod's Hair in Christchurch.
Fall in love with your locks with a visit to one of these top salons in Ōtautahi

Stock Up On Vinyl At The 8 Best Record Stores In New Zealand

Interior of record store.

Give Spotify a rest and throw your money behind local artists and record retailers.

Tick Off Your Reading List At New Zealand’s Independent Bookshops

Bookcase jam packed with books at The Last Chapter, Wānaka.

Support local and score a good read? You don't have to tell us twice.

Lift Your Gallery Wall Game With Our Guide To Buying Art Online

Woman hanging art print on the wall by Mathilde Langevin.

Wave goodbye to boring blank walls.

Get the Glow with Christchurch's Best Facials

A woman draped in a blue towel getting a facial  at Total Body Concept in Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury

There’s no better time than the present to get your glow on with a facial from one of Christchurch's best facialists. With specialists in all corners of the city, a facial is the perfect way to relax, rejuvenate and refresh. Catering to all skin-types, and genders alike, your next pamper session is sure to leave you feeling lit from within, while giving your skin the tender love and care that it needs.

Score The Inside Scoop On New Zealand’s Best Ice Cream And Gelato Spots

Two ice creams in holder at Utopia Ice, Christchurch.
Because ice cream is categorically the best thing about summer.

Best on Bread: 7 Carby Delights to Eat Your Way Across Christchurch

A selection of different sandwiches on a table.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Not all sandwiches were made equal so we've rounded up some of our favourite spots to grab a sammy in Christchurch.

Shop Feel-Good Fits With 11 Sustainable NZ Clothing Brands

Woman wearing gingham hat and dress from Mina.

This is feel-good clothing in more than one way.

CHC Institutions We Love

Lots of people sitting outside at Smash Palace, Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Still going strong after 10 plus years, and there's a whole multitude of reasons why.

Quirky Christmas Shopping in Christchurch

Person standing by presents under the tree.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Nary a big-box gift insight, we’ve curated a list of alternative shops that will make your Christmas gift-giving one-of-a-kind.

Christchurch’s Art Galleries and Where To Grab a Drink Afterwards

Man looking art at CoCA.
From heritage spaces to dealer galleries, here are the best places to get your dose of art culture in Christchurch, and where to grab a drink afterwards.

8 Kid-friendly Spots in Christchurch for Your next Family Day Out

Woman with two children walking through the botanical gardens in Christchurch.
Head to any of these Christchurch locations for parent and kid friendly experiences sure to delight on all levels.

Get to Know the North Canterbury Wine Region

The rolling hills of North Canterbury during sunset.
The North Canterbury wine region is a hidden gem for wine, food and relaxing accommodation — the perfect recipe for a long weekend. Surrounded by the Southern Alps, close to the sea and with fertile soil for a variety of growing opportunities, this close-to-Christchurch destination is a must-stay. Discover some of North Canterbury’s finest vineyards, ready and waiting for you to explore.

9 Reasons You Should Visit North Canterbury's Cellar Doors

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Christchurch & Canterbury

The North Canterbury wine region offers diverse and intriguing varieties and unexpected delights.

Drool-worthy Donut Spots You Need to Devour in Christchurch

Row of donuts from Grizzly Baked Goods.
Christchurch & Canterbury

From sprinkles to custard, Lyttelton to Wigram, Christchurch has plenty to offer in the donut scene.

Upgrade Your Home Cooking with the Best Craft Food Stores in Christchurch

Pantry items for sale at Akaroa Butchery.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Grocery Stores, Farmers' Markets & Local Growers

Snack Your Way Through 9 of the Best Baos in Christchurch

Evil Genius bao bun.
Christchurch & Canterbury

You may not have heard of bao buns before, but we can guarantee you’ll quickly become addicted from the first bite.

9 Best Independent New Zealand Florists to Celebrate Spring

Close up of a bouquet.
Are you ready for a fresh bunch of blooms as we head into Spring? Here's where to go for your floral fix.

Where To Get Your American Food and Drink Fix in Christchurch

A plate of meat and chips on a table sittling alongside beers.
Christchurch & Canterbury

American food spans many cultures, locations and cuisines, making it an exciting and varied cuisine.

How to Support Christchurch Retail Businesses

Inside view of Harakeke Florist.
Christchurch & Canterbury

A directory of where and how to shop local Christchurch retailers post-lockdown.

7 Must-shop Menswear Stores in Christchurch

Close up of CDG play shirts at PLUME.
Christchurch & Canterbury

The Christchurch menswear scene has graduated from jeans and a t-shirt, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

How to Spend an Afternoon in New Brighton

Pierside building sign in New Brighton.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside (in New Brighton) and here's a whole bunch of reasons why.

Where to Get the Best Hand-Pulled Noodle Spots in NZ

A woman eating a bowl of noodles at Miss Peppercorn in Christchurch.
Great hand-pulled noodles are silky, springy, chewy ribbons to savour. Here are a few places across Aotearoa to find the best.

Where to Find the Best Pastries in Christchurch

Trays of croissants and pastries from Bohemian Bakery.
Pastry has been kicking around since Egyptian times so it’s high time we put together a list for the best spots to pick up pastries in Ōtautahi.

8 Places to Elevate Your Dining Experience

Two woman dining outside at Black Estate.
When was the last time you treated yourself to a slow dinner with friends and family or visited a restaurant that is a little bit special? We think it's about now.

Sweet or Savoury? Scope Our Definitive Guide to Christchurch's Best Scones

Jam on scones.
Christchurch & Canterbury

The humble scone is synonymous with New Zealand hospitality and a staple of our café culture.

These 8 Christchurch Roasters Will Change the Way You Think about Coffee

Close up of unroasted bag of coffee beans at Prima Roastery.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Christchurch’s coffee roasters are the ones to watch. With established roasteries and new players popping up on the scene, the South Island’s biggest city is competing with the best of ‘em.

Warm Your Winter Soul at the Cosiest Places in Christchurch

Roaring fire in fireplace by Stephane Juban.
Christchurch & Canterbury

If the winter weather is keeping you curled up at home, we suggest warming up at some of our favourite cosy spots in Christchurch instead.

Shhh, We've Discovered New Zealand’s Best Hidden Laneways

David Bowie mural on Hannah's Laneway in Wellington.

Go beyond the guidebooks and explore our favourite secret laneways. You won't regret it.

Cure Your Cravings With 10 Locally Made Craft Chocolates

A stack of Bennetto chocolate.
Embrace your inner Willy Wonka, here’s the golden ticket to ten of the best craft chocolatiers in Aotearoa.

Throw on Your Barbour, Here's 8 Things to Do in Christchurch This Winter

Photo of puffer jacket hanging up by Rick Barrett.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Have those Southerly blasts got you hunkered down? Well, it's time to grab your puffer, we've got some activities to get you out of the house this winter.

Akaroa & Little River

A dolphin jumping out of the water.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Located just an hour and a half’s drive from Christchurch, Akaroa and Little River are the ideal spots for a day trip or an overnight stay. The coastal town of Akaroa has great food, charming accommodation, and stunning scenery, while Little River has delicious snacks and arts galore. Home of the small, rare Hector dolphin and New Zealand’s only French settlement, the town of Akaroa imparts a refreshing and unique charm. On the road to the Banks Peninsula, there’s a settlement worthy of exploring: Little River. With a renowned café, gallery, novel accommodation, and hidden adventures, Little River is far more than a stop en route to Akaroa.

Sip Your Way Through Our Guide To Kiwi-Made Spirits

Cardrona Distillery looking out to the mountains.

From specialty gin to artisan whiskey, amp up your next cocktail party with our curated selection of homegrown spirits.

Where To Find The Best Architecture in Christchurch

Exterior view of The Arts Centre.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Contemporary, Modernist, Gothic Revival, Renaissance, there’s no shortage of striking architecture to see in Christchurch.

8 Unique Date Ideas in Christchurch

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Whether you've just met on Hinge or been together longer than The Rolling Stones, here are a few ideas for date night that isn't dinner and a movie.

Where to get Down with Donuts

A tray of doughnuts from Baked.
Doughnuts or donuts--who really cares? We've rounded up the best doughy deliciousness you can find in NZ.

10 Christchurch Restaurants to Try When You Feel Like Travelling

Globe at Sherpa Kai x The Commoners
Sure, the plane ride to a new place may be a while away, but we invite you to explore Christchurch with tourist eyes. You just may surprise yourself with what you find.

Top Plant-Based Brunches in Christchurch

Avocado on toast from Grizzly Baked Goods.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Plant-based brunches are settling into the Christchurch food scene, and we couldn’t be more excited to branch out and enjoy.

8 Fried Chicken Alternatives in Christchurch

Foundation fried cauliflower.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Vegetarians rejoice - we’ve found the best fried chicken alternatives in Christchurch, so you can enjoy the finger-lickin’ goodness sans cluck. No chicken, no problem.

6 Unique Activities to Try in Christchurch

Go-karts with sails moving around a track in Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Whether you’re looking for a unique adventure for the whole family or a little R&R, you’ll find a host of unique activities in Christchurch.

Where to Find the Best Craft Cocktails in Christchurch

Close up of a cocktail from Boo Radleys.
Christchurch & Canterbury

We've done the legwork and narrowed down the best spots to sip a flawless craft cocktail in Christchurch’s CBD.

Where to Dine as a Big Group in Christchurch

Big group dining at The Laboratory.
It can be hard to find a place to grab a bite when you're going out as a big group. Don’t despair! We’ve rounded up some of the neatest places to hit when your numbers are looking more like a football team than an intimate table for two.

Go Plastic-Free With These 10 NZ Homeware Brands

Inside the GoodFor store.
Christchurch & Canterbury

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite online resources throughout New Zealand to help you towards plastic-free bliss.

How to Spend the Perfect Night Out in Christchurch CBD

Christchurch & Canterbury

Here's your guide to the Christchurch CBD after dark.

6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Christchurch

Close up of wine glasses on a table.
Christchurch & Canterbury

While Valentine's Day may be considered a polarising holiday, we’re not ones to pass up an excuse to get out into our fair city alongside someone we love.

Dine Al Fresco at the Best Outdoor Restaurant Spots in Christchurch

Lyttelton Coffee Co. balcony.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Whether you’re looking to settle in for an evening of people watching or prefer to enjoy your long black in al fresco solitude, keep scrolling for where to find outdoor dining in Christchurch

Back Local These Holidays with Our Christchurch Shopping and Gifting Guide

Interior view of Co.locale.
Shopping local is a treat with so many offerings around Christchurch. Make a day of it and revel in the diverse range of shops, price points, and offerings, all while supporting the spirit of Ōtautahi.

9 New Discoveries in Ōtautahi

View of shelves with produce at Frances Nation Grocer.
After all that 2020 has been, we couldn’t be happier to welcome this new crew of hospitality venues to Ōtautahi.

6 of the Best Plant-Based Eateries in Christchurch

Food and wine at Grater Goods.
With options ranging from casual café grab-and-go options, to full sit down dinners, it’s never been a better time to explore your plant-based options in Christchurch’s food scene.

Reply ‘STAB ME’ to Confirm

Naith Morrow inside Absolution Tattoo
Christchurch & Canterbury
We caught up with Absolution's owner and artist, Naith Morrow, to learn more about this Christchurch tattoo/piercing studio and art gallery rolled into one.

The Neatest Campgrounds in Canterbury

A person swinging on a swing over a forested gorge.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Whether you’re a seasoned camper or are only just getting into the thought of ‘roughing it’, Canterbury is spoiled for choice with the neatest campgrounds.

48 Hours Christchurch

Entrance to Botanic Gardens.
Christchurch & Canterbury
There’s nothing like the promise of a full weekend ahead. We’ve already curated the best way to spend 12 hours in Christchurch, but if you have a little more time to spare, we have no shortage of ideas. From buzzing city cafes, quirky gallery exhibits, seaside walks and memorable meals, not a moment will feel wasted.

The Modern Mess

Jen Pomeroy smiling to camera.
Christchurch & Canterbury
The Modern Mess is a recipe subscription service that inspires people to get good at seasonal home cooking in Christchurch.

11 Walks to Do in Canterbury and Where to Reward Yourself After

Tussockland walking track in Arthur's Pass with snowy mountains in the distance.
Now’s the time to get out and explore all Canterbury has to offer, both outdoors and in the towns that make this region so special.

Explore New Zealand's most beautiful street

People sitting around down New Regent Street.
Christchurch & Canterbury

A stroll down colourful, pedestrianised New Regent Street in Christchurch will instantly transport you to a bygone era.

Discovering contemporary New Zealand ceramists

Kiwis love getting their hands dirty, and working with clay is a popular discipline among artisan creatives looking to make functional and interesting works of art.

Low and Slow from Christchurch to Tokyo

Tristan and Nathan looking to camera inside Smokey T's.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Smokey T’s is the work of pitmaster Tristan (‘T’) Anderson and brother Nathan Anderson. Nat refers to his bro as “The Dan Carter of NZ BBQ” and if you’ve been to their Cashel Street joint, you know what he’s talking about. T does things low and slow and the end results (we’re talking ribs, brisket, chicken, links and more) are seriously delicious. Served up in a laid back, family friendly atmosphere it’s no surprise that Smokey T’s earned the People’s Choice in the 2019 Christchurch Hospitality Awards.

Bringing Health and Happiness to the Garden City Through Food

Katie Ross looking to camera.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Barefoot Eatery is the product of dedication and a genuine love for whole foods and nutritious eating. In 2014, owners Katie and Will opened up a stall at Riccarton Bush Farmers Market as Greenroots Juicery. At the time, healthy eating and wellness was a new conversation many people were having, and the response to their colourful and delicious pours was overwhelmingly positive. Katie and Will have run with that success and still open weekly at the farmers market while also running Barefoot Eatery and their NZ wide juice delivery service. Part of The Welder on Welles Street, Barefoot Eatery is a hub for anyone who appreciates eating, drinking and living well. We caught up with Katie over a smoothie to chat about how it all came together....

Pursuing Your best, Together

Tim, Sam, and Jess of O-Studio
O-Studio is the work of three locals with a wide array of experiences in the world of sport, meditation, yoga and well-being. In a time where there’s an information overload on all things health, fitness and wellness their approach is refreshing, exciting and focused. O-Studio is a restorative environment as much as it is a place to work on performance in a way that applies positively to all aspects of life - not just athletics.

Where to Shop for Mother's Day in Christchurch

homewares at Frances Nation
Just one day of the year feels inadequate to celebrate all of the things our wonderful mums do. But since there is just one day and it’s this Sunday (9th May), you’d better make it a goodie.

What to eat and drink in Level 3 lockdown - Christchurch

A pizza.
The wait is over! Level 3 has arrived and with it a host of exciting takeaway and delivery options from some of the Garden City's finest eating and drinking establishments.

Show Your Home Some Love with New Zealand's Best Online Homewares Stores

Homewares neatly displayed on shelves inside Everyday Needs in Auckland.

Spending heaps of time at home feels like the new normal. Luckily, these New Zealand homeware brands offer an array of goods to spruce up that very environment for maximum enjoyment.

A Dram with Whisky Galore's Stella Fraser Milne

Stella Fraser Milne from Whisky Galore.
Christchurch & Canterbury
In 1993 Stella Fraser Milne launched Whisky Galore with her partner, Michael. Since then this emporium to the drink has become a Christchurch institution where whisky fans both old and new can taste, learn and simply have a good time. The impressive Whisky Galore shop on Colombo Street is experiential and completely welcoming - the perfect place to enjoy whisky. After moving the business from Colombo Street, to the family’s wool shed post-quake and then back to the CBD once more, Stella’s passion for whisky and this special city are more than evident.

Trading the Corporate Life for Biang Biang Noodles

Nicole Zou from Miss Peppercorn.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Nicole Zou, chef and businesswoman behind Miss Peppercorn, has been on a full circle journey when it comes to Sichuan Chinese cuisine. Growing up, she didn’t pay the realm that was her mother’s kitchen much mind. Since then, however, quite a lot has changed.

A Road Trip Guide to Akaroa

Looking out towards the water.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Akaroa is simply picture-postcard. The harbour town is perched on one of the dozens of inlets on Banks Peninsula. Found just an hour and twenty minutes drive from Christchurch, Akaroa has fast become a popular and charming location to visit in the region. As Aotearoa’s only French settlement, the town exudes a certain je ne sai quois with colourful history, great food, quaint accommodation, and stunning scenery. No surprise really that the rare Hector dolphin decided to call this place home too.

7 Places Every Brunch Enthusiast Needs to Tick off in Christchurch

Brunch served in a Christchurch cafe offering the best brunch in the city.
Brunch enthusiasts, rejoice! Neat Places has compiled your weekend hit-list for the best brunch in Christchurch. From the caffeine hit to the perfectly poached eggs, you'll find somewhere just right for that next weekend brunch outing.

Unstoppable: Andy and Mia

Andy Shiau and Mia Zhao outside Little High Eatery in Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury
In just three years, Mia Zhao and Andy Shiau have managed to bring the city Eightgrains, Sushi Soldier, TOM, Ramen Ria, Midnight Shanghai, Dose Diner, Gelato and Tea and more. While the list of their accomplishments is long, the pair are as humble as ever. Each establishment they’ve opened has been special to them in a different way and is the end result of careful planning and a hands on approach to hospitality. We caught up with them to learn more about how they keep it all together, and thriving.

Cool Hangs - Indigo & Provisions

A photo of Dominic Ellett from Indigo and Provisions looking to camera.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Step inside the historic Boys’ High building in central Christchurch and you’ll find your way upstairs to Indigo & Provisions, a stunning retail space. Focussed on quality, the space has a great brand story for the curated fashion and homeware items that adorn the shelves. We caught up with owner/operator Dominic Ellett to hear more about the brand, his ethos, and his inspiration for the store.

SALT District

A photo of Little High Lanes Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Named after its geographical positioning in Christchurch’s CBD (Saint Asaph, Lichfield, and Tuam), SALT District is dubbed the city's most alternative neighbourhood. Here you’ll meet a mishmash of interesting characters making heritage buildings, multi-purpose containers, and mural-splashed laneways their home. Things are done differently on this turf, from the way the coffee is brewed (delicious that is) and how menus are designed (100% local) to the creative possibilities offered by tattoo parlours, thrift shops, and art studios. If you’re looking for a neighbourhood to unashamedly express yourself in, this is it.

Mountain Biking is the New Golf

Aaron Hogg the trail builder.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Aaron Hogg likes to build "punk rock trails". Find him and his crew in the thick of it on dig days at the Christchurch Adventure Park.

Make Goldilocks Jealous with Christchurch's Best Porridge Dishes

Woman pouring milk onto porridge.
Porridge is everywhere - luxury, next level porridge, that is. Find out some of the top spots around Christchurch to get your fix.

City North

Brightly coloured macaroons in a white box.
Encompassing Merivale and St Albans, City North in Christchurch is chock full of chic spots to get some retail therapy or a caffeine fix. Fancy a wine or a bite? City North has you covered there, too. Dating back to 1851, it's an area with plenty of history, and a wide range on offer for anyone venturing just outside the Four Aves. Easily reached by bike, bus, or on foot, make your way to City North and check out what's on offer.

West End

Close up of Christchurch's Art Gallery.

With landmarks like the Arts Centre and the historic Canterbury Museum, there's plenty to love about Christchurch's West End. Walk down from The Terrace towards the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens and you'll see what all the fuss is about. From the tram tracks to the collective of cultural hotspots, this is a neighbourhood that is quintessentially Canterbury. As the central city has been rebuilt after the 2011 earthquakes, there's been plenty invested in West End - from the building restorations to swanky new office blocks. Dive into the restaurants and cafes tucked into ground floor haunts, and while away a morning exploring.

Sydenham

Entrance to The Colombo in Sydenham in Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Sydenham continues to push the boundaries when it comes to delighting Christchurch locals with its fantastic array of bright and bustling shops and eateries. Once a non-descript part of the mighty Colombo Street in Christchurch, Sydenham has seen a welcome resurgence since the earthquake with the arrival of the popular boutique shopping mall, The Colombo. Further along, you'll find plenty of bars, restaurants, and street art sure to delight. Originally named after a china shop on Colombo Street, Sydenham continues to push the boundaries when it comes to delighting shoppers with its fantastic turnaround from grey and mundane to bright and bustling.

Brunch in the 'Burbs with the Best Neighbourhood Cafés in Christchurch

People dining around a table at The Origin, Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury

There’s nothing quite like the comfort of your local neighbourhood café where familiar faces greet you from day to day and your regular order can be placed with a mere nod and a smile.

Dose up on Goodness, Here's 5 Places to Sink a Green Smoothie in Christchurch

A green juice on a table at Dose Diner Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Healthy, filling, nutritious, energising, the green smoothie is one craving not to feel guilty over.

Drool Your Way Through Christchurch's Finger-lickin' Fried Chicken Dishes

A bowl of fried chicken from Chicken Empire.
Christchurch & Canterbury

We've scoured Christchurch to find the best places to get your hands on the finger-lickin' fried chicken.

Shopping without a supermarket

Cheese and bread on a table with flowers.

Whether you’re preparing a picnic, BBQ or just looking to stock up your fridge and pantry with items not from the supermarket, we have your guide to the independent butcheries, bakeries, delis, greengrocers and liquor stores in Christchurch.

Hospitality Hero

A photo of Emma Mettrick from Twenty Sven Steps restaurant Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury
We sit down with Emma Mettrick – co-owner of much-loved Christchurch restaurant, Twenty Seven Steps - to find out what makes her tick.

12 Hours Amberley & Waipara

North Canterbury landscape taken in Waipara.
Christchurch & Canterbury

The best things to see, eat, and do.

Christchurch Cafés Open on a Sunday to Stave off Your Work Week Blues

A burger, chips and beer sitting on a table in Ten27 Christchurch cafe.
Christchurch & Canterbury

There’s no bigger bummer than a well earned weekend off rolling round and discovering your favourite Christchurch café is closed.

Five of the best: where to fill your own beer

A bottle being filled up with craft beer at The Brewery Christchurch.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Bring your own bottle? How about filling your own bottle - of delicious, fresh craft beer, that is.

Lunch Lady

Flip Grater of Yumbo, Christchurch lunch delivery.
Flip Grater is switching up the lunchbox scene with her delivery service, Yumbo.

Sharing is caring. The best places for shared plates

Sharing plates on a table at Earl, Christchurch
Whoever first coined the phrase “sharing is caring” was clearly a good person to head out to dinner with.

Live the Digital Nomad Life with 13 Christchurch Cafés That Have Free Wifi

A woman working in a cafe.
A necessity in homes, workplaces and public spaces – but wifi connections in cafés, bars and restaurants can feel few and far between.

Neatest places for an ice cream

A hand holding an ice cream.
Christchurch & Canterbury

On a hot day in Christchurch, there’s no better way to cool down than with a delicious iced delight.

Waffle Cone Kid

Jed Joyce on a couch.
Christchurch & Canterbury
What started as a way to fundraise for a school trip as a 14-year-old has grown into two roaming ice cream carts, two ice cream shops, and a cult status at Rollickin Gelato for Jed Joyce.

Amberley and Waipara

A boy swimming in a lake.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Not to be mistaken for simply a place to pass through, North Canterbury's Amberley and Waipara have a few aces up their sleeves when it comes to places worth lingering a while. Wine country in Waipara is home to a number of top-class vineyards and tasting rooms. Here, you'll look out upon rolling hills of vines and sip wide varieties of wine, while hearing about the process from the talented winemakers themselves. Vintage shopping or boutique beer anyone? Amberley has the best of both, and after meandering your way through thrift shop finds and filling up your takeaway rigger, there are cafés aplenty to rest your feet in and fill up on small-town cheese scones.

Port Lyttelton

Looking out to Port Lyttelton from Lyttelton Coffee Co-op.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Over the rolling Port Hills in Christchurch, you’ll find the eccentric suburb of Port Lyttelton. This is a place where cosy houses teeter on steep streets and the weekend farmers market brings London Street alive with the colourful characters who call this side of town home. Lyttelton was historically known as the ‘gateway to Canterbury’ for colonial settlers who came to the bustling port back in the 1700s. With a love for music, food and culture, the port suburb lays claim to some of the country’s current music stars - Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid, and Marlon Williams to name a few. With a passion for community, local produce, and doing things their own way, any Lyttelton dweller will be quick to tell you this is one of Christchurch’s best-kept secrets.

High Street

A large black and white sign for Smash Palace on High Street.
Once home to Christchurch's greatest number of Victorian and Edwardian style buildings, High Street has been built from the ground up following the 2011 earthquake. Now welcoming back some of the very shops that give it such an edge in the city, High Street is once again becoming the shopper's go-to destination for the greatest and latest in high-end fashion. A street that slants its way through the grid of inner-city laneways, High Street is comfortably at odds with staying within the box, and its popular array of eateries doing things a little differently are all proof that this neighbourhood is very much happy to move to the beat of its own drum.

Roses to Riches

A photo of Natalie-Rose holding a bunch of flowers.
Christchurch & Canterbury
We chatted with the green-fingered entrepreneur Natalie Rose Rutherford of Flowerhead to discuss posies, best work practices and what it takes to run a floristry business.

Sweet & Savage

A photo of Rachel Savage with her children.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Let’s be honest, there’s no denying that Rachel Savage clearly has a bit of a thing for food.

A Decade of Making It Raw

A photo of Julia.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Make It Raw founder, Julia Brown, chats to us about making her delicious raw creations, balancing motherhood and what’s next for the family-run business.

Coffee Roasters

A coffee on a table.

Those roasting, brewing and serving it the best

The Planet Conscious Cook

Alex Davies sitting at a table.
It would be easy to mistake the impulses that lead Alex Davies as ambition, but it is more like restlessness – a deep, nearly primal desire to keep moving forward as a person and chef, evolving, improving. It’s as if he is allergic to stasis.

12 Hours Christchurch

A photo of Riverside Market in Christchurch.
The best things to see, eat, and do in Christchurch