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Superhosts on scooters

Superhosts on scooters

There are many sights to see in Christchurch and as many ways to see them.


Superhosts on scooters


The latest way is an initiative by bffs Julia Malley and Julia Strelou. Friends, work colleagues, and now tourism entrepreneurs, they have teamed up to provide guided tours of some of the spots of interest in the CBD. The twist: they and their guests are all riding Lime scooters.

It’s guaranteed to be an adrenaline-filled, exciting rush of full on entertainment, a thrill such as you have never before experienced. And that’s just the first 60 seconds of meeting the two Julias, long before you get anywhere near a scooter. Young, hip, articulate, passionate, bubbly, engaging and super funny, both the Julias are witty, cheeky and fun to be around. Their energy is infectious, and that’s the spirit they bring to their tours of the city.

Julia M is a Christchurch girl. She lived here through the quakes and knows the city, pre and post-earthquake, well. She works in media and is world-famous in Christchurch for being one of the city’s brides in the NZ version of Married at First Sight. She is an Airbnb Superhost, and that’s what led her to establish the ‘Rebuild Tour’.

Julia S hails from Australia, but is also now a Christchurch denizen. She is in the media business too and, if it’s possible to quantify, is the more reserved of the two. But not by much. “Julia and I are relationship builders,” she says. “If you are going to hang out with us you will have a laugh and a good time.”

As an Airbnb Superhost, Julia M added the Rebuild Tour as an Airbnb Experience – activities for Airbnb guests designed by hosts aimed at immersing guests in their unique world.
“Guests love the Lime scooters,” she says, “so why not use them to do guided tours? There’s nothing like that in New Zealand.”

The two take up to ten guests (non-Airbnb guests, too), each on their own scooter, to various spots around the CBD, and offer some behind the scenes information. While having fun, they are mindful of the respect needed at places such as the CTV site, 185 Chairs (a particular favourite site of guests), and other post-quake landmarks. Guests are reminded of the devastation, to both landscape and life, the city suffered.
“We focus on what happened after the quakes, but we also have a positive spin because it’s also about the regeneration of the city,” Julia S says.

They also visit Margaret Mahy playground to play, various street art projects and have an interactive experience painting their own street art at the Giant Spray Cans on the corner of Manchester and Lichfield streets.

Some of the city’s ‘darker’ spots get a mention too, and perhaps a visit. ‘Dark tourism’ ventures are popular worldwide and the Julias offer some insights to visitors into a little bit of Christchurch’s underbelly (when it’s appropriate), such as the city’s red light district and McLean’s Mansion on Manchester street. They may even venture some speculation about whether or not it is haunted.

Says one recent scooter tour participant: “It’s been nothing but fun!”


Safety conscious, informative, interactive, sometimes a little bit naughty and sure to be a fantastic time, download the Lime app and call 027 448 0162, or visit


Dog-gone it!

Four Ave Festivities

A beer-y good spot

A beer-y good spot

There’s a new brewery that’s opened its doors at 8 Bath Street with some great history and a stunning pilsner.

Lighthouse Brewery was started in Nelson by Dick Tout 21 years ago before he retired from the brewery business and listed the business for sale after finishing his last brew in July 2017.

Jason Revell relocated the brewery to Christchurch on Labour weekend in 2018 where he has been brewing for Ferrymead Night Markets, private weddings and now for the bar at the brewery site.

Beers from Lighthouse Brewing Company will soon be available at bars, restaurants and sports clubs.

The brewery site will continue with events and is available for private functions, special brew days and off licence will be available soon.


Dog-gone it!

Dog-gone it!

Dog-gone it!William Wegman: Being Human is on display at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū from 6 April to 28 July 2019.

William Wegman: Being Human, is the artist’s first and only New Zealand exhibition and tracks three decades of relationships between the enigmatic American artist and his iconic dogs.

Man Ray, Fay Ray and her offspring are collaborators in Wegman’s photographic and video projects, which focus upon what it is to be human in the most enduring and deadpan way.

It’s a little bit different and a whole lot of fun so check it out at our local gallery soon.



Monkey-ing around

Monkey-ing around

On 8 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal, The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show.

It’s a unique concert experience with two of the stars of the hit TV show The Monkees, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. Times may change but infectious pop hits and wonderfully charismatic characters stay in our hearts and memories forever.

Anyone born in the 60s would have grown up with these tunes so it’s going to be a real flashback.

This will be the first time Mike has appeared in New Zealand since 1977, so be assured the shows will highlight many of his compositions, including some that have never been performed live.


Culinary collaboration

Culinary collaborationA culinary collaboration is coming to town! The Pescatore collaboration dinner will be two dinners in Pescatore on 10 May and a second dinner on 11 May, featuring some of Australasia’s best chefs – Cory Campbell, head chef at Vue de Monde in Melbourne, and Peter Gunn from Ides in Melbourne who was a sous chef at Attica in Melbourne and, of course,
Ryan Henley from The George.







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Nicholas Henare
Nicholas Henare


Uplifting entertainment

Uplifting entertainment

Looking for something to do in the weekend? Wigram offers the perfect escape – both literally and figuratively, with the latest uplifting entertainment.


Uplifting entertainment


You can live the dream of piloting your own plane in a variety of simulator experiences at the Wigram Museum. The ever-popular Mosquito Mission flight simulator incorporates high definition graphics and realistic handling features, with the choice of two World War II-inspired mission options:

Amiens Prison – Fly through the French countryside to the enemy-held prison and blow a hole in the wall to allow members of the resistance to escape. Based on the legendary Amiens Prison raid of 1944, this mission features terrain modelled exactly after the landscape surrounding Amiens.

Norwegian Fjords – Search for enemy battleships in the Norwegian fiords and destroy as many as you can before you run out of time. Test your flight skills and reaction time as the ships return fire.


What you’ll experience:
The cockpit includes a genuine Mosquito instrument panel

Two points of view available – choose to either fly the aircraft from within the cockpit (accurate), or from behind (arcade)

The simulator doesn’t physically move, but you get the sense of movement from the visuals on the screen

Use the control column and rudder pedals to control the aircraft

Firing button located on the control column

The simulator room contains a number of interpretation panels which tell the story of the Mosquito aircraft and the New Zealanders who flew it during World War II.

All money raised through simulator sales goes towards helping support the museum’s free admission policy and free education programmes.



Silly Season Celebrations

Silly Season Celebrations

North Canterbury has put on its elf hat and pointed shoes and is playing perfect host to a wide range of events that capture the silly side of the season. We’ve found a collection of our favourite festive events, so get out your social planner and start making plans.


Silly Season Celebrations


Christmas Tree Festival
A fundraiser for the Waikuku Surf Life Saving Club & St John, pay a gold coin donation and vote for your favourite tree. The council foyer will be donned with many differently decorated trees – it really is a must see! Open for the Santa Parade too from 12:30 to 3:30pm.
7 December to 20 December 2018 9am to 4:30pm
Waimakariri District Council Foyer


Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade/Christmas Party in the Park
The Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade is one of the biggest parades in the South Island outside of Christchurch and each year more and more floats enter this community Christmas celebration.
Head into town for a wonderful day of entertainment and see your community come together to enjoy the magic of Christmas. Toyota Santa Parade starts at 2pm.
9 December 2018 12 noon to 6pm
Rangiora CBD and Victoria Park


Ice Breaker
A fun day of racing dragon boats over 200 and 500 metre distances including a 1km turns race. A great day for the whole family with coffee and food vendors available as well.
9 December 2018 9am to 4pm
Pegasus Lake


International Migrants Day
To celebrate your nationality, bring a favourite cultural plate of food to share with others, in the relaxing grounds of the Kaiapoi Community Garden.
18 December 2018 11am to 1pm
Kaiapoi Community Garden, Hilton Street, Kaiapoi



Summer Sweeteners

Summer Sweeteners

The city comes to life in the summer months, as we emerge from hibernation mode and prepare for some fun in the sun. Canterbury doesn’t disappoint, with a wide range of events to sweeten up the summer. So get your glad rags ready with our range of summer sweeteners.


Summer Sweeteners


1 December to 23 December, 2018
Meet Santa every weekend from Saturday 1 December until Sunday 23 December, from 10am to 2pm at Boys’ High.


10 March, 2019 Celebrate the autumn harvest in style at the coolest little wine festival in New Zealand. Discover seasonal flavours at an eclectic range of food stalls, sample an incredible selection of premium North Canterbury wines, and tap your feet to a sweet line up of local live music under the oaks at Glenmark Domain in North Canterbury.


14 December, 2018 The central city is buzzing with the festive feeling so head in and soak up the warm summer days as you tick off your gift list, from 6pm to 8pm. The central city will be buzzing with festivities and magical Christmas elves will be out in full force. Follow the Pockets of Awesome Facebook page for more information.


1 December to 22 December, 2018
Completely sold-out for the last two years, The Court Jesters’ fun, family-friendly and interactive version of A Christmas Carol is quickly establishing itself as a must-do Christchurch Christmas tradition at the Pub Charity Studio at The Court Theatre. Find out more at


25 to 26 January, 2019 The beloved summer tradition of Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema returns to the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora for another sizzling season. Films for all ages will be screened on two dates each summer month in the picturesque North Quad – immersing cinemagoers in one of New Zealand’s landmark locations surrounded by stunning heritage buildings.


13 to 15 December, 2018 The Court Youth company presents Children of the Night. Brought to you by the co-creator of the original Christchurch Ghost Walk, this is an immersive horror experience where you accompany the characters from the greatest vampire story ever told as they hunt down the monster that became a legend. Tickets from


27 January, 2019 The Armstrong Prestige Hagley Park Polo Classic is returning to Christchurch. More than 2,500 attendees headed in for the first year and for 2019, this is expected to be bigger and better than ever before. Visit



Woman Climbing

Out of the box fun

At face value, recreation has a somewhat physical connotation, which may conjure up images of triathlons or a midsummer swim.


Woman Climbing


However, defined as a discretionary activity of leisure, recreation is about so much more than sport and Canterbury is lucky to have a wide range of out of the box options on its recreational doorstep. We’ve hunted out some of our favourites.


Paint the town red
An art studio with a twist, Paint ‘n’ Sip is a clever concept that is about having a relaxing evening painting over a glass of wine and is a delicious reason to head out on a summer evening.


Become an escape artist
Escape rooms are the latest feature on the recreational calendar, they’re a great option for company team building, a family outing or a somewhat unusual date night.


A flipping good time!
Trampoline arenas are an increasingly popular way to spend a day – for both children and the young at heart. There’s a few places in the city, all that have a flipping good time on offer.


Off the wall
Clip ‘n Climb revolutionised the indoor climbing scene when it hit the local scene in 2006. Offering options for children, through to experienced climbers, it’s a fun way to keep fit.



Start in style

Start in style

Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day (November 13) is one of the most highly anticipated and prestigious events on the Christchurch social calendar so why not kick start (or finish off) this spectacular day of racing, fashion and fun at one of these fabulous establishments.

Start in style


1. Start your day in style at the Christchurch Casino in Victoria Street with a scrumptious buffet breakfast, glass of bubbly, beer or orange juice for only $50 per person. Tickets available online and include a return bus ticket to Addington. (R20 and dress code applies).

2. The perfect place to begin your race day celebrations is in the heart of Merivale with a champagne breakfast at No.4 Bar and Restaurant, along with Cup Week prizes and live music. Book your seat to Addington Raceway on November 13 on the legendary No.4 bus ($19) and enjoy a complimentary beverage on return.

3 . Trevinos Restaurant & Bar in Riccarton will be open from 9am offering an à la carte breakfast with complimentary glass of bubbles to get you in the mood.

4. Situated in Lincoln Road, The Pedal Pusher is a short stroll from the action at Addington Raceway, offering a champagne breakfast daily throughout Cup Week. A funky and vibrant gastropub, The Pedal Pusher now has live music on a Sunday from 3pm to 6pm.

5.Get together with a group of friends and head to JDV in Merivale before – and after. With late night dining until 11:30pm you will not have an excuse but to return to the party at JDV.

6. Renowned for its amazing breakfasts, Bloody Mary’s in Latimer Square will be serving up a delicious pre-race day buffet (with a few extra goodies) on Tuesday November 13. Guests will be treated with a glass of bubbly on arrival starting the day off in style.

7. If champagne is your thing then you can’t look past the upscale neighbourhood bar Vesuvio Wine & Tapas Bar. Throughout Cup Week, the European style bar is running a special Champagne by The Glass Menu, champagne specials and champagne cocktails.

8. Louis Champagne and Oyster Bar Owner Jason Whitelaw says “a party without champagne is just a meeting”. G.H. Mumm is just one of the champagnes available at Louis where you can start your day in style. Louis’ celebrated after parties have proven again a hit (with two selling out) but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action at other times during Cup Week.

9. From November 13 to 18 Aikmans in Merivale will be turning it up starting with a Moet & Chardon Champagne Breakfast and return bus to Addington ($35 per person). There will be special events taking place every day with live music, drink specials and prizes for best dressed.

10. For Cup Day, the Carlton has you covered with three options to begin your day right with a champagne breakfast and buffet breakfast for $25 or add in a bus ride to Addington for $35 (inclusive) on the Carlton bus.





Ashburton Activities: Ashburton, the jewel in the Cantabrian crown

If you’re looking for somewhere to go, with a rural heart yet all the fun of the big city, Ashburton is the jewel in the Cantabrian crown. Just an hour south of the city, it is a small town with a big heart.


If you’re a bit of a history buff, the Plains Vintage Railway & Historical Museum is home to a range of exhibits, including vintage steam locomotives, tractors, implements, stationary engines along with a quaint museum village to take a glimpse of Mid Canterbury’s pioneering past.
If adventure is more up your recreational alley, Skydiving Kiwis can provide you with some of the most mind blowing, heart pumping and adrenalin inducing adventure you will never forget!
If you prefer your adventure with a bit more comfort, Air Rangitata offers scenic flights and charters from this Mid Canterbury base. Its high wing Cessna 206 aircraft has seating for five passengers and provides fantastic views.
Meanwhile, why not hire a motorcycle from CircleNZ and head out on some of the best motorcycle roads the South Island has to offer.
There are plenty of beautiful shops and cafés to catch your eye, or grab a picnic and head to the Ashburton Domain, which features various sports fields, gardens and walks, with a beautiful river running through it.