Prehistoric fever: Jurassic Adventure

Adventure and excitement won’t be in short supply at Canterbury’s own dinosaur theme park these school holidays. With a vision to continue introducing exciting new attractions for local and visiting families, co-owner Aaron Keown excitedly reveals Dinosaurs after Dark, which will run through the July school holidays. In a thrilling atmosphere, the maze and mini […]

Expert care: Anstice Optometrists

Patient-centric care is top of mind for this local eyecare team. At Anstice Optometrists, they believe that a team that connects with patients on a personal level allows for better relationships and continuity of their eye care. Roberta McIlraith, with her wealth of knowledge and expertise, joins the team in providing locum cover. She is […]

Promoting healthy competition

Gaming is one of the top interests of young children. Naturally, planning a family day out that entices your children more than their favourite game can be difficult. With some friendly and motivating competition, an exciting line-up, and a delicious reward to top it off, that task may prove easier. Many local and family-friendly experiences […]

Obedience training: is it worth it?

Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.   It is smarter, and probably less time-consuming with a puppy, however, there is no reason why you shouldn’t engage in obedience training for a dog of any age. Obedience training is the process of teaching your dog how to respond to certain commands and setting […]

Editor’s Note: The joys of travel

I’m back after a relaxing three weeks in the land of smiles (Thailand), and dealing with the trials and tribulations of international travel. ‘Many of us fly north for a spell during the colder months, and often find that international travel can be a testing time. Border and customs control vary from country to country, […]

Hot spots for school holidays

School holidays don’t have to mean sitting around with angsty, bored youngsters. There’s plenty to do and something for everyone right here in Christchurch, or take a trip north, south, east or west, for a day, a weekend, or longer. Get outdoors Take the kids on a hike or bike ride to burn off some […]

The predator in a sea sharks

Luke Graham, son of New Zealand rugby league player Mark ‘SHARKO’ Graham, will premiere his feature documentary about his father’s story in Christchurch in late June. A look at one of this country’s most enigmatic league heroes, reknowned for his speed, size, and skill, SHARKO provides intimate insight into a man who ruled the field […]

The bee’s best: The Hive, Springbank Honey

“Tiggers don’t like honey,” says Tigger in Winnie the Pooh. Contrarily, Pooh Bear loves honey, as do many Kiwis. That’s not surprising as our native honey is some of the best in the world. A place to try the best of the best is The Hive Café at Springbank Honey in North Canterbury. “We established […]

Over the hill to Akaroa

Road trip to the inviting Akaroa, just 75km from Christchurch, treating yourself and your family to our home away from home. A stop at the iconic Little River Inn, named in the Top 50 New Zealand Gastropubs by Hospitality New Zealand, or the historic Duvauchelle Hotel, established in 1850, is a must on the way […]

North Canterbury’s retail therapy

Sometimes, you want to escape the busy city. That doesn’t mean you don’t want to go shopping. In North Canterbury, there are many ways to embrace wildlife, walking and hiking trails, and nature’s gorgeous scenery. However, you’ll also find hundreds of retail gems, and dotted-about eateries to appropriately refuel between browsing. Take your clothing wishlist […]