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We’re Christchurch locals and we know and love this city from top to bottom. We reckon it’s important to mix up your favourite places for eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment with brand-new finds; whether they’re new on the scene, off the beaten track or just ‘new favourites’ that you haven’t discovered yet!

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It’s hard to imagine buttoned up, pre-quake conservative Christchurch embracing epic street art murals, and yet here we are now five years later in the running for the title of ‘ The Southern Hemisphere’s street art capital’. Add the recent re-openings of local art palaces The Christchurch Art Gallery and CoCA alongside the hugely popular SPECTRUM Street Art Festival and the city’s flourishing suburban gallery and underground scenes, and Christchurch is booming as an art hub. Cityscape caught up with the people behind the city’s resurging art scene for the lowdown on Christchurch’s revamped art cred and what the future holds. An event as big as the quakes couldn’t help but affect the city’s art scene just as much as it affected all other aspects of life in the city, notes Centre of Contemporary Art’s (CoCA) new director and principal curator Paula Orrell, reflecting that the ‘contemporary’ has been redefined....
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The local art scene did it tough for a while after the quakes, with lack of suitable spaces in particular a real problem, but necessity being the mother of invention (particularly in resilient art circles), we’ve seen it bounce back well, with artistic havens popping up in all sorts of places. With the work of so many outstanding local artists showcased within easy reach, there’s really no excuse for not knowing the local talent – so get out there and uncover the next big thing! Svetlana Orinko, Japonica Blossoms: Bryce Gallery. Central City We may be waiting on the Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery (soon!) and CoCA Gallery (very soon!) to re-open, but that doesn’t mean the central city is bereft of art – far from it. There’s plenty of spectacular new street art to check out, but a whole host of formal establishments, too. Drop into the unique Auricle sound...
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Cityscape has a look at a few of the old Christchurch buildings getting a new purpose.   We’re all thinking ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ – right? But it’s hard to compete with certain local entrepreneurs and business owners who have taken this line of thinking to a macro scale by repurposing and rejuvenating some of the city’s old buildings. With local architectural history taking a bit of a thrashing in recent years, it’s good to see there are still plenty of places you can go in the city to inject a bit of old-fashioned character and charm into your day.   QB STUDIOS Cityscape’s new HQ, Qb Studios – once a nondescript 80s warehouse facility and then a mechanic’s workshop – has recently been gussied up good and proper, with the building’s original shell now housing modern modular office units that are home to a range of funky businesses. There's also a...
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Post-quake Christchurch has gotta be one of the world’s best blank canvases for street art, and the recent RISE Street Art Festival and plenty of big building owners getting into the spirit of things (nice one, guys) have been painting the town. The still-rebuilding Theatre Royal, Les Mills, Canterbury Museum, and The Colombo are just some of the sites arting up our city. Here’s our pick of the best and where you’ll find them. 124 Peterborough Street 167 Lichfield Street 169 Gloucester Street 203 Cashel Street (Les Mills) 268 High Street   370 Colombo Street   Canterbury Museum   CPIT, Madras Street   YMCA, Hereford Street   The Colombo   Les Mills (front)   Isaac Theatre Royal (Gloucester Street)      ...
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  The hippest way to navigate Christchurch has landed! Spreading the love of our fair city, City Map Christchurch Here & Now Spring/Summer 2013/14 is the ultimate, on-the-ground free guide for fearless adventurers looking to explore and experience the very best Christchurch has to offer. The local’s guide to the nitty-gritty on what’s hot and happening in the city, City Map is also the must-have guide for visitors who want to go beyond a formulaic checklist of Christchurch visitor attractions and taste the best of real life in the city. Bursting with information on, and locations for, nearly 100 of Christchurch’s best dining, fashion, beauty, and shopping options, City Map is still svelte enough to fit conveniently into purse or pocket. Make sure you keep an eye out for the City Map display stands when you’re out and about, grab your free copy and start living large....
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Sure, the days might be getting a little cooler and the sun might be rising a tad later, but there’s no need to start hibernating just yet. With a growing list of walkways and mountain bike tracks reopening, combined with autumn's cool clear days, it's the perfect time to get out and rediscover Christchurch's natural beauty. Whether you're after a short stroll with Fido, day trek with friends, white-knuckle mountain bike adventure or, if your knees are up to it, give the endurance-pushing trend of mountain running a whirl, this great city of ours has you covered. History buffs can discover how the Heathcote River would have looked before European settlement on the Woolston Loop, while the Crater Rim Walkway from Evans Pass to Godley Head offers jaw-slackening Port Hill panoramas and a great workout. Nature lovers can get their fix among the 57 hectares of the Styx Mill Conservation Reserve...
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The rebirth of Christchurch has begun! The Ibis Christchurch opened its doors today for the first time, making it the very first city centre hotel to re-open post the February 2011 earthquake. The Ibis has undergone huge remedial work, including the renovation of all 155 rooms and public areas, as well as structural strengthening to meet the city’s new building code. Just four years old when the quake hit, the Ibis received only minor damage and re-opens as a near new hotel featuring the latest Ibis branding and facilities. The hotel opening will play a crucial role in the revitalisation of Christchurch’s tourism sector, emphasising that the city is really is back on the map and ready to welcome visitors. It will be a great benefit to business travellers and officials involved in the reconstruction of the city. It will be easier to access buildings and offices around the city centre...
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A Lonely Planet writer has described Christchurch as one of the most exciting cities in New Zealand, pointing to the rapidly evolving SOMO (South of Moorhouse) precinct and the Re:Start project in Cashel Mall as evidence of the city’s renaissance. The SOMO (South of Moorhouse) precinct – a term coined by local urban guide Cityscape back in September 2011 – includes the areas of Addington and Sydenham. Since the earthquakes of late 2010 and early 2011, this area has evolved into one of the new ‘it’ districts of Christchurch. Iconic Christchurch attractions such as the Dux de Lux restaurant and bar and The Court Theatre, both formerly housed in the atmospheric Gothic revival surrounds of The Arts Centre, have opened new incarnations in the area. Dux Live is a new bar and live music venue in Lincoln Road and The Court Theatre is now staging productions in ‘The Shed’, a...