Best of Christchurch

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

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

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