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CONTENTS Winter 2017 Own This City

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10 Word on the Street Tip-offs, trends and more. 14 Don't Give up your Day Job Roasting at Underground Coffee Roasters. 16 Movers & Shakers Cityscape catches up with Empire Bar & Izakaya's Simon Kerr. 18 Winter Edit This season's essentials.

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20 Art Supplies Hot art picks for the home. 22 The Lap of Luxury The ultimate staycations. 28 Wine Country Discover Waipara in the allnew Mercedes C200 Cabriolet. 30 Luxury with a Conscience We meet sustainable luxury pioneer Peri Drysdale. 33 A Local's Guide to ... Victoria Street Precinct.

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38 The gourmand's guide to winter in the city. 39 Review Fine seafood dining at Pescatore. 41 Recipes Cured Akaroa Salmon and the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini. 44 Food Files Essentials for the pantry and dining bucketlist. 46 The A-List Gourmet goodies, catering, functions and venues. 48 Food & Drink Drinking and dining in the city.

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22 The Lap of Luxury

38 Feast

87 Fashion & Wellbeing

103 Home & Lifestyle

104 Redefining Luxury

117 What's On

128 The Last Word

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Home & Lifestyle 103 Living well and great spaces. 104 Redefining Luxury The changing face of Kiwi design with CoLab. 106 Hot Property With Mary Turnbull. 107 Home Styling Ten things to covet. 110 The Lux Outdoors Golden rules for creating a lux garden. 111 Home Front What's hot for the home. 116 Read, Watch, Listen Reviews, profiles and goss.

111 Fashion & Wellbeing 87 Looking good, feeling good. 88 Fashion Forecast Turn up the heat with these hot winter looks. 90 The Treatment Life-changing super lux spa experiences. 93 The Good Life With Dr Libby. 94 Fashion for the Boys Killer looks for the dapper lad.

87 117 What’s On 117 The Christchurch hotlist. 121 Gigs, Concerts & Events The city’s hottest tickets. 128 The Last Word Legendary opera star Nino Surguladze.

ON THE COVER

Nino Surguladze

The Georgian opera bombshell and leading international mezzo-soprano is coming to Christchurch with New Zealand Opera's production of Carmen in July – see page 128 for more.

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From the

Winter 2017

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There's no denying winter is here, but hopefully our new-look luxury issue distracts you from the biting cold. We've put in the hard yards to compile our biggest, luxest Cityscape magazine yet, bringing you the best of the best the city has to offer, from the city's spanking new swanky champagne and oyster bar through to stylish homeware essentials and inspo, sizzling designer fashions, and Christchurch's hottest gigs, events and happenings. We talk to industry leaders in architecture, landscaping and fashion for their take on luxury, and meet New Zealand Opera's internationallyrenowned lead for Carmen (p128). Join us as we hit the Waipara wine trail in the all-new Mercedes C200 Cabriolet (p28) and check out the ultimate lux escapes with our Lap of Luxury feature (p22).

Isaac Wilson

International Standard Serial Number ISSN 2324-4879 print, ISSN 2324-4887 online

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TREAT YOUR (TASTE) BUDS The city's hottest dining spots and after dark (and daylight) haunts!

TIPS & TRENDS Cityscape's wrap of essential inspo for the home is just a click away.

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WHET YOUR WHISTLE

Word on the Street

The essential hangout for anyone who appreciates a good G&T, WHET Drinking Room offers a collection of no fewer than 151 (!) different gins from all over the world. They even match gins to specific tonics, and if it all seems a bit daunting, the knowledgeable crew behind the frosty-topped ice bar in the sexy space are always on hand to learn you up. Clearly this is the place to celebrate World Gin Day(s) – tap WHET’s special June 6 to 10 celebrations. They’re not just weirdly obsessed with juniper berries, though; their range also includes 45 Kiwi craft beers and 50 whiskies! Add live music and lip-smacking bar snacks, too; we’re in night-out heaven territory here. whet.co.nz

TIP-OFFS, TRENDS & MORE

MONDAY ON THE MOVE

Photo: Nadia June Photography

The already sophisticated and adventurous dining at The Monday Room is getting just that little bit better again with their big move to High Street and rebranding to TMR Restaurant & Bar. Their new location at 161 High Street steps their already impressive offering up another notch, with three intimate dining areas. themondayroom.co.nz

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OGB-FG Cathedral Square fave O.G.B has taken over the neighbouring space that was Maddison’s Restaurant, with an all-day menu offering with plans for a cocktail lounge next to the bar. Word on the street is we can expect to see a barber shop popping up near the prohibition-cool hot spot in the near future too! ogb.co.nz

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Raising the bar New addition to Victoria Street Louis Champagne & Oyster Bar channels the decadence from its namesake that sparked the French peasantry to revolt; the swishy bar offers 16 different varieties of champagne and oysters 12 ways, under a 1.5 metre-diameter crystal chandelier.

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A feast for the senses

The CSO continues a tradition of their own of recent years (as well as some much older ones) on June 10 with A Royal Feast. This hugely popular occasion (a sell out in 2016) on the orchestra’s programme is part of their Baroque-inspired Winter Series, and sees lucky attendees feasting on a sumptuous three-course meal served up by Continental Catering and matched to Pegasus Wines in the Arts Centre’s magnificent recently restored Great Hall. The meal is interspersed with the Orchestra performing Handel’s splendiferous and justly celebrated Water Music Suite – itself first performed to revellers in 1717 on a party cruise down the Thames for King George the First and his hangers-on. Time to live like a royal! cso.co.nz

LITTLE ITALY The Colombo will be waving the green, white and red flag during June for their Italian Month celebrations. It coincides with the Cinema Italiano Festival screening at the Academy Gold Cinema. Expect the European-inspired mall to be fully decorated in all things Italian, Italian takes on tasty eats from the food hall and dining outlets, live music and more in a celebration of viva la dolce vita! thecolombo.co.nz

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FLOWER POWER

Stealth Operator An exciting addition to Christchurch hospitality magnate Tony Astle’s empire looms, with Christchurch Art Gallery space Universo Brasserie & Bar opening in August. Channelling Eurothemed lux, the venue will open from 10am 7 days, serving brunch, lunch and dinner with a price point for everyone and a strong bar focus. Expect the fit out to include large stylish pots holding tropical plants, with guests able to sit in the venue’s gallery entrance during its opening hours or amidst seating for 70 outside. And given it’s a Stealth venue, there’s bound to be some elaborate surprises!

We’ve got a super lux ELEMIS Thousand Flower Detox Wrap and Massage (RRP $349) at Lotus Siam Thai Day Spa to giveaway. This pampering treatment offers a 60-minute nutrient-rich detox wrap using the deeply nourishing Green Tea Balm – rich in minerals, proteins and Omegas – to encourage super skin health and powerful detoxification, and leave you feeling completely reinvigorated. It's then followed by a relaxing hour-long massage. To enter, email us at info@somocreative.co.nz with ‘Wrap’ in the subject line and tell us why you need a detox. Entries close August 31.

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PRE-TRENDING Cityscape scours the globe to find out the hot and happening trends in the gourmet scene before they hit the local scene (or bypass us completely).

Snow patrol

Perfect for hitting the slopes in style, Mercedes Benz’ GLS 350d reaches new heights in off-road capabilities, throwing in new levels of comfort along the way. With the 3.0 V6 diesel motor under its sculpted bonnet teamed with a super smooth ride courtesy of fully automatic damping, seating for 7 (and a spacious 7 at that!), and aggressive traction, you’ll find nowhere is off limits. For the ultimate experience, pencil in an epic road trip down to Queenstown for the ultra-lux 4-day champers-fuelled ski extravaganza that is Clicquot in the Snow (3 – 6 August). Turn heads on the mountain with its rugged good looks, then turn them again when you engage the ‘Off-road+’ traction control mode’s locking centre diff and low-range gearbox and start dominating the road less travelled. mbchristchurch.co.nz

TREE OF LIFE

Taking their name from the stunning 6-metre art piece tree they share the atrium of the ANZ Centre with, Arbo/ Arborista is a slick new relaxed café/ espresso offering positioned not only in the heart of a building, but in the heart of the rebuilding city centre too. Contemporary and bright, full service café Arbo offers tempting cabinet fare as well as a full menu bursting with seasonal delights, while little espresso bar Arborista powers out C4 Krank coffee all week before making an Optimus Prime-like transformation into a wine bar on Thursday and Friday evenings; tasty sharing platters, premium wines and craft beers sate the after-work crowd. Grab a Three Boys and some truffle salt fries, chill out under the tree and toast to new regrowth in the CBD! arbo.co.nz

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UK family restaurant Maxwell’s has launched Cheesebomb Burgers on the world. Diners pour a mug (really!) of hot melted cheddar over the top of their classic beef burger. It's a thing of calorific beauty.

Halloumi chips: yes they’re a thing, and we need them in Christchurch! Luckily they’re easy enough to make; cut a block of halloumi into sticks, lightly coat in four and deep fry for super tasty cheesy fries.

Minneapolis brother and sister duo Aubry & Kale Walch are behind The Herbivorous Butcher, where they ‘make’ BBQ ribs, salami, and meatballs that look and taste like the real thing from a plant base.


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Mello cello

Making a welcome return to New Zealand’s shores, world-class cellist Daniel Müller-Schott (along with his 290-year-old cello) is joining the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for Schumann & Barber at the Isaac Theatre Royal on June 21. This sumptuous programme features some of the most emotionally stirring music ever put to paper, with Müller-Schott’s energetic and fearless style bound to ensure Robert Schumann’s achingly romantic Cello Concerto in A minor is a highlight of the 2017 season. The orchestra also takes on Brahms’ appropriately-named Tragic Overture and Samuel Barber’s renowned Adagio For Strings, a haunting, melancholy piece that has been played to mark the deaths of Princess Diana, JFK, and the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Barber’s own Symphony No. 1 rounds out the concert, with maestro James Feddeck’s crisp interpretations sure to inject the evening with a profound emotion. nzso.co.nz

Taking their tasty treats to the street, the team at The Nook are rocking an authentic and tricked up Thai street food cart straight from the bustling streets and foodie heaven of Bangkok. Look for their slick new eats wagon outside their New Regent Street restaurant on the weekends and at events and markets around the city, turning out primo Thai-style pancakes, BBQ chicken and pork skewers, deep fried chicken wings, soups, sticky rice and more. Perfect for a Thai-style mini break in the heart of the city! thenook.nz

DON’T GIVE UP YOUR DAY JOB I can just make out what Underground Coffee Roasters’ head roaster extraordinaire Lewis Fitzgerald is yelling at me over my earmuffs and the roar of UG’s coffee roasting machine. The aroma of roasting coffee and toasty heat the city’s only Sivetz Fluid Bed Coffee Roaster is cranking out makes this a great place to be on a cold day. Sure it’s loud (nearly 100 decibels!), but each roast only lasts 11 to 12 minutes, and the Sivetz’ multitasking capabilities means we’re kept busy measuring/pre-blending beans, vacuuming them into the hopper, roasting, cooling, and storing, tweaking temperatures all the while to ensure a smooth roast. “The secret is making sure the bean temp and air temp rise consistently,” yells Lewis. I run a gloved hand through the roasted beans in the cooling tray, watching the next batch of the popular Avant Garde house blend tumbling against the viewing window on the cushion of hot air and changing from green to yellow, orange, brown and finally a dark chocolate colour. The noise means we can’t rely on the cracking of the beans to judge how they’re going; instead Lewis has a mad scientist’s list of timings and fluctuations to guide us (plus the beans' smell and colour), and with each roast worth over $300, we follow it to the nano-second! undergroundcoffee.co.nz

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Movers & shakers

Cityscape ventured upstairs into Empire Bar & Izakaya’s über-fancy VIP room to catch up with legendary bar tsar/ manager and cocktail whisperer Simon Kerr. What’s your signature cocktail? It's actually a variation of our flagship cocktail – a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini (see recipe on page 41). It's a great cocktail to get the night started! In-house infused Vanilla Belvedere Vodka, salted caramel syrup, and a double shot of espresso. What’s the secret to a killer cocktail? A balance of look and taste are key components to any great cocktail. Complementary flavours are a must. And ideally good chat across the bar is the final ingredient! Favourite place to go out for a big night? Empire and Baretta are great for nights out. Both are open late, with each having something a bit different to choose from, whether it's beers alfresco in the courtyard at Baretta, or some late night club bangers next door at Empire. Where is CHCH's hidden gem? O.G.B! Not so hidden but a fantastic spot for a drink or two at any time of the day. Favourite Sunday afternoon spot? Anywhere with a view and a cold pint – some amazing hospitality offerings are popping up in the city.

It's fine wine and Euroinspired exotic cuisine at Northwood’s swanky The Option Bistro & Wines. Their gourmet’s paradise menu features French fave duet Escargots á la Bourguignonne (snails cooked in garlic and herb butter), served with crostini and matched to a glass of traditional Chablis, for just $23. They're one of the few places in the South Island serving this stunning union, and there's more enticing options on their menu and global wine list. theoption.co.nz

HOME COOKIN’ Green Dinner Table is a concept that’s joined New Zealand’s burgeoning meal plan delivery service scene, but with a bit of a twist – the meals they deliver fresh ingredients and recipes for every week are all plant-based. The locally-based company is the baby/brainchild of chef Tom Riley and health enthusiast and former ambulance officer Cole Stacey. Tom and Cole aim to empower people to make positive changes to their health and environment via eating more vegetarian fare, and their tasty programme of meal ideas (think the likes of miso mushroom meatballs with soy-spiked tomato sauce, or roast pumpkin and black kale risotto with maple-glazed pumpkin seeds) are designed to maximise the deliciousness of the fresh, locallysourced seasonal produce they deliver, making the transition easy! With plans for both couples and families, covering 3 or 5 meals a week, you can pick an option to best suit your needs and budget, and then it’s just a matter of letting the weekly goodness show up at your door! greendinnertable.co.nz

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1 Karen Walker Metamorphosis Dress (RRP $950) 2 Baobab Collection Jungle Safari Scented Candles (RRP from $240) from Corso Merivale

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3 Boleyn Large Pear Stone with Multi Chains & Single Spike Stud (RRP $2,590) from Filigree Fine Jewels

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4 Christian Lacroix Cabane Mediterranee Floor Rug ($3,979) from Casual & Country 5 Diplomatico Single Vintage Rum (RRP $126.99)

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WINTER EDIT This season’s essentials.

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7 Champagne Cooler by Jan Kaplicky for Lasvit (RRP $3,467) from Matisse 8 LK Bennett Sledge (RRP $399.90) from Issimo 9 Yu Mei 3/4 Braidy Bag (RRP $399) from Infinite Definite

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ART

SUPPLIES Cityscape curates some stunning artworks from around the city that are designed to bring any space to life, start conversations, and be pondered over.

BREAKTHROUGH, 1970

THE DISAGREEMENT, 2014

Artist: John Jagger Price: $2,450

Artist: John Pule Price: $55,000

Contemporary, relevant and exciting, this stunning piece from renowned Californian artist the late John Jagger sees the famed animal sculptor turn his gaze to man. (Depth: 370mm, height: 415mm, width: 220mm.) Typifying Modern Californian sculpture, the piece is of copper-clad steel set on a black Belgium marble base, and comes with artist’s signature and original sale documents. mrmod.co.nz

Auckland (by way of Niue) artist John Pule’s pieces reflect his Pacific roots. He often wears his heart on his canvas, as is evident in this mixed media piece (2,000mm x 2,000mm); there’s always a very personal aspect to be found in his work. Conceived and made from the imagery and material of tapa cloth, John’s works acknowledge dynamics of migration, procreation and settlement. thecentral.co.nz

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Art Supplies FEATURE

MURMURATION 17, 2017

RED DOOR, 2017

Artist: Neil Dawson Price: POA

Artist: Min Kim Price: $5,400

Influential Christchurch artist Neil Dawson has worked as a full-time sculptor since the late 1980s and has brought us such iconic works as The Chalice in The Square, the recently installed Fanfare on the northern motorway, and Arts Centre fixture Echo, which is scheduled to be returned home to the North Quad soon. His laser-cut steel pieces have a way of tricking the eye, offering fresh perspectives and a sense of beauty and awe, as is evident in Murmuration 17, which will join his exhibition at The Central from 20 July to 20 August. thecentral.co.nz

Inspired by her extensive travels, particularly when living and studying in Italy for two years, local artist and owner of the Bryce Gallery Min Kim works predominantly in oil, watercolour and ink. A passionate, sought-after artist, her works range from the abstract through to the classical, a stunning example of the latter being her bold and vibrant Red Door (775mm x 1,075mm), a framed oil on linen piece which evokes the old-world charms of the Italian countryside. brycegallery.co.nz

BEHIND THE MASK, 2017

OLLO, 2016

Artist: Joel Hart Price: $2,500

Designer: Kerry Argus Price: $2,000

Joel Hart creates pop-culture inspired urban works such as blue-tinged beauty Behind the Mask (1,000mm x 1,000mm), a multi-layered mixed media piece on perspex and box framed. Touching on themes of love and death, Hart’s work tells stories of strength and hope to create raw emotion and passion. joelhartdesign.com

Local designer Kerry Argus’ perpetual, playful calendar Ollo is constructed from 12 sheets of hole-punched and brightly colour-coated steel. Complex patterns of holes and flashes of colour viewed through the overlapping sheets create the number of each calendar month, with dates tracked with a magnetic ring. ollo.co.nz

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THE LAP OF LUXURY

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The Lap of Luxury FEATURE

ANNANDALE, BANKS PENINSULA You’re spoiled for choice at this super lux 4,000-acre sheep and cattle farm escape on the coast, with four award-winning world-class villas up for grabs. It’s steeped in history (it’s one of the South Island’s earliest and most regarded farms), and spans 10-kilometres of wild rugged coastline along Banks Peninsula’s Pigeon Bay. Accommodation options include the property’s lovingly-restored centrepiece, the five-bedroom 1880s Annandale Homestead, complete with infinity and spa pools; the charming rustic

lux of the historic Shepherd’s Cottage for two, boasting uninterrupted views of the sea, Scrubby Bay’s cedar-clad bucolic beach house in a private bay setting for larger groups, and the jaw-on-the-floor inducing, glass enclosed ultra-modern contemporary retreat of Seascape (pictured), where natural stone feature walls join a super king bed and an outdoor lounge and spa – complete with a grassed roof, it’s a low-impact, swanky couple’s hideaway perched above the Pacific. annandale.com

HULBERT HOUSE, QUEENSTOWN A beautifully restored Victorian villa that dates back to 1888, the lovingly-restored Hulbert House is steeped in history, and offers a combination of historic elegance and contemporary service that sets it apart. The luxury, boutique accommodation experience is situated just a hop, skip and a jump from Queenstown’s vibrant central city, and its six suites offer an immediate sense of calming serenity. Each features stunning views overlooking either Lake Wakatipu or the Skyline Hill. You’ll enjoy a complimentary breakfast,

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refreshments during the day and pre-dinner drinks and canapés before you stroll into town to enjoy one of central Queenstown’s many outstanding dining options. The Hulbert House team are always on hand to offer a complete and personal concierge service, assisting you with travel arrangements, to book some of the many exhilarating and scenic activities that have made Queenstown world famous, or securing you yet more serenity with a luxurious trip to a local 5-star spa. hulberthouse.co.nz


FEATURE The Lap of Luxury

HOTEL MONTREAL, CHRISTCHURCH

BLANKET BAY, GLENORCHY A near-magical haven of peace and solitude, Blanket Bay Lodge allows you to experience unspoiled natural beauty and outdoor adventure from the very lap of luxury. With facilities and accommodation that rank with the very best the country has to offer, the magnificent Lodge perches on the shores of Lake Wakatipu on a 10,000-acre high country farm and offers glorious, quintessentially South Island lake and alpine views; it’s consistently ranked among the world’s best Lodges by prestigious international publications and organisations. From the Lodge you’re perfectly positioned to explore the nearby Milford Sound

and the rest of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site from the air by private helicopter, take on world-class fly fishing in high country rivers, heli-ski, play some of the most spectacular golf courses in the world (such as Jack’s Point and Millbrook), or hit the wine and arts trails of the region. Relax in your choice of five guest rooms or one of three huge suites with large log-burning fireplaces, private bathrooms, super-king beds, sumptuous soft furnishings and magnificent lake views from private balconies, or add to your sense of cosy, lux seclusion in a chalet away from the main lodge. blanketbay.com

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Refined elegance meets effortless modern sophistication at this boutique inner city oasis that offers 25 suites (junior and family) and a sprawling and super-slick three-bedroom, large apartmentsized penthouse with full kitchen (private chef available, natch) and an expansive balcony overlooking Hagley Park, perfect for watching the sunset with a cocktail in hand. Its location in the heart of the city makes it ideal for an inner-city mini-break, or as a splash-out crash pad after a big night in town. A lavish polo aesthetic features throughout, rolled out from the hotel’s own Polo Bar & Restaurant; this is a fittingly equestrian space where Argentinian eats (including their signature dish, featuring outdoor-roasted suckling pig – Lechon le de leche Empanadas) meet pimped-up house cocktails and an impressive ‘best of’ wine list. In short, you needn’t even leave to experience some of the city’s finest dining – or croquet in the verdant gardens! hotelmontreal.co.nz


THE PENTHOUSE BY EICHARDT’S, QUEENSTOWN The jewel atop the crown of Queenstown’s new Eichardt’s building, The Penthouse by Eichardt’s commands breathtaking, uninterrupted views across the world-famous Lake Wakatipu to the snow-capped majesty of the mountains beyond. The ultimate in luxury accommodation in the international visitor destination offers a massive 240m2 of spacious living areas, indoor and outdoor kitchens, two luxury bedrooms, marble-bedecked bathrooms, sauna, spa and Queenstown’s largest private terrace. You’ll also find fully automated lighting, entertainment and heating systems, and a fully equipped outdoor kitchen

(joining the stunning indoor one, which features Gaggenau and Sub Zero appliances, a granite bench and yet more mountain views – plus a private chef, of course). Your Penthouse experience begins on arrival; meet your chauffeur at the airport in a Land Rover Discovery which is available for your private use throughout your stay, then call upon your 24-hour butler to escort you via private elevator to the Penthouse before enjoying pre-dinner cocktails served in-suite, Krug Champagne, and an excellent selection of Moet & Hennessy spirits replenished daily. Cheers! eichardts.com

OTAHUNA LODGE, TAI TAPU Built in 1895 by renowned New Zealand parliamentarian, philanthropist and horticulturalist Sir Heaton Rhodes, Otahuna Lodge is a beacon of luxury and privacy from a bygone era, set on 30-acres of award-wining gardens, woodlands, orchards and 19th century organic vegetable gardens that supply ingredients for its kitchen’s lauded garden-to-plate philosophy. Take up residence in the master suite named after Rhodes; this spectacular 100-squaremetre-plus palatial suite, spread over four rooms, is

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STONEFLY LODGE, NELSON

GREYSTONE PUREPOD, WAIPARA Take your lux escape off the beaten track (literally) as you leg it through native bush on the final stretch to Greystone PurePod where, nestled in the heart of the Waipara wine country, you’ll find your own private paradise with a sustainable bent. With glass walls, ceiling and floor, and perched above the award-winning Greystone Wines vineyards with views up the valley to the Southern Alps and with the

Teviotdale Hills to your back, there’s something to see everywhere you look, including star gazing from your plush bed at night. Hit the wine cycle/walking trails, or just soak up the serenity as you graze your way through the optional food package, which features the region’s finest gourmet goodies and a local drop picked up on the way in. purepods.com/location/greystone

This majestic stone and timber lodge sits on 156 acres of private forest and the banks of the Motueka River. Relax in the library, strike up a game of snooker, or enjoy the excellent range at the Matai Bar – all excellent options after a day of world-class flyfishing. Four guest rooms offer glorious views as well as fine linen, super king beds, bespoke furniture and local art, and a large open kitchen adjoining the dining area provides relaxed, shared fine dining among guests. stoneflylodge.co.nz

THE GEORGE, CHRISTCHURCH Epitomising comfort and luxury in one of the city’s most covetable locations (bordered by Hagley Park and the tranquil Avon River, and mere minutes walk from the city’s top attractions), The George is the boutique, lux bar raiser by which all other city accommodations are measured. The go-to for visiting celebs and touring rock stars, it’s perfect for your own rock star moment, whether you’re kicking back in the dark-timbered and plush velvet surrounds of one of the 50 suites (you want the seriously swanky three-bedroom, multi-award-winning character villa The Residence – trust us), enjoying a flute of France’s finest in the bar, or undertaking a gastronomic degustation odyssey at the legendary Pescatore restaurant. thegeorge.co.nz

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SPLIT APPLE RETREAT, ABEL TASMAN This exclusive, multi-award winning luxury lodge and wellness retreat is located on the edge of one of the country’s most beloved and scenic spots, the Abel Tasman National Park. Focussed entirely on your relaxation and wellbeing, the lodge offers a salt-water, infinity swimming pool and Japanese spa with views that stretch out across the azure Tasman Sea and Astrolabe Islands, with additional rejuvenation and invigoration facilities including a FAR-infrared sauna, steam room, gym, and outdoor shower with hot water. Head to the screening room to experience deep, high-tech meditation (or simply watch one of their

large selection of films in reclining leather seats), or experience gourmet cuisine with a difference – a team-up of retired physician Lee Nelson and trained chef Anne Pen Lee has resulted in gourmet fare that still makes a positive contribution to health and wellness. Three luxurious suites offer 180-degree ocean views as well as 2 private decks with fragrant gardens, and private paths lead guests down to beautiful examples of the golden-sand beaches for which the area is famous, with one overlooking the 120 million year old landmark that gives this world-leading spa its name. splitapple.com

HAPUKU LODGE AND TREEHOUSES, KAIKOURA With the concept of putting its guests amongst the birds, Hapuku Lodge stations guests in luxury treehouses amidst the canopy of a native Kanuka grove, some 10 metres above the ground. This 5-star eco-retreat just a few kilometres north of Kaikoura allows guests to nest in luxurious comfort in the treetops, with your bedroom in the sky clad in native timber and offering a luxurious king bed, fireplace and spa. Their five luxury tree houses are joined by an additional four luxury lodge suites and the Olive House, a beautifully

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converted building that originally contained an olive press, and now offers a beautiful three-bedroom apartment across two stories. Join it all with an idyllic setting where wild deer wander nearby on the resident farm near olive groves and a vineyard – all staged in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Kaikoura Ranges – as well as outstanding cuisine with a natural focus on the region’s own premium ingredients (fresh crayfish, anyone?), and you can see why the Lodge is in hot demand. hapukulodge.com


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Cityscape enjoys some top-down fun prowling the Waipara vineyards in Mercedes’ sexy new addition to their convertible line, the peerless C200 Cabriolet.

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ur stealthy glide through the Jurassic Parkproportioned and elaborate wrought-iron gates of Pegasus Bay Winery sees all eyes on Mercedes’ newly-minted C200 Cabriolet, despite fierce competition from the line-up of European lux vehicles glistening in the midday autumn sunshine in the car park of the Waipara wine region’s heavy-hitter. It’s little wonder; practically predatory with its sleek, low slung and aggressive stance, the C200 exudes the edgy, barely-veiled menace and agile grace of a panther ready to pounce, although I could be biased, having been effortlessly seduced by the vehicle in our drive up from Lyttelton.

Convertibles on the open road are generally a windy and noisy affair, but not so the C200. Dynamic and cutting-edge styling converge with some aerodynamic genius, especially when the AirCap buffer above the windscreen and rear air deflector are engaged. If I really concentrate, I can feel the wind gently teasing my hair (I think), with the top down doing 100km/h on State Highway 1 – but that could be the cunning addition of the AirScarf system caressing the back of my neck with warm air. Combine this with heated seats, and you have a convertible for all seasons. What’s more, we don’t have to have K.Flay jacked to the ceiling when our favourite tracks

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come on to hear them, with the 5 Loudspeakers suitably pimped out with FrontBass. Back in the car park, looks alternate between envy and awe; we’re getting used to them, having already stopped at Amberley’s Nor’Wester Café for a heartstarting, precision-crafted Allpress Espresso sipped under the dappled sunlight of the spiky leaved giant palm, from where we can spot rubbernecking passers-by taking many a second (and third) look. Indeed, it’s an eye-catching display of inimitable beauty – dazzling jet black and shining chrome exterior melds with buttery cream leather seating and brushed aluminium featured across the futuristic dash.


I can’t help myself and also give it a second look, over my shoulder, as we make our way to the winery homestead’s towering pink turret, almost expecting to see a shiver of anticipation ripple through its lustrous, metallic black body. The first tasting is a given; the Sauvignon Semillon is a perennial favourite, and on a semi-summer top-down day like today, it’s a perfect sipper in the rustic, wooden and delightfully anachronistic surrounds of Pegasus Bay’s refined cellar door. We move onto their game-changing Gewürztraminer, teasingly exotic on the nose with pawpaw and laced with a gingery warmth on the palate and a refreshingly dry finish that is deemed boot-worthy. While I pull the pin, my partner in crime works through some reds, settling on the dark cherry elegance of the Pinot Noir. It feels good to be back behind the wheel, where intuitive handling joins a well-thought out cockpit and everything is within reach. Paddle shifters allow you to take

things into your own hands, but the 9G-TRONIC transmission is seamless, so I let the vehicle do its own thing. I’m also easily won over by the tightly-wound 2.0-litre, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which takes us from a gentle purr to a throaty roar when I put my foot down, turning our wine trail road trip into a hunt as we prowl the vineyard roads. It’s still a cracker of a day when Waipara Hills’ iconic roadside building comes into view and, basking in the afternoon sun in the landscaped garden and overlooking the endless rows of vines, we enjoy the epitome of a Euro-style alfresco vineyard lunch. We devour a baguette featuring an eye-rollingly good spiced prune fromage, a dreamy and indulgent combination brought home with the addition of the slightly sweet onion jam, which is gently cajoled into submission by the delicate acid profile of the multi-award winning Equinox Riesling. Several wineries are still on our hit list, so it’s on to mains and the

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the precision pairing of a delicate, fluffy gnocchi with the moreish hum of chorizo, tangy preserved lemon, crunchy pine nuts and sharp parmesan. This masterpiece is sublimely matched to the stone fruit freshness and mineral tingle of the Equinox Sauvignon Blanc. Similarly inspired is the comfort on a plate that is the beef ragout, which is bolstered by earthy mushroom and tossed through fresh pappardelle, and has its own elegant suitor in the devilishly enticing Equinox Pinot Noir, which is resplendent with soft tannins and sun-warmed red berries. Both wines make it to our boot, which is surprisingly spacious giving the elaborate folding roof mechanisation, with room for several cases more. Vehicle supplied by Armstrong Prestige (mbchristchurch.co.nz), Pegasus Bay Winery (pegasusbay. com), Waipara Hills (waiparahills wines.co.nz), Nor’Wester Café (norwestercafe.co.nz).


Luxury with a conscience As the world’s luxury markets clamour to implement the now essential element of sustainability into their brands, Cityscape caught up with local sustainable luxury pioneer Peri Drysdale at Untouched World to find out what it took to bring her vision to market before sustainability was even a consideration.

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ou’re a pioneer in combining luxury with sustainability. Why was this so important when you were starting out? As I travelled around the world exporting our first brand of knitwear, Snowy Peak, I became really concerned about the trajectory the planet was on. I saw the environment deteriorating year on year, at a time when business and government focus was all about growth at any cost. After a mental game of tug-of-war between thinking that it was too big a problem for one person or business to tackle, but also not being able to ignore what I had seen and knew, I decided my best chance to try and make a difference was to create a positive and aspirational sustainable brand that showed you could be good to the planet and its people and still enjoy great design, style and comfort. I wanted to reach opinion leaders and people in the global population that had the greatest capacity to make a difference themselves. This meant we needed to be at the luxury end instead of the jute/ hemp sack cloth end. How did you make this vision a reality? Back then no one was really using the word sustainability in the context of business – or government, in fact. The first thing we did was have our entire team read a bunch of books we bought on sustainability. Then we agreed on what being sustainable as a company meant for us. We were invited to join a pioneering group of eight organisations from New Zealand and Australia called Redesigning Resources. We met each week to figure out how to create a sustainable organisation and set ourselves projects and

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targets, and used our internal group peer pressure as motivation. It was tough going, but it was very good. We had help from other organisations in the group who had skills we didn’t have and needed, and in return they were able to come into our business on a weekly basis and learn about implementing this in a business context. At the end of the process a book was written, with the goal of providing sort of a blueprint for others to follow. We wrote our first comprehensive Sustainable Development Report two years later, which was a massive achievement. We now do new ones every two years. What were the major hurdles? There were so many! We needed to make products our customers would love so much, they would be inspired to want to know more about them. But much more than that we had to think about the business process: energy, waste, material use, reducing waste to landfill, reducing waste in production, right down to the little stuff like setting up Bokashi buckets in our tea rooms. We have always been a company that looks after its people well and have had a high level of engagement, with a low turnover and low sickness rates, so that side of the sustainability picture wasn’t something that was difficult, but it all had to be documented. Being a truly and holistically sustainable company is so much more than doing one sustainable line or one or two projects. We’d embarked on an all-consuming, whole-company approach, which involved a lot of difficult decisions. The reality is the price you pay to create sustainable fashion can be higher, but we believe it’s worth it.

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How do the principles of sustainability influence your design? A key platform for sustainability is to use less, so our aim is to create wardrobes that are super stylish, multi-tasking and won’t be in one season and out the next. They also have to be easy to care for and comfortable to wear – basically those pieces you want to go to in your wardrobe time and time again because they look good and make you feel great. Our aesthetic is ‘less is more’, which means the cut has to be superb, the fabrics exquisite, and the quality of the construction has to be extremely high. Design for sustainability is involved and comprehensive, from considering not just the production impacts of materials (fabrics, buttons, etc.), but also their ‘in use’ impacts on the environment once purchased. For example, how and how often a garment is cleaned can have more impact than its original production. What about end-of-life use – can it be upcycled, recycled, composted, or does it end up in landfill? We also want to know as much as we can about the human side of production. Who has grown the fibre, processed the fibre, the yarn, the fabric, who made the garment, what were their working conditions like? Fortunately we produce most of what we do right here in Christchurch, so we know the answers to much of this. Our design meetings are much more involved, thinking wise, than if we weren’t sustainability focussed. It is a journey; what we can’t solve in one collection may be possible next time. Tell us about the fabrics/yarns you’ve created and the reasoning behind them. We’re constantly working on new fabrics and materials to bring to our customers; various blends of organic cotton and merino, left-field plant materials, and combinations of recycled fibres, but we do have a couple of firm favourites. Our machine washable Merino fabric (Mountainsilk™) is, I believe, the best Merino fabric on the planet. It is easy care, requires minimal laundering, won’t pill and will hold its shape and colour. This is due to the technology behind the fibre selection and yarn that goes into this fabric. Our Ecopossum™ knitwear is a favourite with customers. We got involved in bringing

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possum and Merino to the market over 20 years ago, as it was just such a wonderful fibre combination, being so light yet warm and having such amazing performance characteristics. It was a perfect material for us, as it was utilising a fibre that was then being wasted. To bring this to market I practically had to do a PhD in all things possum so that we could deliver a high quality product from what was a variable fibre depending on the age of the possum, the region it came from and what time of year it was. We somehow managed to perfect the recipe, and have gone on more recently to introduce two new variations on Ecopossum™; Kapua™ (dehaired possum blended with Cashmere) and Cassum™ (dehaired possum blended with exceptionally fine, 15 micron Merino). Both blends are divine to wear and take luxury to another level. What are your proudest achievements? I am constantly humbled by how well the Untouched World name and kite logo is recognised around the world. It’s pretty exciting when the likes of Barack Obama and Prince Harry are spotted wearing our garments, but equally I get a huge buzz out of people telling us how much they love their Untouched World garments and our brand. Probably what I’m most proud of though is the recognition Untouched World has achieved at global level for our Sustainable Development work. UNESCO has us on their website as one of three global exemplars of Education for Sustainable Development. We have been working with the UN now since 2006 and in the last year we have become a founding partner of their new GAP (Global Action Programme). The Untouched World Charitable Trust (funded by the brand and some wonderful partners) is delivering ground-breaking ‘Leadership for a Sustainable Future’ programmes, and seeing young people coming through these programmes inspired to go out and make a difference, really makes me feel like what we’re doing is all worth it. It’s a massive team effort and it’s only made possible by the truly extraordinary people we are fortunate to have working with us in the company and alongside us on this journey. untouchedworld.com

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VICTORIA ST. PRECINCT Quick to bounce back post-quake, the Victoria Street precinct (after all, it’s much more than just one street) has become a go-to destination for eating out, chilling in some seriously cool bars, taking in live music, and shopping for designer fashion, homewares and more besides.

HOME DEPOT The precinct’s home to a range of designer home stores designed to bring some serious lux to your pad – you’ll find the likes of Cavit & Co (pictured), Belle Interiors, Corcovado, BoConcept, Citta Design, Matisse, Unico Italiano and Palazzo Kitchens all handily located in the same area.

ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK It might have taken a lickin’ during the earthquakes, but Victoria Street’s clock tower keeps on tickin’ (after a few repairs!).

TOP DOG American style all-day gourmet eat house Sun Dog Diner busts out what owner Jess Lynch (formerly of Mamacita’s food truck) likes to call “hoity-toity comfort food” – eggs bennie, burritos to die for, monster sandwiches, and biscuits and gravy that promise “you are going to need a nap”.

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DOUBLE ACT Sizzling Stealth siblings Mexicano’s and The Dirty Land (pictured) are good neighbours; at Día de Muertos-themed Mexicano’s, the taco range is the stuff of legend and their blood orange margarita is compulsory, while the righteous den of cool that is TDL houses some of the city’s best cocktails and regular DJ gigs.

TAKE A PUNT In addition to its obvious charms, the Casino’s entertainment hub includes the Cantoneseinspired genius of Chi Kitchen, where noodles, dumplings and stir-fries straight from the wok are whipped up for hungry diners eagerly waiting in their Guangzhou-chic, minimalist space.

Opening in June and brought to us by the team behind the streetfood-slinging genius that is Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar, Sister Kong is the Hoop Group’s take on a Hong Kong baijiu house, where bangin’ bao burgers meet the traditional feisty Chinese spirit, all tucked up inside a tricked-up new laneway.

King of Snake has a well-earned reputation among the highest echelon of Christchurch restaurants.

ALL THAT JAZZ Unique in the city and perhaps the South Island, Vesuvio Jazz & Tapas Bar combines live jazz, a connoisseur’s international wine selection (with over 50 wines available by the glass), primo cocktails and a seriously delectable tapas menu, all wrapped up in the refined sophistication of an intimate space rocking a slick cosmopolitan vibe that could easily pass for Melbourne, Barcelona, or Berlin.

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Chinwag spot with all the swagger of Jagger; Rockstar Pizza & Drink Parlour is a pizza joint and live music venue that brings neon, grit and dive bar cred roaring back from the 80s to create a venue that’s strictly about a great night out. You might even spot some 80s-like big hair too, with live music on stage every night from a range of local acts, and the menu offers up some outstanding gourmet pizzas as well as the kind of old-school cheeseburger that you should expect from a bar with metal caging covering the windows and a pinball machine in the corner.

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High end fashion abounds at iconic fashion stores Lynn Woods and Jane Daniels.

POLO ANYONE? Kick back South American-style at the Polo Bar, Hotel Montreal’s Argentinian-inspired urban oasis, where delicious shared plates join a drool-inducing range of smoked and chargrilled meats. If winter’s doing its thing you’ll want to park up by the open fire inside, but if the sun’s showing its face, you may want to head outside for a spot of croquet! So civilised.

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FARE PLAY Any local foodie worth their salt knows about Strawberry Fare’s reputation for desserts. Their decadent Ultimate Chocolate Dessert serves up chocolate fudge brownie, chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream, chocolate pate, and raspberry coulis. Yuss.

HOLY CREPES! Eat French at Maison de Crepes’ new creperie café at Carlton Courts.

THE ITALIAN CONNECTION Bringing swoon-worthy Italian artisan offerings to the heart of the city, new foodie heaven Casamassima Italian Fare on Salisbury Street is a haven for Italophiles. Fine Italian wines sit alongside aged grappa, limoncello and exotic chinotto liqueurs, which join gastronomic goodies including cave-aged pecorino cheese, authentic Italian-made pastas and sauces, ParmigianoReggiano, stracchino cheese focaccia and Prosciutto di Cinta Senese – the famed semi-wild pork prosciutto from Tuscany.

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STAR-GAZING A byword for fine dining and fine wine in Christchurch, Saggio di vino combines traditional European fare with modern techniques and a spectacular wine list. Chef patron David Napier’s CV includes London stints at the two-Michelinstarred Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley Hotel and Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner.

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Looking for tasty Thai eats? You’ll find the double whammy of two faves Kum Pun Thai and Keo Restaurant and Bar at opposite ends of the neighbourhood. Try the epic signature Kum Pun Sea Stars (pictured) or Keo Thai’s Pla Sarm Rod for a taste sensation!

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WELL LUX Louis Champagne Bar is a swanky new addition to the scene that rocks the classic pairing of France’s finest bubbles and oysters in their next-level operation, which is kitted out with some serious Euro-styled elegance. They take their name from France’s King Louis XV, so expect to be wowed by some seriously royal-level opulence.

SOUTHERN COMFORT Boo Radley’s has that customer-pleasing habit of seeming to do pretty much everything right; the Southern-inspired sharing plates (such as Southern fried chicken tenderloins with maple and black pepper caramel) delight, the regular entertainment options are always smashing it, and the cocktails and craft beers – not to mention the premium selection of bourbons – inevitably hit the spot.

IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD The perfect spot to sit and watch Victoria Street go by, Little Neighbourhood’s chilled out garden bar has got that classic hangout vibe matched with some seriously good handcrafted pizzas, craft beers and regular events and live music.

SECRET SQUIRREL Get a bit of an illicit thrill into your night out as you sneak into the brand new sexy and edgy opium-den-themed bar Red Light District via the back of a drycleaner’s shop!

BOOTY CALL The city’s home of bootybarre, the energetic, fun workout technique that fuses techniques from dance, pilates, and yoga (all designed to sculpt a perfect booty), On Pointe Barre & Wellness lives up to its name, delivering the on-trend fitness regime that’s tearing up the scene the world over.

CARTEL BLANCHE The original site of the rapidly spreading Black & White Coffee Cartel empire is always humming; you’ll find plenty of scrummy food, alternate brew coffee, and the delish aromas of their microroaster.

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Champagne and oysters might be the house specialities, but Louis Champagne & Oyster Bar’s epic Ora King Salmon with confit fennel and chive butter sauce (and a crispy salmon skin) is perfect winter comfort food – and excellent with a glass of bubbles.


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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Pescatore

Cityscape checks in to the fine-dining seafood restaurant for a meal that amply reinforces the reasons for its reputation as one of the city’s best places to eat.

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he deceptively simply-titled ‘crab, caramelized corn’ touches down with a flourish and the white plate is turned clockwise into position. It’s a cheeky nod to the fish and chip shop staple, but looking at the pale pink cylinder of sous-vide crab meat nestled besides a bright yellow corn puree and two tiny and perfectly-placed basil leaves, it’s obvious that similarities end there. We’re an hour into city fine dining stalwart Pescatore’s legendary three-hour degustation menu, recently recreated by new chef de cuisine Ryan Henley, and the crab is the third dish on the seven-course menu, following a welcome ‘tea’ (a rich, beautifully balanced salty-sweet broth of malt and buckwheat) and a dainty amuse-bouche of tiny cubes of scallop and salmon tartare, piled atop a smooth river stone.

The delicate crab seamlessly marries with the creamy, earthy sweetness of the corn, nutty brown butter and the welcome fresh burst of the basil to cut through the richness. Add an expertly paired glass of Nautilus Albarino 2016 (all honeysuckle and stonefruit), retrieved from one of the country’s finest cellars, and you have a next-level dining experience. Entering earlier via a teasingly obscure set of padded white

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leather doors on the second floor of The George hotel, we’d been welcomed by the megawatt smile of our disarmingly attentive host for the evening, Lauren Gibson, who deployed refined theatrics in sweeping back a translucent curtain to show us to our table under a coloured crystal lightshade. From here we enjoy peerless views across the Avon River and over to Hagley Park. Henley’s menu, a fitting celebration of seafood and local produce (often foraged by the chef himself), is a culinary masterstroke of juxtaposition, where what should be warring flavours combine in a symphony of carefully orchestrated tastes, textures and aromas unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in the city. Epitomising this concept is the chamomilecured tuna, where the oily, bitter fish becomes impossibly fresh, delicate and intensely moreish when paired with flakes of kina snow and lightly acid pickled cucumber and dill. It’s a revelation in its gastronomic alchemy, and simply sublime between sips of Te Kairanga Chardonnay 2013.

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Rockstar Pizza & Drink Parlour

The former Chinwag venue along Victoria Street is almost unrecognisable, transformed as it is into the 80s dive bar cool of a New York loft that is Stealth Hospitality’s ballsy venture into the live music scene, Rockstar Pizza & Drink Parlour, where the local rock scene gets real. Stripped down and de-flashed, it’s a gritty masterclass in nailing a makeover and creating something unlike anything else in city. Joining the requisite dim lighting, retro gig posters plaster the walls, while bursts of hot neon fire up darker spaces, there’s metal caging covering the windows, black booth seating, and an enormous black bar that dispenses everything from huge pitchers of beer through to tricked-up adult milkshakes, a succinct wine selection covering off the essentials, and some serious alcoholic alchemy in the form of a bangin’ line-up of house cocktails. A curation of essential grunge bar eats fills the menu; the headlining pizzas are broken down into red and white sauce bases and named after legendary rockers. There’s also a selection of Big T’s Burgers and sides (fries soggy with gravy!), and you’ll also want to get the super-crunchy coated goodness of CFC (Canterbury Fried Chicken) to sustain yourself between sets. FB/rockstarpizza

MEAT MARKET

Cityscape catches up with Cashmere Cuisine’s Kurt Robinson on the finer points of the slow cooking revival. It’s often said good things take time, and it’s certainly the case with the slow cooking trend. Combine satisfying comfort food with often lowmaintenance cooking, and you can see the appeal. The secret is using the right cut of meat (choose pork/lamb shoulders, point end brisket, beef spare ribs and beef cheeks), using exciting stocks (for pulled pork try apple cider, cardamom pods and fennel) and rubs, and cooking evenly over a long period for moist, tender results. Options include an oven on low heat, crock pot, charcoal BBQ and offset smokers. At Christmas I cooked a whole butterflied lamb Asado/Argentinean-style over the hot embers of a blue gum fire pit. Using a bay tree branch I basted the lamb every half hour with a marinade of olive oil, rosemary and garlic over the 6-hour cooking time, and the result was simply stunning – the meat was falling off the bone! cashmerecuisine.co.nz

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Epic craft beer suppliers Fillosophy are taking their beer empire to the next level (or Stage 2, as they’re calling it), rolling out plans to include a 50-litre microbrewery at their Ferry Road store. Tipped to ‘bring great home brews to the public’, the team will take recipe submissions and produce chosen recipes with a professional brewer, which the submitter then gets to name and get the credit for! fillosophy.co.nz


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COCKTAIL Taking the ultimate party starter to the next level, Empire Bar & Izakaya’s cocktail maestro Simon Kerr’s pimped-up variation of the classic espresso martini adds vanilla bean-infused top shelf vodka, salted caramel and primo coffee for a celebration of pure decadence.

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with Chillingworth Road’s chef/owner Darren Wright. CURED AKAROA SALMON, BEETROOT AND WINTER CITRUS SALAD A celebration of Darren’s home town, his cured Akaroa salmon hits all the right notes, combining the richness of the salmon with the zesty earthiness of the beetroot and citrus. Serves 6. SHOPPING LIST Salmon 1 side of Akaroa salmon (pin-boned) Zest of one lemon 20g five spice 20g whole cumin 100g white sugar 20g peppercorns 180g salt Beetroot & Citrus Salad 250g bottled beetroot 2 oranges 2 Meyer lemons 1 mandarin 2 stalks of kale 2 baby radish Bottled Beetroot 8 medium-sized beetroot 3 cups malt vinegar 2 cups water 2 cups sugar 2tsp plain salt Dressing 50ml Manuka honey 1tsp Dijon mustard Juice of 1 lemon 150ml olive oil

MAKING IT HAPPEN For the bottled beetroot: wash beetroot and discard ends. Boil in water until tender (about 30 minutes) then remove beets, retaining water, and let cool. Once cool, rub off skins, cut into cubes and put in preserving jars. Add remaining ingredients to clean pot, using beetroot water, and bring to the boil. Pour hot mixture over beetroot and seal jar with a sterile preserving lid. For the salmon: place pin-boned side of salmon in a shallow roasting dish. Toast off the cumin, five spice and peppercorns in a hot, dry pan. Add to the rest of ingredients, mix in a bowl and pour over salmon to form a crust. Leave to cure overnight in the refrigerator. For the salad: peel and slice all citrus into segments and deep fry kale leaves to crispy, then drain on a paper towel and season with salt. For the dressing: combine all ingredients and stick-blend until oil has combined. To serve: place salmon in the centre of the plate. Arrange salad ingredients and finish with kale and dressing.

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FIXIN’S 60ml vanilla bean infused Belvedere vodka 30ml Monin salted caramel syrup 30ml L’affare coffee 3 coffee beans (garnish) METHOD Fill a martini glass with ice and leave to chill. Fill a Boston shaker with ice, add all ingredients and shake hard. Strain liquid and discard ice. Return liquid to shaker and dry-shake hard to create a crema. Empty the martini glass and double strain contents into glass, then garnish with three coffee beans.


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GRAPE EXPECTATIONS Cityscape caught up with Waipara Hills’ new winemaker Andrew Brown as he settles into his new role at the award-winning winery. How would you describe your winemaking style? I like to make honest wines, which express where they come from and boast textural qualities. I am passionate about capturing flavours at their peak in any given season, so working with the viticulture team throughout the growing season and making the all-important picking decisions at harvest is essential. In terms of winemaking, drinkability is key, as is tying in my take on site and varietal expression. What attracted you to Waipara Hills? I’ve always been a fan of Waipara, so the opportunity to take up the role as Waipara Hills winemaker and to work with the vineyards and fruit from this region was a big draw card. Waipara Hills has a fantastic viticultural team, led by Waipara Hills Vineyard Manager Jean-Luc Dufour, who planted the vines and has been there for more than two decades. He’s a huge asset. How will you put your stamp on your vintages? I’m keen on trialling varying levels of ‘skin contact’ with aromatic varietals such as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc and Gruner Veltiner and Muscat. It’s a technique that can add another layer to the aromatic and textural profile of a wine. I want to evolve my own winemaking style along the way … such an exciting challenge! How has your international experience influenced your winemaking? Overseas harvests are hard to beat; I had some fantastic times in Alsace and Oregon, and would recommend to anyone starting out in the industry that they should notch up as many overseas vintages as they can – I wish I did more! Vintages in the old world in particular open your eyes to how controlled we keep things in the wine making sense here in New Zealand. It’s great to experience a different approach. What’s your favourite drop? I’m pretty keen on most varietals, but if I had to pick it would be Pinot Noir and Riesling. Riesling – particularly from Germany and right here in the Waipara Valley – has always been a favourite of mine because of its stylistic versatility. Off the back of the Pinot 2017 celebration I was able to try a plethora of site-expressive Pinot Noir from this country, which has taken my interest in that varietal to the next level. Tell us your fave wine fact. There is more Pinot Gris (Grauer Burgunder) being made in Germany now than Riesling. Which is the most underrated wine? Riesling. People love to drink it but they don’t buy it. As I mentioned, it’s a favourite of mine because of its stylistic versatility; I think people are really missing out! waiparahillswines.co.nz

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PEGASUS BAY PINOT NOIR 2013 This bright, ruby-hued gem epitomises premium fire-side swilling on a stormy winter evening (or sunny afternoon; it’s all good!). Expect the bodacious aromas of fresh berries and cherries on the nose, while velvety tannins and subtle plum and black cherry characters make way for a spicy warmth, lingering teasingly on the palate. RRP $49 WAIPARA HILLS EQUINOX WAIPARA VALLEY PINOT NOIR 2014 This drop intoxicates with a floral bouquet of sun-warmed berries and an edgier, earthy chocolate before seducing your palate with symphony of sweet berries, tannin tingles and a smooth, spicy finish. Its inky purple garnet hue rounds out the regal package. An award-winning bad boy that will have you seeing stars (all 5 of them!). RRP $34.90 YALUMBA THE CALEY CABERNET SHIRAZ 2012 This Aussie import cleverly combines two across-the-ditch greats in a righteous marriage of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and Barossa Shiraz. Toe-tinglingly aromatic with a smoky pepperiness, it’s exquisitely smooth on the palate, hinting at pitch-black berries, mocha and a whisper of leather to complete the seduction. RRP $395


FROM THE SEA

(Un)Common thread

It’s not your common chef trajectory – quitting school to scrub pots at Dunedin’s Esplanade before studying and then landing a dream job on tropical north Queensland’s Hamilton Island – but Uncommon’s Scott O’Driscoll is not your typical chef. He’s now bringing buzzing Melbourne café cool with a fine dining edge to the city (sous vide poached eggs and epic hotcakes anyone?) alongside partner Natasha Rooney, having discovered a passion for precision-plated flavour-bomb perfection when he moved up from making pizzas to working in the kitchen of qualia, the island’s luxury resort. With island time not being to employees what it is for its guests, he then moved to Melbourne, where he honed his skills alongside MasterChef guest judge Shannon Bennett at the celebrated Vue de monde, also developing a taste for the city’s café scene. Luckily for us, his genius union of these elements has now been brought to the city in a cunning culinary celebration of high-quality, locally-sourced and fresh ingredients, all served up in super slick surrounds. uncommoncafe.co.nz

June 3 at Whisky Galore sees Ardbeg Distillery dropping their 2017 release Ardbeg Kelpie (RRP $186). Only 600 bottles of the first bottling matured in Black Sea casks are available in New Zealand. Expect an oily peat aroma and whispers of seaweed, with a finish that doesn’t linger so much as take up residence on your palate.

WHITE HEART SPECIALTY HAZELNUT PRODUCTS HAVE US UNDER THEIR SPELL WITH THEIR SWEET CHILLI AND CHIPOTLE HAZELNUT HANDFULS (RRP $8) – PERFECT WITH A GLASS OF PRIMO BEER OR WINE, THESE GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE GOODIES ARE ALSO GROWN LOCALLY!

BEER DEN Home to 60 of the finest local and national craft brews and primo eats by way of house-smoked stonegrill meats, street food and share planks, Kaiapoi institution Craft Bar & Kitchen (or CBK for short) offers charms aplenty. This must-visit for craft beer fans serves casual, Kiwi-cool realness from their warm, welcoming space, and an enticing menu where options like Venison Devils – venison kilted with peppered bacon and bacon jam(!) – join stonegrill sensations like slow-smoked pesto chicken wrapped in bacon, the lamb trio of cutlet, rump and loin, and 400g of prime beef, all cooked by you at your table on a volcanic stone heated to 400°C. cbk.nz

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FEAST Food Files

MAMMA MIA! Take your at-home pasta efforts into the stratosphere with the authentic Italian flavour king hit of Granda Tradizioni Sugo Rosso Tartufo Bianco (tomato and white truffle pasta sauce) from Casamassima Italian Fare. RRP $16.95 casamassima.co.nz

Food files

cheeseboard for the gods, Sardinia’s finest Moliterno al Tartufo (raw sheep milk pecorino) from The Lincoln Pantry features generous peels of authentic Italian black truffles, and pairs brilliantly with honey. thelincolnpantry.co.nz

THE BIG CHEESE Your gateway to creating a

EAT THIS NOW A classic since its debut on the Saggio di vino menu back in 1991, the signature beef carpaccio should be on every gourmand’s to do (or do again) list! saggiodivino.co.nz

DECONSTRUCTING … Rockstar Pizza & Drink Parlour’s Beef Burger with Cheese

When only France’s fine-beaded best will do, it’s hard to top Dom Perignon (RRP from $219). It’s already immortalised in song and by the hedonistic pop culture of the 80s, and age has only cemented the legendary brand’s cachet.

Toasted sesame seed buns bring it all together House-made pickles bring an acidic crunch

Molten cheese adds gooey satisfaction

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Secret recipe tomato sauce is delightfully tangy

Succulent beef patty delivers a meaty hit


FEAST The A-List

CASHMERE CUISINE

THE CUPCAKE COLLECTION

Cashmere Cuisine is an award-winning boutique butchery specialising in top-quality cuts, roasts and small goods. All their meat is free-farmed and sourced locally. Their highly qualified butchers are passionate, and treat customer service as of paramount importance. With a balance of traditional and modern techniques, they keep up with the latest food trends and seasons. 18 Colombo Street 03 332 6071 or 021 224 4590 Find them on Facebook cashmerecuisine.co.nz

The Cupcake Collection make delicious treats that delight the eye as well as the tastebuds. They use the finest ingredients to bake everything daily; custom “big” cakes, delicate macarons and beautiful iced biscuits to order. Their Beckenham café is perfect for enjoying a sweet treat with a great cup of Hummingbird coffee. Find their second shop at Westfield Riccarton! 140 Colombo Street 03 332 8432 thecupcakecollection.co.nz

GREEN DINNER TABLE

ONCAMPUS FUNCTION CENTRE

Move over granola – not just for your patchouli-scented neighbour, plant-based diets are hip, healthy, and here to stay. Enter Green Dinner Table. These guys know how to dress a kumara! Sign up for a 3 or 5 night subscription and every Sunday, you’ll receive the fresh, local and responsibly-sourced ingredients and recipes you need to make fast, healthy plant-based meals. Sign up and take the guess work out of healthy dinners! 10 Oxford Street greendinnertable.co.nz

A hidden gem, perfect for Mid-Winter or Christmas functions! The University Event Centre is now available to hire for private functions. A state of the art building with two separate rooms and the capacity to seat 400, this truly is the perfect space for your office Christmas party or mid-winter function. Visit their website at www.oncampus.org.nz or call George on 027 809 9972 for additional details. 027 809 9972 oncampus.org.nz

GOURMET MEATS | CASHMERE

GOURMET FOOD STORE | BECKENHAM/RICCARTON

FOOD SUBSCRIPTION BOX | LYTTELTON

FUNCTIONS | ILAM

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THE LINCOLN PANTRY

TASTE @ TWENTY

A treasure trove of local, organic and gourmet goodies for the health-conscious foodie. The wood-panelled deli delivers old-world charm and an extensive array of NZ and imported cheeses. Fine foods and artisan goods adorn the rustic pallet shelving along with tempting takeaway treats for gluten, dairy and sugar free devotees. Enjoy awesome Atomic coffee, or try a turmeric latte! Gift hampers and vouchers available. 5 Robert Street 03 325 7717 thelincolnpantry.co.nz

taste@twenty stocks a tempting array of fresh produce, Vic’s breads, Hummingbird espresso to go and beans, preserves and pickles, vinegars and olive oils, free-range eggs and milk. They also offer their own range of pestos, hummus, aioli and delicious ‘real’ food ... and some say the best coffee in Christchurch, all made with love and a smile. Catering is also available, from finger food for your function to tasty ‘man food’ for your work shout. 20 Colombo Street 03 982 1399

GOURMET FOOD STORE | LINCOLN

GOURMET FOOD STORE/CATERING | CASHMERE

FILLOSOPHY

CRAFT BEER FILLERY | WOOLSTON

Beer and cider from around New Zealand. With 36 revolving taps there is always something for everyone! Takeaway in your own bottle or in one of theirs. 398 Ferry Road 03 389 5791 fillosophy.co.nz

WHITE HEART SPECIALTY NUT BUTTERS

SCOFF & QUAFF TOURS

GOURMET FOOD

White Heart grow and harvest hazelnuts, then batch-roast and blend them to create a delectable range of pantry staples. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook! hello@whiteheart.co.nz whiteheart.co.nz

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Scoff & Quaff offer Christchurch’s premier craft beer and food tours. Take your taste buds on a tour of the city to sample some of the region’s best craft beer and food and meet the artisans who make it. Visit local breweries, discover local food producers and drop into the best local pubs for more beer samples and snacks. Here’s your enjoyable chance to learn about our local brewing scene. Grab a ticket or a gift voucher today! 022 0911 776 scoffandquaff.co.nz

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FEAST The A-List / Food & Drink

CASAMASSIMA ITALIAN FARE

YUMM.

Casamassima Italian Fare market high-end Italian food products, with a range that caters to both wholesale and retail customers. They carefully select their Italian partners based purely on quality and authenticity of product, thereby ensuring that the characteristics of traditional artisanship are retained. Source regions include Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy. Look out for their regular special events! 48 Salisbury Street 03 366 1828 casamassima.co.nz

Yumm. is your friendly food supplier, using locally grown produce and baking delectable goods daily. They offer a great range of luxury pantry items and kitchen equipment from New Zealand brands such as The Nutmylk Co and Fix & Fogg. Take a look at their range for sensational gift ideas – there’s something for everyone. Friendly staff are always on hand to help! The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street 03 365 2440 Find them on Facebook and Instagram

50 BISTRO

ALVARADO’S MEXICAN CANTINA

50 Bistro offers inspired bistro food with modern flavours, excellent wines and a great bar. Executive Chef Darren Conole leads the kitchen team, designing seasonal menus that utilise the best local produce. The menu at 50 Bistro offers a large variety of dishes, featuring classics twisted with their own 50 flair. The George, 50 Park Terrace 03 371 0250 50bistro.co.nz

Alvarado’s provides a destination environment for the complete Mexican experience. The home of authentic Mexican cuisine in the city, their a la carte restaurant is open daily from 5pm and serves the very best Mexican food, freshly prepared on the premises. Lunch and casual dining are available in the bar area, which opens daily at 11am. Great, traditional Mexican food made by Mexicans! 77 Stevens Street (south of Moorhouse Avenue) 03 374 4149 alvarados.co.nz

CAFÉ/DELI/GOURMET PANTRY | CENTRAL CITY

GOURMET FOOD STORE | SYDENHAM

MEXICAN/COSY PUB | WALTHAM

NEW ZEALAND | CENTRAL CITY

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FEAST Food & Drink

ANCESTRAL

CHINESE/KARAOKE | RICCARTON

Established in 2000, Ancestral is an authentic and tasty Chinese café and restaurant, but it also features some of the city’s best private karaoke rooms. Specialising in traditional Sichuan and Malaysian Chinese food and bubble teas, they offer an excellent dining experience, but that’s just the start of your big night at Ancestral – each of their purpose-built, private karaoke rooms is individually decorated and features comfortable group seating and a state-of-theart audio-visual system. Every performance will have you sounding like a pro, and the relaxed, intimate group atmosphere will kickstart your night into high gear! At Ancestral, they take pride in all aspects of their business; their food, their service, their standards and, above all else, looking after their guests. It’s their mission and pleasure to bring people together to share food and drinks, good times and a great night out. With a wide range of dishes available on their menu, they’ve got options to satisfy all tastes, including classic dishes like Kung Pao Chicken, Beef Mee Goreng, Teriyaki Chicken Rice, Tom Yum Seafood Noodle soup, and many more. And to top it all off, the prices offer terrific value for money. Ancestral is a place to return to often, enjoy great food and a laugh and a song with friends and loved ones – join them for the unique Ancestral sensory experience and have a night out like no other. 35E Riccarton Road 03 348 8876 ldf.co.nz

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ARBO/ARBORISTA

BBQ BRAZIL CHURRASCO

Arbo and its offsider espresso bar Arborista bring the best of fast and relaxed food service to the heart of the city. Arbo is a full service a la carte café seated around the base of a stunning 6-metre white tree. It also has extensive cabinet options, locally roasted C4 coffee and a Canterbury-only wine list. Arborista cranks out the coffees along with a top shelf selection of New Zealand wines, beers and spirits. ANZ Centre, 265 High Street 028 030 3697 arbo.co.nz

BBQ Brazil Churrasco offers an authentic dining experience from Brazil. Rodizio-style serving brings a wide variety of delicious cuts of meat to your table on an “all you can eat” basis. There’s no ordering or waiting – grab your tongs and help yourself, then sit back, relax and enjoy until you’re ready for more! Vegetarians don’t miss out, with vegetarian skewers and delicious Brazilian side dishes offered up in unlimited amounts. 505A Papanui Road 03 354 8541 bbqbrazil.co.nz

BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ TORENHOF

BISHOP BROTHERS

Belgium’s best craft beers on tap – matched with New Zealand’s best produce – in a Belgian flavour. With 250 carparks at The Colombo, Belgian Beer Café is the city’s best place to meet friends, have a meeting, dine and relax over the classic beer range, sip on a superb New Zealand wine, enjoy either of their two outdoor areas or soak up the atmosphere of their 1920s Belgian fitout. Enjoy their specials, happy hours, or book your function. 13 Stanley Street 03 377 1007 belgianbeercafe.net.nz

This gastro-pub is all about fantastic food in a relaxing atmosphere. Chef Kathryn Ahu elevates pub fare to the next level at the venue; with their excellent menu, it’s little surprise that they picked up a Beef & Lamb Excellence Award for 2017. Add great wines, ciders, beers and their own cocktails, and you’ve a great pick for drinks, celebrating, catching up with friends, or gathering for an enjoyable meal out. 119 Farrington Avenue 03 359 2930 bishopbrothers.co.nz

CAFÉ/BAR | CENTRAL CITY

SOUTH AMERICAN | PAPANUI

NEW ZEALAND/BELGIAN | SYDENHAM

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BLOODY MARY’S

THE BRICKWORKS

A popular New York style steakhouse known for premium, local produce, seasonal menus and delicious cuisine. Hit the whisky lounge for a night cap or the terrace for a cocktail. Enjoy the flagship Prime Rib carved at your table Wednesday and Saturday. 30 Latimer Square 03 943 5937 bloodymarys.co.nz

The Brickworks offers great food, coffee and cold beer at the foot of the Cashmere Hills. Lunch or dine from the fresh seasonal menu, make use of the private outdoor area, or come in for a drink and enjoy the easygoing vibe, live sport on the big screens, and gaming machines. You’re warmly welcomed and staff are always happy to help. Get stuck into the delicious new menu – their own twists on gastro-pub classics. 69 Centaurus Road 03 337 2227 thebrickworks.co.nz

STEAKHOUSE/SWISHY BAR | CENTRAL CITY

NEW ZEALAND/COSY PUB | CASHMERE

CAFÉ RAEWARD CAFÉ | HAREWOOD

Café Raeward is a busy fresh food café close to the airport. They specialise in excellent coffee, service and delicious seasonal food using fresh produce from their store. Open until 4pm everyday, the licensed café has plenty of indoor seating, two outdoor areas and a playground. They cater to everyone! 800 Harewood Road 03 359 0138 raewardfresh.co.nz

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CAFÉ SISMO

CAFÉ | RICCARTON

Café Sismo is a place for everyone, located at the top end of busy Riccarton Road and just five minutes from Hagley Park. Pop in for brunch and a wide range of home-baked goodies made on site daily, or just for a quick coffee. You know you want to! Mention their Cityscape ad and receive a 20% discount! 35 Riccarton Road 03 348 1984 Find them on Facebook

CAFÉ VALENTINO

ITALIAN/PIZZA | CENTRAL CITY

Local hospitality legend and winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Café Valentino serves up perfect thin-base pizza from the wood fired pizza oven, as well as a soul-satisfying range of pasta dishes (perfect with a glass of local pinot noir). If it’s local beef or lamb you desire, they’ve won the coveted Beef and Lamb Gold Plate for 18 straight years! Finish things off with a house-made dessert or delicious cocktail. 168 St Asaph Street 03 377 1886 cafevalentino.co.nz

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CBK CRAFT BAR & KITCHEN

CASTLE ROCK CAFÉ

Home of 60 craft beers and ciders, CBK Craft Bar & Kitchen is your local in Kaiapoi and North Canterbury for great food and fun service. Ideal for any occasion, they offer a large outside deck and garden bar area, stonegrill dining and a great atmosphere. Just 10 minutes north of the city – pop in and try some great brews. Don’t forget the famous CBK Famous Skillet Cookie! Open Mon – Fri from 11am and Sat – Sun from 9am. 4/77 Hilton Street 03 327 9224 cbk.nz

Nestled amongst the backdrop of the Heathcote hills, Castle Rock Café caters for all dietary requirements with tasty cabinet fare and menu during the week and the city’s best all-day weekend menu. It’s also fully licensed. Expect exceptional service and fare from locally-sourced organic and free-range produce. Worth finding! 21 Mary Muller Drive 03 384 5263 castlerockcafechch.co.nz

THE CAFFEINE LABORATORY

CHILLINGWORTH ROAD

This small, unique 2-storied space in New Regent Street serves fresh, seasonal and healthy food daily, all made with local produce. They offer cabinet goodies, the best burgers and fresh food prepared on the spot, and a small selection of NZ wines, craft beers and beverages – not to mention amazing coffee! The menu changes seasonally to ensure you get vibrant flavours and fresh produce. Enjoy a real coffee shop culinary experience. 1 New Regent Street Find them on Facebook/Instagram

Chillingworth Road is both a destination and a journey. Take a culinary trip with 5, 7 or 9 course degustation menus from Tue – Sat in the relaxing atmosphere of their dining room or the private G.H. Mumm Room, dine casually in the bistro, or pop in for great cabinet fare and coffee during the day. Experience exceptional food and warm, attentive service; a fantastic dining experience. 2/478 Cranford Street 03 352 7784 chillingworthroad.co.nz

NEW ZEALAND/COSY PUB | KAIAPOI

CAFÉ | HILLSBOROUGH

CAFÉ | CENTRAL CITY

INTERNATIONAL | PAPANUI

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CHIC RESTAURANT PERSIAN | CENTRAL CITY

Specialising in cuisine from the culinary melting pot of Iran, Chic Restaurant showcases the traditional fare of ancient Persia, where delicious meals such as succulent lamb stew, flavoursome kebabs, marinated chicken, and tempting dips and breads have been developed over millennia by merging Asian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences. Chic’s “100% goal” is for everyone to walk out happy, and positive feedback on their delicious Persian food shows they’re succeeding! Traditional Persian dishes are often gluten free or vegetarian, catering for different diners, and the chefs source authentic ingredients to create delicious, memorable cuisine. Enjoy a wide range of beers, wines and cocktails from the two bars, and stay on to party at one of the city’s favourite nightspots. They can also cater for large groups and private functions. It’s the place to be! 64 Manchester Street 03 379 4447 chicrestaurant.co.nz

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FEAST Food & Drink

CHONG’S RESTAURANT

COCOPELLI GOURMET PIZZA BAR

For a fun and social night out, Chinese hotpot dinners are hard to beat. Chong’s have over 60 ingredients that you can cook at your own table! They also offer other Chinese cuisine – handmade dumplings, sweet and sour chicken, and must-try Chinese beers. Book your next function at their central city location, not far from the Theatre Royal. Mention this Cityscape ad for 5% off! Shop 17, Cathedral Junction, 111 Worcester Street 03 377 3572 Find them on Facebook

Cocopelli is known for its one-of-a-kind service and delicious gourmet pizza. Enjoy signature cocktails and a cold beer after work, or a special family gathering – Cocopelli caters for all groups large and small. With an excellent outdoor area and warm interior, Cocopelli is the perfect choice for all occasions. Full menu available all day, with 85% available gluten-free on request. P2 The Palms Arena, Marshland Road 03 386 2220 cocopelli.co.nz

THE CRAIC IRISH BAR

DIM 7TH

The Craic is a perfect place to grab a pint and make yourself comfortable. Inspired by Irish tradition, it’s a top option when you’re looking for a fun, relaxing time. There’s a comprehensive menu available day and night, as well as pool until midnight, a gaming lounge for those who like a punt, and entertainment five nights a week – quiz night on Tuesday, karaoke on Wednesday, and live music for dancing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 84B Riccarton Road 03 343 4657 thecraicirishbar.co.nz

A new bar in Addington, Dim 7th has live jazz on most nights in their ground floor jazz bar. On the mezzanine overlooking the stage is a dedicated whisky bar, with whiskies from around the world and featuring Japanese whisky and whisky cocktails. They also offer local and imported craft beers on tap, plus bottled craft beer. Extensive local and imported wines are also available, as well as Japanese and Asian-inspired modern tapas. 363 Lincoln Road 03 379 5779 dim7th.co.nz

CHINESE | CENTRAL CITY

PIZZA | SHIRLEY

SWISHY BAR/LIVE MUSIC | ADDINGTON

COSY PUB | RICCARTON

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DUO DINING ROOM & BAR MODERN ASIAN | CENTRAL CITY

Centrally located on the corner of Hereford Street and Rolleston Avenue by Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens and the Arts Centre, DUO is about sharing food and cultures. Their concept of a modern Asian eatery provides an adventurous yet authentic cross-cultural dining experience. Visit DUO today to experience the best of a modern Asian eatery with a difference! 12 Hereford Street (main entrance on Rolleston Avenue) 03 423 1212 duochch.co.nz

EMBERS RESTAURANT WOOD FIRE BBQ | BISHOPDALE

Embers is an exciting, family-friendly restaurant specialising in fire pit cooking. Open Wed to Sun from 3pm as well as for lunch on Sundays, they offer delicious meats cooked over the central open fire pit, with your choice of sides and sauces. Bookings essential! As part of the Papanui Club, Embers has restrictions on alcohol sale – ask for clarification. 310 Sawyers Arms Road 03 359 9586 papanuiclub.co.nz/embers

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EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES

FIDDLESTICKS RESTAURANT & BAR

Emperor’s New Clothes is a cute, classic café perched on the Cashmere Hills; it’s a favourite for locals and a drop-in spot for people heading up or coming down the hill. Enjoy sun-drenched outdoor space under the veranda, the classic interior, and the beautiful views. They serve jolly good coffee (Supreme) and homemade gourmet food, including their famous date orange scones, Eggs Bene, sweet and savoury waffles, and organic ice creams. 95B Dyers Pass Road 03 332 0131

Sophisticated, sociable and relaxed, Fiddlesticks is one of the city’s best retreats. This distinctive restaurant and bar provides an inviting atmosphere for whiling away some time. Dine al fresco and watch the street-side activity from their sheltered courtyard, or join friends in one of the intimate dining spaces. The talented kitchen crew provide sensational in-season and local fare. 48 Worcester Boulevard 03 365 0533 fiddlesticksbar.co.nz

EMPIRE

FRANCESCA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN

The speciality at Empire is Yakitori. The traditional form of Yakitori involves using chicken in its entire form – chicken thigh, chicken skin, and chicken heart. Empire have expanded their Yakitori menu to include other delicious options such as pork belly, scallops, and prawns (also known as Kushiyaki). Try just a few of their Yakitori skewers on your own, or order the entire menu and share with friends! 172 St Asaph Street 03 260 2606 empirebar.co.nz

Right next door to the Isaac Theatre Royal, Francesca’s Italian Kitchen is fast becoming a favourite of locals and tourists alike. They are passionate about authentic Italian cuisine and use local, seasonal produce to create their ever-changing, highly-tempting menu. To accompany their dishes they offer a wide range of beverages to enjoy, including Italian and local wines. 149 Gloucester Street 03 374 9790 fransitalian.co.nz

CAFÉ | CASHMERE

NEW ZEALAND | CENTRAL CITY

JAPANESE/SWISHY BAR | CENTRAL CITY

ITALIAN | CENTRAL CITY

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FREEMANS

GARDEN HOTEL RESTAURANT

Freemans has served Lyttelton and wider Christchurch for 10 years. Their mission is consistency; great food and service every time. Their niche is hand-made pizza and pasta; enjoy in the intimate dining room, or with great views from the covered, heated deck. They roast their own coffee, have stunning wines on tap and live jazz every Sunday. $20 pizza & $23 pasta every Wed/Thu. 47 London Street 03 328 7517 freemansdiningroom.co.nz

Buffet at its best! The Garden Hotel Restaurant offers an extensive selection of dishes ranging from local favourites through to International and Asian cuisine. They’re also famous for their delicious desserts, such as their homemade Sticky Date Pudding – always a winner! Open 7 days: Lunch 11:30am – 2pm (last booking at 1pm); Dinner 5:30pm – 9pm (last booking 7:30pm) Mon – Thu/ Sun, and 5:30pm – 10pm (last booking 8pm) Fri/Sat. 110 Marshland Road 03 386 0088 gardenhotel.co.nz

ITALIAN/PIZZA | LYTTELTON

INTERNATIONAL | SHIRLEY

THE HAPPENING BAR & KITCHEN

EUROPEAN/SWISHY BAR | CENTRAL CITY

The Happening offers outstanding hospitality near the Theatre Royal and New Regent Street. Step inside their elegant space, pull up a chair and experience dining like no other; exceptional service joins the luxury setting. There’s plenty to entice on their European-inspired menu with a twist, including GF and vegetarian options. It’s all complemented with New Zealand wines, local, awardwinning craft beers served up on tap, and 53 blends of tea! Share High Tea with 2 or 3 friends for just $48 total, or take advantage of their winter group bookings with a 3-course menu for $60pp. 165 Gloucester Street 03 261 9114 thehappening.co.nz

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GOLD & JADE RESTAURANT

HELLO SUNDAY

This authentic restaurant offers genuine Chinese cuisine from a team of highly-qualified chefs from China. Their Beijing Roast Duck in particular is starting to become famous; carved at your table, it provides a great show as well as a delicious meal! Book now for some of the city’s best Chinese food. Dine in and takeaways available; make use of their two private function rooms for large or small groups, or book the restaurant to seat up to 120! 4 – 6 Brake Street 03 943 6688

Hello Sunday is a delightful piece of reclaimed Christchurch. One of the city’s best brunch restaurants, they emphasise creative, fresh flavours, great service and excellent coffee. Enjoy a little bit of Sunday – every day! 6 Elgin Street 03 260 1566 Find them on Facebook

THE HERB CENTRE

INDIAN PEARL RESTAURANT

This much loved wholefoods café focuses on healthy eating by creating seasonal vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food. Health-promoting drinks are their specialty – herbal tea blends, dandechino, ginger tonic, turmeric latte made with house-made nut milk, and of course, wonderful Switch coffee. Everything is made inhouse, the traditional way. Drop in to enjoy something delicious and healthy in the cosy café. 223 Kilmore Street 03 365 3011 theherbcentre.co.nz

Specialists in Northern Indian cuisine, Indian Pearl is a family-run business famous for their authentic curry, tandoori dishes and naan bread, made using the best, freshest produce. The end result is great curries full of different Indian herbs and spices which give each dish a distinctive flavour. Each can be tailored to suit your tastes, and there are vegetarian and gluten-free options. 352 Colombo Street 03 379 1863 indianpearlrestaurant.co.nz

CHINESE | UPPER RICCARTON

CAFÉ | SYDENHAM

CAFÉ/VEGETARIAN | CENTRAL CITY

INDIAN | SYDENHAM

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HOST RESTAURANT AND KARAOKE BAR CHINESE/KARAOKE/BAR | RICCARTON

Host Restaurant and Karaoke Bar is a unique entertainment venue which includes seven karaoke rooms with over 100,000 songs and a multi-language touch-pad system for your convenience. Their restaurant serves a wide range of traditional gourmet Chinese food – try their top three choices of Guilin rice noodle, Chef Lee’s Royal Roast Duck, and the legendary Host Crispy Pork Belly, among many other options. Their bar also serves customers Taiwan-style bubble tea and New Zealand’s own famous DB beer range. Host Restaurant and Karaoke Bar is more than just an excellent dining experience – it’s an exciting place for people who enjoy a complete evening of entertainment. It’s already proving popular amongst both young locals and visitors to the city – drop in and enjoy a great meal, great music, fun times, and maybe even fall in love! 106 Riccarton Road 03 260 1808 Find them on Facebook

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JOHNNY SAUSAGE

KHMER CAMBODIAN CUISINE

A New York-style bagelry, pizza and coffee joint situated on the banks of the Avon river. Start your day with hand-rolled boiled bagels baked in front of you in a 3-tonne stone hearth oven and fresh L’affare coffee. Enjoy whole or wedges of giant pizza, fresh bakery items, and funky all-day cooked breakfasts. With Three Boys on tap too, it’s fast becoming a city institution! 151 Cambridge Terrace 03 366 9990 Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 3pm johnnysausage.co.nz

Experience delicious, authentic Cambodian cuisine – noodle soups, satays, and stir fries fired out fresh from the wok – at this friendly suburban restaurant just minutes from Northlands Mall. They’ll cater to your preferences, and offer great $12 lunch specials Mondays to Fridays. Discover your new casual dining favourite! 25 Langdons Road 03 352 7400 Find them on Facebook

CAFÉ/PIZZA | CENTRAL CITY

CAMBODIAN | PAPANUI

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KINGSFORD KITCHEN

CAFÉ/NEW ZEALAND | RANGIORA

Enjoy the relaxed and elegant atmosphere at Kingsford Kitchen – showcasing the heart of Continental catering. Enjoy delicious and contemporary deli cabinet fare or select from the café menu produced by their talented cuisine team; great coffee, exceptional service and delectable food. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, it’s also available as a private evening event venue. 6 Kingsford Smith Drive 03 313 2190 fb.com/KingsfordKitchenNZ

KUM PUN THAI THAI | CENTRAL CITY

Kum Pun Thai offers intimate dining and the traditional tastes of Thailand in a relaxed environment. With chefs from a number of different regions in Thailand on board, they’re able to offer a wide variety of food and flavours, and the menu of delicious Thai classics and sensational house specialties truly has something for everyone. Gather friends or family for a memorable dinner 7 days a week, or pop in for lunch (week days only) for just $12! 73 Victoria Street 03 365 5494 kumpunthai.com

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LOUIS CHAMPAGNE & OYSTER BAR SWISHY BAR | CENTRAL CITY

Countless research trips to Australia and Europe have produced in Louis a hospitality offering that is something completely new for New Zealand. You’ll find ornate French design, gold mirrors, chandeliers, parquet flooring and a marble bar; a fittingly opulent environment in which to enjoy their 16 champagnes (with Mumm as house pour, and Cristal ready and waiting for your special occasions) and oysters 12 different ways; think White Balsamic Caviar, Hendricks Gin & Cucumber, or Champagne Batter & Wasabi. In addition, there’s a discerning selection of finely crafted seafood dishes including prawns, grouper cheeks, lobster tortellini, and whole crayfish, along with classic French fare like duck parfait, pork rillettes, terrines and French onion soup. They’re open Tue – Sat, 11am until late; drop into their decadent offering to appreciate their exceptional eye for detail and passion for outstanding service. 123 Victoria Street 03 377 3614 Find them on Facebook

LONG TAIL THAI THAI | DALLINGTON

Named after the iconic long-tail boats of Thailand, Long Tail Thai serves authentic Thai food in a modern vintage atmosphere. The restaurant sits at a special location with a 15 year history of cooking Thai specialties. Their chefs use the freshest produce and local ingredients, along with traditional Thai methods and flavours. Vegetarian and GF options available. Fully licensed/ BYO, dine in and takeaway. Also open for lunch! 695A Gloucester Street 03 381 6151 longtailthai.co.nz

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MADE ESPRESSO BAR CAFÉ | CENTRAL CITY

MADE is an exciting eatery that focuses on clean eating salads, tasty sandwiches, sweet treats and great coffee. They like to sustain your energy by using as many organic and unrefined products as possible – including organic milk and coffee, and paleo options. MADE does this from within a welcoming, highly designed space. For corporate clientele, their catering is must-try, with fantastic reviews. Your new favourite central city café! 254 Montreal Street 03 379 2592 madeespressobar.co.nz

MAISON DE CREPES

CREPERIE | SYDENHAM/MERIVALE

Delicious, authentic sweet and savoury crepes made fresh for you at The Colombo kiosk and at the Carlton Courts Creperie Café. A totally unique, stylish French experience with great service, coffee and food. Eat French! The Colombo and Carlton Courts, 2 Papanui Road 027 465 0101 maisondecrepes.co.nz

NOR’ WESTER CAFÉ

CAFÉ | AMBERLEY

This iconic family run café offers a friendly, warm environment and fresh, local North Canterbury produce. Tackle the ‘farmhouse breakfast’ on their new menu or beautiful cabinet food, with great Allpress Espresso to match. 95 Carters Road 03 314 9411 norwestercafe.co.nz

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MEXICO

MEXICAN | CENTRAL CITY

Drenched in bright colour and spiked with bold Mexican imagery, Mexico is an immersive dining experience that celebrates the vibrant, fresh and lighter side of Mexican cuisine. Mexico offers a range of authentic and fusion Mexican dishes, served to you in a fast paced and energetic atmosphere. The menu is seasonal, changing every 3 months to ensure fresh flavours and produce, but with customer favourites becoming a menu staple you’ll never have to worry about missing out on Mexico’s famous fried chicken! The new winter menu is now available – you can’t miss the Guajillo Chicken Torta or the Pan-Fried Spanish Chorizo & Papa Taco and the brand new dessert, the Xocolate Sándwich De Helado washed down with a Frida’s Margarita! 203 Manchester Street 03 374 5422 christchurch@mexico.net.nz mexico.net.nz

MONZA SPORTS BAR AT CHRISTCHURCH CASINO COSY PUB | CENTRAL CITY

Monza Sports Bar at the Christchurch Casino have launched their exciting new menu with even bigger and better offerings. You already know Monza for great pizza, but now, you’ll want to check out their amazing burgers as well! As always, Monza showcases some of New Zealand’s finest craft beers, and is still the home of sport in the city, with all the biggest and best sporting events live and loud on their monstrous 208” big screen – keep an eye on their social media presence and the hashtags #LiveandLoud and #Homeofsport to see what’s coming up on their huge live sports schedule. Gather the crew and make an awesome night of it! R20 Venue / Dress Code Applies / ROAR 30 Victoria Street 03 365 9999 christchurchcasino.co.nz

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MERRIN STREET BREWERY BAR

MILIEU CAFÉ

Enjoy the legendary hospitality of the West Coast in a relaxed, fun and friendly venue that serves exceptional gastro pub fare alongside Monteith’s famous range of craft beers. Perfect for any occasion, this classic Kiwi ‘local’ has specials 7 days a week and supplies their own premium South Devon beef with their exclusive paddock-to-plate operation. Your local on the corner! Avonhead Mall, 210 Withells Road 03 358 8184 monteithsmerrin.co.nz

Catering, private functions, breakfast, lunch, and dinner three nights a week – Milieu does it all. Bookings advisable! Seriously good coffee, fine deli food, and corporate catering. 112 Wrights Road 03 962 9629 milieu.net.nz

MISH MASH & TAP N GRIND

MONA VALE HOMESTEAD & PANTRY

This urban eatery and bar takes influence from around the world; a mish mash of different cuisines and cultures. The bar offers a focus on craft cocktails and in-house preparation. Tap N Grind, meanwhile, is an adjoining café offering for Christchurch coffee lovers, and is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Discover two new favourite central city venues! Cnr Manchester and St Asaph Streets 03 968 4607 facebook.com/Tapandgrind mishmash.nz

Rebuilt brick by brick and decked out in her heritage best, Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry is once again welcoming visitors, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch plus exquisite high teas. Also hosting special private occasions or corporate events, either in the Homestead or an elegant marquee on the Iris Lawn. 40 Mona Vale Avenue 03 341 7450 monavale.nz

COSY PUB/NEW ZEALAND | AVONHEAD

CAFÉ | ADDINGTON

INTERNATIONAL/SWISHY BAR & CAFÉ | CENTRAL CITY

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NO.4 BAR & RESTAURANT

THE NOOK

No.4 Bar & Restaurant has a lively atmosphere every day of the week. Take a seat in a candlelit corner, pull up the couch in the library, or celebrate with friends in one of the covered outdoor courtyards. When you’re comfortable, check out your dining options. Brimming with fresh, seasonal and locally sourced delights, the menu has earned No.4 an exceedingly good reputation. Drop in for exceptionally good beer, food and stories. 4 Mansfield Avenue 03 355 3720 no4bar.co.nz

Nestled in New Regent Street in the city’s heart, The Nook is a little Thai place that packs a powerful punch. Drop by for an awesome Thai lunch, dinner, or drinks – grab a seat downstairs, upstairs or outside and enjoy great Thai cuisine at this cosy spot as you watch the world go by. New menu now available, including lots of great kid-friendly, gluten-free, and vegetarian options! 24 New Regent Street 03 377 4627 Find them on Facebook

O.G.B CHRISTCHURCH

OREGANO SALAD & GRILL

Relax in Cathedral Square’s O.G.B and enjoy the speakeasy vibe with something from the good range of beers and wine, or pull up into the courtyard at the Square-side serving window and enjoy a great coffee and live music. Full breakfast bar and restaurant menu available, plus a wide range of platters, sharing plates and tasty nibbles. Open 6:30am to 1am, 7 days a week. 28 Cathedral Square 03 377 4336 info@ogb.co.nz ogb.co.nz

Oregano Salad & Grill is a new restaurant and takeaway. A classic eatery that’s also licensed and with BYO (wine only), they’re a great spot to dine in with a spiced souvlaki and a beer! Their wide range of meats, salads and hot meals are healthy, fresh and tasty. They also offer catering for businesses and groups for functions and parties. Enjoy a satisfying dining experience with great food and friendly service. Car park at rear! 100 Riccarton Road 03 420 8888 oregano.co.nz

NEW ZEALAND/COSY PUB | MERIVALE

THAI | CENTRAL CITY

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ORLEANS

O’SHEAS PUBLIC HOUSE

Blending the best music, liquor and food, this bar, restaurant and live music venue has all the energy and charm of New Orleans itself. Inspired by the culture, diversity and vibrancy of the city, Orleans will transport you direct to Louisiana. Blues, soul, funk, jazz and regular DJs add to the venue’s energetic atmosphere, with live music from Wed to Sat. Try their famous Fried Chicken & Waffles or the new Waffle Stack! 89 Lichfield Street 03 365 7312 orleans.co.nz

O’Sheas is a warm, welcoming Kiwi local with a strong Irish theme. Their food is traditional pub fare; the best pub food in town. From thick and satisfying seafood chowder to the steak specials, the meals are hearty and great value. They also have breakfast and lunch menus that are hard to beat, and a top range of beers on tap. Enjoy two lovely outdoor areas, a big screen inside for sports, and a TAB next door if you fancy your chances! 128 Marshland Road 03 385 3080 osheas.co.nz

THE PEDAL PUSHER

PEGASUS BAY WINERY

Pull up to The Pedal Pusher and let the good times roll! Whether you’re after a cheeky afternoon drink, a quick lunch or a classy dinner, they’ve got you covered. With a different special each day, no two days are the same at this funky gastro-pub. They pride themselves on great, friendly service so that each time you visit, it feels like coming home. Now open in Rolleston! 286 Lincoln Road 03 335 0095 & 55 Faringdon Boulevard 03 260 0866 thepedalpusher.co.nz

Named New Zealand’s best winery restaurant for 5 years running, and awarded a second Chef’s Hat in the 2016 Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards, Pegasus Bay offers an unforgettable experience. The menu is influenced by the best of local produce, and changes to take advantage of seasonal offerings. Start with a free tasting and discover the breathtaking gardens. 263 Stockgrove Road 03 314 6869 Bookings recommended pegasusbay.com

SOUTHERN USA | CENTRAL CITY

COSY PUB | SHIRLEY

NEW ZEALAND/COSY PUB | ADDINGTON/ROLLESTON

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PESCATORE

SEAFOOD | CENTRAL CITY

Pescatore translates from Italian to ‘fisherman’. In recognition of the restaurant’s name and legacy, their new menu is predominately focused on seafood. Chef de Cuisine Ryan Henley and his team have created unique and contemporary dishes designed to satisfy the palate and all the senses. This passionate team, who have gained outstanding recognition, match an ingredient-driven menu with professional, friendly service. Seasonal menus, created with premium local, sustainable and organic ingredients, are matched with top vintages from Pescatore’s comprehensive wine list, honoured by Wine Spectator magazine as one of the most outstanding restaurant lists in the world. Pescatore offers both a la carte and 7 course degustation menus – choose the one that suits your occasion and prepare for an unforgettable dining experience. The city’s original seafood dining experience. The George, Level 1, 50 Park Terrace 03 371 0257 pescatore.co.nz

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PEGASUSHI

PEPPER BRIDGE

For modern fusion Japanese cuisine, prepared and served by a passionate team of professionals, in an elegant dining room on the edge of the Pegasus Lake, look no further! Pegasushi has something for everyone. They offer a Lunch Special every day and an “All You Can Eat” menu from Tue to Thu. Enjoy a premium Japanese dining experience! Open for lunch and dinner Tue – Sun. Shop 2, 60 Pegasus Main Street 03 920 1888 Find them on Facebook

Pepper Bridge is an authentic Indian restaurant offering North and South Indian delicacies. Their comprehensive range travels from Tandoori delicacies to varieties of dosas, meat and vegetarian dishes, and great gluten and dairy free options. The secret to the delicious flavour and aroma is the blending and preparation of the spices, and their chef is an absolute master in this centuries-old art. Shop 9, Addington Mall, 300 Lincoln Road 03 595 0442 pepperbridge.co.nz

THE PLATTER

POLO BAR

Featuring seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on local produce, The Platter is a place where sharing matters. Located at the Best Western Plus Fino Hotel, they’re casual yet contemporary. The menu emphasises sharing and the concise and curated beverage list ensures full satisfaction. Open every day; join them for a buffet breakfast or later for happy hour and dinner. 87 Kilmore Street (downstairs) Breakfast 7am – 10:30am, Dinner 5pm – 9pm 03 550 1460 theplatter.co.nz

The Polo Bar is the perfect setting for breakfast, afternoon aperitifs, or to enjoy delicious shared plates from late afternoon. Inspired by Argentinian cuisine, they offer a menu of various sharing plates of selected meats smoked and chargrilled for a unique flavour. Delicious vegetarian dishes are also on the menu, which changes regularly so they can use the freshest local ingredients to create their mouth-watering dishes. 363 Montreal Street 03 943 8547 hotelmontreal.co.nz

JAPANESE | PEGASUS TOWN

INDIAN | ADDINGTON

ARGENTINIAN | CENTRAL CITY

EUROPEAN | CENTRAL CITY

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POT STICKER DUMPLING BAR

CHINESE | CENTRAL CITY/ SYDENHAM

Whether you like your dumplings fried or steamed, at Pot Sticker Dumpling you can expect the dumpling dough tightly hugging fresh cooked prawns or free range meats, ready to dip in the deliciously authentic hot chili sauce. At Pot Sticker they don’t cheat with machines or MSG – all of their dumplings are handmade each day using the recipes and techniques passed down from generations of dumpling masters. Their master chefs hand-make their dumpling dough every morning, preparing locally-sourced vegetables and herbs as well as selecting meats daily. 144 Lichfield Street 03 420 0376 & The Colombo 03 379 8377 potsticker.co.nz

SISTER KONG

CHINESE | CENTRAL CITY

Sister Kong Bao House, sister establishment to Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar, is their take on a Hong Kong baijiu house. Originating from mainland China, this fiery spirit has traditionally been used to celebrate important occasions and is said to bring good fortune. These traditional ‘houses’ were casual places to meet, chat, and snack. Although it has a few classic dumplings from the original Pot Sticker menu, Sister Kong obsesses about bao to the extent that Pot Sticker obsesses about dumplings, serving reinvented Hong Kong Bao Burgers, like their trademark Saffron and Chili Bao. It’s baijiu bar meets street bao meets kung fu chefs! 123 Victoria Street 022 344 7644 sisterkong.co.nz

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PRINCE OF PERSIA

RED ELEPHANT

Prince of Persia is a family owned and operated business dedicated to bringing the deliciously authentic tastes of Afghani and Iranian dishes to Christchurch. Their kebabs are all cooked on the charcoal grill, producing the great smokey taste that is their point of difference. Elsewhere on their menu you’ll find curries, roast chicken, delicious rice and clay-oven baked fresh naan bread. Experience unique flavours. Student discount available! 104 Riccarton Road 03 341 8575 princeofpersia.nz

Red Elephant offers a warm welcome and authentic Thai cuisine from Sukhothai province, with a wide range of dishes made with fresh, locally-grown herbs and produce. Three course set menus for 4 people or more start from $28 – great value for your large group or function! 5 Pilgrim Place 03 377 1122 redelephant.co.nz

REDFIRE BBQ BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE

ROGUES OF ROTHERHAM

Redfire BBQ serve delicious cuts of beef, lamb, chicken, and pork, cooked on skewers and served all-you-caneat! They traditionally slow-cook their meats over an open flame, providing guests with the flavourful meats that have been popular in Latin America for centuries. These are complemented by delicious Brazilian dishes and drinks like farofa, carreteiro rice and cheese bread. 77 Main North Road (in Northlands Mall car park) 03 352 3000 redfirebbq.co.nz

Rogues creates a captivating experience of uncompromising goodness, morphing from morning into day and day into night. Step in from the hustle and bustle of Riccarton and unwind in understated style. Survey the street side atmosphere from the swanky vintage bar. Kick in for the afternoon in the laid back, open air drinkery. Take it up a notch to dine in one of the lush, intimate velvet booths. Be enticed today! 42 Rotherham Street 03 341 5142 roguesbar.co.nz

PERSIAN | RICCARTON

THAI | SYDENHAM

BRAZILIAN | NORTHLANDS MALL

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SHOP EIGHT

NEW ZEALAND | CENTRAL CITY

On beautiful New Regent Street, this small space has been sustainably fitted out by Rekindle using materials salvaged from demolitions. The wine bar downstairs features NZ wines and craft beers by mostly organic and biodynamic producers. Upstairs is for casual dining; enjoy a light shared dinner and dessert. The kitchen delivers serious punch; dishes are designed to be shared, highlighting the season, region and local producers. 8 New Regent Street 027 450 8047 shopeight.nz

SAGGIO DI VINO

EUROPEAN | CENTRAL CITY

A shining star on the city dining scene since its inception in 1991, Saggio di vino has created a fine reputation with its sensational menu, which pairs modern European inspired cuisine with a carefully curated selection of the world’s favourite wines, all packaged in the refined opulence and brooding intimacy of its sexily sleek fitout. Experience the cuisine of Chef Patron David Napier and Chef Carlita Campbell. 179 Victoria Street 03 379 4006 saggiodivino.co.nz

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SALT ON THE PIER

SHANGHAI STREET DUMPLINGS

Salt on the Pier, Café, Bar and Restaurant is the only restaurant on Christchurch’s pier. Spectacular views of the pier and South Pacific make for a unique, romantic and special dining experience that’s unique in the city dining scene. Their restaurant and wine bar provides the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner for two, a corporate brunch, lunch, dinner or relaxing with a drink. 195 – 213 Marine Parade 03 388 4493 saltonthepier@gmail.com saltonthepier.co.nz

Enjoy mouth-watering Chinese street food inspired by the multicultural influences and traditional flavours of Shanghai. Dumpling master Norman calls on 30 years of experience to create crispy pot stickers in a range of combinations, noodles and other delectable delicacies. Bush Inn Centre, Cnr Waimairi & Riccarton Roads 03 377 9223 shanghaistreetdumplings.co.nz

SPACE ACADEMY/KADETT

STELLAR RESTAURANT

This creative, multi-use space operates as Space Academy bar by night and Kadett café by day, though it maintains its relaxed, cosy setting no matter what time of day you visit. Serving generous cheese platters and bar snacks until late, and delicious light lunches until 4pm, with expertly poured coffee, locally blended teas, craft beers, and a fine selection of wines and whiskies. 371 St Asaph Street 022 194 4673 Find them on Facebook spaceacademy.ac.nz

Dine in stunning surroundings at Stellar to enjoy a taste of fine Asian cuisine blended with classic European fare. Book now to discover their talented chef’s comprehensive and exciting new menu for 2017, and they’ll take 10% off your table’s total bill! Find and follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with their latest events and special offers. Level One, 235 Riccarton Road 03 345 6888 stellarrestaurant.co.nz

CAFÉ/BAR | NEW BRIGHTON

CHINESE | UPPER RICCARTON

CAFÉ/BAR | CENTRAL CITY

INTERNATIONAL | RICCARTON

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STRAWBERRY FARE

SULLIVANS IRISH PUB

Located near the city and with stunning views of Hagley Park, Strawberry Fare offers something for everyone. They open early with delicious breakfasts and their own roasted coffee; a perfect place to start the day. Lunch and dinner are served 7 days, and their famous desserts are available any time you fancy. Free-range and organic produce is used whenever available. Enjoy a friendly, relaxed service that also caters to all dietary needs. 19 Bealey Avenue 03 365 4897 strawberryfare.com

Sullivans has a friendly, traditional atmosphere to suit your mood – dance your heart out or relax over a quiet drink or a bite to eat. They offer a great range of international beverages, and serve a tasty range of traditional Irish fare. There’s live music throughout the week, Sky Sports with big screen TV, a gaming room and bottle store. Private function areas and venue hire are available. Home of the World’s Largest Glass of Beer. 291 Lincoln Road 03 338 8300 Find them on Facebook

EUROPEAN | MERIVALE

COSY PUB | ADDINGTON

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PERSIAN KITCHEN

TURKISH/PERSIAN | RICHMOND

The Persian Kitchen offers a traditional dining experience with a great range of fresh food and flavours for all tastes. Dine in, takeaway, or book your next function! 325 Stanmore Road 03 389 0400 persiankitchen.co.nz

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SUN DOG DINER

TABLE AT MONKS

With a retro pop culture vibe and a unique take on comfort food classics, Sun Dog Diner brings us the modern American diner experience. Everything is made from scratch with free range meats and seasonal produce. The food is fresh, punchy and different from the rest! All day breakfast, gourmet sandwiches, mac-ncheese, Mexi-American specialties, craft beers, boutique NZ wines, amazing desserts and bottomless drip coffee. 7/2 Papanui Road 03 260 1166 sundogdiner.co.nz

This boutique new café offers creative cabinet fare and a tempting brunch menu. The fabulous food is complemented by outstanding coffee and friendly service. The fresh interior provides a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for catching up with family and friends. Discover this cosy spot today! 282 Madras Street (close to Margaret Mahy Playground) 03 377 3777 Find them on Facebook tableatmonks.co.nz

TAJ OF INDIA

THAI CHEF’S RESTAURANT

Taj of India’s newly opened, fully licensed Sydenham restaurant joins their takeaway venue in Stanmore Road, and is a great place for you to experience fantastic food and awesome service! Whether it’s for a cosy dinner in or a casual meal out, don’t go past today’s scrumptious steal! Their friendly staff invite you to try their delicious Indian cuisine. Book your next function today! 458 Colombo Street (Restaurant) 03 366 5853 270 Stanmore Road (T/A) 03 381 1738 tajofindia.kiwi.nz

Thai Chef’s new Christchurch location offers authentic Thai tastes and a modern dining experience. Food is prepared from fresh, quality ingredients and presented with elegance in a dining setting filled with all the richness of Thai colour, sound and art. Meals are served family-style – share the Thai experience with your friends, family or colleagues. Discover a new favourite! Takeaway and deliveries available! 1 Riccarton Road 03 341 1163 thaichef.co.nz

AMERICAN | MERIVALE

CAFÉ | CENTRAL CITY

INDIAN | SYDENHAM/RICHMOND

THAI | RICCARTON

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TMR RESTAURANT & BAR

INTERNATIONAL | CENTRAL CITY

The Monday Room has moved! Owing to the huge amount of support, and a great opportunity to take on an exciting new venue, The Monday Room has relocated, and re-branded as: “TMR Restaurant & Bar.” The new location in the heart of the innovation precinct offers three intimate dining areas, and an expansive menu available from 12pm – 10pm every day! Continuing their ‘social dining’ formula, the larger space offers a variety of modern and original dishes, along with a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options. In addition, TMR is a specialist dessert restaurant, offering some of the finest sweet fare in the city. The exciting beverage menu features a wide array of delicious cocktails, ranging from Gatsby-era classics for the cocktail connoisseur to vibrant contemporary creations guaranteed to please both your palate and your Instagram followers! On the weekends, Head Chef Hannah Cooper-Grieve rolls out the specialty brunch menu, available from 8:30am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday, and featuring a selection of the ever popular Monday Room classic dishes, along with a few exciting new creations. If your ideal dining experience includes professional, casual service with personality, in a relaxed, sophisticated and welcoming environment, TMR Restaurant & Bar is your ideal destination. Images: Nadia June Photography. 161 High Street 03 377 5262 info@themondayroom.co.nz themondayroom.co.nz

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TOMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

TREVINOS RESTAURANT & BAR

Immerse yourself in some culture from the Tomi family as you dine on traditional Japanese cuisine. Tomi has a wide range of Japanese sake and a comprehensive wine list, and offers a delicious selection of authentic specialty Japanese dishes. 76 Edgeware Road 03 377 8028 tomi.co.nz

Get into Trevinos to try their tempting menu, filled with traditional favourites and a range of mains based on a Mediterranean fusion theme. Enjoy great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and outdoor dining. Once you’ve eaten it’s only a few steps to the bar area which hosts a gaming room, big screens, and live music every Friday night. Large function room for parties and accommodation at their motel both available – make yourself at home! 22 Riccarton Road 03 343 5378 trevinos.co.nz

TOWN TONIC

TWENTY SEVEN STEPS

Town Tonic is a slick open space serving modern, seasonal and inspiring food daily. It’s situated close to venues for pre- or post-entertainment dining, or drop in for a classy nibble with after-work drinks. You’ll find a choice range of boutique beers and cider, as well as an excellent selection of NZ wines and cocktails, plus great coffee! A Cuisine Good Food Awards finalist in 2016. Check specials online. Catering and functions available! 335 Lincoln Road 03 338 1150 towntonic.co.nz

Sleek, stylish and welcoming, Twenty Seven Steps is a modern yet classic bistro where the focus is very much on the excellent food & service. It’s situated around the corner from the Theatre Royal, upstairs, in historic New Regent Street. Enjoy robust, creative food served by people who care about your dining experience. And now, a new tiny bar downstairs for your drinking pleasure! 16 New Regent Street 03 366 2727 twentysevensteps.co.nz

JAPANESE | ST ALBANS

EUROPEAN/SWISHY BAR | RICCARTON

INTERNATIONAL | ADDINGTON

EUROPEAN | CENTRAL CITY

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UNCOMMON

UNDER THE RED VERANDAH

Uncommon pride themselves on providing an outof-the-ordinary café experience that showcases the region’s finest produce and in which fine dining techniques, flavours and presentation meet next-level service in modern, contemporary surrounds. You’ll find modern twists on café classics, including their famous Breakfast Board and Hot Cakes. Discover a slice of Melbourne café cool right here in Christchurch! 262 Tuam Street 03 379 3977 uncommoncafe.co.nz

This little gem of a café is now licensed, and serves up the best breakfasts and lunches you’ll find, all in a unique garden setting. Their in-house bakers start early each day to prepare bread, muffins, delicious cakes and other treats for you to enjoy over a superb espresso coffee. Their happy, talented team work hard to ensure you enjoy the full UTRV experience. Catering also available! Ask about their private meeting/dining rooms (seats 24). 502 Worcester Street 03 381 1109 utrv.co.nz

CAFÉ | CENTRAL CITY

CAFÉ | LINWOOD

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UNTOUCHED WORLD™

VALLEY INN TAVERN

A favourite with locals, the Untouched World™ Native Garden Café is the perfect destination for a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch. Cosy up by the fire with a coffee and a tasty treat from the cabinet, or dine alfresco in the peaceful native garden setting. Just 5 minutes from Christchurch Airport with plenty of offstreet parking available, it’s a calm oasis away from the hustle. Enquire about private functions! 155 Roydvale Avenue 03 357 9499 untouchedworld.com

Enjoy a 130 year-old tradition of hospitality in the Heathcote Valley at the historic Valley Inn Tavern. Relax in the sunny courtyard, catch up with friends or tuck into great pub fare at this welcoming suburban gastro-pub. Enjoy regular meal deals such as $10 meatloaf Mondays, the steak-and-pint for $18 on Tuesdays, or beef or chicken schnitzel and house wine or pint of beer for just $20 on Wednesdays. All-day breakfast also available! 2 Flavell Street 03 384 1124 valleyinntavern.co.nz

WAIPARA HILLS

WHITE HOUSE BLACK

On State Highway 1, set amongst the picturesque Waipara Valley vineyards, is the iconic stone building that’s home to Waipara Hills. Here you’ll discover an operating winery, cellar door and bistro style café specialising in fresh, seasonal dishes that pair perfectly with award-winning wines. Only a short 45 minute drive north of Christchurch. 780 Glasnevin Road, State Highway 1, North Canterbury 03 314 6900 waiparahills.co.nz

An award-winning, industrial-styled homestead dating from the 1880s. Talk to them about creating something special – from a relaxed lunch for two to a wedding for 100 or a corporate event for 200! In addition to restaurant dining, WHB is also available for private functions; either upstairs only (with its own bar) or exclusive full venue events over both floors, with use of private patios and gardens. Café of the Year finalist 2016. 265 Halswell Road 03 260 1799 whitehouseblack.co.nz

NATIVE GARDEN CAFÉ | BURNSIDE

COSY PUB | HEATHCOTE VALLEY

WINERY/CAFÉ | WAIPARA

INTERNATIONAL/SWISHY BAR/FUNCTIONS | HALSWELL

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The treatment

Feeling the need for some extreme pampering, Cityscape scoped out the city’s most luxurious spa treatment options, and found some blissful packages that will have you looking and feeling like a million bucks – and are worth every penny!

Spanning six epic hours, Champs-Elysées Day Spa’s signature full-day treatment Decadent Day ($720) lives up to its name, with top-of-the-line therapies and beauty treatments in a nirvana-inducing day of pure indulgence. Begin with an intense exfoliating body polish to reveal silky smooth skin before a sublime full body massage and toe-tingling aromatherapy head and scalp massage. Take a break for high tea and French bubbles before allowing the Hauté Couture Facial and über-rejuvenating moulding mask to work their magic, while a manicure and pedicure round out the sinfully sublime package. For the time-poor, their new Matis Kaviar Renewal Facial ($180) fuses protein-rich caviar extract to boost, energise and deeply nourish the skin with amino essential acids to revitalise cellular renewal in a 75-minute bliss-out designed to plump and firm the skin. Oh, and it also comes with a lux foot scrub and massage to put a spring in your step! champs-elysees.co.nz

COUPLE’S DAY OF REST AND RELAXATION

Share some quality time with your significant other at Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa via their Couple’s Day of Rest and Relaxation ($1,299 for two). This five-and-a-half-hour retreat begins with a mineral-rich spa bath soak in waters laced with ELEMIS oils, then a body scrub to revive skin. Sink deeper with your choice of either a two-hour Hot Stone Massage or a Thai Herbal Steam Therapy and Stretching Massage, then enjoy a selection of snacks before an ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Age Defy Facial or ELEMIS Men’s High Performance Skin Energiser Facial. lotusspa.co.nz

INDULGENCE

Beauty Progress Thai Massage Spa’s Indulgence ($549) is five-hours of ultimate relaxation. Get the lux rolling with a Salt Glow Rub featuring marine mineral salts or Body Buff – now you’re prepped for the emotional and physical soothing of their aromatherapy massage, 90 glorious minutes that will both slacken and stimulate the body. Enjoy a healthy light snack before a GERnetic super-hydrating facial plumps and restores your dewy complexion and a euphoric head and scalp massage puts you on cloud nine, then leave as a new person after a Reflexology Foot Spa. beautyprogress.co.nz

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V2 BEAUTY BOOSTER

The rejuvenation revolution continues at Face Value, home to Christchurch’s legendary Dr Philip Frost, with their game-changing V2 Beauty Booster ($1,500) treatment. Hydrating the skin naturally from within via a cutting-edge delivery device (the V2 injector gun) allows for precise and accurate dosage of hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals to the sub-dermis of the skin. What’s more, it’s completely customisable, with a wide range of applications, including targeting wrinkles and firming skin. Translation: glowing, firmer and wonderfully hydrated skin! facevalue.co.nz

HYDRA FACIAL

For an age-defying treatment that will have you looking years younger with dewy, hydrated, beautiful skin, look no further than The Transform Clinic. They’re home to New Zealand’s only HydraFacial machine – their no-downtime, non-surgical HydraFacial treatment (from $180) achieves the results of an advanced facial in just 30 minutes, with its patented spiral tip simultaneously exfoliating, clearing blocked pores, and delivering nourishing serums for an instant improvement in skin tone and texture, resulting in clearer, more hydrated and younger-looking skin. transformclinic.co.nz

PAMPER ME HALF DAY

At just three-and-a-quarter hours, women-only oasis Pure Skin Beauty & Spa’s Pamper Me Half Day ($258) is the city’s serenity express. Let your cares melt away with a full-body massage that uses the finest organic aromatic oils before a revitalising specialised facial treatment using La Clinica products and tailored to your skin type, including a firming and lifting eye treatment. Next, enjoy a zen-like head, shoulder, hands and arms massage while the premium facial mask works its magic, then snacks and teas in their tranquil tea room before reluctantly heading out back into the real world. FB/pureskinbeautyandspa

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High fashion

Christening their swanky new store on High Street as we went to print, owner-operated independent boutique Infinite Definite offers an eclectic, carefully curated mix of men’s and women’s streetwear, footwear, bags and accessories. A long-time Re:START tenant, their swishy and spacious new hangout is now home to their cutting-edge collection of dozens of top fashion labels (we could name them all, but we’ve only got so much space in the magazine!). Emerging and established local designers sit alongside their massive list of cult international brands; now’s the perfect time to hit their new store, check out the latest, and update your wardrobe. infinitedefinite.com

HEEL APPEAL KICK WINTER TO THE CURB WITH KAREN WALKER’S SHEEPSKIN AND LEATHER MACKIE BOOTS (RRP $490), WEARABLE EITHER HIGH OR FOLDED DOWN (AS PICTURED).

MANE ATTRACTION If it’s time for some serious hair care, some seriously lush hair treatments are available in the city. At Headspace, Redken Heatcure ($110, or $40 when added to another treatment) combines an innovative formula of unique proteins, oils, low-melting point waxes, and cationic conditioners which deeply penetrate the hair’s fibre, locking in the nourishment for long-lasting protection. The latest lux treatment from True Grit (pictured), Kérastase Chronologiste ($70), sees freshly crushed artificial pearls enriched with Pacific sea-water (releasing lipids, vitamins A and E, and marine nutrients) mixed into a Creme Chronologiste loaded with nourishing gluco-lipids, ceramides, anti-oxidants and silicone, then applied liberally, with a reinvigorating head and shoulder massage and hot steam to finish. And Merivale’s Hair & Beauty’s signature Keratin Smoothing Treatment (from $150) is a super lux non-chemical straightening service that relaxes and adds shine to curly and wavy hair – throw the straightener away!

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GOOD LIFE With Dr Libby Dry, flaky skin doesn’t have to be your reality this winter. There are numerous ways to take care of your skin; here are my top tips to get it glowing from the inside out.

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ydrate Skin loves hydration! Your skin is your biggest organ and it needs a steady supply of fluid to stay hydrated, plump and glowing. Ensure that you are drinking plenty of filtered water, herbal tea, organic bone broth and veggie juices to help keep your body and skin hydrated. Fluids also help to flush out any harmful substances from the body and prevent these substances from needing to be excreted through the skin, where they can cause damage. Nourish Start by eating real food. Real food, as it comes in nature, is packed with a range of nutrients, all of which promote great skin. Vitamin C is particularly helpful for skin, as it helps to combat free-radical damage, which is part of the cause of aging and wrinkles. It’s also essential for the production of collagen, which is responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of your skin. Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruit, kiwifruit, capsicum and broccoli. Skin loves fat! Fat helps the skin to maintain its moisture barrier,

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which helps keep skin soft and prevents drying. Dry, flaky skin or cracked heels and cuticles can be a sign that you are lacking in essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are particularly helpful, and are the type of fat that most people are deficient in. Oily fish like sustainable sardines or salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts are wonderful sources of Omega-3 fats. If you have any dry patches of skin, coconut oil makes a great topical moisturiser. Look after your gut If the gut is not working optimally, it will often show up in the skin, as the skin is just another pathway of elimination for the body. Flare ups of pimples, acne, rosacea, eczema, and rashes are a signal that other body systems may not be functioning at their best, and more often than not, it is the gut that is not as happy as it could be. A diet high in plant foods, drinking lots of water and avoiding caffeine, trans fats, processed sugars and alcohol can all contribute to good digestion and happy, radiant, clear skin. drlibby.com

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Black is back, baby (did it ever go away?), and this killer badass look from EnCompass is totally on point, from the gorgeous Mason Scotch Biker Leather Jacket (RRP $1,049) and Basic Shirt Ivory Stars (RRP $209) down to the curve-embracing lines of the Nobody Siren Skinny Velvet Jeans (RRP $249).

HOOP DREAMS

Sophistication reigns supreme with these London Topaz Stud Hoops (RRP $315) from Filigree Fine Jewels.


TOTALLY BOSS

Take your fashion cues from Hugo Boss Menswear AW17, which embraces layers, textures, warm colours and shapes for a fresh take on classic 80s and 90s silhouettes – Patrick Bateman would approve.

Huffer Workman Down Vest (RRP $279.90) from Stencil

Norse Projects Villads Twill Shirt (RRP $255) from Infinite Definite

FASHION FOR THE BOYS Grenson Black Brady Boots

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KATERINA BOUTIQUE

KABELLA BABY

Katerina Boutique offers a rare balance between highend designs and marketable fashion. Katerina is well known for its modern interpretation on event dressing, as well as a great collection of everyday separates. Brands include Alice McCall, Shona Joy, Pasduchas, Bless’ed are the Meek, SWF, Premonition and more. Designer and owner Yulia Marsh provides fitting, styling and alteration services. The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road 021 112 7683 katerina.co.nz

Kabella Baby is the city’s only specialist Rockabilly and Vintage Inspired shop. They stock styles based on 40s and 50s fashions, lovingly recreated to give you the beautiful feminine silhouette that evokes memories of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, but with a modern kick. Beautiful fabrics & prints bring colour and fun. They also stock bags, jewellery, makeup and shoes. Shop 2, Parkside Plaza, 333 Harewood Road 0274 352 056 kabellababy.co.nz

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FASHION | BISHOPDALE

ENCOMPASS

FASHION | WOOLSTON

With modern street wear fashion and impeccable service, EnCompass specialises in premium denim brands, and is renowned for the fitting expertise of owner Benji. The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road 03 381 4065 Find them on Facebook

THE MOHAIR STORE FASHION | SYDENHAM

Experience the warmth-without-weight feeling that luxurious New Zealand-made Mohair and Alpaca throws provide. Snuggle up in the new Alpaca scarf range, keep warm with Possum/Merino Ponchos, or treat your feet to the famous LifeSocks. If you love New Zealandmade natural fibres, then you will be spoilt for choice at The Mohair Store. Use their local’s discount code, ‘Goat’, to shop online at their in-store special prices. 140 Colombo Street 03 943 1639 themohairstore.co.nz

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UNTOUCHED WORLD™

FASHION/ACCESSORIES | BURNSIDE/CENTRAL CITY

NZ lifestyle brand Untouched World™ is world famous for their exquisite knitwear and Mountainsilk™, fine machine washable Merino. Designed with a less-is-more aesthetic and created from luxurious yarns and fabrics that are easy on the earth, their collections are full of multi-tasking pieces that wardrobe with effortless style. Flagship Store & Café, 155 Roydvale Avenue 03 357 9399 Pop-up Store, Container Mall (formerly Re:START) 03 365 9533 untouchedworld.com

MORGAN & PAGE WOMENSWEAR FASHION/ACCESSORIES | WOOLSTON/REDCLIFFS

This small boutique for women stocks their two stores with beautiful clothes. Brands include Noa Noa, Augustine, Isle of Mine, Eb & Ive, Fate, Kaja, and their own label. The Tannery 03 595 2928 87 Main Road 03 376 6219

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BEAUTY PROGRESS THAI MASSAGE SPA

CHAMPS-ELYSÉES DAY SPA

Beauty Progress Thai Massage Spa’s passion is to provide Thai massage and beauty therapy. They will ensure that every aspect of your authentic Thai massage, beauty and body spa treatments are met with professionalism and that extra touch of luxury. Their highly qualified and experienced therapists offer you top quality treatments using high quality GERnetic French products. Luxurious gift vouchers available! 1/171 Waltham Road 0800 379 4315 beautyprogress.co.nz

Your destination for all things luxurious and pampering, Christchurch’s premier day spa has designed a range of glorious spa experiences designed to take you on a journey of relaxation. You are welcome to book a luxury spa service or purchase a gift voucher online. Ask about their famous Corporate Spa Retreats, Wedding Packages and the Champs-Elysées Diamond Club. Mention Cityscape to receive a complimentary gift! 110 Papanui Road 03 365 3630 champs-elysees.co.nz

DAY SPA | SYDENHAM

HEALTH/BEAUTY | MERIVALE

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FACE VALUE

BEAUTY | MERIVALE

For experience, expertise and excellence in cosmetic medicine, it’s hard to go past Face Value. Dr Philip Frost calls on around two decades of experience in this field to deliver non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments for his clients, now from within the luxurious setting of the historic Charlotte Jane building in Merivale. Treatments offered by Dr Frost and his team include: Dermal fillers for lip enhancement and reshaping, chin augmentation, nose reshaping, the liquid face lift for mid face volume, and correction of hollow cheeks. BOtulinum TOXin treatment to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles and lines such as frown lines and crows feet. Collagen Induction Therapy and medical needling. Treatment of excessive sweating. Radio–surgery for removal of moles and skin tags. Treatment of facial veins. An advanced cosmeceutical skin care range is also available. All clients are offered an initial noobligation consultation and full assessment at no charge in order to tailor treatments to your individual wishes. With a Face Value treatment, everyone will notice, but no-one will know! 110 Papanui Road 03 363 8810 info@facevalue.co.nz facevalue.co.nz

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TRUE GRIT

PURE SKIN BEAUTY & SPA

Kitomba and NZARH Salon of the Year 2016! True Innovation, True Passion, True Hair! Visit True Grit’s exquisite multi-award-winning salon and experience the creative professionalism of their dynamic team of Masters, Style Directors & New Generation Stylists! Now offering natural mineral Young Blood make-up. Choose from the stunning ‘Party Hair’ menu and ensure you leave feeling absolutely fabulous! 87 Manchester Street 03 377 7889 truegrit.co.nz

This boutique day spa provides professional, tailored treatments while you enjoy their warm and relaxed atmosphere. Indulge yourself with their special new treatments for winter; the Ginger Spa Massage to improve circulation and energy flow and ease soreness, and the Infrared Therapy Massage to promote renewal and fast healing, decrease joint rigidity and remove built-up toxins. Contact them for more information! 30 Waimairi Road 03 348 4116 Find them on Facebook

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HEADSPACE

MERIVALE’S HAIR & BEAUTY

Headspace is a long-established and contemporary inner city hair salon offering a full range of professional services within a stylish and sophisticated environment. Clients enjoy a comfortable atmosphere, surrounded by beautifully appointed decor. Every effort is made to make clients feel as relaxed as possible, resulting in a wonderful experience that’s still very affordable. 7/245 St Asaph Street 03 366 1896 headspacehair.co.nz

“I just want to be wonderful”; I just want to be seen at Merivale’s Hair and Beauty. It’s a luxurious space with a hip environment that inspires and caters to its clientele, making them feel special and pampered. The spacious salon has a unique, contemporary and minimalist design that is flooded with natural light, offering a warm, intimate feel. Be attended to by inspirational and experienced stylists who will cater to your every whim. 186 Papanui Road 03 355 5713 merivales.co.nz

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LOTUS AT SIAM THAI DAY SPA HEALTH/BEAUTY | CASHMERE

Surrounded by the multi award-winning Swan Lake Gardens, Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa offers exquisite pampering with exceptional service to match. Their spa is a world-class, luxurious private destination, allowing you to truly escape the pressure of everyday life into a tranquil world of pampering and relaxation. Their qualified Thai therapists are dedicated to delivering a holistic and rejuvenating experience; their combined experience of more than 55 years means you know you are in expert hands. If you’re after some special time with your loved one, their luxuriously appointed couple’s rooms provide a complete escape from life’s pressures. They’re open from 9am till late, seven days a week; visit in the evening and enjoy their couple’s pampering. One of their most popular treatments – the wonderful Restore the Romance – includes a decadent spa bath and soothing 90-minute Aromatherapy Massage: what a way to finish your day together! For winter, their new Heavenly Heat treatment is a wonderfully warming experience. Begin with a relaxing 30-minute hot bath together, followed by a two-hour Hot Stone Massage. Treat yourself, your loved one and your muscles! If you’re after the perfect gift for that special someone, treat them to world-class treatments with a Lotus gift voucher for that special occasion. They also offer decadent Elemis facials, soothing massage therapy, group and corporate pampering and full day spa treatments. Visit www.lotusspa.co.nz or call today to experience the ultimate in pampering, and let them help you truly relax. 9 Ernlea Terrace 03 980 5400 lotusspa.co.nz

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IRON HOOD FITNESS

ON POINTE BARRE & WELLNESS

Iron Hood Fitness is a 24/7 gym located in Christchurch. They have a range of the latest Hammer Strength and Life Fitness gear, the highest quality brands on the market. They strive for a high quality gym that offers a comfortable environment for their members. Enjoy complimentary bath towels and their in-house protein smoothie bar. Membership is $25 per week, no joining fees or contracts! Please enquire for corporate packages. 63 Manchester Street 03 366 6791 ironhoodfitness.co.nz

Business partners Lyndal Woodham (Bootybarre Master Trainer) and Katrina Buchanan (Clinical Nutritionist and Bootybarre Instructor) offer the full package of health and fitness. Their beautiful barre studio is the first of its kind in the city. Bootybarre is a fun fusion workout combining techniques of dance, pilates and yoga. A variety of styles are offered to suit all ages and fitness levels. Get in touch to determine the best class for you. Unit 10, 21 Bealey Avenue 027 277 3460 onpointenz.com

GYM | CENTRAL CITY

FITNESS | MERIVALE

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Transform your living room with a stylish Rinnai Evolve 1250 landscape fire from Edward Gibbon – keeping warm never looked so good. edwardgibbon.co.nz


Redefining luxury Cityscape caught up with award-winning architects Tobin Smith and Blair Paterson from CoLab Architecture to discuss the changing face of Kiwi luxury design. Architectural photography: Jamie Cobel

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ver the last 10 years we have witnessed a major shift in what we consider to be ‘luxurious’ when referencing domestic architecture in New Zealand. A term that once seemed to resonate with large dwellings and palatial styling has surrendered to a new, more modest archetype. Finally, a sense of place is winning over indulgence, with greater consideration being placed on context, quality of space and materiality. This is music to the ears of many architects. It’s not unusual nowadays to see a small courtyard house in Auckland being celebrated as New Zealand’s ‘house of the year’, or a high-end accommodation development on the Banks Peninsula picking up a ‘small project’ architecture award. These are the projects that are defining luxury in New Zealand, and are seen to be creating a vernacular that is far more suited to our humble ‘Kiwi’ mannerisms. It is our belief that genuine luxury in domestic architecture can be found in many areas. It can be a relationship to a landscape or the framing of a critical view. It can be the creation of space and volume and a celebration of detail and material. Above all, it should be purposeful and serve as a personal sanctuary for the owners and occupants. One of our recently completed central city projects (pictured) adopts these principles. It is a thoughtful design of modest scale and sits as a strong statement of contemporary architecture within its street context without being ostentatious.

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The brief from the client requested a gallery space to display a collection of their daughter’s art, as well as a ground floor living space free of walls to offer unobstructed access to a north-facing courtyard. The result is a house that manipulates space and volume to create an internal environment of two extremes. To the south is a double height gallery space flanked with walls either side for displaying art. Sunlight is drawn through a large skylight that pierces the ceiling over a feature steel and timber stair. Conversely, the living space to the north is open and free of fixed partitions. Large doors slide back to connect the interior and exterior spaces, extending the living experience and blurring the line between in and out, while a generous master suite on the first floor is positioned to maximise morning sun and overlook a private garden. This is a house rich with detail, volume and material that prioritises quality of space over unnecessary exuberance – an inner-city retreat for our busy professional clients. colabarch.co.nz

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HOME & LIFESTYLE Hot Property

HOT PROPERTY With Mary Turnbull

OPEN HOMES – TIPS TO SECURE A SALE

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house. I work to a minimum of three open homes a week, usually one on a Wednesday or Thursday and one every Saturday and Sunday for a minimum of 45 minutes, though an hour is best if possible. Timing, or time of day, is important too – you have to take into account the current season and time your open homes to showcase your house at its

brightest and sunniest. Things need to be bright inside too; a good real estate agent will turn on all your lights during a showing and, where necessary, suggest where higher wattage bulbs are needed to brighten darker rooms. Not surprisingly, presentation is everything. I make it a rule to never show an empty house and will often recommend home staging (including selected art pieces for the walls) that really showcase the house as a spacious, warm and welcoming space. In winter you want it to be toasty warm – if there’s a fire start it in the morning to heat the house and have all heat pumps going with scented candles and diffusers also helping to create a cosy atmosphere and calming house. The number one rule, however, is: Make it sparkle! There’s no way around this – you are going to have to get down to some serious cleaning (or pay for a professional clean) of every surface inside and tidy the yard to maximise street appeal – achieve these and you’ll be one step closer to seeing the sold sticker out the front of your house! maryturnbull.harcourts.co.nz

CARPET DIEM Delivering exceptional professional service, advice and installation of the country’s leading selection of premium floorcoverings for nearly 15 years, The Flooring Centre has all your flooring needs covered (literally!). They’re the only floorcovering retailer to provide the complete package under one roof – choose from more than 2,000 stunning carpet options including leading brands Godfrey Hirst, Feltex, Cavalier Bremworth, Irvine Flooring and Norman Ellison, as well as timber flooring spanning everything from traditional 19mm solid tongue and groove planks or parquet, to prefinished, engineered and floating floor systems, and the latest tiles and rugs guaranteed to make your room (or commercial space) pop. Free interior décor advice from their qualified designers as well as free quotes round out The Flooring Centre’s unbeatable offering. theflooringcentre.co.nz

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Ten things we’re coveting this winter. 1 DEDON Mbrace Lounge Chair (POA) from DOMO 2 Kelly Wearstler Bijou Table Lamp (RRP $2,695) from Cavit & Co 3 1970s German Bisque Porcelain Heinrich Vase (RRP $775) from Mr Mod 4 Ligne Roset Episode Bedside Table in Walnut (RRP $2,598) from DOMO 5 Halo Loffee Sofa (RRP $7,695) from McKenzie & Willis

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8 6 Venetia Studium Studio 76 Tripod Floor Lamp with gold leaf (RRP $9,014) from TRENZSEATER 7 Vintec 40 Bottle Wine Cooler (RRP $2,094) from Harvey Norman Commercial 8 Chris Heaphy Whetu-Kura, 2012 Acrylic on canvas, 1200mm x 1200mm (RRP $15,000) from The Central 9 Kitchenaid Majestic Yellow Mixer (RRP $1,099) from Ballantynes 10 Patrick Jouin Cassina Lebeau Table Wood (RRP $17,658) from Matisse

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HOME & LIFESTYLE The Lux Outdoors

Cityscape caught up with Canopy Landscape Architect’s Gabe Ross and Paul Roper-Gee to discover the 5 golden rules of creating a luxurious garden.

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towe, Versailles, Sissinghurst, Villa Lante. We’re inspired by fabulous gardens on grand palatial scales, but luxurious landscapes can come in all shapes and sizes. They are intentional gardens, distinctively matched to people and place, and crafted to last. We’ve chosen five design principles to bring a touch of luxury to your corner of paradise, large or small. A luxury garden is: 1 MATCHED TO ITS PEOPLE Whether your bliss is found in getting your hands dirty, a perfect spot to read a book, or as a social hub for friends, you should be able to find it in your garden. Gardens can tell stories of the owners’ origins, experiences and dreams. Luxurious gardens should be beautiful to look at and to live in. Clever, flexible spaces organised around who the owners are and what they do enable them to use and share the garden in ways they enjoy most. 2 GROUNDED IN ITS PLACE A timeless landscape is sensitive to the local environment and context, working with the conditions and

acknowledging its surroundings (even if through contrast). Luxuriant planting comes from careful selection to match the soils, microclimate, light and temperature of your location. 3 WELL CRAFTED Whether it is paving, decking, or a detail like a pot or a piece of furniture, well-made objects and carefully selected materials bring character and longevity to a landscape. Colour, decoration and furnishings can tell the story of who you are and what has made you.

Finishing touches

Add a touch of lux to your backyard with Canopy Landscape Architect’s picks of what’s hot in outdoor furnishings.

Elba Table (RRP $889) and Dining Seats (RRP $442 each, covers RRP $35 each) from BoConcept. boconcept.com

4 A FEAST FOR THE SENSES Fragrance, textures, colours, sounds and tastes that change with the seasons make being in the garden a rich experience and create wonderful memories. 5 DOESN’T COST THE EARTH A luxurious garden can be earth-friendly too. Taking time to ensure elements of luxury do not come at the expense of the environment or other people’s welfare creates a garden of integrity that can be fully-enjoyed and appreciated. canopy.co.nz

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Bellevie Sofa (RRP $3,450), Armchair (RRP $1,850) and Low Table (RRP $1,125) from Jardin. jardin.co.nz

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Creating lux surrounds starts from the floor up. Combining long-lasting looks with luxurious softness and easy-care features and durability, Irvine Flooring’s Hilton carpet from The Flooring Centre effortlessly makes a stylish statement with its stately blend of sophistication, luxury and outstanding performance. With its dense pile offering superior comfort, this hard-wearing high-end carpet is available in a range of modern colours to create a warm and relaxing ambience in any environment. Stain and fade proof, this anti-allergenic carpet naturally fights bacteria and dust mites to help keep your home easy to clean and stylish. theflooringcentre.co.nz

HOME FRONT What’s hot for the home.

REDEFINING MUST-SEE TV, PANASONIC’S 77” OLED TV (POA) FROM HARVEY NORMAN COMMERCIAL BRINGS A WHOLE NEW LEVEL TO THE AT HOME THEATRE EXPERIENCE.

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By removing the rim with their new Cleanflush® design, Caroma has created their most effective and hygienic toilet suite. Its cleverly designed rimless bowl combines with innovative flush and flow technology for super-easy cleaning. edwardgibbon.co.nz


DESIGNER DREAMING Create the boudoir of your dreams by keeping colour palettes simple, minimal and elegant. McKenzie & Willis have selected just two hues for this look – blue/ grey and gold. The Charly headboard from Le Forge, the wallpaper by Osborne & Little and the metal side tables from French Country are blue/grey, while gold is introduced with the Bianca Lorenne Luchesi gold velvet comforter, Aleeno duvet cover and Bijoux embroidered cushion. mckenzieandwillis.co.nz

REMINISCENT OF MEDIEVAL CHAIN MAIL, BRAND VAN EGMOND’S ARTHUR (POA) FROM MATISSE IS MADE UP OF A THOUSAND TWISTED STEEL STRIPS, CREATING A CHANDELIER FOR TODAY.

Channelling rustic high-end lux, Nonn’s Liaison Sofa from Belle Interiors, designed by second-generation furniture designer and former Cantabrian Cameron Foggo, is the perfect mix of buttery leather and multitasking functionality.

With a range that blends the classic and the contemporary in homeware, jewellery, accessories, and fashion pieces, Frogmore’s harmonious blend of styles and ideas strike you as soon as you enter their Merivale store – you’ll find yourself browsing vibrant art cushions, designer tea towels, contemporary table settings, inspiring books, elegant timepieces, and much more besides! frogmore.co.nz

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WINTER HAVEN Jewel tones and rich velvet come together to create a sumptuous, fireside living area. Add an artwork made from overblown floral wallpaper and some antique silver accessories for an evocative wintry space. resene.co.nz Bell Side and Coffee Tables by Sebastien Herkner for ClassiCon (RRP from $4,700) from Matisse; elegance via hand-blown glass bases and brass finished tables. Buster + Punch channels industrial chic with their Caged Wall Light 1.0, available from August at TRENZSEATER.

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HOME & LIFESTYLE

MOFFATT’S FLOWER COMPANY

CHARMING SOUVENIR

Moffatt’s has been supplying flowers for over 30 years. Their shop is nestled between the greenhouses where their beautiful roses are cut daily, and they also stock an extensive range of cut flowers – lilies, peonies, freesias, orchids and gerberas to name but a few – as well as a large range of gifts and plants. Their florists create stunning bouquets for any price range or occasion, and can deliver your bouquet overnight New Zealand-wide. 1 Candys Road 03 322 7975 moffatts.co.nz

Charming Souvenir is now offering a carefully selected range of New Zealand’s finest wine. They stock exceptional wines proudly made locally. Their amazingly huge product selection can meet all your shopping needs; make them a one-stop shop for gifts and souvenirs. Duty free services available as well! Discover something delightful – there’s something for everyone! Shop 1B, 376 Riccarton Road 03 343 6188 charmingsouvenirsnz.co.nz

NORDIC CHILL

ECO FRAME AND MIRROR

Shop icy-cool Scandinavian style in furniture and homeware, including 100% NZ wool blankets and wool slippers (made in Scandinavia) and the IKEA range. Discover the cool design style that’s red hot worldwide. The Colombo 021 595 499 nordicchill.co.nz

Eco Frame and Mirror offer a full site fitting service for all artwork, mirrors, sculpture or furniture. In home or office – including art placement. Eco also offer a full, in-house custom picture and mirror framing service. Quake-safe hanging for homeowners, interior designers, hospitality operators and office fit outs. 394 Colombo Street 03 377 0223 info@frameandmirror.co.nz frameandmirror.co.nz

FLORIST | HALSWELL

GIFTS/SOUVENIRS | UPPER RICCARTON

FURNITURE/HOMEWARE | SYDENHAM

INTERIORS | SYDENHAM

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HOME & LIFESTYLE

CORSO MERIVALE

FROGMORE

Corso Merivale is a boutique homeware lifestyle store hosting a stylish range of designer homewares from around the world. With a distinct European tone, collections include ceramics, glassware, homeware, linen, furniture, luxury gifts and clothing. Located in the heart of the Merivale shopping precinct, Corso Merivale is a true destination store that never fails to exceed expectations of the discerning. 143 Aikmans Road 03 355 4228 corsomerivale.nz

At Frogmore you will find an extensive range of exquisite gifts, homeware, and fashion accessories. From the smallest gift to a gorgeous piece for your home, they have something for everyone. Cosy up your home with special pieces – a rug, throw, lamp, or artwork. Add colour and warmth with their winter accessories which include hats, scarves and gloves and beautiful jewellery. Come in and browse for that something special! 176A Papanui Road 03 356 1997 frogmore.co.nz

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Nordic Chill have taken their repository of refined Scandinavian design to a larger premises, still within The Colombo – now there’s even more gorgeous homewares to choose from! nordicchill.co.nz

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HOME & LIFESTYLE Read, Watch, Listen

Read, Watch, Listen Reviews, profiles and celebrity insider goss.

READ The Cows, Dawn

O’Porter When hilarious funnywoman Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) calls a book “funny and excruciating”, you just know it’s going to be some good reading. Actress, producer and author O’Porter (wife of Irish actor Chris O’Dowd) has the literary world abuzz with her fearlessly frank and funny debut adult novel The Cows. Breaking free from the herd has never been so searingly funny (or cringe-inducing) for Tara, Cam and Stella, who all find life isn’t always under your own control! Vibrant, sassy, sexy and hilarious, O’Porter captures what it means to be a woman in modern society, and the devastating impact social media can play in turning your world upside down. RRP $35

LISTEN

Gargoyle, Mark Lanegan Band Review by Garry Knight, Pennylane Records. The Screaming Trees’ former frontman delivers his 10th solo release with Gargoyle, a brilliantly crafted mix of grunge/ rock with touches of synth and electronica. Stand out tracks include ‘Nocturne’, featuring Lanegan’s dark, raspy vocals over a grungy guitar, and ‘Goodbye to Beauty’ which is an acoustic delight, moody and sombre. Collaborations have been a feature of Lanegan’s solo career, with him having worked with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Moby and PJ Harvey. Blues Funeral, Lanegan’s 2012 release, is my personal favourite, but I am already loving Gargoyle; give it a listen and you won’t be disappointed.

WATCH

Aquarius Review by Nick Paris, Alice in Videoland. Clara (Sonia Braga, Kiss of the Spider Woman), a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, a two-story building built in the 1940s. All the neighbouring apartments have been acquired by a company which has plans for the plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and engages in a cold war of sorts with the company; a confrontation both mysterious and nerve-racking. This tension disturbs Clara and puts an edge on her daily routine, and gets her thinking about her loved ones, past and future. This edgy tale resonates strongly amongst the march of currency.

CINEPHILES The

killer clown that launched a thousand nightmares (alongside the one in Poltergeist) is tipped to hit the big screen in September, with New Line Cinema’s remake of Stephen King’s petrifying cult novel It. Pennywise, the red-balloonbearing, bloodthirsty shapeshifting clown (this time played by Bill Skarsgård) is back, terrorising the seven members of The Losers Club in small town Maine. While the 1990 made-for-TV miniseries – featuring Rocky Horror alumni Tim Curry – was more campy than creepy, the remake is cranking up the scares and has had audiences screaming at its trailer at film festivals. Best leave the popcorn and drink on the armrests!

BATTLE ROYALE Based on Tinseltown’s legendary catfight

between fading mega-stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis on the set of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan is a brutal docu-drama about two women trying to claw their way back to the top while battling misogyny, the Hollywood machine, and vitriolic gossip columns. Playing the aging, hard-living broads with standout performances are Jessica Lange (Crawford) and Susan Sarandon (Davis), who are joined by a host of A-listers in the often hilarious and ultimately devastating tale of disposable celebrity.

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WHAT’S ON Ballet fans should prepare themselves for an electrifying night on June 9/10 at the Isaac Theatre Royal as the Royal New Zealand Ballet present three works by acclaimed modern choreographer Alexander Ekman in Three by Ekman. Cacti captivated audiences during the RNZB’s Speed of Light tour in 2016, while intimate piece Tuplet riffs on the splitsecond precision of modern dancers at the top of their game, and the larger work Episode 31 is a torrent of youthful vigour that harnesses the energy of New York. With accompaniment by the New Zealand String Quartet, this is definitely one for arts fans to get in their diaries. rnzb.org.nz


Photo: Oliver Eclipse

WHAT’S ON

Oil’s well

Midnight Oil, the legendary Aussie rockers and agitators behind such huge hits as ‘Blue Sky Mine’, ‘Beds Are Burning’, and ‘Power and the Passion’ are finally headed our way again, having announced their first world tour in more than 2 decades (it’s been 20 years – too long! – since they played in New Zealand as well). This is a revival tour with a bit of a difference; it can’t be many touring rock bands that can boast of having a former parliamentary minister (Peter Garrett) as a frontman! Don’t miss the chance to catch the veteran crew in long-overdue local action at Horncastle Arena on September 11. midnightoil.com

Internationally acclaimed Belgian violinist, violist and conductor Sigiswald Kuijken formed the String Quartet that bears his name in 1986; they’ve been wowing music lovers all over the world ever since. Locals get their chance to enjoy this acclaimed group’s musical artistry thanks to Chamber Music New Zealand when the Kuijken Quartet play the Charles Luney Auditorium on July 12, offering a special chance to catch some greats of the chamber repertoire as performed by truly top-level international talent. chambermusic.co.nz

MOVE OVER Exploring collaborative art practice and why it forms, CoCA’s winter exhibition is

the interactive and lively MAKING SPACE (9 June – 20 August). Collaboration and collective working has become the norm in the arts in post-quake Christchurch, making CoCA the perfect space to host six diverse artist collectives and over 30 individuals practising at the cutting-edge of the Aotearoa art community. CoCA will host works, events and the members of art collectives FAFSWAG, FIKA Writers, Fresh and Fruity, Mata Aho Collective, SaVAge K’lub, and The Social, aiming to create connections between communities to create art and encourage conversations. coca.org.nz

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WHAT’S ON

A History of Violins Murder most (comically) foul makes its way to the orchestra pit when the CSO brings Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead to local audiences at the Charles Luney Auditorium on July 19. Dramatic music, mystery and the dark, sometimes macabre humour that is Lemony Snicket’s trademark is the order of the day as the Inspector investigates the orchestra section by section in this musical whodunnit – which also makes for a convenient introduction to orchestral instruments for younger audience members. Find out what the violins were up to on the night of the murder, if anyone saw the harp, or if the trumpet is protesting just a bit too much in this family-friendly mystery. John Williams’ Suite from Harry Potter and the premiere of a brand new work from local composer Hamish Oliver, as well as Ravel’s famous Bolero and Malambo by Ginastera round out a school holiday special from the CSO that’s got a little bit of something for everyone. cso.co.nz

The world’s greatest love story gets a passionate retelling at the Isaac Theatre Royal (25 – 26 August) when the Royal New Zealand Ballet performs artistic director Francesco Ventriglia’s brand new production of Romeo and Juliet. Ensure you keep your arms and legs inside the emotional rollercoaster at all times! rnzb.org.nz

THE ANNUAL MIDWINTER FESTIVAL THAT IS THE LYTTELTON FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS RETURNS TO THE PORT TOWN AGAIN ON JUNE 23 TO CELEBRATE MATARIKI (THE MĀORI NEW YEAR) WITH A SUPER-POPULAR STREET PARTY FULL OF FOOD, MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT, AND OF COURSE, FIREWORKS! LYTTELTON.NET.NZ

CINEMA ITALIANO Heads up, film fans: the Cinema Italiano Festival kicks off its national tour here from June 14 – 25. The engaging selection of 20 films celebrate Italian life in all its forms, and range from all-time classics like Roman Holiday to comedy, drama, and thoughtprovoking documentaries. cinemaitalianonz.com

Cirque Du Soleil put their own take on the highest grossing film of all time, transporting us to the world of James Cameron’s Avatar with Toruk – The First Flight from September 1 – 10 at Horncastle Arena. cirquedusoleil.com/toruk

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Gigs, Concerts & Events WHAT’S ON

CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND CLASSICAL MUSIC

MASAAKI SUZUKI & JUILLIARD415 Get ready for June, when the great Bach authority Masaaki Suzuki and an outstanding contingent from The Juilliard School in New York are taking over the country for a national tour and a three-day residency in Nelson. Bach’s instrumental music and much loved vocal works are the focus for this tour, bound to be both vibrant and profound. Wednesday 7 June, 7:30pm The Piano KUIJKEN QUARTET Sigiswald Kuijken, internationally recognised as a leader in historical performance practice, founded the baroque orchestra La Petite Bande and the Kuijken String Quartet. The Kuijken Quartet is a family affair, with Sigiswald and his wife Marleen Thiers (viola), with daughter Sara (violin) and for this CMNZ tour, Michel Boulanger (cello). The string quartet is back in New Zealand in July for a two-week tour; expect the best of Haydn and Mozart string quartets on period instruments. Wednesday 12 July, 7:30pm Charles Luney Auditorium GENERATION YOU Generation You is CMNZ’s scheme for the youngest ones; if you’re under 35, your concert ticket will now only cost your age! Students can grab tickets on the day of the concert for only $10. chambermusic.co.nz/ generationyou 0800 CONCERT (266 2378) chambermusic.co.nz

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JUN

WHAT’S ON Gigs, Concerts & Events

CMNZ: MASAAKI SUZUKI & JUILLIARD415

Isaac Theatre Royal, Fri 9/Sat 10 Jun, rnzb.org.nz

LIVE MUSIC Acclaimed ensemble

Juilliard415 and Masaaki Suzuki, one of the most eminent musicians of the early music world, unite for a concert with a focus on Bach. The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Wed 7 Jun, chambermusic.co.nz

CRUSADERS VS BRITISH & IRISH LIONS SPORT The high-achieving

Crusaders side of 2017 takes on the might of the touring Lions. AMI Stadium, Sat 10 Jun, crusaders.co.nz

THE CENTRAL: ELIZABETH THOMSON

HAMLET: THE VIDEO GAME (THE STAGE SHOW) THEATRE The Court Jesters mash

The Bard up with video games for round 2 of the comedic show that was a hit at the 2015 Arts Festival. The Court Theatre, Sat 3 – Sat 24 Jun, courttheatre.org.nz

BONEY M: GREATEST HITS TOUR LIVE MUSIC The musical

phenomenon that’s racked up a quiet 150 million album sales is still powering on, and make their way down here for what’s sure to be a big night of their many groovy monster hits. Horncastle Arena, Thu 8 Jun, eventfinda.co.nz

ASB CHRISTCHURCH MARATHON

LET’S NOT ARGUE

SPORTS The city’s most prestigious

THEATRE Lyttelton Art Factory’s 1st

running event is back to challenge both the serious competitor and the weekend battler. Cathedral Square, Sun 4 Jun, christchurchmarathon.co.nz

production of 2017 looks at the raw, funny and serious sides of a relationship. Lyttelton Primary School, Thu 8 – Sat 24 Jun, laf.co.nz

I LOVE THE 90S TOUR

RNZB: THREE BY EKMAN

LIVE MUSIC A tour of big name

PERFORMANCE Three short works

artists of the pre-millennium decade: Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Tone Loc, Color Me Badd, Coolio, and Young MC. Horncastle Arena, Sun 4 Jun, mjrpresents.com

by legendary choreographer Alexander Ekman are performed together for the first time worldwide by The Royal New Zealand Ballet.

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CSO – BECA WINTER SERIES: A ROYAL FEAST LIVE MUSIC Get your baroque on:

Handel’s sparkling Water Music is performed in conjunction with a sumptuous three-course feast in the Art Centre’s Great Hall. Arts Centre Great Hall, Sat 10 Jun, cso.co.nz

sculptor Elizabeth Thomson. The Central, until Sun 11 Jun, thecentral.co.nz

EXHIBITION New works from

TIKI TAANE MAHUTA PERFORMANCE This unique event

combines elements of theatre, aerial performance, dance, kapa haka, mau rākau and hip hop with live music from Tiki Taane to tell a story about love and tragic loss. Isaac Theatre Royal, Mon 12 Jun, takirua.co.nz


Gigs, Concerts & Events WHAT’S ON

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CoCA

GALLERY | CENTRAL CITY

Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki’s winter exhibition MAKING SPACE (9 June – 20 August) showcases collaborative creative practices in Aotearoa today. The gallery hosts works, events and members of 6 artist collectives: FAFSWAG, FIKA Writers, Fresh and Fruity, Mata Aho Collective, SaVAge K’lub and The Social. Experience installations, architectural interventions, performances, discussions, and more. 66 Gloucester Street 03 366 7261 coca.org.nz

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WHAT’S ON Gigs, Concerts & Events

THE CINEMA ITALIANO FESTIVAL 2017

NZSO PRESENTS: SCHUMANN & BARBER

MUD, SWEAT & TEARS

LIVE MUSIC World class cellist

Italian film, this festival showcases 20 classic and modern Italian movies over an exciting fortnight. See website for schedule! Academy Gold Cinemas, Wed 14 – Sun 25 Jun, cinemaitalianonz.com

Daniel Müller-Schott joins the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the emotional music of Schumann and Samuel Barber. Isaac Theatre Royal, Wed 21 Jun, nzso.co.nz

your mental and physical strength with this popular annual slog through a mud-drenched obstacle course. Motukarara Race Course, Sun 25 Jun, mudsweattears.co.nz

THE CENTRAL: FIONA VAN OYEN

LYTTELTON FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

EXHIBITION New works from

printmaker Fiona Van Oyen. The Central, Thu 15 Jun – Sun 16 Jul, thecentral.co.nz

THE PICKLE KING THEATRE Acclaimed NZ theatre

company Indian Ink brings us the multi-award winning story of the relationships at a faded hotel where Death checks in as a guest. Isaac Theatre Royal, Thu 15 – Sat 17 Jun, indianink.co.nz

SONGS FOR NOBODIES THEATRE This one-woman musical

tour de force starring Ali Harper shares 5 life-changing encounters between legendary divas and the women whose lives they touched. The Court Theatre, Sat 17 Jun – Sat 15 Jul, courttheatre.org.nz

FOUR FLAT WHITES IN ITALY THEATRE Roger Hall’s popular

theatrical tale of two retired couples on their big OE returns in a new touring version. Isaac Theatre Royal, Sun 18 Jun, ticketek.co.nz

FESTIVAL The popular midwinter

festival in the port town in June celebrates Matariki with a massive street party full of food, music and entertainment that culminates in a huge fireworks display. Lyttelton, Fri 23 Jun, lyttelton.net.nz

FITNESS Ready to get muddy? Test

AN EVENING WITH DR JANE GOODALL SPEAKER The famed ethnologist

and environmental activist visits our neck of the woods to talk about hope for the natural world in challenging and changing times. Isaac Theatre Royal, Thu 29 Jun, thinkinc.org.au 

FILM A celebration of all things

NZCT CHAMBER MUSIC CONTEST SOUTHERN REGIONAL FINAL LIVE MUSIC The New Zealand

Chamber Music contest has been a breeding ground for classical music talent for a number of years; this event showcases the best competitors from the South Island. The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Sat 24 Jun, chambermusic.co.nz

LIGHT THE LAMP PERFORMANCE This night of

extravagant entertainment showcases talented Kiwi performers in burlesque, belly dancing, circo arts, comedy, drag, and a lot more. Halo Bar & Lounge, Sat 24 Jun, dashtickets.co.nz

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RESENE ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL FILM Now one of the largest

architecture and design film events on the globe, this specialty film festival focuses on films that showcase fascinating figures, trends, projects, and movements in architecture and design. Academy Gold Cinemas, Thu 29 Jun – Wed 12 Jul, resene.co.nz/filmfestival.htm


Gigs, Concerts & Events WHAT’S ON

RUSSELL HOWARD: ROUND THE WORLD

URZILA CARLSON STUDIES HAVE SHOWN

CMNZ PRESENTS: KUIJKEN QUARTET

COMEDY Affable UK comedian

COMEDY South African expat and

LIVE MUSIC The world-renowned

CSO – BECA WINTER SERIES: THE BEAUTY OF BAROQUE LIVE MUSIC The Christchurch

Symphony Orchestra continues its popular winter celebration of baroque music with this concert of some of the most-loved music of this era. The Transitional Cathedral, Sat 1 Jul, cso.co.nz

A MIDWINTER’S ALE FESTIVAL 2017 FESTIVAL Diaries out, beer fans: this

showcase of some of the best local brews (both beer and cider) from Canterbury and further afield is back for another big year. Rolleston Community Centre, Sat 1 Jul, facebook.com/amidwintersale

now bona fide Kiwi comedian Urzila Carlson drops in for one of her consistently popular solo shows at the Theatre Royal. Isaac Theatre Royal, Sun 2 Jul, urzilacarlson.com

Kuijken Quartet present string quartet pieces for Haydn and Mozart in a treat for chamber music fans. Charles Luney Auditorium, Wed 12 Jul, chambermusic.co.nz

DR NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: A COSMIC PERSPECTIVE

NEW ZEALAND OPERA: CARMEN

SPEAKER The king of the internet,

PERFORMANCE New Zealand Opera

science champion and rockstar astrophysicist treats Horncastle Arena to a fascinating presentation, chat and audience Q+A session. Horncastle Arena, Tue 4 Jul, thinkinc.org.au

presents Bizet’s sumptuous classic of the form with all of the requisite splendour and passion. Isaac Theatre Royal, Thu 13 – Sat 22 Jul, nzopera.co.nz

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE FILM/LIVE MUSIC The CSO performs

John William’s memorable score to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone while the film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen at Horncastle Arena. Horncastle Arena, Wed 5 Jul, ticketek.co.nz

SNOW WHITE THEATRE Everyone’s ready to see

Snow White; the only problem is the actors haven’t shown up! Three ushers must frantically improvise to keep everyone entertained in the Court’s latest kid’s show take on a classic fairytale. The Court Theatre, Mon 10 – Sat 22 Jul, courttheatre.org.nz

THE EARLY EARLY LATE SHOW COMEDY The Court Jesters bring

the late-night antics of Scared Scriptless to an earlier familyfriendly time, with content to match, for some frantic school holiday fun. The Court Theatre, Mon 10 – Sat 22 Jul, courttheatre.org.nz

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JUL

Russell Howard makes it down to New Zealand as part of a massive worldwide tour that will see him play 30 cities around the world. Isaac Theatre Royal, Fri 30 Jun, russell-howard.co.uk

CSO PRESENTS: THE COMPOSER IS DEAD LIVE MUSIC Who killed the

Composer? The Inspector investigates the entire orchestra as he searches for the murderer with Lemony Snicket’s dark humour. Charles Luney Auditorium, Wed 19 Jul, cso.co.nz

THE CENTRAL: NEIL DAWSON EXHIBITION New works from

sculptor Neil Dawson. The Central, Thu 20 Jul – Sun 20 Aug, thecentral.co.nz

RHYS DARBY: MYSTIC TIME BIRD COMEDY The Kiwi comic who’s hit

big on the world stage comes home to give us a new show of his often surreal comic musings. Isaac Theatre Royal, Fri 28/Sat 29 Jul, rhysdarby.com


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WHAT’S ON Gigs, Concerts & Events

NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

FILM The city’s cinephiles will once

again be clearing the decks for this annual highlight of the film calendar; two-and-a-bit weeks of the best films from around the world. Isaac Theatre Royal/Hoyts Northlands, Thu 3 – Sun 20 Aug, nziff.co.nz

STEEL MAGNOLIAS THEATRE The play that became a

hit film gets a local outing; this tale of a group of women in a small-town Southern community is all about the strength of friendship. The Court Theatre, Sat 5 Aug – Fri 1 Sep, courttheatre.org.nz

CSO – LAMB & HAYWARD MASTERWORKS: EUROPA LIVE MUSIC The Christchurch

Symphony Orchestra is joined by the acclaimed Silver Garburg Piano Duo for works by a selection of

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European composers including Ravel and Poulenc. Charles Luney Auditorium, Sat 5 Aug, cso.co.nz

CHRISTCHURCH GO GREEN EXPO EXPO New Zealand’s largest

sustainable lifestyle show blends a wide ranges of products and services for green living under one roof – taste, try, learn, and talk. Air Force Museum, Sat 12/Sun 13 Aug, gogreenexpo.co.nz

CHRISTOPHER’S CLASSICS: THE NEW ZEALAND STRING QUARTET LIVE MUSIC The acclaimed New

Zealand String Quartet perform an eclectic selection of music by Janacek, Jack Body, and Mendelssohn as part of the annual Christopher’s Classics concert series. The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Thu 17 Aug, eventfinda.co.nz

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THE CENTRAL: STILL LIFE GROUP SHOW EXHIBITION New observational

works from a range of artists. The Central, Thu 24 Aug – Sun 24 Sep, thecentral.co.nz

RNZB: ROMEO AND JULIET PERFORMANCE A new adaptation

of the classic ballet, backed by Prokofiev’s classic score, has been created specifically for the Royal New Zealand Ballet; this will be a must for fans of the form. Isaac Theatre Royal, Fri 25/Sat 26 Aug, rnzb.org.nz

A FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN BALLET PERFORMANCE The Imperial

Russian Ballet company returns with a three-hour extravaganza of three quite different acts; Don Quixote, Bolero, and highlights from the world’s great ballets. Isaac Theatre Royal, Mon 28 Aug, russianballet.com.au

CHRISTCHURCH ARTS FESTIVAL FESTIVAL The city’s own massive

biennial arts festival is back with local and international performers. Venues around the city, Wed 30 Aug – Sun 17 Sep, artsfestival.co.nz

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WHAT’S ON

THE RICCARTON MARKET MARKET | SOCKBURN

Riccarton Market is Canterbury’s most established, vibrant market. The market has over 200 stalls covering fresh fruit and veges, certified organic produce, flowers, plants, antiques, clothing, arts and crafts, books and much more. There’s something for everyone! The market also offers a food court, and features local talent on stage each week. 146 Racecourse Road 03 339 0011 Open: Sun 9am – 2pm riccartonmarket.co.nz

FERRYMEAD HERITAGE PARK ATTRACTION | FERRYMEAD

Discover/Explore/Enjoy! Discover the delights of the 1920s as you stroll around the Edwardian township of Moorhouse. Explore NZ’s aeronautical, railway and rural history. Enjoy the spoils of homemade food at the newly opened café. Ferrymead is bursting with oddities and curios from the past. Catch a tram or maybe a train – great for the whole family! Trams run weekends and holidays, trains run the 1st Sunday of every month. 50 Ferrymead Park Drive 03 384 1970 ferrymead.org.nz

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WHAT’S ON The Last Word

THE LAST WORD

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ou’ve played the lead in Carmen before; how have you prepared for New Zealand Opera’s version? This is my first time in New Zealand, and I am very excited as I always dreamed of coming here. Carmen is a role I have played for many years, and is one of my favourites. Now the next important step to prepare for the production is to work with the rest of the cast and the creative team in the rehearsal room to bring Carmen to life. I’m really enjoying working with our director Lindy Hume – we have a similar vision of Carmen as a strong woman with her own beliefs about her place in the world. I love playing Carmen this way. How would you describe your character? I think of Carmen as someone who is pure and sincere, because she acts on her true feelings and beliefs. She has great strength of character and she’s someone who is ahead of her time – she’s not afraid to go against the status quo. She challenges the place of women in society. I see her as a kind of female Don Giovanni. I am so in love with this character that I sometimes forget she never existed.

progressively less healthy through the story. The same thing that draws Don Jose to Carmen is what he eventually tries to destroy in her. Carmen doesn’t fulfil his idea of what a woman should be – but she’s not willing to be controlled by the expectations he has of her. The price for her freedom is very high – it is her life. But this is a price she is willing to pay.

Carmen Chameleon

Cityscape talked to Georgian opera bombshell and leading mezzo-soprano Nino Surguladze ahead of her turn as the lead in New Zealand Opera’s upcoming production of Bizet’s classic, Carmen.

The opera is 142 years old. Why do you think it’s still so well loved? Carmen has some of the most famous arias in all of opera, and a storyline that is still very relatable. It’s all about identity, it’s very dramatic – and there’s a love triangle! This is a hugely anticipated production – what can we expect? There’s a lot of action on stage – there are fight scenes, music you’ll instantly recognise, love, betrayal, tragedy and even moments of humour. Audiences are going to go away thinking about what they’ve seen on stage and how the themes are still relevant today. What’s the hardest part of your performance? Carmen is a role that demands great vocal stamina and this is a very physically demanding production, so I have to make sure my voice and body are fit.

Tell us about the relationship between Carmen and Don Jose. They are a couple with a very complicated relationship that gets

NZ Opera: Carmen 13 – 22 July, Isaac Theatre Royal, nzopera.com

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