Vietnam To Go recently opened in central Christchurch among the other St. Asaph Street container restaurants and cafés. The eatery is serving up authentic and flavourful Vietnamese staples. It’s been almost two years since my travels to Vietnam and I was seriously missing the freshly prepared pho and bánh mì joints that lined every street. As soon […]Read more "Christchurch’s Best Vietnamese Eats"
With only one day in Brisbane on my way back from the Whitsunday Islands, I still was eager to get a good sense of the city. If you’re looking for ideas to explore this sunny Queensland city on a tight timeframe, read on. After flying into the Brisbane Airport, catching the train is super straightforward. […]Read more "24 Hours In Brisbane"
The last time I was in New Plymouth was to see Tegan and Sara open for Jack Johnson in 2010. Evidently Jack Johnson chose Taranaki as the destination for one of his two New Zealand shows because of its reputation for having some of the country’s best surf. Taranaki is known for much more than […]Read more "36 Hours in New Plymouth"
Taking cues from late night eateries in Shanghai and Hong Kong, Sally and Sam Hooper will officially open Sister Kong Bao Bar this Friday. The pair is behind the hugely popular Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar and Christchurch foodies eagerly await their second venture. The decor of Sister Kong is red, gold and neon, just what you’d […]Read more "Sister Kong brings Hong Kong to Christchurch"
The long-awaited opening of the Crowne Plaza holds a great deal of significance to Christchurch. Standing 70m above the street, it is the city’s second tallest building. The venture symbolizes a milestone in the city’s recovery. Built in 1989, originally an office building, it mostly withstood the 2011 earthquake and has recently completed a refit. […]Read more "New Opening: Crowne Plaza Christchurch"
Access to some of the country’s most spectacular regions is one of the reasons Nick and I moved to Christchurch. With Banks Peninsula on our doorstep, the drive to Akaroa is a winding wonderland of sights. Stop at Hilltop Tavern for a coffee or quick bite before carrying on down the road. The views are […]Read more "Akaroa Adventures"
The scenic drive to Hanmer Springs is a mere 90 minutes north of Christchurch. Perfect for a weekend away, the resort town is popular amongst Cantabrians and international visitors. I had yet to visit Hanmer despite having resided in Christchurch for almost two years. Nick’s birthday weekend was a great excuse to treat ourselves to a […]Read more "How to holiday in Hanmer Springs"