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8 Rock Star Moments in the City


Time get your rock star on with swagger like Jagger? If you know where to look Christchurch can hook you up, excess-wise. Live large enough for 36 hours to make Kanye jealous, and let the little people take care of the bills!

1) Belt out some tunes

If you’re gonna feel properly rock star, you’ll need to perform for your adoring fans first. Hit up the specialty, high-tech karaoke set-ups at Ancestral or Host Restaurant and Bar and put in a performance that will all have eyes on you (where they belong!).

2) Champers, natch

OK, the gig is done; off to an appropriately late dinner. Only champagne will do, so head to Bloody Mary’s (above) and order yourself up some Dom Pérignon Rose Epernay France 2000 – at $750 a bottle, you should probably get two. Goes down a treat with their 700g Canterbury Angus, 21 day aged grass-fed, Canterbury bone-in rib-eye, too.

3) Crash

All tuckered out? Time for a kip. You’ll want to retreat to The Residence, The George’s self-contained three-bedroom character villa, nominated as Australasia’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa in the 2016 World Travel Awards. Kick back and relax in luxury. (No throwing a flat screen out the window, please.)

4) Recovery

OK, that was a big night; you’ll need some recovery time. Grab that special someone and book yourself in for the Couples Ultimate Indulgence package at Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa, kicking off a with a mineral-rich, oil-infused soak in the spa, before enjoying a Thai Coconut Body Scrub, an hour-long massage treatment, and then an Elemis Exotic Moisture Dew facial. Now you’re ready to face the day!

5) Gear up

You lost some of your clothes last night somewhere, and can’t remember where – don’t worry, it’s happened to all of the big names at some point. Re-stock the rock star wardrobe with sweet threads with the right look at EnCompass or Raw Nova, both handly located in The Tannery.

6) Bling’s the thing

Need a memento of the moment? Have the chauffeur drop you off at Polished Diamonds in New Regent Street and custom-design your very own designer piece using their precision technology. Remember: when it comes to rocks, there’s no such thing as too big!

7) Sightseeing

Get the lay of the land with a scenic flight from Christchurch Helicopters. You might even have Richie McCaw as a pilot … he’s not quite a rock star, but he can surely relate to you on the pressures of fame.

8) Pre-flight dinner

Nearly time to catch the Lear Jet to the next gig … never fly hungry, though. A 12-course degustation dinner with wine match at the multi-award winning Roots restaurant in Lyttelton should set you up nicely for the flight. Bon voyage!


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Guest 25 February 2018