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Summer 2015/16

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Discover what goes into creating a killer cup of coffee.

Uncovering Christchurch’s finest international cuisine.

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22 around the world in 80 restaurants Dust 06 word on the street off the passport and join Tip-offs, trends, and more. Cityscape as we head out 12 summer edit This season’s on an international culinary essentials. adventure around the city. 14 5 THINGS TO DO Get these must-dos in your diary, stat. 16 THE 12 golden rules of 31 The gourmand’s guide to summer Your summer starts summer in Christchurch. here – the ultimate bucket list. 34 the a-list Gourmet goodies, 18 in the roast In our nevercatering, events and venues. ending pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee, Cityscape meets 42 food & drink Dining and drinking in the city. the people behind the grinds.


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Back in its sophomore year, the city’s largest music festival Electric Avenue Music Festival is one (very) big day out, with a line up of top international and local acts including our coverstar(s) Ian ‘Mr Bruce’ Bruce from The Correspondents alongside Thievery Corporation, Boy & Bear, Katchafire, The Cuban Brothers ... the list is endless, and the day is an epic summer party!


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Live, Life, Love 77 Fashion, lifestyle and living. 79 the good life With Dr Libby. 80 get this Get ready to sizzle with summer’s hottest looks. 86 the self Nurturing mind, body, and soul. 90 SUMMER STUNNER The latest fitness and health trends. 94 CS living House, home and lifestyle. 102 read, watch, listen Catch up on reviews, profiles and celebrity insider goss.

Here & Now 103 What’s going down in the Garden City this summer. 106 gigs, concerts & events Culture Shock, Aural Pleasure, Out & About – the city’s hottest tickets this season. 112 THE last word Hitting up Hokitika’s Wildfoods Festival.

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Editor’s note

‘There’s no place like home’, according to Dorothy, and that’s especially true when you think of Christchurch in summer. From an epic backyard spanning the Port Hills to endless coastlines and hideaway beaches just begging to be explored, lazy strolls and afternoons in the sun, this city has got it going on! Don’t believe me? Check out our 12 Rules of a Golden Summer on page 16 and start crushin’ on CHCH. We also take our pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee to the (local) source (p18) and take an international gastronomic odyssey without leaving the city (p22). And it just wouldn’t be summer without our signature rundown of what’s hot and happening – get into it!



Get yourself sorted for summer with our epic line-up of awesome giveaways

A double pass to UB40 (p104)

2 x entries in The Pioneer’s Christchurch Day Ride (p78)

3 x double passes to the French Film Festival (p104)

Double VIP pass to Electric Avenue Music Festival (p104)

Elemis Pro-Collagen Facial at Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa (p86)

3 x copies of Dr Libby’s new book Exhausted to Energized (p86)


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The Scoop

Dux De Lux has made a triumphant return to the city via new four-bar venue Dux Central on the old Twisted Hop site on Poplar Lane. Also returning to the city is the Stock Xchange, which has re-opened on Manchester Street, just around the corner from its former haunt, while down at the St Asaph Street intersection Tap N Grind café and Mish Mash bar are rocking a hip new share space. The Mediterranean Food Company is back in the game at their Tuam Street site and Darren Fabri’s Home has made a welcome addition to the Vic and Salisbury Street corner container Food Hub. Expect a name change, new look and a bodacious Central European menu as Vanilla Bean Café transitions to Café Prague. Also rocking the CE theme is new deli Café Berlin on Normans Road. Sushi hits the road with Mr Woo Sushi Christchurch West’s awesome sushi delivery service, and over in Riccarton New York Deli has opened its mothership. The team at Vbase have funked up the Botanic Gardens’ old tea kiosk with new venture Duck. Duck and XCHC Café has opened up in funky creative share space XCHC (where else?); meanwhile, whisky bar The Last Word has closed its doors. Local boho purveyors Halo & Hazard have a new store at Northlands, and at print, new St Asaph Street café Kadett had begun trading and Ferrymead speakeasy-style café/bar Estuary & Co was on the verge of opening.


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HELLO HAPA Funky neat-things store HAPA, one of the many great things about CBD favourite haunt Re:START, has proved too in-demand for the central city collection of cool to contain; they’ve burst out into a new store at The Tannery (another appropriately swish joint for them to hang out in).

full steam ahead for summer Trainspotters and steampunks alike are in for a treat in January, when Ferrymead Heritage Park will run its steam trains every Sunday over the month.

beer & dumplings – TOGETHER AT LAST!

The blessed union of dumplings and beer has finally arrived with the opening of the awesome new Pot Sticker on Poplar restaurant. Mothership to The Colombo’s queue-inducing Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar, the funky dumpling fitout cosying up to Dux Central rocks an epic new menu, with standouts including the hella good hot soupy pork and ginger goodness of xiaolongbao washed down with their signature icy Tsingtao beer bomb – boom!

Chamber Music New Zealand has announced its 2016 programme and there’s plenty in store Chch, with 4 big concert dates classical music lovers will want to pencil in now. Can’t decide? Go for their FlexiVouchers.  A DECADE OF DECADENCE

Having notched up 10 years of creating stunning, head-turning jewellery, Filigree Fine Jewels’ future continues to look blindingly bright. Head designer Vanessa Stowers and her team have made a name for themselves by specialising in the finest handcrafted jewellery using precious metals, semi-precious and precious stones, including diamond rings, wedding bands and unique fashion-oriented pieces.


BIRD OF PREY Hip hops brewers Eagle Brewing NZ are rocking a new look following the renaming of the company (formerly Golden Eagle), coinciding with an expansion that doubles their output potential. Expect some slick new brews alongside their core range and some exciting seasonals. This summer look out for yeasty temptress Chloe, a French/ Belgian style session Saison with notes of spice, coriander and black pepper, on taps at all great craft beer bars. THE ART GALLERY IS BACK!


Creating golfing heaven on earth, Christchurch’s latest entertainment venue, X-Golf Avonhead, combines full bar and restaurant facilities with 5 state-of-the-art golf simulators perfect for perfecting your back swing, picking up some PGA pro tips and some serious competition on the green. Competition pool tables and interactive games round out the package – we may never leave!

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Rejoice, art lovers – no, seriously, rejoice – because after nearly five long years, the Christchurch Art Gallery has reopened after the (near) completion of its epic repairs, kicking off a summer of art. As a welcome back the gallery’s giving us all the art they can in a massive opening exhibition; there will even be pieces on display in the lifts! You’ll also be able to check out many of the 400 new pieces the gallery has acquired while it was closed. Other highlights on show will include Bill Culbert’s 2013 Venice Biennale highlight Bebop, and city recovery icon and community-uniting crowdfunding pleaser Chapman’s Homer by Michael Parekowhai (a.k.a. bull on a piano. You know the one). @cityscapemagazine_chch,


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THE ICONIC: ICE-CREAM CHARLIE There was almost a collective cheer from the city when the ‘Ice-Cream Charlie’ Vanilla Ices truck returned to the central city following an all-too-long absence after the quakes; little surprise, since as a collected urban population, we’ve been ravenously craving their secret recipe since 1907. Original proprietor and legendary local figure Sali Mahomet began selling ice creams in 1903, and perfected his homegrown formulations for vanilla ice and fruit syrups four years later; current owners and proprietors the Taylors (just the 4th set of owners in the history of the century-old business) are still banging out old Sali’s trusted and much-loved recipe today. It’s just not summer without getting a couple of these down you; look out for the iconic truck on sunny days at its regular spot on Armagh Street next to Victoria Square.

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BEACH DAZE The sun is shining, the mercury is rising, and thoughts are turning coastwards – things have ‘beach day’ written all over them. But before you head out, there are some common courtesies you’ll want to observe if you don’t want to end up buried neck deep and facing an incoming tide. First of all, give people some space, and keep beach games away from crowds. You may be surprised at just how little your amazing catch counts for with the people who find your elbow in their bacon and egg pie. “I love the feeling of sand hitting my face!” has been said by no-one ever, so pay attention to the wind when shaking things out – and don’t clomp closely past sunbathers in your sand-flicking jandals, either. Another important thing to keep out of people’s faces: your PDA. Holding hands is fine; macking on your significant other – not so much. When it’s time to head home, you shouldn’t need a rubbish bin sign to remind you to be a tidy Kiwi. When in doubt: treat the beach like you’re in someone else’s backyard – not your own. And swim between the flags!


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THE GREAT WALL OF DENIM Style sultans EnCompass have always had metric gigatons of killer threads and bangin’ accessories practically overflowing out of their Tannery emporium; excellent news, then, that they’ve doubled the size of their store! The supersized new EnCompass goes bigger and better, packing in yet more of their urban-chic fashion streetwear, while their alreadylegendary jeans wall has grown to epic proportions: a veritable Great Wall of Jeans, packed with premium denim brands and an endless variety of styles, and all of them waiting for the Yoda-like fitting skills of resident jean-ius Martin ‘Benji’ Benjamin to provide you with the perfect match.

FRUIT PUNCH Weighing in with a mighty 10% alc/vol, Three Boys Brewery’s super-exclusive 10-year anniversary tipple Apricot Ale is the result of 100kgs of foraged, red zone apricots being converted into 1,000 litres of bodacious beer using wine yeast. This is definitely one b’day beer you don’t want to miss! Follow them on Facebook to find out when this bad boy will be released – you’ll wanna get in quick!


DON’T GIVE UP YOUR DAY JOB Cityscape’s editor Isaac Wilson gets his brew on with a day with the beer maestros at Three Boys Brewery. It’s 7am on a Wednesday and I’m up on the balls of my feet pouring a 25 kilo bag of malt into a mill high up in the roof space at Three Boys Brewery. It’s not quite the start I imagined, but I’m super stoked to be here rocking what is, for many (myself included), the holy grail of dream jobs – even after Eli advises we still have 13 bags of secret recipe malts to empty. It’s the second brew day of a 3,600 litre batch of Three Boys’ legendary IPA, which I’m calling ‘Isaac’s Personal Ale’ – hoping it’ll become a thing – as the crushed malt is mixed with hot water in the kettle below us, sprouting and releasing their sugars. While this is ‘mashing’, we get to work cleaning out the 1,800-litre tank the mix will be transferred to in the next phase where, upon boiling, five kinds of hops will be added at specific times during a 90 minute countdown – no surprises then that head brewer Ralph is a scientist as well as a beer guru. He informs me that cleaning is 80% of the job as I learn we’ll soon be shovelling the spent grains out of the kettle into a farmyard-bound trailer which is bartered for eggs and occasional cuts of pork. Later on it’s a hose forest as we pump the brew through a heat exchanger and into fermenter number 8, where it joins the previous day’s batch. While it’s not as tasting-based as I’d hoped, it’s still one of the more kick-ass jobs about and I can’t wait to crack into my first brew – in three to four weeks’ time.

life hacks THE ultimate party playlist Your famous party-starting punch is on standby – but what about the music? A properly prepared party playlist can make the difference between an epic all-nighter for the ages and ruefully wondering what you’re going to do with 200 un-consumed jelly shots. Generally speaking, good party music is upbeat and doesn’t need its audience’s full attention. Depressing songs – no matter how popular – should be avoided unless you're trying to pull the pin. Top 40 and celebrity playlists on iTunes and Spotify are a good place to start, and pop hits and classics are going to go off after a few drinks. This isn’t the time for a ‘musical education’ either, hipster; lean towards songs most people will recognise. Timing is everything: wait for a few people to show up before kicking into it, and don’t start skipping songs 40 seconds in either – everyone hates that person (seriously)! And if you want to encourage dancing (and you do), set tracks to crossfade – it's called dead air for a reason, and a total party killer.


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Time to start nailing work bake-offs and winning props among friends, family and lovers, and grudging respect from your enemies for your mad baking skills? Legendary city dessert hot shots Strawberry Fare have got you covered with their Baking School, which covers everything from Bread Baking to Desserts 101, and of course, the sticky end with which they have become indelibly associated, Death By Chocolate (sign us up now; we’ve had a good run!). Opt for shorter style 2-hour classes on weeknights, or serious 4-hour sessions on a Saturday (with lunch provided) that will soon have you busting out brioche like you were born to it. Also, very important to note: you get to eat what you make!

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2 Status Anxiety Because the Night bag (RRP $339) from Stencil

SUMMER EDIT This season’s essentials.

3 Cumulus Cloud Ring (RRP $1,470) from Filigree Fine Jewels 4 Evie Kemp print (RRP from $39) from Raw Nova


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6 Rose Gold and Turquoise bracelet, circa early 1900s, (RRP $995) from Westenra Jewellers 7 An Organised Life Diary (RRP $60) from Raw Nova


8 GX by Gwen Stefani heels (RRP $199.90) from Issimo 9 Seabright Plunge Dress (RRP $189) from RUBY




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Fat Freddy’s Drop The Fat Freddy’s boys drop into Waipara Hills.  2 Jan


World buskers festival Time to get your kook and kink on CHCH!  14 — 24 Jan


ub40 The red, red wine vineyard tour rocks Waipara Hills.  16 Jan


Jimmy Carr Loads of laffs with the UK funnyman. 9— ­ 10 Jan


Opera in the Vines The CSO settles in at Pegasus Bay Winery.  27 Feb


WEDDINGS With wedding season upon us, many will be kissing goodbye endless weekends as loved-up friends and family members tie the knot – surviving this expensive social mine field, however, is a whole other ball game.

You’ve been expecting it, and when the invitation arrives you’re quickly checking your planner to see if it conflicts with another wedding or any overseas travel plans. In the clear? Time to figure out what you’re going to wear – what are the chances anyone will remember the outfit you wore to Suzy and John’s nuptials last spring? Pretty good, actually; damn you social media! Keep 'em guessing with an eye-catching accessory (not a fedora – sorry guys) to throw them off. Giftwise you’ve probably pushed the ‘bottle of champagne and Hungry Hungry Hippos’ combo as far as possible, so aim to spend around the cost of them hosting you (and don’t try and drink your gift back either, lest you want to be dodging daggers from the bride’s old man all night). On the day you want to arrive before the bride or expect to be on the receiving end of all kinds of scorn. Be sure to compliment the bride; sure she might look like Shrek in a dress, but today she’s the most beautiful woman in the room. Spend time with elderly and young relos early on, then keep your distance – you don’t want to wind up sozzled, arm around Gran and slurring out the classic retort to Billy Idol’s ‘Mony Mony’ come midnight. Oh, and single groomsmen and bridesmaids are fair game after 10pm...


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Make the most of this summer with Cityscape’s ultimate bucket list.

1 the great outdoors

Make tracks on the Crater Rim Walkway from Evans Pass to Godley Head, where jawslackening panoramas of the city, up the coast to the Kaikouras and over Banks Peninsula meet a great workout. Make a night of it – jump in the car and head over to Lavericks Bay for a spot of glamping in the pristine surrounds of Canopy Camping’s luxury campsite (pictured) – a mere 15 minute meander down to the beautiful secluded beach, or bask in the colonial glory and historical elegance over at Governors Bay Hotel.


3 HO, HO HO! Get primed for Chrissie with the CSO's A Canterbury Christmas (21 Dec), Sol3 Mio Christmas in the Vines (19 Dec), the Santa Parade (6 Dec), Carols in the Square (12 Dec) and YMCA Carols by Candlelight (24 Dec).

Drink it in OK, so we’re calling it – Dragons Den Social Lounge’s SOMO Southside is our summer cocktail of choice. Hayman’s gin, lemon, mandarin, mint and agave – what’s not to like?

4 Hit the road Book your tix and get the car ready for an epic road trip to the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival (find out more on page 112). 16

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5 Giggin' around Lock in the hot act awesomeness of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals (29 Feb), Fly My Pretties (12 Feb), Electric Avenue (6 Feb) and UB40 (16 Jan) this summer.

6 Vine Times Vineyard lunches are a summer essential; hit the Waipara wine trail and sample the region’s finest drops and awesome eats at Waipara Hills (pictured) or Pegasus Bay Winery.

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8 Stage fight Take your theatre-going experience outdoors with Top Dog's Summer Shakespeare retelling of ol’ Bill’s most tragic theatre piece, Hamlet (10 – 20 Feb). 11

Taste of summer Don't let summer pass without discovering the epic flavours of Chinwag's passionfruit, coconut custard and mandarin trifle.


SUMMER FLING Channel your inner tourist exploring the Botanic Gardens/Hagley Park, Art Gallery, Cathedral Square and Re:START Mall and commence crushing on CHCH.


PAINT THE TOWN The Spectrum Street Art Festival is back with a riot of colour; head into the city and discover the new additions to our city’s urban canvas – it runs until 17 April.

Treat yo’ self Showing absolutely no mercy or restraint, the team at BAOdown piles Little Island coconut ice cream inside a deep-fried bao, then dips it in melted milk chocolate and roasted salted peanuts to create the epic taste of summer that is the baonut – hook yourself up at the Christchurch Farmers' Market.


Make a splash Summer = beach. Skip tradition and give your local the brush off! Instead, set your course for adventure, round up the troops and discover the off-the-grid charms of Camp Bay, Port Levy or Le Bons Bay.


Christchurch takes its coffee very seriously – in fact, we probably have one of the highest proportions of coffee-roasters-per-population on the planet. With that in mind, Cityscape stepped up its neverending pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee and caught up with the people behind the grinds who are blending and roasting the city’s favourite coffees. From the fine art of selecting and blending beans through to the importance of origin and the alchemy of precision roasting, Cityscape discovers what goes into Christchurch’s premium coffees. 18

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“Anyone can roast coffee beans; the skill is getting up to 7 different single origins each individuallyroasted to perfection and masterfully blended to create a really great cup of coffee,” says Hummingbird Coffee’s general manager Nick Cowper. “I think it’s important to have a wide range of unique, special and, above all, memorable coffees. It could be a beautiful single origin, or a complex blend.” Having spent more than half his life in the coffee business (16 years), roasting is in the blood for Nick, who puts the family’s roastery success down to starting with a great product. “Everything starts with the product. We’ve been dealing with same growers for 14 – 15 years, heading over at harvest time to sort, cup and choose the best possible coffees we can.” This pursuit includes becoming the first company to import Fair Trade organic coffee beans into the country, and their recent certification in becoming 100 per cent organic. Despite being one of the city’s bigger operators (Oomph! is the number one selling fresh coffee in the country), the Cowper clan has resisted temptation to go larger, maintaining a boutique nature with 2 x 60-kilo roasters to retain control of the product. “Everything is done in small lots – it’s very hands on.” And like many roasters, they don’t stop at the bean trade, providing espresso

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equipment, machinery and its servicing, along with barista training. Coffee roasting is also a family trade for Vivace Espresso director/ roaster Bernard Smith, whose parents set up the city’s first coffee roasters Browne and Heaton on Cashel Street in the 1940s. Founding Vivace in 1997 with a small roaster and café on Hereford Street, Bernard would barista during the days and roast beans at night – fast forward

“Coffee is an agricultural product. It's a lot like wine, some years are better than others.” – Bernard Smith

18 years and Vivace coffee is being drunk around the country. Describing their roasting as “purist”, Bernard roasts origins individually and then creates recipes that are complementary. “Every bean is different and we roast each origin to its optimum. Coffee is an agricultural product. It’s a lot like wine, some years are better than others.” Their roasting technique comes down to temperature, time

and sound – “hearing those cracks”, says Bernard. That method is out for Dan Brown (el capitano) and Lewis Fitzgerald (head roaster) at Underground Coffee Company, though. Because they utilise Christchurch’s only fluidised hot air roasting machine – one of the noisiest (and most expensive) roasting routes – the 100-decibel racket the machine makes means Lewis wears ear muffs and is unable to hear the coffee beans cracking as drum roasters do. Instead he relies on precision timing and heat to achieve the perfect roast, with numerous trials, tastings and notes to ensure the coffee is at its peak. A qualified chef and avid homebrewer of spirits, Lewis uses these skills and extensive hands-on experimentation to draw out the subtle flavours. Air-roasting coffee, says Dan, is all about investing in bringing flavour and control, allowing for cleaner, sweeter flavours and giving subtle nuances a chance to come to the fore. “With air-roasted coffee you taste the coffee, not the roaster. It’s the air that roasts the coffee, not the surface of the roaster. So the coffee has a very clean taste that is intensely aromatic.” At Underground their beans are pre-blended and roasted together, and then aged/ degassed for 3 – 5 days. They offer twice weekly delivery – although it has a shelf life of 14 days, they prefer




Master the lingo and speak like a coffee pro. Arabica Making up around 70% of the world’s coffee, this holy grail of coffee is the earliest cultivated and most-grown coffee tree. Blend A mix of two or more single-origin coffees. Body The heaviness, richness, or thickness and texture of coffee. Cherry Fruit from the coffee tree that houses the beans. Crema The tight foam blanketing the surface of an espresso.

their coffee to be used within a week to maintain integrity – as well as barista training and coffee machine maintenance. “It’s all about putting great coffee into people’s hands.” The desire to put great coffee into people’s hands saw Aaron Lee and Mike Turland of New City Coffee release their signature blend Blackbird following the earthquakes. The pair started roasting for the family’s Café Metro venues and Strawberry Fare restaurant to take more control of their product and deliver a consistent cup of coffee. They’re now serving up to 6,000 cups a week at these outlets from their copper, 10-kilo roaster next door to the Strawberry Fare Bake School behind The Tannery, along with selling take-home packaged coffee. A pre-blend of Columbian, Brazilian and Papua New Guinea Rainforest Alliance Arabica beans, Blackbird is a fruit-driven coffee with a natural sweetness. “One of our regular customers only drinks our coffee as it’s the only coffee he can drink without having to put sugar into it,” says Aaron, a trained chef. Roasted beans are degassed for 24 hours, then bagged on day 3, with the coffee consumed between days 5 and 6, says Aaron. Small batch roasting ensures greater control and consistency of the end product, while regular cupping, quality control and innovations are ongoing. “Experimentation and working out

Cupping Professional coffee tasting. Hot water is poured over grounds and tasted hot, and as it cools. Degassing The process where recently roasted beans are rested to release carbon dioxide. Green coffee Unroasted coffee beans. coffee embassy


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the chemistry of creating the perfect coffee is the fun side of the coffee business,” says Aaron. For Bink Bowler, director at Black & White Coffee Cartel, roasting was a natural progression. “I would say I am more a ‘coffee specialist’. For the past 10 years I have been studying and playing with coffee, through tasting, brewing and research I naturally picked up how to roast.” Preferring a light roast (“roasting coffee dark is the 'old way'”), he lets the coffee speak for itself. “When you roast dark you just taste a roast profile, no matter how amazing the coffee is. When we roast golden brown, true coffee flavour comes out – smooth, sweet, yummy coffee,” says Bink. Included in the raw beans the team at Black & White source are the expensive and rare Nicaraguan honey process and some of the world’s highest-grown coffee off Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Whatever you order, a unique coffee experience and education is the aim, says Bink. “We pride ourselves on connecting coffee with people.” Supplying their growing chain of Yellow Rocket coffee and bagel outlets was what prompted husband and wife team Deb and Ian Riach of Coffee Worx to branch out into coffee roasting. “We bought an existing roastery in 2007 and rebranded it as Coffee Worx, a coffee roastery and supply company, but

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we soon realised it was a standalone business and, after losing our whole Yellow Rocket chain in the earthquakes, it has become the full focus of our energy.” Using a Turkish roaster, the Riach’s roast 8 different blends (many of which are award-winning) alongside improving people’s knowledge and understanding of how to make quality espresso. “We spend a lot of time with our customers to help them get an appreciation of how to make their coffee offer a successful part of their business mix,” says Deb. “The secrets to great espresso are respect for the product you are using and a desire to perfect your understanding of the volatile nature of this incredible elixir!” Look out for a new espresso bar from Coffee Worx in Sockburn, in conjunction with celebrity chef Richard Till, who they’ll be sharing a building with. Keeping things on the smaller scale, micro coffee roasters David Pai and Andy Norman’s Coffee Embassy shares space inside Cafe Lumes, which, alongside sibling café Little

Merchants, serves their highly sought after brew. According to Andy, their coffee is selected based on what they want to drink using in-season beans that are “cupping amazing”. “Our philosophy is pretty simple: fresh and interesting is best, which means we change up our bean offerings based on the ever changing seasonal coffee harvests throughout the world,” he says. “Our aim is to bring people an exceptional coffee experience through sharing our experience of over 20 years

collectively in the coffee industry. We source, import, and roast coffee that is exciting to drink and share but, more importantly, is traded directly with traceability.” Fuelled by passion, addiction, caffeine and the pursuit of creating the perfect cup of coffee, Switch Espresso’s managing director Hamish Evans fed his love of coffee by sampling it around the globe before getting more directly involved. Starting with his New Brighton site 10 years ago, he has amassed a onestop coffee empire (bean roasting and supply, machinery and servicing, barista training and café layout and design) comprising 32 staff across 3 sites, including coffee kingpin Black Betty’s Café. His advice for this considering entering the market? “You have to be passionate about your product and love every element of it if you’re going to survive”. Passion, along with curiosity, led C4 Coffee husband and wife team Guy and Paula Griffith-Jones to start their own roastery 20 years ago. “We started a café and were getting our coffee down from Auckland and thought, ‘what if?’,” says Guy. During that time coffee has changed, and is ever evolving, he says. “Coffee used to be a block commodity; now people are out-sourcing for rare and interesting coffees that might not be available every year.” Coffee’s cup runneth over locally? Not likely! Christchurch is clearly a city that will take as much awesome coffee as it can get its hands on!

THE RISE OF COLD BREW COFFEE With cold brew coffee booming overseas, get ready to sip this exquisite, time-consuming beverage over the summer. Vivace released Brewista earlier this year; the result of ground beans kept steeping in cold water for 18 hours, stored in kegs and dispensed by nitrogen. Keep an eye out for coldfiltered bottled versions from New City Coffee and Coffee Embassy coming out over summer, too.




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One of the best things about going on holiday is getting to try exotic new foods, but for the owners of passports gathering dust this summer, Cityscape is charting an international culinary adventure without leaving the city. Join us for an intercontinental tour to treat the taste buds as we traverse through Christchurch’s finest examples of international cuisine. 22

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1 Orleans, 2 Bloody Mary's, 3 Orleans, 4 Fusion @ the Asiatique, 5 Cafe Valentino, 6 The Cuban, 7 Casa Publica, 8 The Curator's House, 9 Cafe Valentino, 10 DUO Dining Room and Bar, 11 Freemans, 12 Baretta, 13 Chinwag, 14 Tomi Japanese Restaurant, 15 The Cornershop Bistro, 16 Corianders, 17 Strawberry Fare, 18 Burgers & Beers, 19 Chinwag, 20 Mexicano's.

EUROPE From bangers and mash in the West to the thousand-year-old tradition of shchi (Russian cabbage soup) in the East, European cuisine is as diverse as the different cultures of the more than 50 countries in the continent. While countless French and Italian staples in particular have, of course, become favourites all over the world, a host of other European nations have given one or more famously and epically tasty gifts to the globe.

ITALY Baretta Describing itself as “a little piece of Italy in Christchurch”, Baretta offers an air of European sophistication in addition to its range of Italian food favourites. Try their take on chicken cacciatore, kicked up a notch with crispy parmesan polenta and braised greens and washed down with an icy Peroni from the tap (natch) or premium Italian red. Casa Nostra Priding themselves on great service and cultural flair, Casa Nostra rocks authentic Italian food in a family-friendly atmosphere. No visit is complete without trying one of their schiacciata, handstretched Tuscan flatbreads loaded with toppings. The splendida, with chicken meatballs, eggplant, pecorino cheese, zucchini, rocket, and cherry tomatoes, is lifechanging, so bib up! Café Valentino An institution on the Christchurch dining scene, Café Valentino have got something for every palate on their trickedup menu of homemade Italian goodness, including pizzas from their wood-fired oven. But it’s hard to overlook their epic veal parmigano – crumbed Southland veal escallops panfried and topped with napoletana sauce and mozzarella, served with rosemary roasted potatoes and buttered spinach – bellissimo!

Cocopelli Gourmet Pizza Bar Summer Sunday arvo stunner cosy Cocopelli combines a sunny outdoor area with some serious gourmet pizza credentials (gotta love 'Yes, Dear’s' (sic) pan-seared venison with a blueberry and port sauce, red onions, capsicums and the kicker – blue cheese!), while their new summer menu addition Supremo is an oven-baked chicken breast, stuffed with chorizo and

up their traditional house speciality paella mixta comprising sofrito, Spanish saffron, wild prawns, diamond back clams, tuatuas, calamari, green-lipped mussels and calasparra rice, served the old-style way in its own pan.

PORTUGAL Nando’s Nando’s emerged out of South Africa, and carved a name for themselves with their use of a

European cuisine is as diverse as the different cultures of the more than 50 countries in the continent. herb cream cheese and wrapped in free range bacon – ‘nuff said! Freemans Dining Room, Bar & Deck Freeman’s are big on making people feel welcome; this and their hearty, Italian-inspired food keeps people coming back. The views from that magnificent deck and live music on Sunday afternoons don’t hurt either! Minutes from the city in portside Lyttelton, their made-from-scratch pastas and authentically Italian hand-stretched style pizza are where it’s at.

SPAIN The Curator’s House Situated in the leafy surrounds of the Botanic Gardens, The Curator’s House’s primo Spanish fixin’s will have you seeing estrellas. Memorable tapas (many incorporating their own award winning smallgoods brand, Chorizos Garcia) are a specialty, but for a truly iconic taste of Spain hit

traditional Mozambican ingredient, but the secret of their success is their Portuguese version of periperi sauce, brought back to Europe from Africa by 15th century visitors. Indulge in the epic flavour hit of their Portuguese chicken skewers, on which thigh fillets marinated in the sensational, hot-tangy peri peri (or African Bird’s Eye chilli) are skewered with fresh red capsicum and onion and flame grilled to perfection.

Mediterranean Trevinos Restaurant & Bar With an epic beer garden, live music and spacious dining room serving fine Mediterranean fusion, Trevinos is a Riccarton Road stalwart. Take on the aptly-titled Cypriot salad marrying grilled halloumi, plump kalamata olives and sundried tomatoes nestled on a bed of fresh baby spinach and topped with roast beets, chickpeas, and Greek


AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 RESTAURANTS Europe with its bohemian breakfast of bramborák (potato pancakes), spinach, bacon and eggs and their unmissable corned beef hash with poached egg for lunch – Czech mate! Other European eateries include Milanese and Tutto Bene (Italy), Saint Germain and Saggio Di Vino (France), Belgian Beer Café Torenhof (Belgium), Van Dam’s Café (The Netherlands) and Costa’s Taverna, Dimitri’s and Mythos Greek Souvlaki (Greece).


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yoghurt – you had us at grilled halloumi – or the harissa and cumin marinated chargrilled chicken; both are excellent choices!

Euro fusion Strawberry Fare Combining the influences of Italy, France and … Scandinavia (courtesy of their totally boss home cured salmon gravlax!) Strawberry Fare is rightly famous for its primo desserts, but there’s a reason their exceptional duck confit of slow-cooked duck leg, parsley butter, jus, thymeroasted potatoes, and fresh buttered green beans has achieved cult status on the Christchurch dining scene – you owe it to your taste buds to eat it! The Little Bistro Technically outside of Christchurch, Akaroa’s pride and joy The Little Bistro rocks a traditional menu with a modern twist and is definitely worth the (let’s face it) short trip. Sample the French-infused ham hock and truffle terrine stepped up with


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an Akaroa feijoa chutney or eat yourself happy with the braised beef short rib with truffle and marrow bone pudding. The Cornershop Bistro This Euroinfluenced Sumner bistro under multi-award winning chef Rod Cross has a solid reputation for bangin’ brunches (think primo eggs bene and brioche French toast) and a dinner menu that boasts the now famous Cornershop coq au vin and an out-of-this-world fried pork belly. Twenty Seven Steps Rustic European inspired cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients are the order of the day in the cosy and intimate Twenty Seven Steps. We’re lovin’ the butter roasted fish with chorizo, spiced lentils and silken mash, and does a dessert get better than Tanqueray gin-stewed blackberries with savioardi and bay leaf custard? No! Café Prague Mixing things up, Addington must-try Café Prague takes its influence from Central

Large enough to develop numerous regional styles of cuisine within its own borders, the US has developed a reputation for food with big, bold flavours (and often equally big servings!). With an overall attitude that could be summarised as “if it tastes good, do it”, American culinary exports the likes of New York-style steak, Creole/Cajun dishes, the southern border MexiAmerican mash-up of the Tex-Mex school, the larger-than-life tradition of Texan BBQ, and American-style cooked breakfasts are popular the world over.

USA Boo Radley’s Food & Liquor A relaxed late night venue with a speakeasy vibe, Boo Radley’s sharing plates take their inspiration from the cuisine of the American South (the Harper Lee-esque name’s a dead giveaway). You’ll want to share several around; to make sure you go authentically Cajun, tuck into the Lowcountry seafood gumbo with soft-shell crab and ‘Hoppin’ John’ (a traditional southern rice dish) – laissez les bons temps rouler! New York Deli Holding out for a hero? Then you need to tap the gigantic proportions of New York Deli’s legendary premium sandwiches. You’ll want to try the spice-rubbed flank steak bounty of

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 RESTAURANTS Harlem flank and the presidentiallytitled Obama BLT – streaky bacon goodness with prerequisite American mustard. Orleans Set amid Christchurch’s ragin’ Cajun quarter (Strange’s Lane) Orleans channels some serious Bourbon Street swagger. Hearty Creole soul food is the order of the day – you’ll want to be ordering up the complete jerk chicken. Make sure you’re not dining alone when you tackle this whole jerk-spice marinated freerange chicken, split flat, chargrilled to perfection and served with burnt avocado and tomatillo salsa. Burgers and Beers Inc. Americanstyle diner and Kiwiana collide in this revolutionary bastion of bodacious burgers. It’s like walking onto the set of Natural Born Killers sans all the murder – bitchin’ Munsters-esque art joins classic Kiwi formica tables and quite possibly the city’s best burger, the aptly named Super Bugger Burger. You’ll be wanting to try the epic chips and gravy and to wash it down with an icy Three Boys golden ale (when in Rome). Gas Monkey Playing on the primate theme, while this quirky Tex-Mex American grill is literally teeming with monkey business via simian sculptures, images and object d’art, it boasts an impressive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with a devoted milkshake section that includes the magnificent creation that is the Joy Bar in shake form(!).

But you came here to eat, so you’ll wanna hit up menu highlight pineapple-braised pork belly with apple brandy caramel.

... the US has developed a reputation for food with big, bold flavours ... Bloody Mary’s A classic, New York style steakhouse experience right here in Christchurch, Bloody Mary’s is a brooding, sophisticated space of dark oak and buttery leather where they take steaks very seriously (along with Bloody Marys!). Discover this for yourself by ordering the Hereford prime 50-day aged, grass finished, 500g New York strip loin, and melt into meat-lover’s heaven. Other US-of-A offerings include Drexels, Bootleg BBQ, and Lower 9th Diner.

Central and South America The fiery spices and tang of Latin American food are unmistakable. Maize is the staple ingredient in the region, but its uses are as diverse as the continent itself – everything from tortillas to tacos, Colombian and Venezuelan arepas to Salvadorian pupusas – and the piquant spices and salsas of the region such such as guacamole, pico de gallio, mole, chili and many more have become foodie favourites the world over.



go-to spot for authentic Mexican cuisine. Now located in Waltham post-quakes, they’re still banging out a line-up of Mexican food’s

Alvarado’s Mexican Cantina Alvarado’s have achieved legendary status in the city as a

greatest hits, authentically prepared by Mexican chefs. Peruse their new menu to find the chiles rellenos; oh-so-Mexican stuffed chilli peppers with red salsa and grilled cheese and your choice of filling – deliciously fiesty. Mexicano’s Serving up fine Mexican street food served in stylish surrounds with an emphasis on fun, Mexicano’s is always a great dinner option – provided you’re able to get a table (book early!). Their authentic Mexican dishes are designed for sharing, but if you’re anything like us, it will be difficult to prise the fire-grilled chicken and chorizo sticks with pickled red onion in xlapa-style peanut mole sauce away from you! Mexico With its Tarantino-cool fit-out and buzzing atmosphere finished off with hip and friendly staff and an authentic south-ofthe-border soundtrack, Mexico offers fresh and feisty Mexican fare and a laidback vibe. The taco options are definitely worth sampling (think smoky beef skirt with blackened onion and pork crackling or grilled chicken, crunchy slaw and piquant green tomato salsa), and save room for dessert – you’ll want to try their take on classic Mexican churros!



Latin America Casa Publica A rum-flavoured ode to the South America of years gone by, Casa Publica has a kitchen that turns out a range of options to satisfy any palate, offering the unique flavours of the continent. You get plenty of these on one plate with the pollo a la parrilla – grilled chicken with fried red quinoa, onions, garlic, kernel corn, capsicum, chili sauce and guacamole verde – and the choc rum shot finale is not to be missed! Tequila Mockingbird A contemporary Latin fusion bar, restaurant and later, hot party venue, Tequila Mockingbird offers dishes inspired by the food of Brazil, Chile, Peru, the Caribbean islands and then some – a great place to start is the churrasco style skirt steak, which takes Argentina’s most celebrated beef cut, treats it to a bath in their own mojo marinade and serves it up with lemon and addictive patatas bravas. The Cuban With the aim of bringing a slice of Havana to the central city, The Cuban is another new city venue where rum is taken extremely seriously, and speciallybrewed-for-the-venue Cuban Laga flows from militia-style machine gun beer taps. Tasty Cuban street food with a kick is the order of the day: tap divine popcorn w/ chocolate and bangin’ Arroz Imperial (feisty Achiote chicken with cheese and mayo on rice).

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Add to the Latin American mix Mexicali Fresh and upcoming Churrasco BBQ Brazil.

AFRICA Somewhat unfairly neglected by much of the rest of the world for a long time, Africa’s cuisine has more recently grabbed some of the increased attention it has always deserved within the international culinary scene. The traditional North African flavours of Morocco, Egypt and Algeria in particular are now well known and appreciated by foodies all over the world, but the considerable regional varieties of the rest of the vast, culturally diverse landmass are also increasingly finding their way onto menus elsewhere around the world, from Mozambique’s (via Portugal) piri piri chicken to South African biltong, East Africa’s kachumbari and West Africa’s jollof rice. Taste of Egypt Taste of Egypt brims with authentic Egyptian flavours with a twist and utilises locally-sourced and seasonably available produce. Owner-chef Saeed makes a biennial trip back to the home country to refresh his skills and update his knowledge of the Egyptian food scene. Tap their triple lamb souvlaki with feta, hot chilli, humus, tahini, tzatziki and Turkish salad and become a convert after one bite. Continue your African adventure at Mosaic By Simo and Casbah.

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ASIA The delectable curries of the subcontinent, the fiery heat, big flavours and sensational sauces of the Southeast, the succulent seafood of Japan, the stuffed vegetables and grilled meats of the Middle East, and the huge regional variations of China – Asia offers massive variety in its cuisine. Ginger, garlic, chilli, soy and sesame oil are common themes, while rice and noodle dishes in a mindboggling array of varieties satisfy as well as inspire.

Middle East Persian Kitchen With everything cooked on site and following traditional family recipes, Persian Kitchen marries the exotic and colourful flavours of ancient Persian and Turkish cuisine with an authentic dining experience. It’s all about tender meat cooked to perfection with a unique mix of spices. Their Beef Bursa is a great go-to – their own special shaved, minced beef atop pita bread with crispy garlic croutons, Greek yoghurt, bursa sauce and a seasonal salad.

China Ancestral Firmly established at the bottom end of Riccarton Road, Ancestral offer authentic and traditional Sichuan and Malaysian Chinese food and Asian favourite beverage bubble teas. Hook into

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 RESTAURANTS their Tang’s Emperor Pork – thinly sliced pork sizzled in the wok and drizzled with a mouth-watering rich, sweet sauce that’s prepared according to a secret Hong Kong family recipe – in between warbling out some hits with friends in their specialty karaoke rooms.



Chi Kitchen Within the Christchurch Casino you’ll find a range of tempting food options, but we always find it tough to go past the Cantonese-inspired 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. It’s tough to go wrong on the menu, and you won’t with the Yangzhou fried rice with prawns and BBQ pork. Madam Kwong’s The city’s home of Chinese food on a grand scale, the wide open dining room of Madam Kwong’s recalls the bustling dining establishments of Shanghai and Hong Kong. Lunch is all about Yum Cha, where the tasty morsels are served in bamboo steamers, while traditional Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine is cranked out under glittering chandeliers by night – don’t leave without trying the chef’s special tricked-up kung pao chicken. Chong’s Tucked away in Cathedral Junction, Chong’s offers a traditional Chinese dining experience unique in the South Island (or so we’re told). You can try a unique line-up that includes Chinese BBQ, seafood, and cookat-your-table Chinese hotpot/ steamboat, where your raw meat and vegetable selections are brought your table for you to cook in your own steaming choice of broth – keep things real with the chilli laden hot and spicy number.

Coq au vin – The Cornershop Bistro



Paella mixta – the Curator’s House


Massaman curry – Chinwag


Arroz Imperial – The Cuban

Tandoori platter – Coriander’s Ethnic Indian Restaurant


BBQ jerk chicken – Orleans



Taiwan Little Taipei This Papanui hot spot combines an authentic fitout with a traditional Taiwanese menu that rocks a tantalising mix of the classic mild, sweet and savoury flavours of the island. Broaden your culinary horizons with a bubble tea or a Taiwanese fruit-flavoured beer (mango beer anyone?) alongside one of their authentic street food dishes such as the Taiwanesestyle pork chop with black pepper sauce, noodles and egg, and grab some homemade pork floss for the pantry.

Japan Zenbu A trendy, casual Japanese joint with an emphasis on izakaya (bar-style) food, Zenbu has lent its signature quirk to some tasty variations on Japanese cuisine classics. Their jacked-up variations on Japanese-style fried chicken should come with an addiction warning – get into the aptly-named garlic bomb with garlic confit and

Tomi Japanese Restaurant Making your way into the pleasant, calm, and wood-featuring interior of Tomi Japanese Restaurant is a prelude to a fantastic, traditional Japanese feast (even Prime Minister John Key thinks so!). They feature a premium sake range among the best available anywhere; ask the knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff about which is the best drop to match with their bodacious whole fish sashimi platter or grilled miso white fish with marinated vegetables. Kumo Ushering in a welcome return of the sushi train concept to the city, Kumo lets you park up alongside the conveyor in their contemporary interior and take your pick of their traditional sushi and yakitori dishes and fusion mash-ups. Ensure in particular you grab the angry scallop roll as soon as it comes past – it’s a one-lap wonder! Sakura Dedicated to converting those not too fussed on Japanese food into true believers, the team

... fiery heat, big flavours and sensational sauces of the southeast ... garlic crisps or turn up the heat with the chili chili bang bang! Yamagen Japanese Restaurant One of the city’s preeminent Japanese restaurants, Yamagen’s tradition harks back to the Park Royal days, and maintains a sense of occasion today. Those looking to embrace new flavours should try the kani karaage (crispy tempura crab) and, if a celebration is in order, the crayfish sashimi.


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at Church Corner will hit you up on all sides; a relaxing, welcoming environment, the izakaya snack menu, and sake from Japan … and there’s simply no resisting when they serve up the likes of their deep fried sesame salmon and grilled scallops and the melt-in-the-mouth pork belly – just give in already! Cookai You’ll find this Japanese fave tucked down a Riccarton side street serving authentic Japanese food in slick surrounds.


Their emphasis is on traditional Japanese favourites like soft-shell crab, teppanyaki, sushi, and crispy tempura chicken with lemon soy sauce. Can’t decide? The pan-fried salmon with sweet miso sauce brings it on so many levels! Cookai Gold The funky Papanui spin-off of the Cookai mothership, Cookai Gold throws out inventive Japanese creations and modern twists on traditional Japanese cuisine. Get into former SalaSala chef Toshi Uenosono’s Zensai menu for the Japanese take on the oh-sohot tapas trend and tasty, inventive morsels such as aonori potatoes and soft-shell crab deep fried in an Asahi beer batter, and served with their own special sauce.

India Arjee Bhajee It’s Indian, but perhaps not as you’ve had it before; Arjee Bhajee mixes things up with Northern Indian dishes, Nepali variations and Euro-Fusion curries and, above all, a healthy approach. Trust us: you need to order some of the justifiably eponymous bhajees here as a warm-up to your gurkhali chicken – a rockin’ Nepali curry with capsicum, broccoli and chillies. Coriander’s Ethnic Indian Restaurant With their consistent commitment to great service and authentic, piquant flavours, one of Coriander’s five locations is an excellent choice for a killer Indian banquet. You can’t really go wrong on the menu, but you’ll definitely

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 RESTAURANTS want to check out the chef’s special sizzling tandoori platter, with lamb, chicken and fish tikka served smokin’ hot at your table – so good with classic house cocktail the Sassy Lassi!

Vietnam Hello Vietnam Traditional Vietnamese cuisine is done properly at Hello Vietnam, where fresh, feisty and wildly authentic are the themes. It’s often packed to the gills – if you can squeeze in you’ll want to pop open your chosen BYO and relax over the likes of the melt-in-the-mouth delicious Vietnamese braised caramel pork belly and eggs on steamed rice and the kicking spicy crispy squid.

Thailand Aroy Thai Taking the freshest local ingredients and magicing them into authentic Thai taste sensations, Aroy Thai have won many dedicated fans. Their speciality Choo Chee curry is a thick, rich flavour sensation with the option of including either prawns or deep fried monkfish fillets – either way it’s a win/win. The Thai omelette’s not too shabby either.

maw’s mixed seafood kicked up with chilli, garlic, basil and fresh Thai herbs. If it’s a larger group, you’ll need two gaeh pad cha – a tender lamb harmony of basil, green peppercorns and kafir lime.

specialty the Yum Red Elephant – with shing-shang fish, cashew, deep-fried prawns, fish fillet, squid, and mussel with Thai salad ingredients, it’s appropriately named and well-earned!

NZ Thai Restaurant NZ Thai Restaurant has one simple goal; they want you to eat, drink and be merry, and a ‘merry’ status is pretty simple to achieve once you get into the eating they offer! Traditional Thai dishes span garee puffs to massaman curry, but you need to try the fresh, herb-filled chicken larb tingling with chilli and citrus before basking in the glory of the roasted duck red curry – you’ll be back!

Chinwag Much-loved for its superb expression of Thai cuisine, the brooding, sleek interior of its new post-quake digs, and its ability to bang out some sensational cocktails, Chinwag opens a local door to Thailand and all of its accompanying delights. For an awesomely authentic (and delicious!) Thai food experience, go for the market fish with green curry, cooked in a banana leaf over hot coals – boom!

Red Elephant For the Thai food faithful, the long-established and popular Red Elephant offers authentic Thai cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Seafood lovers will find it hard to resist the house

Asian Inspired Duo Dining Room Styling themselves as ‘modern Asian’, Duo takes an innovative approach to its food that combines the best

Hammersley’s Thai & Chang Thai These sister restaurants in Shirley (Hammersley’s) and Hornby (Chang) offer different characters but the same commitment to awesome Thai food. Hook yourself up with the gang bpa/jungle curry (hot and spicy!) or gang massaman (the classic South Thailand curry of meat and potatoes in a rich, gentle curry sauce with crushed peanuts) at either joint, and enjoy! Keo Thai This wildly popular Thai restaurant rocks some serious cuisine credentials along with a leafy courtyard perfect for al fresco dining. The buzzing vibe is especially suited to catching up with friends and sharing exotic specialties like the fiery pad ki





traditions and flavours of Asia and Europe in a unique dining experience, set off perfectly by its funky interior, splashed with vibrant original street art. The MUST order is the crispy eggplant, with fragrant Sichuan sticky sauce, coriander and pickled ginger – you can thank us later!

King of Snake King of Snake’s sexy, casual atmosphere somewhat belies just how seriously they take killer Asian food – Southeast Asian, in particular. It’s a regular on lists of the city’s best dining spots for a reason! Try the Korean-inspired ssäm – marinated Wakanui sirloin, kimchi puree, spring onion relish, and rice mayo all wrapped up with 4 fresh oysters – they’re optional, but you’ll wanna take that option! Fusion @ The Asiatique Home to the flavours of Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, Fusion @ The Asiatique offers traditional classics as well as their own unique twists on Asian favourites amongst lovely French-Asian décor (or take away to enjoy at home!). There are so many tempting choices on the

menu (not to mention specials); the crispy chicken with fresh mango salad and chili served with sticky rice is tough to beat, though. Keep the party going at Topkapi and Afghan Restaurant (Middle East), Daphne’s, Red Bowl, Pot Sticker on Poplar and Joyful (China), Everest Indian Restaurant, Little India, Mayur Indian Restaurant (India), Nobanno (Bangladesh), Ceylon Kitchen (Sri Lanka), At Tony’s, Samurai Bowl, and Sakimoto (Japan), Malaysia Delights (Malaysia), The Bhodi Tree and Rangoon Ruby (Myanmar), Little Saigon Restaurant and MyHanh (Vietnam), Spice Paragon and Abalone Thai (Thailand).

DOMESTIC DINING and menus without borders Feeling in need of the familiar comforts of home, or don’t know what you want until you get there? These menu mash-ups take their inspiration globally. Enjoy delicious pub-style classics and favourites done right in a relaxed atmosphere in the city at Fox and Ferret, Irish-themed classics at The Craic and Sullivans and hearty goodness at Valley Inn Tavern, The Pedal Pusher, Morrell & Co., The Brickworks, Cargo Bar, Kaizuka Eatery, Pomeroys, O Shea’s Public House, Castrols Garage, Vespa and Mama Hooch.

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Skip over the hills to check out the Euro fusion tapa stylings of Civil & Naval in Lyttelton and the primo gastro-pub fare at Governors Bay Hotel. There’s more international dining with a range of influences at Clink, Stellar, JDV, Passengers & Co. and Town Tonic, One Good Horse, Fiddlesticks, No. 4, Local. At Riccarton House, and the small plates and sharing platters of

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Dragon’s Den Social Lounge. Head out west for the rustic offerings of Terrace Winebar and Restaurant and Oaks of Darfield. For great steaks tap The Villas or The Carlton, and for cafés rocking that casual vibe and good food by night try Rocksalt, Under the Red Verandah, Harvard Bar & Café, GBC, and the rebranded Rough Diamond Café & Bar over at Diamond Harbour.

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RUM DIARIES James ‘The Carlton’ Murdoch’s love letter to all things South American, Casa Publica is the perfect summer spot to kick back sippin’ on Casa Luana – a premium, smooth rum infused in-house with a heady mix of cardamom, orange and brown sugar – while grazing on exotic fare. It’s kitted out with an authentic south-of-the-border slick refurb that sees shiny gold machine-gun-style lampshades join intimate booths, the prerequisite moody lighting, and vintage rum and cocaine runner’s paraphernalia. As you’d expect, there’s an almost obscene selection of rums (162 and counting) behind the prohibition-cool bar, including a $185-a-shot bottle of ancient 1930s British West Indies Finest Old Rum, and a menu that boasts liquid dessert rum choc shots.





TERRACE WINEBAR & RESTAURANT A top stop when heading west (or east if you’re on the way back home), Darfield’s Terrace Winebar & Restaurant combines an enviable trifecta of sensational, precision-cooked fare, chic contemporary digs in a stunning setting and killer views across to Mt Hutt. With a seasonal menu literally bursting with flavoursome, premium fare – from the plump, succulent prawns sautéed in a feisty beurre blanc chilli garlic sauce piled atop soft Yorkshire puddings to the meltingly tender spiced lamb wontons, delicate smoked salmon linguine and heavenly marriage of blue cheese, spinach and pear rolled filo – it’s hard to pick a favourite, but deciding is worth pulling off State Highway 73 for an hour or two!

Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 This sessional summer sipper is all about fun in the sun, with aromas of snow pea and wet stone and a hint of nettle nodding to the fresh crisp flavours ahead. Vibrant and sassy, this heavy hitter is bursting with rich ripe fruit, delightful acidic tingle and a super clean finish. RRP $16.99 Pegasus Bay Bel Canto 2014 Spicy with rich marmalade and honied flavours, this meticulously crafted ‘dry’ riesling opens with a bouquet of citrus, nectarine and honeysuckle and doesn’t so much finish as it lingers with a long mango and crushed ginger finish that’s perfectly balanced by a tantalising mineral zing. RRP $33



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Up your gourmet game with Dragons Den Social Lounge’s international award-winning chef. Canterbury Spring Lamb Rack with warm green bean Parmesan salad (Serves 4) Shopping list Rack of Canterbury spring lamb (4 chops) Salad 20-30 fresh green beans (trimmed & sliced) ¼ cup green peas 20-30 broad beans (shelled) ¼ cup Italian parsley ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Dressing 200ml extra virgin olive oil 2tsp parsley 2 cloves roasted garlic 2 anchovy fillets 1tsp capers 1 lemon (fine zest and juice) Flaky sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Making It Happen Sear the lamb rack in a hot frying pan and then roast in the oven for approximately 12 minutes at 200˚C. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 10 minutes before carving into individual chops. For the green bean salad, blanch green beans, peas and broad beans in boiling salted water for 20 – 30 seconds. Strain the beans and peas and place in a mixing bowl. For the dressing, blend all ingredients in a food processor (or finely hand chop), dress the beans and peas with the dressing, season with salt and pepper and finish with the parsley and parmesan.

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All decadent and crunchy deliciousness, White Heart’s Honey Hazelnut Sprinkle is batch roasted in honey and fair trade and organic coconut oil, but as good as it is straight from the bag, tag-teaming in Deep South’s gourmet Cookies & Cream ice-cream creates a bang-on, next level and truly wicked pairing. The velvety, creamy ice-cream with its bursts of seriously chocolatey cookies is a treat unto itself, which is launched into the stratosphere with the addition of the Hazelnut Sprinkles’ crunchy, slightly sweet nutty candy bar-like creation. RSVP for this party in your mouth stat!



Cityscape hits up Cashmere Cuisine’s Kurt Robinson for some BBQ pointers. Dry-aged rib-eye Salt, pepper and a BBQ is all you need. Why Rich and beefy this fatty cut, dry-aged to perfection, is the BBQ king pin. How Sear over medium-high, direct heat until charred, 3–4mins per side. Move to medium-low, indirect heat and continue grilling before searing edges. Pro tip Let the meat reach room temperature before cooking. Fresh salmon A light alternative to red meat. Why A rich yet delicate protein and excellent source of Omega 3. How Place on tinfoil and sprinkle with a small amount of brown sugar, salt, pepper, squeeze of lemon juice and sweet chilli sauce. Wrap tightly to seal and cook for about 20mins on medium heat with BBQ lid down. Pro tip Get boneless salmon to avoid those pesky pin bones. Meaty sticky pork ribs No knife and fork required! Why A tasty moreish pork cut perfect for the whole family. How Marinate ribs overnight in a good smoky BBQ sauce. Cook in a slow cooker for 4 hours on high

with a touch of water. Char the ribs over a high heat on BBQ for 10mins, basting throughout. Pro tip Baste with sweet chilli sauce in last minutes for an extra flavour kick. Butterflied leg of lamb Perfect for feeding a larger group. Why What’s a Kiwi BBQ without NZ lamb? How Ask your butcher to bone out a leg of lamb in one piece. Rub with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper and marinate. Hot sear fat side down for 5mins, close lid and cook for 10–15mins each side on a low heat. Rest for 5mins. Pro tip Use an upturned roasting dish if your BBQ doesn’t have a lid. Moroccan boneless chicken Moroccan flavours are so hot right now. Why Easy and super delicious. How Ask your butcher to debone chicken in one piece. Glaze chicken in mix of cumin, cinnamon, lemon juice, honey, turmeric, cardamom, garlic, all spice and olive oil. Cook on medium heat with lid down, basting every 5–10mins until chicken is cooked (about 40mins) through. Pro tip Serve with couscous, tzatziki dressing and a squeeze of lemon.



Hello Sunday’s Smashed Avocado Perfectly poached eggs add a protein hit

Creamy avocado sets the scene

Fresh herbs celebrate the taste of summer

Piquant goat’s curd brings the zing

Crispy polenta packs a flavour crunch

Tangy tomatoes provide an acid profile

APPLETISER The Dirty Lands’ mixologist maestro Adam Wood parties up the Georgia Mint Julep with his eponymous ode to the Georgia Apple Festival. FIXIN’S 30ml bourbon 15ml peach liqueur 15ml Calvados 6 mint leaves 2.5tsp sugar 90ml fresh apple juice

METHOD Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Single strain into metal tumbler or glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with apple and mint and brace yourself for summery rapture.

Continuing its world domination as the in vogue tipple de jour, the juniper berry-led revolution is flying high with the release of the Great British Gin Collection’s right royal trio: Opihr (RRP $49.99), Bloom (RRP $49.99) and Berkeley Square (RRP $84.99). Distilled by G&J Distillers, the oldest distillery in the UK, the frightfully fresh triplets combine old world charm with modern sass and nous. Perfect for summer sippin’ – kick your next G&T up a notch or two with a slice of fresh ginger to awaken the oriental spices in Opihr, capture the delicate floral notes with fresh strawberries in Bloom, and live large with basil or a lemon twist in ultra-premium mac daddy Berkeley Square – raise your glass to long summer afternoons.


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HUNG OUT TO DRY Cashmere Cuisine’s spankin’ new dry-age cabinet rocks a colour-changing salt block wall and dry ages primo beef cuts, intensifying the flavour and tendering up the meat – just in time for the BBQ season.


Legendary Christchurch wholefoods go-to Piko Wholefoods Co-operative has been rocking wholesome, organic goodness since 1979 – that’s almost before wholesome, organic goodness was even a thing! Owned by a charitable trust, their profits are funnelled back into supporting organic and sustainable ventures in the community (props, right!). Like so many Christchurch icons though, their groovy vibe took a severe hit in the earthquakes, and they were forced to decamp from the building on the corner of Barbadoes and Kilmore Streets. But excellent news – they’re now back where they belong! Their fully refurbished building is a truly fierce combination of the old and the new and now houses even more of their vegetarian wholefood goodness.

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE Heat seekers rejoice: the team at Food Snobs have unleashed the delicious fury of their feisty new bell peppers filled with cream cheese! Crisp, tangy, spicy and sweet, these mega morsels are the perfect accompaniment to picnics, salads and wine and cheese sessions. 

SUSHI ON THE GO Sushi runs are a thing of the past now that killer new sushi-mobile Mr Woo Sushi Christchurch West is rocking the city’s streets. Mr Woo can hook you up with classic sushi rolls (hello tuna and avocado!), bangin’ bentos, teriyaki and katsu rice meals, along with miso soup, Japanese staple edamame beans, salmon sashimi and seaweed salad sides – arigato Woo man!


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CHOC-FULL OF GOODNESS Not only guilt-free, The Nutmylk Co.’s awesomeness in a glass that is their new Organic Cacao Cashew Mylk is also good for you (come again?)! Seriously, this super nutritious chocolate milk substitute/beverage of the gods not only tastes totally boss, but is also packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and is naturally flavoured with organic cacao, coconut butter, honey, dates and cinnamon. Pick some up from Fresh Choice Merivale Mall – you can thank us later.

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Divine Cakes & DesSerts gourmet foods

Westfield Mall 129 Riccarton Road, Riccarton 03 964 6560 The Palms Mall 8 Marshland Road, Shirley 03 964 6542 Northlands Mall 55 Main North Road, Papanui 03 964 6546 Cake and Decorating Store 164 Blenheim Road, Riccarton 03 964 6540

Divine Cakes & Desserts is locally owned and operated in Christchurch. They’re not just about cakes and desserts; they also make amazing celebration cakes, wedding cakes, 3D novelty cakes, cupcakes, tarts, gourmet fudge and lots more divine sweet treats! Come and visit their new look concept store at The Palms Shopping Centre, which is now serving up an amazing range of breads, pastries, patisserie desserts, chocolates, and even a delicious range of Pure Café sweets and treats for people with special dietary requirements such as dairy-free, egg-free, or gluten-free. So when you are planning a celebration – anything from a hen’s night to granddad’s 80th birthday – Divine are here to create the sweet treats and cake that will cap the occasion off. They are also renowned for their corporate cakes, where they help companies celebrate with their clients or staff with company logo cakes or sweet treats. Divine Cakes & Desserts are your celebration cake company and will produce that special cake just as you want it. Call in to any of their stores! Made on earth – tastes like heaven!


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Vintage Tea Party

paint ‘n’ sip studio

0800 846 884 Find them on Facebook Open: Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 4pm

Unit 3/136 Ilam Road, Ilam 03 351 0879 Open: check their online calendar for upcoming session times

catering/vintage tableware hire

At Vintage Tea Party they offer beautiful, delicate food served on classic vintage china. As we’re in wedding season, this is the perfect treat for your bridal shower or an afternoon tea for your wedding guests! They can cater for 100+ guests, and provide different options for any occasion – whether you’re having a wedding, a bridal shower, or a birthday party, they will be able to accommodate you.

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Start with a blank canvas and sip your way to a one-ofa-kind masterpiece! A local artist will guide you step by step as you create the featured painting of the night while sipping on a wine or beer from the in-studio bar. It’s fun, easy and there’s no experience necessary! The Studio team provide everything, so just bring yourself, some friends and get ready to paint and party the night away!

Gluten & dairy free options available. Price range from $11pp.

Ask about private events for birthdays, hen’s nights, team building, and more.

taste @ twenty

Totally Gluten Free Bakery

20 Colombo Street, Cashmere 03 982 1399 Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 5pm, Sat 7am – 2pm, Sun 9am – 2pm

477B Blenheim Road, Sockburn 03 341 1172 Find them on Facebook Open: Mon – Fri 8:30am – 4pm, Sat 9am – 3pm Christmas hours: Open Sun 20 Dec 9am – 3pm, closing 2pm Thu 24 Dec and reopening Tue 5 Jan 2016

Gourmet Food Store/Catering

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. A unique neighbourhood store by the Cashmere Hills.


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All products at the Totally Gluten Free Bakery are handmade with love, with bread baked fresh daily. They also have dairy-free options and a small range of egg-free goodies available, and can cater for your occasional cake needs – birthdays, wedding cakes, anniversaries, etc. A friendly & helpful bunch that love to see you leave smiling!

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White Heart Specialty Nut Butters Gourmet food

The team at Aroha make a delicious range of handcrafted juices right here in Christchurch for your drinking pleasure. The range includes sparkling, still and cordial products, and can be found in great cafés throughout New Zealand.

White Heart Specialty Nut Butters grow and harvest hazelnuts on a small property in Tai Tapu, Christchurch. Their nuts are batch roasted and blended to create a delectable range of pantry staples. Made without preservatives, the range is mainly vegan and gluten-free, with a real emphasis on minimising refined sugar. From their specialty nut butters to the ever-popular spiced sprinkle for salads and stir-fries, White Heart Specialty Nut Butters bring you local, honest and tasty food.

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Mandys Horseradish

THE Nutmylk Co. LTD

021 323 973

Mandys Horseradish brings you gourmet products with old fashioned flavour. Made from horseradish grown right here in Canterbury, their horseradish sauce has won (and continues to win!) fans all over New Zealand, from professional chefs through to at home gourmands, as well as collecting a 2010 Cuisine Magazine Artisan Award along the way. Now it’s been joined by their amazing Horseradish Apricot Mustard – you seriously need to try this one, too!

The perfect summer combo for the BBQ steak or leftover Christmas ham sandwich!

Their Barista blend is now in selected cafés. Check their website for an up-to-date list of cafés and retail stockists.

aroha drinks gourmet drinks

03 341 1183 Find them on Facebook

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raw organic almond mylk

The Nutmylk Co. handpress raw organic nutmylks locally. Their nutritious almond, hazelnut and cashew mylks are free of dairy, soy, gluten, refined sugar, preservatives and any other additives, leaving them higher in vitamins and minerals and better for you. By using only the best organic ingredients they can source, the Nutmylk Co. ensure you get the most authentic and creamy nutmylks available.

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Main Divide Meats gourmet meat supplier

03 348 2573 or 021 079 3479

Main Divide Meats is a family-owned and -operated wild venison processing plant based in Christchurch. All their venison is wild and locally sourced. They guarantee they won’t be beaten on price or quality! They employ helihunters around the South Island to supply their factory year-round with premium quality venison. Their factory is run under a HACCAP program and an RMP. They are an export licensed plant, and FDA and EU approved. They have a small dedicated butchery team who ensure only the top cuts of wild venison make it through, so you can rest assured that you are receiving the best of the best. New Zealand Wild Venison is highly sought-after around the world and we are lucky enough to have it here on our door step at an affordable price. Main Divide offer a range of different cuts to suit your needs. They supply many of the top restaurants around Canterbury, and their product is available wholesale at their factory or to the public at Peter Timb’s Butchery, Traiteur of Merivale, Fendalton New World, and the Mad Butcher. Like them on Facebook to keep up to date with specials and competitions! You can also buy directly from Main Divide at the Riccarton Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. Contact Allanah Hilling, Sales Manager, on 021 079 3479, or email admin@maindividemeats. for wholesale enquires or farmers’ market details.

Piko Wholefoods

Cashmere Cuisine

229 Kilmore Street (cnr Kilmore and Barbadoes Streets), Central City 03 366 8116 Open: Mon – Fri 9am – 6:30pm, Sat 9am – 5pm

18 Colombo Street, Cashmere 03 332 6071 or 021 224 4590 Find them on Facebook Open: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 6pm, Sat 8am – 3pm

PIKO is the original Christchurch wholefoods store; the place to go if you have a restricted diet or just love eating healthy, delicious, organic food. PIKO is a low profit charitable trust and a part of every dollar you spend goes back into the community. Everybody wins!

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 butchers are highly qualified, passionate, and treat customer service as of paramount importance. With a balance of traditional and modern techniques, they keep up with the flow of latest food trends and seasons.

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PIKO are now back home at their original Kilmore Street location – drop in to check out their fantastic new shop!

gourmet meats

Strong believers in preserving the fine art of butchery!


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Punky Brewster Craft Beer Fillery

278 Ferry Road, Woolston 0800 30 90 90 Open: 7 days

22B Tyne Street, Addington 03 348 8509 Open: Wed – Sun from 12pm

Happyhire is New Zealand’s leading marquee and event hire company – assisting businesses and individuals throw amazing events for a fraction of the cost they might pay elsewhere. Marquees, tables and chairs, lighting, sound gear, portable bars, bouncy castles, glassware, catering equipment, and much more – they simply will not be beaten on price!

A hidden gem, Punky Brewster is Christchurch’s own craft beer fillery. Housing 20 rotating taps for rigger-fills and a fridge fit to bust with bottles and cans, it’s a paradise for experienced beer lovers and first-timers alike. Feel free to try before you buy, and be sure to take home something you’ll love. Bring your empty vessels down to Punky Brewster and get a taste of what is most definitely not the pride of the south.

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Contact Jason on 0800 30 90 90, or visit www.happyhire. for a no obligation quote.

crisp & VALE


027 358 9159

16 Kahu Road, Riccarton Open: Sat 9am – 1pm

A boutique catering company in Christchurch. Tailor-made menus to suit your taste, budget and occasion by the Rick Stein and Michelin-star trained head chef and owner Hannah Crisp.

Baodown is a modern take on a Taiwanese classic. Bao is a steamed bun filled with all things delicious, and Baodown’s version of this scrumptious street food is available every Saturday at the Christchurch Farmers Market from 9am till 1pm.

Visit website for sample menus.

Discover a new taste sensation!


asian Fusion

mr Woo sushi Christchurch west

luxury portable loo hire

Mobile sushi

event hire

Nick 027 303 5266 Find them on Facebook

027 672 2890

Mr Woo Sushi is Christchurch’s premier mobile sushi service, using the finest ingredients. Sushi is freshly prepared every day! Perfect for corporate events with delicious platters.

Everything should be first-class for your special event – why should the portable toilets be any different? Add an efficient, perfect finishing touch of class to any special occasion with these luxurious units.

They can also visit your workplace for regular sushi!


Check Punky Brewster’s website for what’s on the taps!

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The Beer Library gourmet food store

363 Colombo Street, Sydenham 03 379 2337 Open: 10am to 7pm daily

The Beer Library is Christchurch’s only craft beer bottle store. A relaxed atmosphere, outstanding selection, and knowledgeable staff make it the perfect place for everyone from the biggest ‘hop-head’ to the craft beer novice. With well over 300 different bottles and five constantly rotating taps for rigger fills, The Beer Library curates the largest selection of craft beer available in the South Island. The Beer Library also regularly holds craft beer events such as tastings, pairings, brewer talks, and beer schools.

Scoff & Quaff tours

022 0911 776

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 more about our local brewing scene and what makes New Zealand craft beer unique! Grab a ticket or a gift voucher today!


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FREEMANS DINING ROOM, BAR & DECK Basking in the sun with a cooling sea breeze and stunning views out across the port – Freemans’ deck is a top spot for a summer tipple. Just minutes from the city but miles from care in Lyttelton, this Italian institution combines hearty home-made fare (their zucchini fries and gnocchi with pan-fried chorizo are worth walking over the Bridle Path for!) with lush house-made sodas, fine Nelson wines and perfectly chilled beers dispensed from their funky new bar. A brightly coloured mural courtesy of local artist Wongi brings the port action right up on the deck while on Sundays, live music from local jazz legend Carmel Courtney and friends from 3:30pm ends the weekend on the perfect note. FYI – you’ll wanna get there early.

POP YOUR CORK Live your own lifestyles of the rich and famous with a flute of primo champers Krug for $49 in the swanky surrounds of Bloody Mary’s. The exclusive fizz, drunk by the likes of Madonna, Gérard Depardieu and Karl Lagerfeld, is available until the end of December. Naturally, such an exquisite drop deserves an equally delectable pairing, so Bloody Mary’s have whipped up a champagne tempura pacific oysters with black truffle and wasabi mayo, wakame and radish match for those wanting to live out the ultimate rock star experience.

GOT IT MADE Rocking the mantra ‘honest, wholesome, simple’, the team behind killer newbie café MADE Espresso Bar need to add ‘seriously tasty’ to the mix! It’s brimming with sensational cabinet fare and fierce daily specials (think caramelised onion, pesto and feta scrolls and faro, kale, almond, and beetroot salad with lemon and paprika dressing – hungry much?) served alongside Hummingbird Coffee. You’ll find the super-talented MADE team working their culinary magic from their city-chic café tucked under Warren & Mahoney on Montreal Street, with their entrance around the corner on Cashel Street (just to keep things interesting!).

EAT THIS NOW  Quite possibly one of Christchurch dining’s best kept secrets, DUO Dining Room & Bar’s ‘modern Asian’ menu without borders is responsible for the best eggplant dish we’ve ever tasted (not a sentence we ever thought we’d utter, so you know it carries some serious gravitas!). Simply called ‘crispy eggplant’, this symphony of flavours wraps a tangy, crunchy-chewy and deliciously sticky Sichuan coating over creamy eggplant, and finished with coriander and pickled ginger, it’s straight up addictive!


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Alvarado’s Mexican Cantina

Aroy thai restaurant

77 Stevens Street (south of Moorhouse Avenue), Waltham 03 374 4149 Open: 7 days from 11am

61 Victoria Street, Central City 03 365 2400 Find them on Facebook Open: 7 days 11:30am – 2:30pm, Mon – Wed 5pm – 10pm, Thu – Sat 5pm – 1am, Sun 5pm – 10pm

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Handily situated on the edge of the CBD, Alvarado’s new home since 2011 provides a destination environment for the complete Mexican experience. The home of authentic Mexican cuisine in Christchurch, Alvarado’s Mexican Cantina boasts an a la carte restaurant, open daily from 5pm and serving the very best Mexican food, freshly prepared on the premises. Lunchtime and casual dining are also available in the comfortable bar area, which opens daily at 11am. The best in traditional Mexican food, made by Mexicans!


Summer is here, and the warmth it brings is delicious. A spicy Thai salad will give you the zest you require for these long sunny days, or their Garlic King Prawns will amaze you! Aroy offers the true tastes of Thailand; experience them for lunch or dinner 7 days a week. Please let them know you’re coming – or they can also come to you! Perfect for large groups; just let the team know and they can keep seats ready for you.

Arjee bhajee

Euro-Indian Fusion 13C Riccarton Road, Riccarton 03 365 6633 5/478 Cranford Street, Redwood 03 352 9133 Open: 7 days, 11:30am – 2pm, 5pm – 10pm

A Christchurch favourite since opening in 2001, Arjee Bhajee serves up delicious Euro-Indian cuisine creations that are free of food colours and preservatives. Indian with attitude, Arjee Bhajee brings a fresh outlook on and approach to traditional Indian cuisine which gives it an exciting point of difference. Arjee Bhajee’s focus on healthy, natural food has proved popular with Christchurch diners, as well as travellers, who have awarded the restaurant the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for four consecutive years since 2012. Arjee Bhajee recently launched their Food Wagon, catering to clients in major events in and around the city such as the A&P Show, Cricket World Cup 2015, major concerts such as the Foo Fighters and festivals like the Kiwi Beer Fest. The Food Wagon is available for private functions as well. With tempting specialities like venison and Portobello mushroom, Nepali variations, North Indian cuisines, vegan and Stripped (dairy-free) options and the best bhajees around, Arjee Bhajee delivers Indian with a difference that’s sure to satisfy. Get your curry fix today! Gluten- and dairy-free food available. Dine in and takeaway.


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chinese/karaoke 35E Riccarton Road, Riccarton 03 348 8876 Open: 7 days, 12pm – late

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-the-art 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, from woksmoked chicken and aubergine salad to the temptations of Tang’s Emperor Pork; thinly sliced pork sizzled in the wok with their exclusive mouthwatering sweet and rich sauce, prepared according to a secret Hong Kong family recipe. 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.


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black & white coffee cartel

174 St Asaph Street, Central City 03 260 2600 Open: 7 days from 11:30am – late

83 Victoria Street, Central City 027 511 7272 Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 5pm, Sat/Sun 8am – 6pm

italian/swishy bar

Baretta is a little piece of Italy in Christchurch. From the moment you walk through the door, you will feel like you have stepped back to another time and place. Enjoy a delectable dish from the Italian-inspired menu, try a specialty cocktail, or simply sit back and enjoy a wine from their fabulous selection – all while listening to acoustic duos, and then later in the night, some of the city’s best DJs. Christchurch Hospitality Awards 2015 winners: People’s Choice Best Bar and Best Wine List.


Black & White is a true haven for coffee lovers. Focusing on great coffee and living and breathing café culture, they offer some of the world’s finest seasonal coffee and rare brews in a relaxed environment with plenty of character. Besides great coffee, they serve up a sweet selection of food that includes local culinary legends such as Grizzly Bagels, Bacon Bros, and Cakes by Anna. Drop in for a java and discover a new central city favourite!

Boo Radley’s food & liquor

southern USA/swishy bar Level 1, 98 Victoria Street, Central City 03 366 9906 Open: 7 days 4pm – 3am

Boo Radley’s offers a relaxed, comfortable environment. Enjoy great live music while grazing on tasty, Cajun/Southern-inspired plates and a cocktail or two. Discover Boo Radley’s tonight!

bean scene cafÉ & CARGO BAR cafÉ/swishy bar/functions

359 Lincoln Road, Addington 03 338 9106 Open: 7 days, 7:30am till late

“The Original Container Bar” is a popular café, restaurant and bar for locals and visitors alike. Bean Scene serves up supreme coffee, fresh cabinet food and award-winning breakfasts and lunches, while Cargo Bar is renowned for its pizzas, extensive tapas menu and funky jam jar cocktails, with a menu created from All Blacks, Black Caps and other sporting codes. A real tourism attraction for all visitors. A private function room (pictured top) is also available. Call ‘H’ on 021 843 432 to talk about your next function!


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Clink Restaurant & bar NEW Zealand/

swishy bar

29 Wakefield Avenue, Sumner 03 326 5353 Open: Dinner 7 nights from 5pm, weekend brunch from 9am

With its sunny sheltered courtyard, Clink is the perfect place to start your day. Now open from 9am Saturday & Sunday, with all new breakfast and lunch menu available.

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New Zealand Shop 5, 209 Papanui Road, Merivale 03 355 6150 Open: Mon – Sat 8am – 4pm, Sun 9am – 4pm

Bloody Mary’s

Steakhouse/swishy bar 30 Latimer Square, Central City 03 943 5937

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.

Brigittes has been an iconic Merivale eatery for over 35 years. European-inspired décor features in their bustling restaurant, and with their sheltered and modern courtyard and quiet and cosy garden room, they have spaces for all your requirements. Breakfast and lunch menus offer both firm Brigittes favourites and fresh seasonal fare. Also available for small private functions both days and evenings.

Choose from the extensive list!

The espresso is legendary and made with love and skill by friendly staff. They look forward to seeing you soon!

The Brickworks

cafÉ lumEs & Coffee Embassy

69 Centaurus Road, Cashmere 03 337 2227 Open: Mon – Thu 11am – 12am, Fri – Sat 11am – 1am, Sun 11am – 10pm

107 Fitzgerald Avenue, Central City 03 366 2090 Find them on Instagram and Facebook Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm, Sat 8am – 3pm

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 into the friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and staff are always happy to help.

A stalwart of the Christchurch brunch and coffee scene since 2009 and re-established post quake, Café Lumes has built a reputation for outstanding espresso and filter coffee and amazing breakfasts. The waffles are epic! Lumes is also the flagship of Coffee Embassy, a bean retailer housed within the café space and servicing all of your home coffee needs from bean sales to coffee brewing gear.

An all new menu from their new head chef is now available!

Tasty morsels, a warm welcome and seriously good coffee!

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Café Sismo

Café Prague

35 Riccarton Road, Riccarton 03 348 1984 Find them on Facebook Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm, Sat/Sun 8am – 3pm

359 Lincoln Road, Addington 03 339 2020


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!


At the heart of Europe lies Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, and the historical trading capital of Europe. Czech cuisine has thus been influenced by countries to the north, south, east and west. Now, Café Prague brings the melting pot of Europe to Christchurch through classic dishes inspired by Central European cuisine. They’re proud to use high quality, locally sourced Kiwi produce to create spectacular, Bohemian style food for your satisfaction. Czech it out!

Café Valentino italian/pizza

168 St Asaph Street, Central City 03 377 1886 Open: 7 days from 12pm

Recent 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, Café Valentino has won the coveted Beef and Lamb Gold Plate for 18 straight years! Finish things off with a house-made dessert or cocktail. Get into Café Valentino for a thoroughly satisfying summer!


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steakhouse/live music 1 Papanui Road, Merivale 03 355 9543 Open: 7 days from 11am

One of the best new restaurants open in Christchurch, Carlton is the place to go for great food, great entertainment, and live music all week. Building on a rich history of hotels at the site, the modern Carlton offers the latest facilities and styling while reminding you of the early days of Canterbury; the farmers, stockmen and characters who were the early pioneers of the Christchurch and Canterbury region. Great steaks, all dry aged for 30 days. Live music 7 days. Wings Wednesday – 12 wings for $6!

castrols Garage cafÉ/courtyard bar

88 Victoria Street, Central City 03 377 9452 Find them on Facebook Open: Mon – Sun 7am till midnight

A new, relaxed city hangout offering local craft beer and wine and live music, and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine on great home-made pizza, pasta, artisan breads and the salad bar, or perhaps South American BBQ in the courtyard, with all mains under $25. Pop in for breakfast – grab a warm Danish with coffee, Eggs Bene, or gourmet porridge with organic yoghurt and preserves – or step up your lunch with Serious Sandwiches and pizza. They’ll see you there!


FEAST food & drink

Cheeky Sparrow cafÉ

Shop 23, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham 03 377 7699 Open: Mon – Sat 8:30am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 5pm

With welcoming French-country-style decor and a wide range of breakfast, casual lunch and gourmet cabinet food made on the premises from the best seasonal fresh ingredients, this Sydenham café is a hot spot to visit. Take time out with a great coffee in the sunny outdoor area, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or lunch, or recharge the afternoon batteries by grabbing a tempting sweet treat. Kick back, relax, and join other Cheeky Sparrow customers by putting a big smile on your face!

Chong’s Restaurant chinese

Shop 17, Cathedral Junction, 111 Worcester Street, Central City 03 377 3572 Open: 7 days 5pm – late, Tue – Sun 11am – 2pm

Chong’s is the only restaurant in the central city offering a traditional Chinese dining experience. Try a unique line-up designed to tantalise your tastebuds. Dine in and takeaway. Chinese BBQ, seafood, and more.

civil & Naval


16 London Street, Lyttelton 03 328 7206 Open: 7 days, 10am – late

Hagley Golf Club Clubhouse, North Hagley Park, Central City 03 365 3010 Open: Tue – Sun 9am – 3:30pm

swishy bar/european

Opened in 2013, Civil & Naval is a European-style tapas bar squeezed into a historic tailor’s – their namesake. Cool off through the warmer months under the green canopy of their bricked beer garden.


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A perfect pit stop on your stroll through North Hagley Park, or visit specifically for the great coffee and food. Dog friendly – bring your four-pawed friend!

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The Coffee Club Hagley Park cafÉ

149 Victoria Street, Central City 03 374 9129 Open: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4pm, Sat/Sun 8:30am – 4pm

Meet up and relax at this trendy yet welcoming café with an all-day menu containing a moreish mix of famous favourites like Lemon Pepper Calamari and delicious newage delights such as Chicken, Spinach and Quinoa Salad. The exciting Crispizzas come on a thin, crispy tortilla base, and you can’t go past comfort foods like Baked Brekkie Hot Pot, Chicken Parmigiana and the BBQ Pulled Pork Burger. Good Food, Great Service, Excellent Coffee!

Cookai Japanese Restaurant & COOKAI GOLD jaPANESE

6 Nelson Street, Riccarton 03 343 2860 Open: Lunch Wed – Sun 11:30am – 2pm, Dinner Mon – Sun 5:30pm – 10pm 493 Papanui Road, Papanui 03 366 8688 Find them on Facebook Open: Mon – Fri Lunch 12pm – 2pm, Dinner Mon – Sat 5:30pm – late

In respect of natural beauty, the Japanese chefs at Cookai and Cookai Gold use traditional Japanese methods to create fresh, seasonable flavours from local and Japanese ingredients. Chef Toshi and his culinary team welcome you to Cookai Gold – book your function today! Get in touch today – they look forward to serving you!

coffee worx cafÉ/roastery

Café/Roastery 13 Ashley Street, Rangiora 03 423 3243 Distribution/Espresso Centre 1/60 Hayton Road, Sockburn 03 341 5040

Coffee Worx is a premium coffee supplier that roasts top quality beans for distribution around the South Island – they’re café supply and support experts! Buy on site or order online!

Cocopelli Gourmet Pizza Bar pizza

P2 The Palms Arena, Marshland Road, Shirley 03 386 2220 Open: 7 days, 11am – late

Cocopelli is known for its one-of-a-kind service and delicious gourmet pizza. Whether it’s one of their 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 a warm, intimate interior, Cocopelli is the perfect choice for all occasions. Full dinner menu available all day, with over 85% available gluten-free on request.

the Cornershop Bistro

new zealand/european 32 Nayland Street, Sumner 03 326 6720 Open: Dinner Wed – Sun from 5:30pm, Brunch Fri – Sun 10am – 3pm

Owner-chef Rod Cross produces consistently great food in this humming bistro, with European influence across the menus. Recommended by Lonely Planet!


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The craic irish bar


84B Riccarton Road, Riccarton 03 343 4657 Open: 7 days, 10am till late

236 St Asaph Street, Central City 03 260 2605 Open: Mon/Tue 3pm – late, Wed – Sun 11:30am – late

cosy pub

The Craic Irish Bar is a perfect place to grab a pint and make yourself comfortable. Inspired by Irish tradition, The Craic is 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.

swishy bar

Qué volá contigo, Christchurch! The Cuban is a gorgeous piece of Havana right in the central city. Sample exquisite Cuban street food... empanadas, tostadas, and their sensational Cuban Sandwich. Marvel at the extensive selection of more than 60 rums, try their very own Cuba Laga (lager), or sample a drink from the extensive cocktail list, featuring 7 different Daiquiri flavours!

Drop by to discover why it’s always a great craic at The Craic!

See you at The Cuban!

crisp cafÉ & bar

Curator’s House Restaurant

Fendalton Village Mall, 376 Ilam Road, Bryndwyr 03 351 4414 Open: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4:30pm, Sat/Sun 8:30am – 4:30pm

Botanic Gardens, 7 Rolleston Avenue, Central City 03 379 2252 Open: 7 days, 11am till late


Crisp is a spacious, friendly cafe, with all food produced on the premises using healthy, nutritious ingredients. They specialise in a large range of gluten-free products, making them a go-to destination for people with gluten-free diets. The menu is simple but delightful: they use free range eggs, meat from their local butcher, and their seafood chowder has been called the “best in the world”. And of course, there’s fabulous coffee from Underground.


This iconic restaurant in the picturesque central Botanic Gardens offers intimate dining, al fresco outdoor seating, and stunning views of the gardens. Traditional Spanish tapas and cuisine are made using only the best local produce. Private dining for groups is also available. The classic Spanish house specialities of Slow Roasted Spring Lamb and Paella are must-tries!

Perfect for any occasion – there’s something for everyone!


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Dose CafÉ

DUO Dining Room & Bar

77 Tuam Street, Central City 03 943 2112 Open: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4pm, Sat 8:30am – 3pm 295 Blenheim Road, Upper Riccarton 03 343 1999 Open: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4pm, Sat/Sun 8:30am – 3pm

12 Hereford Street (main entrance on Rolleston Avenue), Central City 03 423 1212 Open: 7 days till late


Home of “quite probably Christchurch’s best Eggs Benedict” (Lonely Planet), Dose Café is a friendly vibrant breakfast, brunch and lunch café. A diverse menu, excellent cabinet fare, and great coffee are served up in a funky atmosphere. A function room for up to 70 guests is also available. Get your caffeine fix on the regular at Dose!

modern Asian

DUO Dining Room & Bar is centrally located near the Botanic Gardens and the Arts Centre. This iconic restaurant and bar fuses a funky, en-pointe and hip vibe with some seriously boundary-pushing Asian fare, and strongly emphasises the shared dining experience. Making everything in-house, the wildly talented chef Phil Watkins practically serves his heart on his plates!

Drop in today for a dose of satisfaction!

Visit DUO today to experience the difference of a modern Asian eatery!

Emperor’s New Clothes

Fiddlesticks Restaurant & Bar

95B Dyers Pass Road, Cashmere 03 332 0131 Open: 7 days 8am – 4pm

48 Worcester Boulevard, Central City 03 365 0533 Open: Mon – Fri from 8am till late for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sat/Sun from 9am for weekend brunch


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 looking out at 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 hand made Italian gelato. ENC is a must-visit when you’re next up the hill!


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Sophisticated, sociable and relaxed, Fiddlesticks is one of Christchurch’s best retreats. This distinctive, centrallylocated 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 local fare. A menu of beautifully cooked tasters and intriguing meals.

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Fusion @ The Asiatique

gas monkey

50 Wordsworth Street, Sydenham 03 365 0163 Open: Lunch Tue – Fri 9:30am – 3pm, Dinner Thu – Sat 6pm – 10pm

Shop 1, The Palms, Shirley 03 386 0556 Open: Mon – Fri 11am – late, Sat/Sun 8:30am – late

asian fusion

Fusion @ The Asiatique offers authentic tastes of Asia, with dishes from Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Choose from beautifully prepared Asian classic dishes or go for one of their own exotic fusion creations, then relax with your meal amongst the lovely French-Asian decor, or takeaway to enjoy at your place. Catering, functions (including theme buffets) and cooking workshops are all also available! Grab lunch during the week or a great dinner Thu – Sat.

freemans italian/pizza

bar & grill

Fuel the primate... feel the beat! Gas Monkey has arrived at The Palms Arena, with a classic Tex-Mex American grill, decadently designed cocktails and an extensive craft beer portfolio. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, all in an ambience that’ll make you go ape – step into the primate’s den for a unique dining experience, a drink with mates, live music or the world-famous movie meal deal with Reading cinemas. An exciting destination full of new flavours – that’s the Gas Monkey way!

Fox & ferret public ale house

47 London Street, Lyttelton 03 328 7517 Open: Wed/Thu 3pm – late, Fri 11:30am – late, Sat 9am – late, Sun 10am – late

New zealand/cosy pub

Hand-made pasta and authentic Italian pizza, stunning deck with sea views, and live music every Sunday afternoon.

Alfresco Dining Great Menu Selection Live Entertainment Good Times!

Wed/Thu $18 pizzas & $20 pastas.

Live sports on the big screen.

Rotherham Street, Riccarton 03 348 6677 & The Palms, Shirley 03 385 9955 Open: 7 days, 11am – late


FEAST food & drink

Hammersley’s Thai & Chang Thai thai

Hammersley’s Thai 8 Shirley Road, Shirley 03 385 0004 Open: 7 days, 11am – 9:30pm BYO wine Chang Thai 21 Shands Road, Hornby 03 349 7069 Open: Lunch Tue – Fri 11:30am – 2:30pm, Dinner Tue – Sun 5pm – 9:30pm BYO wine

Whether chilli-hot or comparatively tame, harmony is the guiding principle behind Thai food, and you can experience it for yourself. Established five years ago, Hammersley’s Thai has fast become one of the busiest restaurants in the east of the city. Chang Thai has been a favourite in Hornby for nine years. Hammersley’s Thai concentrates on the finer side of dining Thai-style, with spacious seating, comfortable chairs, and friendly ambience. The smaller but busy Chang Thai meets local demand for quality Thai food in an enjoyable environment. Both are ideal for everything from a relaxing meal for one through to banquets for groups. You’ll find an impressive selection of authentic, reasonablypriced Thai dishes, also available as takeaways. Comprehensive menus are available and you can book online at their joint website. If you love the flavours of Thailand, then Hammersley’s Thai and Chang Thai are the places for you!

GBC – Garden Bar CafÉ CafÉ/cosy Pub

110 Marshland Road, Shirley 03 385 8880 Open: 7 days, 9am – 11pm

GBC is the latest addition to Shirley’s Garden Hotel complex. Come in early before your Garden Restaurant booking for a pre-dinner drink. By day GBC offers a range of delicious homemade gourmet food from its cabinets, as well as great coffee; then come the evening it makes a transformation into a bar with a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere that’s perfect for after-work drinks or functions. Grab a friend or the team and check it out! Live music every Friday night! Daily Happy Hour 5pm – 7pm.


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Governors Bay Hotel International/cosy Pub

52 Main Road, Governors Bay 03 329 9433 Open: 7 days, 11am till late

Highly recommended gastro-pub fare: casual lunches with a view to elegant dinners and private functions. A legacy dating back to 1870 and just 20 minutes from central Christchurch. Rooms from $119 per night per couple.

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harvard bar & cafÉ cosy pub/new zealand

14 Henry Wigram Drive, Wigram 03 341 5910 Open: 7 days from 12pm

Nestled in the old officers’ mess in Wigram, this cosy little local provides a quiet, comfortable atmosphere, rich in history. Come in for a light lunch and coffee, dinner from their excellent menu, or simply to sample some of the range of great wine, craft beers or fine spirits they offer. With a beer garden primed for summer enjoyment and the comfort of its leather and wood finish inside, The Harvard is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.

hello sunday cafÉ

6 Elgin Street, Sydenham 03 260 1566 Find them on Facebook Open: Mon – Thu 7:30am – 4:30pm, Sat/Sun 8:30am – 4:30pm

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!


FEAST food & drink

Hello Vietnam Restaurant

the herb centre café

Shop 5 – 8 235 Riccarton Road, Riccarton 03 341 2258 Open: 7 days 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10pm Dine in or takeaway

223 Kilmore Street, Central City 03 365 3011 Open: Mon – Fri 8am – 5:30pm, Sat 10am – 4pm

Hello Vietnam offers delicious, traditional Vietnamese food. Start with the likes of fresh rice-paper rolls or traditional Vietnamese pancake before mains such as stir-fried chilli and lemongrass chicken and braised caramel pork belly, washed down with something from the wine selection or your own choice from home. The food is simply and freshly prepared with quality ingredients to maximise flavour.

At The Herb Centre Café they offer a range of delicious, nutritional seasonal food. Their speciality is outstanding vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food. Relax outdoors in the lovely herb garden with your favourite cup of organic coffee or try one of their speciality herb tea blends to go with the famous selection of salads.



Homemade quality food made with love.

Fully licensed, BYO wine only. Please call for bookings.

Ilex Café


Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Central City 03 941 5556 Open: 7 days 8:30am – 5pm

Merivale Mall, Aikmans Road, Merivale 03 964 3860 Open: Mon – Sun 9am till late

ilex Café is nestled in the heart of the Botanic Gardens and provides a picture perfect location all year round. Open 7 days a week 8:30am – 5pm, ilex Café offers a delightful space for a social catch up with friends, a special lunch or a deliciously hot coffee for your stroll through the gardens.

JDV Merivale invites you to taste their exquisite Summer menu, featuring classic favourites through to new, seasonally-inspired dishes – they promise to cater for all taste buds! Mix the consistently delectable food with the exceptional service and elegant, relaxing environment – you may never want to leave! A spectacular dining experience, JDV promises a truly memorable occasion.


Also on offer is the striking ilex function room. Sitting alongside the Avon River, this modern and light room can host up to 120 guests, and offers a truly special setting for your next event.


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A popular meeting place for corporate meetings or social gatherings, JDV also caters for private special occasions.

FEAST food & drink

Kaizuka Eatery & Garden BAr

Kingsford Kitchen

83B Centaurus Road, Huntsbury 03 332 6927 Open: Tue 9am – 4:30pm, Wed – Fri 10am till late, Sat/Sun 9:30am till late

6 Kingsford Smith Drive, Rangiora 03 313 2190 Open: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4:30pm, Sat/Sun 9am – 4pm

Take it easy at Kaizuka on Centaurus Road, the city’s best kept secret! Bring your best friend, mates, lover – whoever! Come as you are: walking gear, best bib and tucker or Lycra if you must, bring your dog and lap up Chch’s newest garden eatery and garden bar. It’s a place devoid of white tablecloths, and elbows on the table is normal behaviour!

Kingsford Kitchen offers handcrafted foods including a selection of delicious cabinet items (from gourmet open pies to fresh salads and wraps), plus a new concept in dining – the small plate menu, perfect for sharing with friends or for those who get menu envy or simply can’t choose! An extensive gluten-free range is also available.

Fresh food, fine wine, craft beer, and great staff; the service is better than the rest and loads of laughs is a promise!

Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, Kingsford Kitchen is also available as a private evening event venue.

The Little Bistro


33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 03 304 7314 Open: Lunch Thu – Sat 11am – 2pm, Dinner Tue – Sat from 5:30pm

18 Bernard Street (off Lincoln Road), Addington Find them on Facebook and Instagram Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 3:30pm

The Little Bistro serves locally sourced, seasonal food in a fantastic atmosphere. Traditional, French bistro-inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist is perfectly washed down with something from the New Zealand and Frenchfocused wine list. If wine’s not your thing, there are many craft beers, artisan sodas, and even Chch-roasted coffee.

Little Merchants offers a refined approach to café life. From the coffee to the Humble Toast offering, there’s no trying to reinvent the wheel here! It’s about showing how good a product can be without overcomplicating things. Also doubling as one of Coffee Embassy’s flagship retail stores, they can take care of all your home coffee wants and needs. From Embassy Espresso Blend to rotating Single origins; if you feel like something different, this is for you!

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Service that goes the extra mile, outstanding food, and an outlook over the green to the sea and hills of Akaroa: join The Little Bistro team for an unforgettable evening.


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Chat to the team to learn more about what’s on offer!

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FEAST food & drink

Little Taipei Restaurant

Luciano Espresso Bar

507 Papanui Road, Papanui 03 354 1288 Find them on Facebook Open: Tue – Thu/Sun 11:30am – 10pm, Fri/Sat 11:30am – 11pm

76 Moorhouse Avenue, Central City 03 961 1153 Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 4:30pm, Sat/Sun 8am – 4:30pm

Little Taipei Taiwanese Restaurant is the only Taiwanese restaurant in Christchurch, and provides the authentic mild, sweet and savoury flavours of Taiwan. Come in to discover (and love!) amazing, traditional Taiwanese street food and bubble tea, and enjoy a refreshing new casual dining experience in their calm and relaxing environment.

An absolute mainstay of the Christchurch coffee-lovers’ scene, Luciano Espresso Bar is overseen by Luciano Marcolino, named New Zealand’s champion barista on multiple occasions. Naturally, the coffee is outstanding, but you’ll also find a great range of fresh, seasonal cabinet fare and tempting breakfast, brunch and lunch options on the menu. Warm, friendly service completes the total package!


BYO and licensed.


Gluten- & dairy-free options and plenty of parking available.

madam kwong’s

made espresso BAR

155 Blenheim Road, Addington 03 348 3638 Open: 7 days, 11:30am – 2pm, 5pm – 10:30pm

254 Montreal Street, Central City 03 379 2592 Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 3pm



Chinese food is already hard to say no to, but when you visit Madam Kwong’s restaurant, the preconceived idea you had of this type of restaurant is blown away. From the moment you enter, you’ll feel like you are in a Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong or Shanghai. Enjoy authentic, outstanding Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine and Yum Cha for lunch from experienced Chinese chefs. Try it today!

MADE Espresso Bar is an exciting new eatery that focuses on clean eating salads, tasty sandwiches, sweet treats and locally renowned, great coffee. They like to help sustain your energy by using as many organic and unrefined products as possible, including paleo options. MADE does this from within a welcoming, highly designed space, and loves doing so! For corporate clientele, their catering is a must-try feature that has already had fantastic reviews.

Booking is recommended to secure your table!

Discover your new favourite central city café today!


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Mama Hooch


817 Colombo Street, Central City 03 377 2455 Open: Mon/Tue 7:30am – 5pm, Wed – Sat 7:30am – late

203 Manchester Street, Central City 03 374 5422 Open: 7 days, 12pm – late

cafÉ/swishy bar

A new café/bar with a central Colombo Street location from the creators of Venuti, Mama Hooch exudes effortless retro cool and glamour with its leather couches, dark wood and relaxing outdoor area. Drop in for breakfast, lunch, a light dinner or after-work drinks, or make a big night out of it with craft beer, delicious cocktails and vibrant music. Discover your new favourite city hang-out tonight!


Mexico is an immersive dining experience inspired by the street cuisine and culture of its namesake country. A range of authentic and fusion Mexican dishes are served to you in a fast paced and energetic atmosphere, drenched in bright colour and bold imagery. The menu is seasonal, changing every three months to ensure you always receive vibrant flavours and fresh produce. A night at Mexico is one of enjoying unique flavours and the best tequila you’ll find in a refreshing atmosphere.

Milieu CafÉ cafÉ

112 Wrights Road, Addington 03 962 9629 Open: Mon – Thu 7am – 4pm, Fri 7am – 6pm, Sat/Sun 8:30am – 4pm

Catering, private functions, breakfast, brunch, and lunch – Milieu does it all. Bookings advisable to reserve a table! Seriously good coffee, fine deli food, and corporate catering.

Morrell & Co

New Zealand/Cosy pub 280 Lincoln Road, Addington 03 423 1440 Open: Mon – Wed 3pm – late, Thu – Sun 11:30am – late

‘Cold beer, hot food, good times ...’ Morrell & Co is a warm, funky place for everyone to enjoy; sharing a glass of wine or pint of beer, having a tasty lunch or dinner, getting down with a boogie or having fun at your private function in the curtained-off cedar box – it’s an excellent function venue, and is available for all types of functions and events. BOOK YOUR FUNCTION NOW – contact Richard at


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nz thai restaurant thai

166 Kendal Avenue, Burnside 03 357 9575 Open: Lunch Mon – Fri 11:30am – 2pm, Dinner 7 days 5pm – 9pm

Enjoy an authentic Thai fine dining experience at NZ Thai. Relax and enjoy classic Thai dishes with a favourite drink or two while the staff look after you! BYO and fully licensed.

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New York Deli

No.4 bar & restaurant

363 Lincoln Road, Addington 03 366 8130 Open: Mon – Thu 8am – 8:30pm, Fri/Sat 8am – late, Sun 9am – 8:30pm

4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale 03 355 3720 Open: Mon – Fri 10am till late, Sat/Sun 9am till late


New York Deli proudly serves Hero sandwiches made from the highest quality, natural, wholesome ingredients. Their sandwiches are huge and are recognised as outstanding value. They treat customers like old friends and do everything they can to ensure you have a great time while in the deli. They invite you to come in and have a sandwich with them and relax in great company! The best sandwich in town!

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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 from brunch to dinner, the menu has earned No.4 an exceedingly good reputation. For unassuming, friendly service in a welcoming environment, drop into No.4 – exceptionally good beer, food and stories.

The Oaks of Darfield

new zealand/accommodation 2171 Clintons Road, Darfield (4km west of Darfield) 03 318 7686 Open: Lunch Wed – Sun 12pm – 3pm, Dinner Wed – Sun from 6pm, bookings essential

Experience intimate fine dining for lunch or dinner in an historic Canterbury house. Functions, weddings, meetings, or finger food catering in a spectacular setting – just contact the team about your requirements. Dinner, bed and breakfast packages available Wednesday to Sunday – take the chance to escape the city completely in less than an hour’s drive and relax in the welcoming environment. Bookings essential for B&B – just give them a call.


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O’sheas public house

6 Inwoods Road, Parklands 03 383 0417 120 Withells Road, Avonhead 03 358 8960

128 Marshland Road, Shirley 03 385 3080 Open: 7 days a week, 10am till late

new zealand/steakhouse

cosy pub

A 1920s racing-themed restaurant suitable for any occasion – dinner for two, Grandpa’s 90th or a family reunion. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the bar before a big, wholesome meal such as slow-roasted pork hock, glazed pork spare ribs, succulent ribeye of beef or the daily fish special. A welcoming, family restaurant in two great locations that’s sure to please the whole stable.

O’Sheas is a warm and 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 great range of beers on tap. There are two lovely outdoor areas, a big screen inside to watch sports, and a TAB next door if you fancy your chances.

Discover the unique vibe, friendly staff & great food today!

O’Sheas Public House – a small pub with a big character.


Passengers + Co.

89 Lichfield Street, Central City 03 365 7312 Open: 7 days, 11:30am – late

92D Russley Road, Russley 03 342 9490 Open: Mon – Thu 7:30am – 3pm, Fri 7:30am – 7pm, Sat/Sun 8:30am – 2:30pm

cajun/southern usa

Orleans has a new look menu just in time for Summer! Orleans, festive and loud; the new food direction celebrates the diversity of this famous city while still delivering classic corner-joint grub. It’s all soul food, using the freshest ingredients with big flavours and plenty of Southern grit. New dishes include crisp chicken wings, BBQ whole split jerk chicken, chargrilled 700gm T-bone steak, smoked pork ribs, burgers and a new dessert menu that ranges from sugar-powdered beignets to white chocolate cheesecake.


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Fresh, light, and welcoming, Passengers + Co. is located in the Airport Business Park off Russley Road. Enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch 7 days a week. They offer several blends of coffee to keep you excited, cold drip, house–made komboucha, paleo and raw options too! Enjoy a fabulous platter in the sunny courtyard – perfect with a glass of rosé! Passengers can host your function or offer out-catering – email with enquiries.

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Pegasus bay winery

284 – 286 Lincoln Road, Addington 03 335 0095 Open: 7 days 9am – late

263 Stockgrove Road, Amberley 03 314 6869 Open: 7 days, 10am – 5pm tastings, 12pm – 4pm restaurant Bookings recommended

new zealand/cosy Pub

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. They even have a loyalty club! Head on down to The Pedal Pusher and discover what they’re all about!


Named NZ’s best winery restaurant for 5 years running, and awarded a Chef’s Hat in the 2014 Good Food Guide, 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 complimentary tasting & discover the breathtaking gardens. Named one of New Zealand’s top 5 wine producers by influential wine commentator Robert Parker.


325 Stanmore Road (cnr Avalon Street), Richmond 03 389 0400 or 027 515 6321 Dine-in or takeaway Open: 7 nights, 5pm – late, lunch Tue – Fri 11am – 3pm

The Persian Kitchen offers a traditional dining experience with a great range of fresh food and flavours for all tastes. The restaurant offers a relaxed and friendly environment, with a cosy Turkish and Persian interior. Dine in, takeaway or book your next function. Mention this Cityscape ad to receive a free wine, beer or soft drink with lunch! Chef Hamza has had a lifetime of experience cooking this traditional fare. Please check their website for seasonal hours.


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nEW zEALAND/COSY PUB 292 Kilmore Street, Central City 03 365 1523 Open: Tue – Thu 3pm – 11pm, Fri – Sun 12pm – 11pm, Mon closed

Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn is Christchurch’s original free house and home to 31 taps of New Zealand and international craft beer. Great food is served up daily in their wonderful restaurant, which also features a boutique wine list, and live local music is regularly on offer. Voted “Best Specialty Pub Venue” in New Zealand, Beer & Brewer magazine awards, and Best Drinking Establishment, Lonely Planet.

Pepperberry CafÉ & Florist cafÉ/florist

919 Colombo Street 03 377 0443 Open: Café Mon – Fri 7am – 3:30pm, Sat 7:30am – 1:30pm, Florist Mon – Fri 8:30am – 4pm, Sat times vary

Red elephant thai

5 Pilgrim Place, Central City 03 377 1122 Open: 7 days for lunch and dinner Dine-in or takeaway

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. Enjoy a special evening in the traditional cushion dining area.

taste of egypt egyptian

475B Papanui Road, Papanui 03 354 0336 Open: 7 days, 11am – late

A sunny café open for breakfast through to your much-needed afternoon coffee. New, exciting menu for all tastes now on offer.

For fast, fresh and healthy souvlakis and kebabs, you can’t go past Taste of Egypt. Delicious souvlaki and kebabs made fresh as you watch, with fresh salads and sauces made daily in-store.

Qualified florist also on site!

Authentic, healthy and tasty!

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670 Barbadoes Street, St Albans 03 385 8670 Open: 7 days, Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4pm, Sat 9am – 4pm, Sun 9am – 3pm

7 Normans Road, Strowan 03 355 5299 Open: Mon 8am – 4pm, Tue – Fri 8am – 10pm, Sat 8:30am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 4pm

Ris’tretto is St Albans’s favourite community café, serving their own award winning “No 1” brand of fair trade organic coffee. “No 1” beans are available for sale at the café, as well as home-made produce, gluten-free food, and free-range eggs, bacon and sausages. There’s a children’s play area and outdoor seating. Choose a delicious bite from the cabinet or brunch menu, or just a great coffee.

Stop by for an excellent coffee, after-work drinks or something tasty from the menus at this friendly neighbourhood café and bar. Enjoy Happy Hour with $5 beers and house wines Tue to Sat 4 to 6pm, or tuck into hearty dishes at just the right time of day to hit the spot! Specials are often available – check Facebook or get in touch for the latest deals or to make your booking.

Supporters of suspended coffee. Follow Ris’tretto on Facebook!

Also available for functions – call now with your enquiry.



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The Rough Diamond CafÉ & Bar

380 Riccarton Road, Riccarton 03 343 3636 Open: Tue – Sun 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 9pm

A newly refurbished café and bar in Diamond Harbour that offers Three Boys on tap, a new menu and beautiful baking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Available for functions.

Sakura Japanese Cuisine are confident: try them and they reckon you’ll walk out hooked on their food. That’s what they do best; convincing non-believers that Japanese cuisine is the new comfort food! They offer a wide selection of dishes and amazing service in a relaxed environment, as well as sake from Japan and an izakaya (bar) menu for those times that you’re feeling just a bit peckish.

Bike Night Wednesday – bike in for a burger and pint for $25!

Friendly staff, great food, good times!


2E Waipapa Avenue, Diamond Harbour 03 329 4880 Open: Wed – Sun, late nights Wed – Sat, Sun until 4pm


FEAST food & drink

Stolen Bagel cafÉ

263 Lincoln Road, Addington 03 335 0172 Open: Mon – Sat 7:30am – 4pm, Sun 9am – 3pm

Nestled away in the University of Canterbury Campus, the fully licensed Shilling Club is a little oasis for your daytime needs. Kick back and enjoy the calm, relaxed surroundings.

Stolen Bagel are the new kids on the block bringing the old-time classic bagel back. With a funky upbeat atmosphere and Supreme’s delicious Brazil blended coffee, Stolen Bagel is a must try. They have a range of gourmet bagels, or you can keep it simple with the Kiwi cornerstone duo of Marmite and gooey cheese. Don’t like anything on the menu? No problem! Create your own bagel with all of your favourite fillings.

Amazing functions – their fantastic team will look after you!

Stolen Bagel will steal your heart (and taste buds!).


sullivans IRISH PUB

19 Bealey Avenue, Merivale 03 365 4897 Open: 7 days, Mon – Fri 7am – 11pm, Sat/Sun 8:30am – 11pm

291 Lincoln Road, Addington 03 338 8300 Find them on Facebook Open: 7 days, 10am till late

The Shilling Club cafÉ/bar

90 Ilam Road, Ilam 03 364 3303 Open: Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm


Located close to the city and boasting stunning views of Hagley Park, Strawberry Fare offers something for everyone. Open from early with delicious breakfasts and their own roasted coffee, it’s a perfect place to kickstart the day. Lunch and dinner are served seven days, and their famous desserts are available any time you fancy. Freerange and organic produce is used whenever available. A friendly, relaxed service that also caters to all dietary needs.


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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 for your function or event. Home of the World’s Largest Glass of Beer. Come down and enjoy the Sullivans experience!

FEAST food & drink

The Tea House cafÉ/new zealand

Terrace Winebar & Restaurant, DARFIELD new zealand

6 Robert Street, Lincoln 03 325 7242 Open: Tue – Sun from 10am, Wed – Sun from 5:30pm

20-22 Main South Terrace, Darfield 03 318 7303 Open: 7 days, 11am till late

Set in an 1890s villa in the township of Lincoln, this unique restaurant will surprise you with its elegant yesteryear charm during the day, and its funky bistro-type feel at night. Try them for delicious lunches, exquisite high teas, evening dining or just for a tea served in their elegant vintage china and antique teapots.

With cosy indoor spaces, a covered outdoor and sheltered garden areas and deck with Mt Hutt views (perfect on summer evenings!), Terrace is perfect for groups and intimate occasions. Book a function in your own special space, or reserve the entire facility to seat up to 80 people. The menu offers a tempting range of dishes, including Chatham Islands blue cod and their famous beef fillet.

Their great dining areas are also available for private functions, weddings, High Tea hens’ parties, birthday parties or any special event.

The friendly staff can assist with their dedicated children’s menu and any special dietary requirements you may have.



196 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside 03 358 5565 Open: 7 days, 7:30am – 5pm

77 Hereford Street (cnr Oxford Terrace), Central City 03 943 6657 Find them on Facebook Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm, Sat/Sun 8am – 3pm


Summer is here and high tea season is upon us – Terra Viva is poised to help you make the most of the summer with their beautiful selection of sweet treats, sandwiches and savouries. Their seasonal menu also offers an eclectic mix of street food and award-winning dishes with flavours that will tantalise your taste buds. Terra Viva is also available for functions and out-catering – please email Lucy at for details.


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Therapy is a stylish new café in the heart of the rejuvenating CBD. Enjoy their barista-made Atomic coffee with some freshly made sandwiches and/or slices from the cabinet, or choose something from the delicious brunch menu and sit back to enjoy your meal while overlooking the Avon River and Oxford Terrace. Open 7 days a week. Got places to be? Therapy’s motto is ‘’If you can’t stay, take me away’’ – grab great coffee on the go!

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76 Edgeware Road, Edgeware Village 03 377 8028 Open: Lunch Tue – Sat 11:30am – 2pm, dinner Tue – Sun 5:30pm till late

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. Tomi offers a delicious selection of specialty Japanese dishes.

Town Tonic international

335 Lincoln Road, Addington 03 338 1150 Open: Mon – Fri 7:30am – late, Sat 8am – late, Sun 8am – 4pm

Town Tonic is a fresh and sexy eating establishment by owner and executive chef Jamie Bennett, also of Passengers + Co. A slick open space, it serves modern, seasonal and inspiring food daily. Situated conveniently close to the Court Theatre and Horncastle Arena and stadium for pre- or post-entertainment dining. Check out their special events; see, available for functions and out-catering.


FEAST food & drink

trevinos restaurant & Bar

Under the red Verandah

Cnr Riccarton Road & Mona Vale Avenue, Riccarton 03 343 5378 Open: 7 days from 9am

502 Worcester Street 03 381 1109 Open: Mon – Thu 7:30am – 4pm, Fri 7:30am - late, Sat/Sun 8:30am – 4pm

Get into Trevinos now to try their new, tempting menu, filled with traditional favourites and a new range of mains based on a Mediterranean fusion theme. Lamb kleftiko, Greek lamb kofta skewers and tasty seafood dishes are all on offer. Once you’re done with your meal, it’s only a few steps to the bar area which hosts a gaming room, big screens for the big game, and live music every Friday and Saturday night.

This little gem of a café is now licenced and open Friday nights in the summer, and serves up the best breakfasts and lunches you’ll find in Christchurch, all in a unique garden setting. Their in-house bakers start early each day to prepare fresh bread, muffins, delicious cakes and other sweet treats for you to enjoy over a superb espresso coffee. Their happy and talented team work hard to ensure you enjoy the full Under the Red Verandah experience.

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Trevinos – great food, a relaxed atmosphere, easy parking and outdoor dining – stop in and make yourself at home.


Ask about their private meeting/dining rooms (seats 24).

Twenty Seven Steps


16 New Regent Street, Central City 03 366 2727 Open: Tue – Sat 5:30pm – late

225 High Street, Central City 03 943 5980 Open: Mon – Fri 9am – late, Sat/Sun 11am – late

Twenty Seven Steps is the stylish new venture of the former Little Bistro owners. It’s situated around the corner from the majestic Theatre Royal, upstairs, in historic New Regent Street. Enjoy robust, creative food served by people who care about your dining experience.

Cool little cocktail bar Vespa is a wee gem. Having grabbed their cocktail shakers and scooters post quake, they relocated around the corner – and they’re still smiling! This summer Vespa are going back to their roots and joining the worldwide pizza revolution – yes! – and are serving massive pizzas with fresh herbs and simple but awesome flavours. And of course, they offer superb live music to boot.


A thoughtful drinks selection and a relaxed, intimate atmosphere greet you at the top of the stairs.

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Call Dixie on 03 943 5980 today for bookings or lunch club – or just pop in!


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The Villas

cafe/steakhouse 290 – 292 Montreal Street, Central City 03 365 6066 Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 11pm, Sat/Sun 8am – 11pm

A beautiful slice of ‘old Christchurch’, The Villas is all about superb local cuisine, delivering a diverse menu that features mouth-watering chargrilled steaks and a delicious à la carte dinner menu, all complemented with carefully selected wines and NZ craft beers. Extensive renovations have transformed two classic, pre1900 villas into one of the city’s most iconic destinations. Nestled in a quiet spot near the Christchurch Arts Centre and Art Gallery, The Villas offers a relaxed and friendly spot to start your day with a fabulous feast from their renowned breakfast menu, or to break for lunch with a group of friends in the sun-soaked courtyard. Before dinner, relax in the new ‘back bar” with a cocktail or two, then settle in for a feast to remember. It’s all about the food! Sumptuous Steaks, their legendary Lamb Shoulder, Venison Denver Leg – there’s always something to surprise your taste buds. The wine list offers something for all palates and features wines from around the world, chosen to complement any dish. Oh, and don’t forget to leave room for dessert! There are some surprising options to discover. There’s something for everyone at The Villas, and it’s all served in one of the most iconic dining venues in the city.


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Vic’s Café

waipara hills

132 Victoria Street, Central City 03 963 2090 Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm, Sat/Sun 7:30am – 4pm

780 Glasnevin Road, State Highway 1, Waipara, North Canterbury 03 314 6900 Open: 7 days; café and cellar door tastings 10am – 5pm, restaurant lunch 10am – 3pm

Vic’s Café is a unique and friendly cosmopolitan café with a relaxed atmosphere, serving C4 coffee and an extensive breakfast/lunch menu made to order. Traditionally baked artisan breads are used on the menu and available for sale, baked in their Ferrymead bakery. Organic/free range and gluten free options are also available. Open 7 days till 4pm.

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.

Open-plan, warm and very popular with the locals.

Winery tours are held twice daily at 11am and 3pm (bookings necessary).



yamagen japanese restaurant japanese

53 Victoria Street, Central City 03 365 7799 Open: Lunch Mon – Fri 11:30 – 2pm, Dinner 7 days 5:30pm – late

Now reopened in Victoria Street after a long wait, Yamagen is back to doing what they do best – powering out excellent Japanese food for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Whether you opt for some of their fresh sashimi, the distinctive Yamagen Chilli Chicken or their speciality, spectacularly prepared Teppanyaki, you’re bound to enjoy your memorable dining experience. Talk to the team about your large booking – opt for the group menu or have Yamagen cater to your requirements.


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asian fusion/Japanese 394 Riccarton Road, Riccarton 03 343 0505 Open: Tue – Sat 5pm – 1am, Sun 11:30am – 9pm

Zenbu’s chefs serve up a range of Japanese fusion dishes accompanied by Japanese tap beer and sake. The unique fried chicken is a must try! Discover it for yourself. Try their delicious Asian twists on familiar menu items.

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A CUT ABOVE Industry-leading trailblazers in all things hair, the innovators and style mavens at True Grit, helmed by Jacqui Victor, have fearlessly forged a national brand synonymous with trust, commitment to excellence and cutting-edge expertise. With a reputation as the city’s preeminent on-trend style makers, they’re also renowned for their next-level service; think complimentary shoulder and head massages, barista-made espresso coffee, European wines, specialty teas, and sweet treats, all served up in the über swank surrounds of their funky new salon space.


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BOHO CHIC Crochet vest (RRP $115) from Halo & Hazard

If you’re looking to get organised at home or office, Chart Noticeboards can hook you up with a sweet solution that will not only get things sorted, but make an interior design statement as well. Their vibrantly colourful, hard-wearing chart/board creations, including their new pegboard (pictured), look great and come in a range of specialist designs to make life easier – and funkier – for schools, cafes, sports coaches and more. Time to toss that tired cork board!


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This summer it’s all about mixed textures, patterns and colours. There are no rules when it comes to matching top with bottom, so go crazy with your imagination and see what looks you can create! Turn heads with a full-length boho-style maxi dress made from broderie anglaise and applique, and don’t forget to add a fabulous hat, strappy sandals and sunnies. Summer is all about garden parties and BBQs. The latest looks on the catwalks warrant walking into a party feeling full of femininity, style and elegance. Or maybe you’re more about the office Christmas party? Go the glam rock route with highly-glittered platforms, leather and high hems, sharp shoulders and belt-cinched waists. It’s all about getting out there and daring to wear what you want.


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RIDE ON New on the sports events scene this year, The Pioneer is an

epic 7-day mountain bike stage race through the Southern Alps. Hard-core racers start in Christchurch and make their way over 546kms of farm tracks and NZ Cycle Trails to Queenstown. A shorter 3-day option from Lake Ohau to Queenstown is also available, and for those not quite so dedicated or powerful-of-calf, the event kicks off with The Pioneer Christchurch Day Ride [Sun 31 Jan, 11am]. Starting and finishing at the Pioneer Race Village in Hagley Park, riders will warm up with an urban XC course before attacking the Port Hills course via either the 37km or 53km distance options.


Cityscape has two entries to The Pioneer Christchurch MTB Day Ride to giveaway. To enter, send us an email at info@ with ‘Pioneer’ in the subject header and tell us your fave MTB track. Entries close 17 January.

BLING IT ON! Diamonds are an investment, so when

creating the bling of your dreams, the team at Polished Diamonds’ custom-made diamond rings and jewellery are precision made to the unique requirements of each client via computer-aided design. Check out your piece in three-dimensional glory before the manufacturing process, where your piece is handcrafted with precision, then finished to perfection. It’s all about making your vision an Asscher-cut 3-carat shiny, shiny reality.

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In all my years working with people on an individual level or in a group, regardless of their age, sex or current health status, there is often one thing that unifies people’s health and wellness goals – energy and the desire for more. When you ask someone how they are, the most common response I tend to hear is “tired, so tired”. And hence our reliance on caffeine and refined sugars – or anything – that gives us more energy increases. If we think of our daily energy as a bank account, it’s easier to consider what ‘adds’ or ‘takes’ our energy. Energy supplies us with the power to function, grow, heal and regenerate ourselves daily. We are designed, however, to supplement this original endowment of energy with what we generate from eating, breathing, sleeping, working, playing, learning and relationships. Each day we make withdrawals and deposits; we invest or deplete. And when the balance of the scales tips in the direction of us using more than we put back in, we begin to live in the red, with the potential of falling further and further behind. To keep the currency analogy going, we are then forced to dip into our savings. When we continuously withdraw from our savings account, alarm bells can begin to sound, telling us that our survival is being challenged. These alarms present to us as symptoms in the body, often of the type that don’t initially lead us to stay home from work … so we soldier on and often do nothing about them. There are many reasons why our energy can be depleted which I explore in Exhausted to Energized; these can be biochemical, nutritional or emotional – and are normally a combination of all three.

Top 5 tips for more energy now 1 Work on closing what I call ‘open tabs’ – unresolved tasks and jobs. It’s as if we walk around each day with so many tabs open in our brains – like tabs sitting open on your computer or phone. It’s no wonder we feel drained or flattened. 2 Incorporate more resistance training or muscle building exercise. More muscle means more energy-producing mitochondria in our cells – resulting in a higher metabolic rate, which assists with body fat management as well as energy production. Naturally you gain better energy reserves as your glycogen (glucose stores) increases, as well. 3 Explore your immune system function; whether this is your susceptibility to viruses or infections, glandular fever or hay fever, anything that triggers your immune system into fighting these infections/ reactions can be fatiguing. 4 Be conscious of how your perceptions influence your mood and energy state. Write a list of what makes you feel alive and energised, and what saps your energy – your ‘energy vampires’. Actively work on doing more of the things that make you feel energised, while reducing your energy vampires. 5 Stop sitting on energy! Studies show that some adults spend an enormous 11 hours a day sitting on their bottoms. Those hours tend to be clocked up working at a desk job, commuting to and from work, watching television, or at the computer. Too much sitting isn’t good for health or energy. Move every hour!


Transform your skin with the dual power of an Elemis Enriching Future (RRP $295) gift pack from Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa. This anti-oxidant age protection power pack combines Elemis’ wrinkle reducing Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and collagen stimulating Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream to help reverse the signs of aging.

HOLISTIC HEALTH Tucked away in a historic former church in Sydenham, Pascha – Nourishing Body & Soul’s very existence is geared towards enhancing people’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. With skilled and qualified massage therapists, energy healers, and naturopaths available on site, Pasha is one of the country’s leading centres for personal and spiritual growth, providing one-on-one personal support, counselling and guidance, as well as a wide range of classes and courses all designed to build a happier, healthier you.


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HEAT WAVE Hot looks to keep cool this summer.



1 Style Stalker Esquire Slip (RRP $220) from Raw Nova 2 Five Each Scoop Dress polka dot (RRP $69.99) from Stencil 3 Trelise Cooper Flora Ashley Dress (RRP $629) 4 Helen Cherry Lia Pantsuit (RRP $539) from Workshop 5 Mooi Lee clutch (RRP $219) from Issimo 6 NOM*d Apron Dress (RRP $335) from Plume 7 Martini Diamond Studs (RRP from $490) from Polished Diamonds 8 Karen Walker Helter Skelter Superstars Sunglasses (RRP $329) from Raw Nova 9 GX Gwen Stefani pumps (RRP $199.90) from Issimo 10 Sterling Silver Oxidised 7 earrings (RRP $599) from Filigree Fine Jewels



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Raw Nova

FAshion/lifestyle Store 27A, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston 03 389 8704 Open: 7 days, 9:30am – 5:30pm, late night Thu until 8pm

Flagship Store & Café, 155 Roydvale Avenue 03 357 9399 Pop-up Store, N13/96 Oxford Terrace, Re:START 03 365 9533 Open: 7 days

Stylish, edgy and effortlessly cool.

New Zealand 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 men’s and women’s collections are full of multi-tasking pieces that wardrobe with effortless style.

Fashion and homeware from top designers.

See the full collection at the Flagship Store, and enjoy a coffee and a tasty bite at the adjoining Native Garden Café.


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Carefree sophistication and glamour.

The dress Finders Keepers Wicked Games dress (RRP $205) from Infinite Definite The bracelet 1.0 Carat Diamond Tennis Bracelet (RRP from $1,990) from Polished Diamonds

The top and pants Region Tank (RRP $347) and Fixture Jeans (RRP $397) from Taylor Boutique The bag Aria Tote (RRP $445) from Florian Rhodes

The dress Wave Shirt Dress (RRP $279) from Untouched World The flats Spanish flat espadrille (RRP $149.90) from Issimo


Commoners Tailored Shirt (RRP $179) from Infinite Definite

New Balance 530 (RRP $179.90) from Fridge Freezer Icebox

Komono Winston Regal pecan watch (RRP $159) from Stencil

Status Anxiety The Forgotten Many Overnight Bag (RRP $169) from Stencil

Men’s V Sweater (RRP $299) from Untouched World I Love Ugly Alistair Pale Ale sunglasses (RRP $249) from Infinite Definite


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EnCompass FAshion

The Tannery, Woolston 03 381 4065 Open: 7 days, 10am – 5pm

With modern street wear fashion and impeccable service, EnCompass specialises in premium denim brands, and is renowned for the exceptional fitting expertise of EnCompass owner Benji. Brands include Scotch & Soda, Nudie, Nobody, Edwin, Diesel, Mavi, Pepe, LTB, Dr Denim, WeSC, Obey, No Excess, Pearly Kings, Fifth Label, WeMoto, Carhartt, Duck and Cover, Wish and Zanerobe. Footwear includes Luca Rossi, Grenson and Grams. New Zealand labels include Fili Custom design Shirts, Klou ‘De and Bouverie & Co. Browse the denim wall and shirts, waistcoats, tees and more.

Madam Butterfly’s Vintage Style Boutique fashion/homeware

477 Ferry Road, Woolston 027 459 4052 madambutterflysvintage


alterations/tailoring 474 Barrington Street, Addington 03 339 2464 Open: Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat 10am to 1pm

Be bold, be brave, be an individual. Style is timeless ... wear vintage! New season’s stock arriving daily.

Streetwize offer expert clothing alterations, repairs and makeovers, as well as a complete tailoring service for men and women. They work with both fabric and leather.

Advice and hire service available.

Drycleaning also available!


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Halo & Hazard

Fashion/Accessories Northlands Mall, 55 Main North Road, Papanui 03 352 0300 South City Mall 555 Colombo Street, Central City 020 4062 2612

HALO & HAZARD represents distinctively designed denim, clothing and accessories sourced from America. The HALO & HAZARD woman has an edge; she’s a little bohemian with a splash of rock and roll. Fabrics, trims and embellishments make the collection easy, fun and sexy. HALO & HAZARD invite you into their world – whether it’s in store or online.


fashion 1063 Ferry Road, Ferrymead 0508 825 454

With so much fantastic local talent, it makes sense to design and make unique clothing here. Tava creates wearable, versatile and eye-catching gear for women. Quality, great fit and a serious case of the WOW factor! So go on... wear New Zealand’s awesomeness.

Florian Rhodes

bundle boutique

Shop 3, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston 03 381 8956 Open: Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun 10am - 5pm, Thu 10am – 8pm

The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham 03 366 6448 Open: Mon – Sat 9am – 5:30pm, Sun 10am – 5pm

Unique, sustainable and handcrafted, each Florian Rhodes item begins in their local tannery, where they handpick each of the cowhides that they will use. As each leather piece is hand-cut into patterns, they take a lot of time to ensure what they cut will make a perfect finished product.

Bundle Boutique is the new name for the former EGG – as in their previous incarnation, they’re a boutique retailer of maternity clothing, baby gifts and quality children’s apparel. Market leaders in their field, they’re also an awardwinning Top Shop (2012), and believe in old-fashioned customer service and shop keeping. They’re also dedicated to Canterbury and its people.


Their leather goods are still made on site in Christchurch by a small team of women passionate about great quality and service.


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Your go-to stop for maternity, nursery and children’s wear.

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The Mohair Store

Youngs Jewellers

140 Colombo Street, Beckenham 03 943 1639 Open: Mon – Fri 9:30am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm

3 New Regent Street, Central City 03 366 2411 Open: Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm

Come in and experience the luxury of NZ-made Mohair and Alpaca blankets, throws, knee rugs and scarves. This fibre has been entrusted to the best NZ manufacturers and craftsmen to be sorted, washed, combed, spun and woven into the luxurious items in store. Perfect gifts for weddings, baby showers, birthday and other special occasions. It’s super lightweight, so great to post to friends and family.

Youngs Jewellers is one of Christchurch’s oldest and finest jewellery retailers. Their delightful collection of antique and contemporary jewellery is characterised by a sense of flair and love of the unusual. From small gifts to important heirloom pieces, engagement rings, anniversary treats or birthday surprises, Youngs provide a personalised service and comprehensive choice of distinctive quality jewellery.

Enquire about their great wholesale/corporate gift rates.

Beautiful, unique and enduringly stylish.



Westenra Jewellers Jewellery

464 Papanui Road, Papanui 03 354 0450

Spoil yourself with unique antique, vintage and modern estate jewellery. Quality repairs and valuations also available. 9ct Rose Gold Amethyst and Seed Pearl ring: circa late 1800s to early 1900s.


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Founded to harness and take New Zealand’s outstanding indigenous natural products, along with their unique medicinal properties, to the world, the New Zealand Health Food Company’s centre of holistic wellbeing on Wooldridge Road showcases exclusive, trusted brands including Kiwi Natural Health, Dr Bee, Manuka South and the new Wild Ferns manuka honey range.


FACE TIME Perfect for a refreshed look for summer, Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa’s youthrestoring Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz-Lift Facial takes anti-aging technology to new levels. The intense anti-wrinkle facial is clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and improve skin firmness after just one treatment. Combining a specialised lifting massage with the natural skin firming benefits of marine extract padina pavonica, this facial helps wind back the clock by re-energising cell communication, rejuvenating skin and restoring the damaging effects of time.

Cityscape has an Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz-Lift Facial (valued at $174) at Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa to giveaway. To enter, send us an email at with “Lotus” in the subject header and tell us why you need a ‘lift’. Entries close February 28.


 ENERGY TO BURN Everybody’s fave nutritional

biochemist Dr Libby’s eighth book/lifestyle guide to living the good life, Exhausted to Energized, is all about getting your groove back. To help get your groove back, Cityscape has 3 copies of Dr Libby’s Exhausted to Energized to giveaway. To enter, send us an email at with “Dr Libby” in the subject header and tell us how you ‘energise’ yourself. Entries close February 28.


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Cityscape taps the genius of Pascha therapist and spiritual teacher Jonathan Spark on the secrets of living in the now. Living in the moment: a genuine and possible experience? Or another spiritual ideal that leaves you feeling there is one more thing you need to get right to be happy? Like all paths to happiness, living in the moment is both a promise and a practice. The promise is that yes, you can find peace and contentment in any moment when enough of your consciousness is present. The practice is that this grows and becomes more your daily reality as you recognise the ongoing invitation to be present to the moment. You will find your mind will resist this with protests; it is too simple, how can everything you need be in a moment, you need to do something more! Your mind, by design, is busy solving a future that has not happened and resolving a past that has left you feeling less than your true self. These things matter and are not to be dismissed, but the answers you really seek lie with the moment; in this moment and in any moment, the more you feel, the more you will experience the full wonder of a conscious moment, with all its holographic slice of human life captured within in it. To experience this, breathe. Turn to your breath and breathe in, receive consciously, then experience a conscious breath out and feel the letting go. In these moments you capture life, its rhythms, cycles and constant flow. Like life, a moment is not a fixed point of stillness; it is not the now, it is a moment of now, it is the stillness within you that feels the flow of one moment to the next, moving forward in your life, and inviting you to feel the miracle and joy that is you.

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Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa health/beauty

9 Ernlea Terrace, Cashmere 03 980 5400 Open: Tue – Sun 9am till late

Located in Cashmere, and surrounded by the award winning Swan Lake Gardens, Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa offers exquisite pampering packages with exceptional service to match. Their spa is a luxurious, private destination in its own right, allowing you to truly escape the pressure of everyday life into a 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 therapy rooms for couples provide a complete escape from life’s pressures. Try a Couples Hot Stone Massage, the Couples Elemis Anti-ageing Facial or the wonderful Restore The Romance package, with a decadent spa bath and soothing 90 minute Aromatherapy Massage – what a way to finish your day! If you’re after the perfect gift for that special someone, treat them to the world-class treatments available at Lotus with a gift voucher for that special occasion. Lotus also offer decadent Elemis facials, soothing massage therapy, group pampering packages and decadent full day spa treatments. Visit or call today to experience the ultimate in pampering, and let them help you truly relax.


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Converge hair lounge

The Hairdressing Place

5/77 Tuam Street, Central City 03 365 4162 Open: Tue/Wed/Fri 9am – 5:30pm, Thu 9am – 8pm, Sat 9am – 2pm

3/107 Wrights Road, Addington 03 338 0338 Find them on Facebook Open: Tue/Thu 9am – 8pm, Wed/Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat 9am – 3pm

Visit Converge at their swanky new hair salon right in the heart of the city. Their industrial chic space is unique, with its mezzanine floor overseeing outstanding top stylists. Relax and enjoy a beverage from their award-winning Air New Zealand wine and beer list. They’re a proud stockist of Wella and Sebastian, as they know these products offer the best colour, care and styling for your hair.

The Hairdressing Place is an up-and-coming, brand new hair salon located in downtown Addington. Between operators Andrea and Justin, there’s more than 30 years of combined experience in bringing you fashion-forward hairstyling and on-trend colouring. Put this expertise together with their product partner Keune, and there’s something at The Hairdressing Place for everyone!

You won’t leave the same way you walked in, they promise!

New clients always welcome – book today!

Merivales Hair & Beauty


186 Papanui Road, Merivale 03 355 5713 Open: Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm, late night Thu

140 Colombo Street, Beckenham 03 332 0838 Open: Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm, Thu till 8pm, Sat 9am – 1pm (after hours by appointment)



Merivales Hair & Beauty brings the latest summerinspired styles to Christchurch. Their team of experienced hair stylists, along with their beauty therapists, offer personalised, friendly service using Kerastase, L’oreal and a variety of exclusive beauty brands. Weddings, special occasion hair, makeup and spray tan packages are also available. Start your journey with Merivales by calling the salon today – they look forward to seeing you.


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Scissortrix is an ultra modern salon, combining superior service, first class products and staff with a wealth of experience. At Scissortrix the most important person is you! They love to treat you as an individual and you can trust them to create the perfect look to complement your lifestyle. Scissortrix are proud to use and recommend Kérastase, Pureology and L’Oréal, the world’s leading haircare brands.

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True Grit Hair Spa

transform clinic

87 Manchester Street, Central City 03 377 7889 Open: Mon/Fri/Sat 9am – 5pm, Tue/Thu 9am – 9pm, Wed 10am – 5pm

52A Mandeville Street, Riccarton 03 343 2880 Open: Mon/Wed/Fri 8:30am – 6pm, Tue/Thu 8:30am – 8pm, Sat 8:30pm – 3pm

True Innovation, True Passion, True Hair. True Grit are home! Back in their original location, but in a brand new exquisite salon, they can’t wait to welcome you to their sumptuous surroundings and experience the professionalism that is True Grit. Book into their multi-award-winning salon with one of their talented stylists and enjoy the beautiful cutting studio, glamorous spa and spectacular colour retreat.

Transform Clinic is a cosmetic medicine and beauty centre that combines the experience and skills of a doctor, nurses, and beauty therapists. They offer cosmetic medicine treatments, varicose vein treatments, laser and IPL services, and beauty therapy. The clinic’s holistic approach to its clients ensures you have the very best treatment. Book your free consultation with their nurses or beauty therapists.

You’ll leave with sensational hair!

Visit their website for details, special offers and to book.


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Aries Hairdressers hair

2/105 Gasson Street, Sydenham 03 377 8180

A stylish and friendly salon, proudly using SP and Wella products. They offer a highquality Japanese straight perm, as well as head spas and treatment. Vast experience makes them stunning hairdressers – call today! You’re sure to be satisfied!

Pascha Therapies LIP SERVICE Irresistible,

kissable lips are the promise with L’Oréal Paris’ new Infallible Lip Glosses. Rocking a high level of pro shine, they’re available in two new gloss finishes: cream for soft baby doll lips and long wear for extreme resistant impeccable glossy lips. RRP $23.99


6 Elgin Street, Sydenham 03 374 2526 Open: 7 days

Pascha – Nourishing Body and Soul is one of New Zealand’s leading centres for personal spiritual growth. Along with the Aura gift shop, the wonderful old wooden chapel in Sydenham plays host to private counselling, yoga, massage, meditation classes and regular courses and classes to support your spiritual journey. You’ll find it next door to its little sister, Hello Sunday Café.


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Cityscape taps into the latest fitness and health trends to rock your most stunning summer yet. NATURAL BEAUTY


Wondering how Channing Tatum and the cast of Magic Mike got so ripped? It’s all about the CrossFit, says CrossFit Trailblazer’s Kyp Kotzikas. Putting stock in strength and endurance – aerobics this ain’t – CrossFit is all about measurable, observable, and repeatable results. Tackling a combination of lifting heavy objects, body weight movements, and monostructural-based cardio activities such as running, rowing, or jumping rope, CrossFitters are put through a series of exercises in a certain amount of time and the results (see HIIT It p92) are epic! What’s more, leveraging group dynamics, the bootcamp-style workouts create a super-competitive yet super-supportive space, and sees everyone digging in and achieving their goals.

FULLY MINT(ED) The holistic health and fitness gurus at Mint Whole Body Health & Fitness rock a one-stop-shop. With a staff of professional personal trainers, a fully-equipped gym, and an on-site professional nutritionist, they also offer clean-eating café Pure Café Co., which eschews sugar, salt, butter, additives, preservatives and trans fats (and pretty much anything processed!) with their nutrient-dense creations. In fact, the Mint experience is unlike any other health and nutrition facility! Their unique approach combines industryleading training with basic body measurements, macro calculations and meal planning with advanced BIA profiling and intolerance testing to redesign your body and awaken your potential.

Beauty ingredient of the moment active charcoal has a long history of medicinal use; its millions of pores can bind harmful agents and prevent their absorption by the body, which has led to its widespread use as a treatment for poisoning. The theory in beauty therapy’s the same; the charcoal in products like face masks and cleansers acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt, oil, and the pure evil that can lurk in your pores. This helps to fight breakouts, reduce inflammation, and leave your skin looking fresher. You can even use the jet-black charcoal to help whiten your teeth!

Barre workouts, which take their lead from the warm-up exercises performed by ballet dancers – and you know that’s a well-fit profession – have hit phenomenon levels in 2015, gaining great swathes of grippysocks-wearing devotees. Borrowing ballet’s wall-fixed barre, the workout creates long, lean muscles, tighter abs and toned arms, and increased flexibility – what’s not to love here?

TAKE A BREATH Feeling stressed – don’t forget to breathe, advises Dr Libby. Diaphragmatic breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which allows our bodies to go into rest and repair mode – essential for immune function, digestion, restful sleep and a great mood – as it communicates to every cell in your body that you are safe. We cannot access this part of our nervous system with our thoughts; only via how we breathe. It is amazing what our bodies can do with just a few minutes of calming, diaphragmatic breathing each day. 90

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Yet to try Yoga? You’ve doubtless already got people in your social circle preaching all the benefits of the this ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice at you, so you probably don’t need us to let you know how good it is for your flexibility, fitness, and overall wellbeing – what you need is to finally take the plunge and start reaping the benefits, slacker! Based on the tradition of Anusara yoga with elements of Vinyasa flow and therapeutic yoga, Grassroots Yoga & Health offers a physical alignment-based practice and flow yoga aimed at creating awareness in the body. Over at Flow Hot Yoga, different levels of heated classes (Yin at 30°C, Power Vinyasa at 36°C and Hot Flow at 40°C) provide optimal therapeutic benefits to help purify body and mind, and it’s hot over at Bikram Yoga Christchurch too, where they take a structured approach via the 26 formalised exercises of the Bikram school of yoga, practised in a room heated to 38°C.

WORK IT! Hot new looks for the beach, gym and yoga studio. We Are Handsome Casablanca active t-back bra (RRP $79) and Capri legging (RRP $179) from Active Society

Water Racer tankini (RRP $95) and wide band hipster (RRP $79) from Lululemon

Aero long sleeve half zip (RRP $119) Rush ¾ tights watercolour (RRP $149.95) from Icebreaker

Nike Juvenate (RRP $159.90) from Fridge Freezer Icebox


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Looking to lose fat, preserve muscle, and improve your cardiovascular health, but don’t have the time to spend hours in the gym each day? Then you need to tap into super High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), says Heritage Health Club’s personal trainer Syaz Salim. Perfect for the time poor (we’re talking 15 – 30 minutes here), a HIIT programme combines intense intervals of high impact exercise with low to moderate exercise. Because the intensity is higher (and this is the key, you really need to go hard or go home here!) you get a much better cardio workout, increasing your aerobic and anaerobic endurance and burning more fat. It’s all about keeping your body on its (metaphorical) toes; when you do a cardio session at a consistent pace, your body goes into what is called ‘steady state’, adjusting itself to this speed so it can conserve energy – HIIT avoids this by confusing the body. Research shows that the benefits of HIIT include increasing your metabolic rate for up to 24-hours after exercise, improving insulin sensitivity in the muscles (which makes your body use the food you eat, rather than storing it as fat), elevating growth hormone and catecholamine levels (precursors to fat burning), and decreasing post-exercise appetite. So what are you waiting for?

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Crossfit Trailblazer

Heritage Health Club

323 Tuam Street, Central City 021 287 8828 Open: see website for session timetable

28-30 Cathedral Square, Central City 03 377 2122 or 021 977 221 Open: 7 days, 6am – 10pm


CrossFit is the most effective and fun strength and conditioning programme in the world. Anyone can do it, including you! Whatever your personal goals are, CrossFit Trailblazer will be with you every step of the way and are dedicated to helping you achieve them – and to go on to exceed what you might have thought possible! Remember – you can have results or excuses, not both!


Burn off holiday season overindulgences or get that body beach ready with Heritage Health Club. Located in the majestic Heritage Hotel, the multi-award-winning club offers a unique combination of luxury hotel facilities and pampering, where you can escape the multitudes and find tranquillity. You’ll quickly come to appreciate the fully equipped, up-to-date gym, serene 20m indoor heated lap pool, relaxing spa, and Norwegian pine-lined sauna. Private, exclusive, central!

BIKRAM YOGA Christchurch

Grassroots Yoga & Health

Unit 10 (upstairs), 21 Bealey Avenue (Carlton Mill Corner) 03 421 8276 Open: 7 days (see website for class timetable)

The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston 03 389 8113 Open: 7 days a week



The Bikram Method is a beginners’ level yoga. All classes are open to all students (this means you!), with new Yin Yoga classes added to the mix. Bikram Yoga boast a team of knowledgeable and passionate teachers to lead you through the series. Join them and meet new people, discover things about your body, and see the way you glow when you’re sweaty and smiling!

Grassroots is a vibrant, innovative, and communitydriven yoga studio located in the heart of The Tannery village. Their yoga classes empower and educate with a method that blends skilful physical alignment into playful progressive flow. Providing classes for every level of student and a body therapy clinic on-site, this yoga studio offers the highest calibre instruction in an uplifting, beautiful space. Align + Flow - move with awareness, intention, and heart!

First-time local students get 10 consecutive days for $25!

$25 Intro Special – two weeks of unlimited yoga!



IN THE PINK A haunt of hip homewares, furniture, lighting, artworks and other eye/ wall candy nestled in the heart of Merivale Mall, Copper + Pink curates exceptional, eclectic and covetous works from both premium local and international designers and is so stuffed with top brands that (warning!) you’ll inevitably start clocking take-home items from the moment you walk in the door.

SIT ON IT! Take a seat, or two, with these styly 1960s Birch armchairs by Alvar Aalto for Artek Finland, Model 45 (RRP $3,850 pair) from Mr Mod.

 PAST MODERN Blending old and new with Mr Mod’s Monica Beaumont.

Most new furniture is influenced by design from the past, especially in the case of mid-century modern. The classic clean lines are very architectural, and tend to sit well in a modern house. The trick to mixing old and new is to focus on quality over quantity and find a visual connection with the pieces; mix antique, new and mid-century together with a common thread of wood colour, pattern or shape. Re-upholstering older pieces is another way of personalising your furniture and connecting it with other elements in the room, and there are some great fabrics available that can really re-launch older pieces into this century.

COOK OUT Tame summer with the epic 4-burner BFM

Entertainers Barbeque complete with fridge (RRP $3,499), from Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances, for the ultimate in outdoor dining. 94

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SADDLE UP Wear your heart on your, err, pillow with Pony Rider’s Lover Pillowcase (RRP $69) from Raw Nova.

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NEW YEAR’S SALES The New Year sparks different emotions in people, and while it has been a traditionally quieter sales period, it’s actually the perfect time to put your house on the market. Conventional wisdom used to be that potential home buyers were too preoccupied with attending parties, wrangling families and kicking back on vacation to bother with house hunting. However, in the mobile device age, the days when prospective buyers waited for the weekend papers to trawl through the latest properties are over. Motivated buyers are now cyber-inspecting the latest listings online and emailing real estate agents while they’re waiting outside the school gates, on vacation and doing the shopping – the reality is the house buying season is now year-round! So, armed with that knowledge and knowing that there is not only less stock on the market during the January/ February period, but also that there are plenty of buyers – fresh from holidays and filled with New Year’s resolutions and ready to make a move – the New Year period could be your best option in 2016. Less competition means greater opportunities to achieve a higher price, with an increased likelihood of bidding wars and multiple offers. Auctioning is a good way of securing top dollar for your property. There’s also an excellent chance of tapping into a market of serious buyers with an immediate need – perhaps they’ve relocated for a new job or have decided this is the year they up or downsize. As an added bonus, there’s ample time over the holidays to make any necessary repairs and to prime and spruce up your house to make it look its absolute best. What’s more, prospective buyers will be seeing your garden in its prime and your house at its sunniest. And if you’re really lucky, that nosey neighbour might even be away on holiday! 


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SUNNY SIDE UP The sun’ll come out tomorrow? Make it every day with this gorgeous Starburst Mirror (RRP $908.50) from Frobisher Interiors.

SCREEN BURN With 4 times the resolution of Full HD TVs and a bodacious metal design, Strawberry Sound’s Panasonic TH-700 series’ (RRP from $2,240) intense depth makes your at home viewing experience more like looking out a window than at the goggle box.

THE MANE EVENT Show your pride with this funky LOTE Art King of Colour painting (RRP $295) from Joe Jandals HQ.

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Strawberry Sound home entertainment 2/5 Pilgrim Place, Sydenham 03 379 8477 Open: Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm, Sat 10am – 4pm

Strawberry Sound is a market leader and the largest audio/ visual company in the South Island. Their team can turn your home into a sensory pleasure zone: multi-room audio to provide ambience, home theatre to blow your mind, and stereo HiFi to take you to the front row of your favourite concert. Offering exceptional products such as Yamaha’s wireless multi-room audio playback system, MusicCast, Parrot Zik 2.0, the world’s most advanced headphones, and the supreme clarity of Audiofly’s AF78 headphones, they’ve got those who want only the best covered. Discover more in store or online!

hEYDAY fURNITURE furniture

Unit 4, 46 Acheron Drive, Riccarton 03 348 8808 Open: 7 days 10am – 6pm, late nights Thu/Fri until 9pm

Heyday Furniture is a New Zealand company founded locally this year. Although they’re a new name in the local market, their suppliers have been one of the most famous and respected furniture manufacturers in China for over 20 years. Heyday offer both a European luxury design range and an American lifestyle design range in seven collections that replicate some of the most popular looks in the US and Europe, and bring these exclusive ranges to Kiwis for the first time at affordable prices. Visit their showroom in Acheron Drive or browse their website to discover a piece that you’ll love!


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eco Frame and Mirror interiors

394 Colombo Street, Sydenham 03 377 0223 Open: Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 3:30pm

Eco Frame and Mirror offer a full site fitting service for all artwork, mirrors, sculpture or furniture. If you’re returning to a repaired home or moving into a rebuild or new home, this service can be available via insurance to re-hang your artwork as part of the cost of refurbishing your home. Quake-safe hanging for homeowners, interior designers, hospitality operators and office fit outs.

Chart Noticeboards interiors

QB9, QB Studios, 18 Bernard Street, Addington 021 257 5167

Pegboards and accessories available online now! Visit to order.

COPPER + PINK interiors

Shop 13B, 189 Papanui Road, Merivale 03 355 4666

Copper + Pink are summer ready! Sunnylife range for summer parties, The Beach People towels, stunning One Two Tree wooden Christmas trees and Milk & Sugar’s latest. Everything you need for Xmas and all your summer adventures!


homeware/gifts Re:Start, 96 Oxford Terrace, Central City & The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston 03 372 9335 Open: Mon – Fri 10am – 5:30pm, Sat/Sun 10am – 5pm

At HAPA you’ll find beautiful jewellery, homeware, gifts, artworks, handcrafted items and accessories – something for any occasion! They stock carefully-chosen, unique products that are mostly handmade locally and produced in New Zealand, as well as their own range of HAPA designs. They believe that well-made things last longer and admire and support quality craftmanship and attention to detail. Support 200+ local craftspeople – shop local this Christmas!


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STAR walls Embrace the Empire with these funky Star Wars vintage figures on plywood (RRP $120 each) by Mark Catley Design from Cloak and Dagger Collective.

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Frobisher retail studio

2 Soleares Avenue, Mount Pleasant 03 376 5023 Open: Mon – Fri 9:30am – 5pm, Sat 9:30am – 3pm

322 Manchester Street, Central City 03 355 2628 www.frobisher. Open: Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm, Café Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm



With the majority of their quality products designed and handcrafted on site, this shared studio and shop is a great find. They offer a selection of beautifully made leather goods, homewares and pet collars by Kathryn Leah Payne, bold and graphic art prints, tees and cushions by Mark Catley, and Hannah Payne/Locket’s gorgeous children’s goods and potted plants in vintage vessels.

Frobisher’s Retail Studio was born out of Frobisher Interiors, the design studio previously located at 125 Aikmans Road. When relocating, owners Ann-Marie and Mark Appleton took the opportunity to expand. The Retail Studio offers a place to dream and plan the transformation of your home. Their furniture, lighting and accessories are sure to inspire, so grab a coffee from their Espressory, browse the Retail Studio and Art Gallery and experience Frobisher.

The trio also offer custom-made products and one-offs.

Where unique design meets quality coffee and food.


The Tannery, 39D Tanner Street, Woolston 027 203 0150 Find them on Facebook Open: Mon – Fri 10am – 2:30pm, late night Thu 10am – 9pm

Joe Jandals HQ is the home of LOTE (Living on the Edge) furniture, art, and interiors. You’ll find them at The Tannery by walking down the alleyway between Alchemy and the Fabric Store; turn left and look for the distinctive Joe Jandals HQ signage, or just park outside the door! Inspiring, colourful statement furniture where each piece has been transformed into a unique, on-trend must-have. See for yourself at their showroom/retail/creative space.


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Moffatt’s Flower Company

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1 Candys Road, Halswell 03 322 7975 Open: Mon/Tue 8am – 4:30pm, Wed – Fri 8am – 5:30pm, Sat 9am – 4pm, Sun 10am – 4pm

Shop 1B, 376 Riccarton Road, Upper Riccarton 03 343 6188 Open: 7 days 10am – 6pm


Moffatt’s has been supplying flowers to the public for over 30 years. Nestled between the greenhouses from where their beautiful roses are harvested daily, they have an extensive range of lilies, carnations, freesias, orchids, gerberas, etc. available at all times, and seasonal flowers that come and go. Stunning bouquets for any price range are always on display, or you can order one custom-made.


Charming Souvenir is a contemporary, locally-based souvenir shop that aims to provide customers with a variety of local premium products and unique gifts. Brands include Watson & Son Honey, Untouched World clothing, Parrs Wild Fern skincare range, Jack and Jill Baby Care, Ariki Jewellery, and Mi Woollies UGG boots. Their wide range makes them a one-stop shop for gifts and souvenirs.

Delivery NZ-wide. Select quality gift items also available.

Discover something delightful – there’s really something for everyone at Charming Souvenir!

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Care Free Computing

140 Colombo Street, Beckenham 03 943 1639 Open: Mon – Fri 9:30am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm

138 Lincoln Road, Spreydon 0800 727 425 Open Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm (after hours by appointment)


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Come in and experience the luxury of NZ-made Mohair and Alpaca blankets, throws, knee rugs and scarves. This fibre has been entrusted to the best NZ manufacturers and craftsmen to be sorted, washed, combed, spun and woven into the luxurious items in store. Perfect gifts for weddings, baby showers, birthday and other special occasions. It’s super lightweight, so great to post to friends and family.

With your car you get a regular WOF, but when was the last time you had your computer checked out? Care Free Computing offer a full service of your computer to ensure it’s running at its best. Can’t make time to drop off? No problem – they’ll make a free pickup and delivery from your home or workplace. They also offer in-home and business repairs and maintenance, new computers built to your requirements, and clear English training on systems.

Enquire about their great wholesale/corporate gift rates.

Top level service and high quality computer products.


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READ, WATCH, LISTEN Reviews, profiles and celebrity insider goss. 1 READ Middle-Earth New Zealand, Ian Brodie. The coffee table book to rule all coffee table books, Kiwi photographer extraordinaire Ian Brodie’s Middle-Earth New Zealand celebrates the epic landscapes and locations made famous in the film trilogies created by Sir Peter Jackson. From the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps to the rolling hills and Volcanic Plateau of the North Island, the ethereal and rugged worlds of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were stunningly re-created for the big screen blockbusters and captured in all their beauty and splendour. MiddleEarth New Zealand is a magnificent record of an historic era in film-making and a peerless collection of iconic Kiwi landscape and location photography by a master of his craft. My precious, indeed! RRP $60

2 WATCH A Most Violent Year Review by Nick Paris, Alice in Videoland. In this loaded slow burn of a thriller, the director of Margin Call turns the same forensic skills to an earlier era. It’s 1981, a peak year in the annals of New York violence, but Abel (Oscar Isaac), proud owner of an indie oil sales company, has the big time within his grasp. He’s paid a deposit on some game-changing Jersey waterfront storage and all he needs is 30 days to raise the rest. But someone, somewhere, is determined to squeeze him out – and the nasty surprises keep on coming. Abel’s a sharp operator, but he wants to play by the rules. His wife Anna (Jessica Chastain) sees things differently: this was not the way her father made his fortune ... a classic 70’s-style thriller that Travis Bickle would revel in.


3 LISTEN Bays, Fat Freddy’s Drop Review by Garry Knight, Pennylane Records. Bays is Fat Freddy’s Drop’s fourth studio album and after several listens, I think their best! The Wellington 7-piece have delivered another soulful, dub, reggae sound with a techno influence. Highlights include ‘Slings and Arrows’ which features a fast drum sound with big horns and a catchy melody. ‘Razor’, the first single, clocks in at 8 minutes and has the familiar reggae/ dub sound with a heavy base and catchy techno undertow. ‘Makkan’ is a great ballad with a real pacifica flavour. The thing I love about Bays is that the CD sounds great, the vinyl sounds better and I can’t wait to hear it live! FFD are playing at Waipara Hills in early January – a must on the calendar – but until then buy BAYS and enjoy.



Something for Cate Trotting out his signature Oscar bait, Todd Haynes’ (Far from Heaven) February release Carol ticks all the boxes, with Hollywood royalty Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) adding weight to the screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s early 50’s Sapphic romantic drama novel. It’s your untypical “bored shop girl (Mara) meets glamorous housewife trapped in a failing marriage (Blanchett)” tale of forbidden love that had Cannes buzzing with incessant Oscar speak. Sexy, sultry and gorgeously filmed (and let’s not forget those fab 50s wardrobes), Carol offers an intense, slow-building character study that will have you smiling through the (*spoiler alert*) tears – sounds like a recipe for Oscars all round then!

TO … Rosanna Arquette? Bona fide 80’s star Arquette got her start in TV and even had a song written about her (remember that Toto track?). Overshadowed by Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan, her career never recovered and she fell into bit parts in cult flicks Pulp Fiction and Crash before, ironically, directing doco Searching for Debra Winger (about another 80s actress who fell off the radar), appearing in a slew of next-to-no-budget flicks and returning to TV.


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Pure imagination It’s time to suspend disbelief and join Zoé, a young, bored and ignored girl as she ventures into the magical realm of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam. Horncastle Arena is transformed into the imaginary world of Quidam as Zoe is met by a host of curious characters who encourage her to free her soul via breath-taking and spellbinding performances, including Italian Banquine acrobatics, aerial contortions in silk, juggling and contemporary clowning. Cirque du Soleil Quidam 17 – 26 February


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The best of French cinema will again be on show in Christchurch when the Alliance Française French Film Festival returns in March. Now in its 10th year, the festival screens at Hoyts Northlands from 3 – 20 March. Early title announcements include family secrets drama Boomerang, comedy of improbable encounters Macadam Stories (Asphalte), the Gerard Depardieu-helmed Valley of Love, and romantic drama Mon roi.


Back to rock the Isaac Theatre Royal on an exclusive two-show tour, Fly My Pretties’ The Royal Takeover sees a return of FMP faves Ria Hall, Anna Coddington, Laughton Kora, Kara Gordon, Ryan Prebble, Mel Parsons, Bailey Wiley, and Mara TK (to name a few) alongside newbie Holly Arrowsmith and support by Tiki Taane, before the not-to-be missed after party upstairs in the theatre! Fly My Pretties 12 February

Cityscape has a double VIP pass to Electric Avenue Music Festival to giveaway. To enter, send us an email to info@ with “Electric” in the subject header and tell us who you’d take and why. Entries close January 29.



Cityscape has 3 x double passes to the French Film Festival to giveaway. To enter, send us an email to info@somocreative. with “Film” in the subject header and tell us why you need a little French in your life. Entries close February 29.

 DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE The city’s biggest music fest,

Electric Avenue Music Festival, is gearing up for another spectacular sunny (fingers crossed!) Waitangi Day, with a huge line up of epic bands. Headliners the classification-defying, sprawling 15-member live band of Washington DC-based musicians and vocalists that is Thievery Corporation will be joined by Aussie indy-rockers Boy & Bear, Kiwi roots-reggae legends Katchafire and the surprise hit from last year’s festival, UK duo The Correspondents, and more! Electric Avenue Music Festival 6 February

THE HILLS HAVE VIBES UK chart toppers (and probably the world’s most successful-ever covers band) UB40 hit Waipara Hills Winery on 16 January for a long, lazy afternoon and evening of cruisy tunes and a good drop or two. Original UB40 line-up members Ali, Astro and Mickey clocked up the small matter of some 70 million in album sales in the three decades from 1979 to 2008, and are now back together to croon out some of the group’s smooth, easy-going megahits such as Red Red Wine, Cherry Oh Baby, Kingston Town, (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You, I Got You Babe, and plenty more, supported by local legends Jason Kerrison and Herbs. UB40: The Red Red Wine Tour 16 January


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Cityscape has a double pass to UB40 to giveaway. To enter, send us an email to with “UB40” in the subject header and tell us what song you want to hear live most. Entries close January 10.

HERE & NOW culture shock, aural pleasure, out and about culture shock COMEDY 7 Days Live [Sat 12 Dec, 7:30pm] Horncastle Arena, Jack Hinton Dve, Addington Book it: Ticketek. See what Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Dai Henwood and the crew get up to when they don’t have to worry about censors in this interactive live version of the popular telly series. Jimmy Carr – Funny Business [Sat 9/Sun 10 Jan, 8pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Central City www.jimmycarr. com Book it: Ticketek. UK funnyman Jimmy Carr takes time out from appearing constantly on British telly long enough to make his way down here with his new show. Danny Bhoy – Please Untick This Box [Mon 22 Feb, 8pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Central City Book it: Ticketek. The internationallyroaming Scotsman described as “the Bill Bryson of comedy” returns to his appreciative New Zealand audience for more of his comedic storytelling. Theatre Mary Poppins [Until 23 Jan, times vary] The Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington www. Book it: Website. The Court’s super-cali-fragilistic-expialidocious summer musical. Bad Jelly the Witch [Wed 20 – Sat 30 Jan, times vary] The Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington www.court Book it: Website. Tim and Rose must escape the clutches of the evil Bad Jelly in this adaptation of Spike Milligan’s favourite. Winston’s Birthday [Sat 6 – Sat 27 Feb, times vary] The Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington Book it: Website. Secrets and resentments come out and new understandings are formed in this amusing perspective on the iconic Churchill family. Summer Shakespeare: Hamlet [Wed 10 – Sat 20 Feb, 6pm, plus 2pm matinee both Sat] Mona Vale, Fendalton Rd, Fendalton www.topdogtheatre. com Book it: Court Theatre. This year Top Dog Theatre


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make their popular annual open air Shakespeare performance at Mona Vale the Bard’s greatest tragedy. Performance Southern Ballet – Cinderella [Fri 18/Sat 19 Dec, 7pm and 2pm Sat matinee] Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Central City www.southern Book it: Ticketek. Southern Ballet presents the timeless story of a girl who bags her Prince Charming in this contemporary production of ballet and other dance. World Buskers Festival [Thu 14 – Sun 24 Jan, times vary] Various locations, Central City Book it: Website. The city’s favourite summer festival is back for another season with all the usual mayhem, antics, laughs, and the indescribable. Cirque du Soleil – QUIDAM [Wed 17 – Fri 26 Feb, times vary] Horncastle Arena, Jack Hinton Dve, Addington www. Book it: Ticketek. Young Zoé is bored. Seeking excitement, she slides into an imaginary world – the spectacular world of Quidam. Exhibitions Spectrum Street Art Festival [Sat 12 Dec – Sun 17 Apr, 9:30am – 5pm] YMCA, 12 Hereford St, Central City www. Book it: Free. Chch’s own street art exhibition returns, with 7 exhibition spaces, 10 big new city centre walls, and 15 of the world’s best street artists promising to take the burgeoning festival to a new level this summer/autumn.

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entertainment highlight the SCIRT World Buskers Festival roars back for another year in 2016, basing itself in Hagley Park and the Arts Centre. Over 65 different street performers, comedians, fringe and visual artists and musicians from both these shores and overseas will crowd into the city for 10 days of epic, high-energy bedazzlement, acrobatics, hoola-hoops, trapeze, music, dance, vaudeville, burlesque, comedy and the just plain bizarre. Get started on that schedule stat! World Buskers’ Festival 14 – 24 January

373 Manchester St, Central City Book it: Door sales. CBS Music presents Handel’s evergreen Yuletide masterpiece. CSO: A Canterbury Christmas [Mon 21 Dec, 6:30pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Central City Book it: Website. The CSO’s popular annual Christmas hits sing-along provides another year of festive cheer.

North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave, Central City www.shape Book it: Dash Tickets. A big day in the sunshine looms as big Kiwi acts hit Hagley Park for a cracking afternoon/evening of music.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra [Tue 15 Dec, 7pm] The Foundry, UCSA, Ilam Rd, Ilam. Book it: Under the Radar. The Portland-via-New Zealand outfit on the rise fronted by CSO: Opera In the Vines [Sat “psychedelic visionary” Ruban 27 Feb, 2:30pm (rain day Sun Nielson returns to New Zild to 28 Feb)] Pegasus Bay Winery, Waipara Book it: belt out some of their hits. Bryce Gallery [Mon – Fri 10am Website. A new CSO concept Sol3 Mio – Christmas in the – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun Vines [Sat 19 Dec 2015, 5pm] for 2016, Opera in the Vines 11am – 4pm] Cnr Riccarton Rd celebrates some of the greatest Waipara Hills Winery, 780 & Paeroa St, Riccarton. www. hits of opera, all in the beautiful Glasnevin Rd, Waipara www. Dec/Jan: The surroundings of Pegasus Bay. Book it: Summer Collection: All artist show. Ticketmaster. Sol3 Mio saunter A Gala Evening with Dame into the pleasant surroundings Jonathan Smart Gallery [Wed Kiri Te Kanawa [Mon 7 Mar, of Waipara Hills for favourite – Fri 11am – 5pm, Sat 11am – 6:30pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, seasonal sing-alongs, some 3pm] 52 Buchan St, Sydenham 145 Gloucester St, Central City new material and the hits from www.isaac their debut album. Gallery closes 20 Dec and Book it: Ticketek. One of NZ’s reopens 22 Jan with an Six60 [Thu 31 Dec, 5pm] most beloved performers installation by Rachel Zanders. returns to the Theatre Royal for Cathedral Square, Central City Feb: Group Show from India. Book it: a very special black tie event.

Aural Pleasure Classical Music Handel’s Messiah [Sun 13 Dec, 2pm] St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral,

Contemporary Music Shapeshifter with Kora, Ladi6, AhoriBuzz, & Sunshine Sound System [Sat 12 Dec, 3:30pm]

Ticketmaster. Six60 and support acts play in the New Year in this big outdoor gig in The Square to bring in 2016.

HERE & NOW culture shock, aural pleasure, out and about Fat Freddy’s Drop [Sat 2 Jan, 5pm] Waipara Hills Winery, Waipara www.fatfreddysdrop. com Book it: Ticketmaster. The inimitable Fat Freddy’s Drop tour their 4th studio album BAYS throughout summer at the end of a world tour, dropping past Waipara Hills for a New Year special.

The Royal Takeover – Fly My Pretties with Tiki Taane [Fri 12 Feb, 7:30pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Central City www.flymypretties. com Book it: Ticketek. The Kiwi live-gig icons return to the Theatre Royal – a favourite venue of theirs – to bust out some of their laidback grooves with special guest Tiki Taane.

their 30th anniversary with a world tour.

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Festivals Summertimes [Throughout summer] Various venues around the city www.summer Book it: Website. The City Council’s huge programme of summer good Weird Al Yankovic – The times returns for another year. Mandatory World Tour [Wed 6 The Clash of the Titans – The Jan, 8pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, Angels/Dragon/Mi-Sex [Fri 26 Highlights to keep an eye out for include The Good Night Feb 7:30pm] The Bedford 145 Gloucester St, Central City Film Festival [Sat/Sun 23/24 Marquee, 198 Hereford St, Book it: Central City www.ticketmaster. and 30/31 Jan] Kite Day [Sat Ticketek. The biggest-selling Book it: Website. Three of 30 Jan], Anthony Harper comedy recording artist of all Summer Theatre [Wed 3 – Sun the biggest bands in time – with top 40 singles in 21 Feb] and Sparks [Sat 13 Australasian rock and roll the last 4 decades – hits town Feb]. For full festival schedule history hit town as part of a with his mix of musicianship, and event details, see website. whistle stop tour that’s taking parody, and accordion. them from Auckland to International Akaroa Music UB40 – Red Red Wine Tour [Sat 16 Jan, 4pm] Waipara Hills Invercargill, with playing order Festival [Sat 9 – Tue 19 Jan] decided by the toss of a coin. Various venues, Akaroa www. Winery, 780 Glasnevin Road, Book it: Ben Harper & The Innocent Waipara Website. Distinguished Criminals [Mon 29 Feb, Book it: Eventfinder. UB40 international musicians and returns to NZ on their first ever 7:30pm] Horncastle Arena, tutors offer inspiring daily Jack Hinton Dve, Addington vineyard tour, joined at the lessons, masterclasses and Book it: winery by local legends Jason concerts at this increasingly Ticketek. After a long hiatus, Kerrison and Herbs. Ben Harper has hooked up with popular fest on the Peninsula. Electric Avenue [Sat 6 Feb, the Innocent Criminals again Nostalgia Festival [Sat 20 Feb, 11am] Hagley Park North, (woo!) – they’re touring here 12:30pm] Ferrymead Heritage Rolleston Ave, Central City Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Dr, ahead of the release of their Heathcote www.nostalgia Book it: Website. The city’s own new album in April. The Return of Simply Red: Big Book it: Website. Waitangi Day mini music The day-long food and music festival returns with another hot Love Tour 2016 [Sat 5 Mar, festival returns in 2016 with 7:30pm] Horncastle Arena, holiday line-up of NZ and another round up of top tunes Jack Hinton Dve, Addington overseas talent including and the best of Canterbury’s Book it: Thievery Corporation, Ticketek. Simply Red celebrate gourmet & artisan food scene. Katchafire and Boy & Bear. Christchurch Lantern Festival [Sat 27/Sun 28 Feb, 5 – 10:30pm] Hagley Park North, Central City Book it: Free. The Christchurch Lantern Festival returns to celebrate the new Year of the Monkey. Experience Chinese culture with food, fireworks, performances and hundreds of amazing lanterns.


Hot off a hugely successful exhibition last summer, the Spectrum Street Art Festival is back in the city for another big summer of big artistic ideas and the ‘Big Walls’ that have done so much to funk up the look of our rebuilding central city. Spectrum’s main exhibition venue will once again be the YMCA at 12 Hereford Street; drop in between 12 December and 17 April (for free!) to see exhibited works by top local, national and international street artists, then head out into the city itself to discover the new additions to our city’s urban canvas.


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Under 5s Fest [Tue 1 – Mon 7 Mar, 9:30am – 4:30pm daily] 294 Blenheim Rd, Upper Riccarton www.sciencealive. Book it: Door sales. The hands-on science fest for the wee ones is back – pat farm animals, hit the construction zone, learn scientific principles, listen to stories, play with puppets, and much more! Hokitika Wildfoods Festival [Sat 12 Mar] Hokitika, West Coast Book it: Website. The

legendary celebration of all things bush tucker & showcase of West Coast hospitality. Events Christmas at the Races [Various dates in Dec] Various locations Book it: Website. The regular, popular hospitality days that offer a chance to get festive trackside return around the region’s racetracks. See website for dates, more information, and bookings. Rydges Latimer Giant Christmas Parties [Fri 11, Thu 17, Fri 18 and Sat 19 Dec, 6:30pm] Rydges Latimer, 30 Latimer Square, Central City Book it: Website. Rydges take all the hassle out of organising the Christmas party with a Christmas-themed buffet and live DJ throughout the evening. Summer Pool Parties [Fri 11, Sat 19 Dec, Sun 17 Jan, Sat 6, Wed 24 Feb, times vary] www. pools/outdoor-pools Book it: Door sales. Make a splash at one of the Summer Pool Parties running at council pools throughout the summer. See website for full details. Carols in the Square [Sat 12 Dec, 4 – 7pm] Cathedral Square, Central City Find it on Facebook Book it: Free. A free family event ahead of Christmas offering live music, bouncy castles, face painting and of course, carol singing. YMCA Carols by Candlelight [Thu 24 Dec, 9pm] Latimer Square, Central City www. Book it: Free. The Yuletide community warble returns, allowing the city to get its festive sing on. A Glass of White, Acoustic Guitar & Pilates [Sun 21 Feb, 4:30pm] Newbery Lodge, 15 Newbery St, Opawa www. Book it: Website. Contour Retreats leads Stretch Pilates with live music, and followed by a relaxing glass of wine. The Great Sumner Picnic [Sun 28 Feb, 1pm – 5pm] Saint Leonards Square, Sumner Book it: Free. The huge free family and community hang-out day in the seaside suburb.

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HERE & NOW culture shock, aural pleasure, out and about Canterbury Japan Day [Sun 6 Mar, 10am – 5pm] Riccarton Park Function Centre, Broomfield www.japanday.jsc. Book it: Free. Get to know Japanese culture a little better with this free day of fun, food, and other attractions. Children’s Day [Sun 6 Mar, 11am – 3pm] Spencer Park, Spencerville Book it: Free. The popular free event to celebrate International Children’s Day offers arts, crafts, sports, games and more!

2pm] 40 New Brighton Mall, New Brighton

Hassle-free Tours 0800 427 753

Opawa / St Martins Farmers’ Market [Every Sun, 9am – 12pm] 275 Fifield Tce, Opawa

International Antarctic Centre 38 Orchard Rd 03 357 0519

Re:START Markets [Every Fri – Sun, 10am] Re:START Mall, Cashel St, Central City www.

Jet Thrills Main North Rd, Kaiapoi 0800 277 729

The Riccarton Market [Every Sun, 9am – 2pm, Christmas Market Sun 13 Dec] Riccarton Park, Racecourse Rd www.

Markets Boulevard Arts Market [Daily, 9am – 5pm] 31 Worcester Bvd, Central City

Play the Tourist Adrenaline Forest 105 Heyders Rd, Spencerville 03 329 8717

Christchurch Farmers’ Market [Every Sat, 9am – 1pm, Christmas Market Wed 23 Dec, 3pm – 7pm] Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Rd, Fendalton www. market

Air Force Museum of New Zealand 45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram 03 343 9532

Christchurch International Market [Every Sat, 5pm] 100 Peterborough St, Central City www.christchurchinternational

Caddyshack City Mini Golf 21 King Edward Terrace 03 384 1566

Antigua Boat Hire 2 Cambridge Terrace 03 366 5885

Mountain Bike Adventure Co 03 377 5952 Orana Wildlife Park McLeans Island Road 03 359 7109 Paint N Sip Studio Unit 3/136 Ilam Road, Ilam 03 351 0879 Rangitata Rafts Peel Forest, Geraldine 0800 251 251 Russley Golf Club 428 Memorial Avenue 03 358 4748 TranzAlpine 0800 872 467

Coast To Coast [Fri 12/Sat 13 Feb] Kumara Beach – New Brighton nz Book it: Website. The 2016 edition of the legendary multisport event. Christchurch Crown [Sat 13 Feb, 8am] Corsair Bay, Park Tce, Lyttelton www.oceanswim. Book it: Website. The fourth of seven events in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, with four different distant events available, including a kid’s swim. BLACKCAPS vs Australia [Sat 20 – Wed 24 Feb, 10:30am] Hagley Oval, Central City www. Book it: Ticketek. The big one: the Black Caps take on the Aussies in the proper form of the game. A Run To Remember [Sun 21 Feb, 9am] Victoria Park, Victoria Park Rd, Cashmere www.runto Book it: Website. A quake memorial 10km fun-run/walk combining Port Hills views & fundraising.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve/ Ko Tane Maori Performance 60 Hussey Road, Harewood 03 Cancer Society Relay For Life Canterbury Museum Rolleston 359 6226 [Sat 27/Sun 28 Feb] Canterbury Ave, Central City 03 366 5000 Agricultural Park, Curletts Kaiapoi Farmers’ Market X-Golf Avonhead 120 Withells Road, Wigram www.relayfor [Every Sat, 9am – 12pm] Christchurch Casino 30 Victoria Road, Avonhead 03 358 8610 Book it: Website. Morgan Williams Park, Kaiapoi St, Central City 03 365 9999 Raise awareness and funds for www.kaiapoifarmersmarket. the Cancer Society with this team-based overnight walk/ Sport Christchurch Rebuild Tour Lincoln Farmers’ & Craft BLACKCAPS vs Sri Lanka [Sat run with a festive atmosphere. Departs outside Canterbury Market [Every Sat, 10am – 1pm] 26 & Mon 28 Dec, 11am] Hagley Orienteering Day 2016 [Sun 28 Museum, Rolleston Ave, On the green beside Hillyers Oval, Central City www. Central City 0800 500 929 Feb, 10:30am] The Groynes, Cafe, Gerald St, Lincoln www. Book it: Northwood Book it: Free. Give orienteering a go with this fun, Ferrymead Golf 50 Ferrymead Ticketek. The Black Caps take Lyttelton Farmers’ Market on Sri Lanka in back-to-back family-oriented day at The Park Dve 03 376 5350 [Every Sat, 10am – 1pm] games at Hagley Oval. Groynes that lets you set your London St, Lyttelton own route and pace. Sovereign Tri Series - Duo Ferrymead Heritage Park 50 Christchurch [Sat 16 Jan, 4:30pm] Ferrymead Park Dve 03 384 New Brighton Community Orana Wildlife Park, McLeans 1970 Early Warning Market [Every Sat, 10am – Island Rd tri-series Book it: Website. A duathlon that winds through the Canterbury countryside, Jonathan Smart finishing at Orana Wildlife Park.


Galleries & displays 52 Buchan Street, Sydenham 03 365 7070 www.jonathansmart Wed – Fri 11am – 5pm, Sat 11am – 3pm

Experts in the exhibition and sale of contemporary NZ art. Gallery closes December 20th and reopens Friday, January 22nd with an installation by Rachel Zanders.


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Wellington Phoenix vs Central Coast Mariners [Sat 30 Jan, 7:15pm] AMI Stadium, 95 Jack Hinton Dve, Addington www. Book it: Website. A-League soccer action makes its way south.

French Film Festival [Thu 3 – Sun 20 Mar, times vary] Hoyts Northlands, 55 Main North Road, Papanui The Pioneer [Sun 31 Jan – Sat Book it: Website. The annual 6 Feb] Christchurch to celebration of French cinema is Queenstown www.thepioneer. back for another year to Book it: Website. Epic delight, inspire, provoke and 7-day mountain bike stage race enthrall. Keep an eye on the through the Southern Alps with festival website for up-to-date a 1-day option in CHCH. programming announcements.

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Christchurch Casino attraction

30 Victoria Street, Central City 03 365 9999 Open: Mon – Thu 11am – 3am, Fri 11am through to Mon 3am

Upon entering the Christchurch Casino, you’re visiting the largest and most diverse gaming and entertainment destination in Christchurch. As New Zealand’s first casino, the Christchurch Casino is a magnificent complex, and features 500 gaming machines, 36 table games, a Baccarat Room, four restaurants and a sports bar. From contemporary dining in The Grand Café, to the delicious pizza range in Monza, and authentic Cantonese dishes at Chi Kitchen, they offer the best value, quality food and great service. Enjoy live music, amazing cash giveaways, events and exciting promotions – there is always something on at Christchurch Casino! Free hotel/motel shuttle service from 6pm until 2am. R20 venue / Play safe, Drink Safe / Host Responsibility limits apply / Dress code applies / R.O.A.R



Racecourse Road, Riccarton Racecourse 03 339 0011 Open: Sun 9am – 2pm

50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Heathcote 03 384 1970 Open 7 days 10am – 4:30pm

Open every Sunday wet or fine, Riccarton Market is the most established and vibrant market in Canterbury. The market has over 200 stalls covering fresh fruit and veges, certified organic produce, flowers, plants, antiques, clothing, arts and crafts, books and much, much more. There’s something for everyone! The market also offers a food court, and features local talent on stage each week.

Step back in time at Ferrymead Heritage Park. Take a leisurely stroll down a 1920s street, with a school, church, jail, general store, cinema, printers and more. View collections of vintage fire engines, rural history, model railways and much more. Enjoy rides on trains and trams – trains run 1st Sunday of every month, trams run every weekend and on event days.

This year’s Christmas Market will be held on Sunday the 13th of December – gifts, Christmas food, and much more!

A great day out for the whole family!




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THE WILDFOODS TRIPLE THREAT Serious Wildfoods gourmands won’t want to miss these taste sensations: Horse Semen Shots – giddy up! ‘Mountain Oysters’ (aka sheep testes) – aw, nuts (literally). Huhu Grubs – tastes like squirmy peanut butter.

Call of The Wild

Hokitika’s Wildfoods Festival is the Holy Grail for intrepid foodies the world over.

If you’ve not been to the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival yet, there’s a checkbox on your ‘Quintessentially Kiwi Experiences’ list that remains glaringly un-ticked. A favourite since its early days in 1990, the gourmet bush tucker festival offers a grand day under the Hoki sun that’s chocka with entertainment (in addition to watching strangers gargling horse semen!), celebrity cooking demos and, of course, an epic helping of both the delicious and seriously, poke-it-with-a-stickfirst, out-there grub. And yes, there are literally grubs (of the Huhu variety) on the menu. This year the gloves will come off in the TV cooking show smackdown

between MKR judge Ben Bayly and 2015 MasterChef winner Tim Read, who’ll both also be whipping up some gourmet wild fare in the demonstration kitchen. Those in the know will be rocking their fiercest Feral Fashion, trying to take out the annual comp where sartorial choices are often as weird and wild as the food on offer. But you came to eat, right? Good news: you can trawl over 50 stallholders from every corner in Aotearoa. While the daring will be reaching for classic Wildfoods staples like worm truffles, wasp larvae ice-cream and possum and magpie pies, you needn’t be a culinary daredevil to enjoy yourself;

DID YOU KNOW? Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Man Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries is set in Hokitika during the gold rush of 1866. EATING AROUND TOWN Looking for a killer coffee? Swing by the hip cats at Stella Café Delicatessen & Cheesery & tap their bodacious caramel frappucino, or Soak up that over-indulgence of local tipples with Fat Pipi Pizza’s legendary whitebait pizza or the hangovercuring prowess of Porky’s Takeaways’ hot chips.

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West Coast delicacies such as whitebait, venison, wild game and seafood are on offer for those who are happy to keep things wild, but not that wild. There’s also a bodacious selection of local wines, beers and spirits to wash it all down with as you sack out in the sun to some sweet tunes. It all wraps up with an afterparty in Hokitika, the big little town with a colourful history that puts plenty more besides wild foods on the menu to entice you over – it’s the perfect base for some awesome long-weekend adventures such as exploring Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, hitting spectacular bush walks, browsing the remarkable galleries of the many artists in the town working with greenstone/ pounamu, delving into the West Coast’s fascinating heritage, exploring spectacular rainforest and coastal scenery on foot or by air, and enjoying legendary West Coast hospitality with a locallybrewed Monteith’s – or two – with the welcoming locals. Hokitika Wildfoods Festival Saturday, 12 March

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