When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions!
We asked Yvonne Martin, editor of Avenues magazine, for her insider scoop on Christchurch including where to eat, drink and play, along with a useful tip on a cool culinary experience.
King of Snake – Southeast Asian at its best, the food here is impeccably presented and served in an edgy environment, washed down with fine wine or the King of Snake signature cocktail.
The Tannery – This is an unlikely shopping precinct that has risen in a gritty industrial area following the Canterbury earthquakes. Visit Gustav’s wine bar for shared plates and Cassels & Sons’ The Brewery for craft beer.
The Port Hills – An extensive network of tracks for running, walking and riding with sweeping views of the Southern Alps, Lyttelton Harbour and the Kaikoura Ranges – and close to the city.
Canterbury High Country – Drive by The Lord of the Rings location Mount Sunday and visit the Clydesdale-loving Erewhon Station, at the headwaters of the Rangitata River.
Insider info – Christchurch is the capital of food trucks. Talented chefs and bakers cruise around the city offering tasty bites.