Out and about in Christchurch

Spring in Christchurch
Christchurch’s founders knew a thing or two about public space. Grass knolls, verdant verges and manicured parks greet you at every corner. It’s not called the Garden City for nothing. Christchurch is fabulous this time of year. And central Christchurch is easy to explore on foot (it’s all flat!) – you won’t miss a thing!

For a funky, boho mid-morning meal head to Vivace Espresso (86 Hereford Street, Central City

Christchurch), where you can indulge in home-made crumpets served with heavenly hazelnut honey (NZ$5.50). If you savour something more, er, savoury, get stuck into a mammoth plate of Sweet Corn Fritters served with bacon, grilled tomato and spinach topped with a smoky jalapeno and tomato relish (NZ$12). Coffee is good and strong. Make like a local and order a massive steaming bowl of caf? au lait (NZ$4).

The Arts Centre

After brunch, head to the Arts Centre (Worcester Boulevard, City where local artisans display their wares, unique and hand-crafted ceramics, wood, glass and precious metals. There’s an outdoor market too where you can buy everything from hand-woven scarves in exotic coloured mohair to creamy hand made soaps made from goats milk and scented with Manaku honey, lavender or rose petals.

The brand, spanking new Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu (Worcester Boulevard, City) is a stunning work of art in itself. A mere four months old, this impressive building houses some beautiful Maori art, intriguing contemporary works as well as travelling exhibitions of old masters. Admission is by donation.

Yum Cha is Yum-o!

Food lovers will find endless options in Christchurch from simple sushi to popular Korean BBQs, to Belgian beer or yum cha. For those who like the cutting edge of cuisine, try new kid on the block, Indochine (Oxford Terrace, City) where you can sample super-modern Asian delights with a minimalist opium den ambience. Or if you’re after a low-key but authentic Asian feed, check out Joyful (182 Armagh St, City) where you can feast on deliciously fresh noodles and dumplings at caf? prices.