Best of Christchurch
Coffee: A loyal, local crowd is lining up at C1 Espresso, which reopened last month in an old post office with 350 seats, single-origin coffees, recycled interiors and plenty of wit. Corner of High and Tuam streets (c1espresso.co.nz). Also recommended are Black Betty, 165 Madras Street (blackbetty.co.nz), and Caffeine Laboratory, in the Re:START mall, Cashel Street. Dining: With funky interiors, barrel wine and an inspired tastingplate and bistro menu, Fiddlesticks Bar and Restaurant opened last month at 48 Worcester Boulevard (fiddlesticksbar.co.nz). In the burgeoning SoMo district, The Pedal Pusher on Lincoln Road, Addington, celebrates the city’s cycling mania with bicycle-seat bar stools and meals to fuel any peloton (thepedalpusher.co.nz). In the Waipara Valley, Black Estate has recently opened a restaurant at its cellar door with vineyard views and tasting boards of local produce (blackestate.co.nz). Drinks: Try the shippingcontainer stalwarts Cargo Bar at Lincoln Road, Addington, (cargobar.co.nz) and Revival Bar, 94 Victoria Street (revivalbar.co.nz). For interesting craft beer, try CBD Bar & Pizzeria in Madras Street (cbdbar.co.nz); and the recently reopened brewpub The Twisted Hop, southeast of the city at 616 Ferry Road, Woolston (thetwistedhop.co.nz). Viewing: Punting on the Avon runs short boat rides through the Red Zone, among other itineraries, from $NZ25 adult (punting.co.nz). Or ride in a double-decker bus with commentary on the fate of heritage buildings and rebuilding plans, $NZ29 adults (hasslefreetours.co.nz). Volunteering: Keep abreast of Gap Filler’s clever projects and register for volunteering sessions at gapfiller.org.nz. The Pallet Pavilion is due to open in weeks. Adventure: Conveniently located near the airport, the International Antarctic Centre has added a 4D movie experience (think 3D with extra surprises) to its excellent interactive experiences. Open daily, entry $NZ65 adults, $NZ35 children 5-15 and $NZ165 families (iceberg.co.nz).
The popular Cargo Bar on Lincoln Road