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 jaw-slackening 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 above) – 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.
2 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?
3 HO, HO HO! Get primed for Chrissie with the CSO's...
Cityscape gets the lowdown on taking the perfect summer snap from Photo & Video International’s Matthew Nixon.
Image: Dennis Radermacher
1. The old adage ‘The best camera is the one you have with you’ holds true. It really doesn’t matter how good it is, if it’s at home in the closet, it’s no good to you!
2. Lunchtime is for lunch. The light at midday is often very harsh; for great images look for the softer ‘golden’ light you get closer to dawn or dusk.
3. Involve the kids. Not only do they make great subject matter, but they can often surprise with great images of their own from a perspective you may never have considered.
4. Don’t be afraid of shooting into the sun. A bit of lens flare can really add atmosphere to a shot.
5. The flash can be your friend in bright light. Forcing the flash to fire will illuminate foreground subjects, making them ‘pop’, filling in...
Cityscape feels the love with Aroha Drinks' Mark Dillon.
How did you become one of NZ’s best drink makers?
I am really just trying to keep things as simple and natural as possible.
What inspires your creations?
I look for heritage fruits. Flavours that were used in beverages for centuries and have therefore proved their tastiness through the crucible of time.
Who would you love to see drinking Aroha?
To be honest, I get a kick when I see anyone drinking it. It justifies all the effort instantly.
What are Vonnie Vegg?
Pixies who live in the Elderflower trees. I have been keeping an eye out but have not seen any to date. They are famous in the Isle of Man where, to this day, people tip their hats to the Elder tree and it is illegal to chop one down.
Fave Aroha summer cocktail?
I’m going to be shooting for the Garden Martini. Perfect for lazy afternoons, it’s a double shot gin,...
While the jury is still out on the long-term benefits of slipping off the trainers and jogging down to Starbucks sans footwear (just as early man must surely have done), barefoot running has plenty of advocates, and Ethiopian Abebe Bikila certainly didn’t need shoes to win the Olympic marathon gold in 1960. The main idea behind this athletic trend is to reduce repetitive stress injuries in your joints that can stem from landing with “heavy heels”, instead concentrating on landing each stride towards the middle or front part of the foot. If you want to give it a go now that the weather’s warm enough that you don't have to worry about frozen pinkies, here are a few tips:
Reset your odometer – you might be used to daily 5km runs at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can suddenly take on a 5km run without shoes tomorrow. Start things...
Celebrate Canterbury’s gourmet bounty while keeping your food miles down as Cityscape pairs the region’s most delectable goodies.
In our first union we match BBQ buddies craft beer and boutique banger with Golden Eagle Brewery’s Solo Lupulus and The Sausage Shed’s Spicy Chorizo.Drinkin’ Living large at 7.3% and giving off whiffs of lemon peel and pine needles, it’s clear this burnt gold IPA with staunch Canterbury cred is going to be able to hold its own. Canterbury Malts and single hop variety Southern Cross combine to create a sweet marmalade-like taste balanced with spice and citrus notes.
Eatin’ The Kaiapoi-made Spicy Chorizo is a feisty, manuka-smoked pork sausage marrying garlic, pepper and paprika, and is rounded out with cayenne pepper to crank up the heat leaving delightful, long-lasting spicy/smoky taste that kicks in at the end.
The pairing As far as unions go this is a match made in summertime heaven....
Cityscape trawls the watering holes along the city’s hottest party scene – we’ve also thrown in a few food matches where applicable (‘cos we’re responsible like that!). Victoria Street has been a focal point for the rebirth of the city's hospitality scene post-quake, with a wide range of bars/restaurants now open and more to follow in the early part of the new year. Cityscape runs 'em down for you ahead of your next big Friday night.
Carlton Though technically not on Victoria Street, we'll bend the rules for this legend reborn, which offers some banging live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Smash Palace Under the sun fun pairing demo-chic, service from a bar bus and crazy-good made-from-scratch burgers.King of Snake The venue that started it all! We’ll never get sick of the Millionaire Mojito (no matter how many we drink!) or crispy pressed half duck with caramelized mandarin sauce.Mexicano’s...
Heads up, lads! Cityscape's got some tips for staying stylish by the surf this summer. Squarecuts, yes; thigh pubes, no.
Manscaping 101Deforestation has its upsides.
Whether it’s in the boudoir or at the beach, there’s no excuse for thigh pubes, gorilla shoulders or a hair shirt – unless you’re a total Chewbacca AND you own it (and if so, props to you, Kong). The first rule of manscaping is put down the shaving cream and razor – trading your man fur for prickly, razor burnt skin and ingrown hairs is a total sucker punch. Get your hands on some clippers or a beard trimmer with an adjustable guard and start grafting. Rules to trim by Chest hair is back, so embrace it – de-shag the pile with a #2. Thigh pubes? #2. Tame underarm hairs with a #4. Tackling the tackle: yep, we’re going (down) there. If porn’s taught us anything...
Looking for the next big thing in summer swilling that’s super easy to fix, crazy refreshing and guaranteed to blow your guests’ hair back? Then it’s time to turn back the clock, tap into a swinging classic and get your Aperol Spritz on. The go-to drink over the European summer, the revival of this thirst-quenching elixir knocked summer perennial Pimm’s off its perch during its recent blitz of Europe.
Passing the Cityscape road test with flying colours and resembling bottled sunshine, this breezy, bitter-sweet, low(ish) alcohol aperitif is almost as easy to make as it is to drink. Booze hounds can kick it up a notch with a shot of gin to really get the party started.
Aperol Apéritif, 60 ml (if your local liquor store doesn't have it available, try New Zealand online retailers such as this one or this one).
Prosecco (or another dry sparkling...