Holiday hungry Cantabrians investing in bolthole properties not far from home
With the pandemic wrecking overseas travel plans, prices in Castle Hill, Hanmer Springs and Akaroa – all within 90 minutes of Christchurch – are taking off.
Three of the best eateries in Akaroa
Head to this former French settlement for modern Indian fusion and seasonal bistro cuisine.
Mt Hutt full to bursting on 'bluebird' day
Some skiers had to turn to other ski fields as snow sports enthusiasts flocked to Canterbury's largest skifield on the last day of the school holidays, creating large queues.
Hurry to Hurunui: Glamping, wine and horse riding
Bestselling author Nicky Pellegrino finds plenty to write home about the east of our own Main Divide.
The magic of Kaikōura: Nature and stoic optimism
“I’ve lived here all my life, but sometimes I look out the window and go, ‘Wow – I’ve never seen that before.’”
24-hour guide to Christchurch
With flat streets, the narrow Avon River tranquilly winding through heritage and modern architecture, central Christchurch is a pleasure to explore.
The 'untouched' charm of Akaroa
Local bed and breakfast owner Jacqui Richardson says the town has a lot of offer.
Is New Regent St really the most beautiful street in NZ?
A Christchurch mayor declared it as such on April Fool's Day in 1932, but there are other contenders.
A taste of Palestine at Christchurch's Habibi Sweets
Carla Motta and her husband Edivanio are bringing a Palestinian twist to pastry in the Garden City.
What's good, Christchurch? Six of the best pizza slices
Megan Hancox-Hammer of Lyttelton’s Arbour Bar pizza restaurant shares her favourite places to grab a slice in Christchurch.
How to spend 48 hours in charming Akaroa
With cruise ships still off-limits, there's never been a better time to savour this historic township's many charms.
Christchurch: NZ's most underrated city for a winter escape
Many people head to the mountains for a winter escape, but one of our cities has a whole host of fun for the colder months — from hot tubs to storm domes.
Record number of skiers flock to Mt Hutt for 'bluebird' opening day
Some eager punters even camped on the mountain overnight to ensure they didn't have to queue before getting in their first run.
What's good: Where to get a good coffee in Christchurch
Coffee roaster Jeremy Innes shares his tips on brewing a quality coffee and his favourite places to satisfy his caffeine fix.
Hanmer Springs to be transformed into a 'winter wonderland'
An ice rink, drive-in movies and a masked ball are among the range of events planned for Hanmer Springs' first winter festival this July.