Visiting Christchurch This Spring

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Visiting Christchurch This Spring

Christchurch is waking up from Winter and hitting Spring with the excitement of Race Day, Cup Week and a plethora of new openings to enjoy. Find out what New Zealanders love about Christchurch right now…


1. Punky Brewster


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We love the Craft Beer scene in New Zealand, and it’s very strong in Christchurch. Punky Brewster is the place to go when you want to re-fill your bottles from tap. Housed in a funkily restored garage in the back streets of Riccarton, check out this one of a kind place. Not only does Punky Brewster have great beer, there’s plenty of loud punk music, lots of talk about how the beer is created and something new each month.  Punky Brewster 22 Tyne Street, Riccarton.

2. Bishop Brothers Public House

Bishop Brothers Public House effortlessly blends the rustic charms of an apple packhouse aesthetic with 50’s diner chic, where funky seating meets solid wooden furniture and retro flourishes. Relax with a drink in their sunny courtyard, sampling award-winning local chef Kathryn Ahu’s delish gastro-pub fare. Bishop Brothers Public House 119 Farrington Avenue, Bishopdale

3. Empire Bar & Izakaya


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Newly opened Empire Bar & Izakaya is the third successful restaurant and bar on St Asaph Street alongshide Baretta and The Cuban. Entry via out-there samurai sword door handles, this uber-cool new hotspot is the place to check out. Dark and cavernous, the room makes a nod to Japense refinment with well appointed artefacts, and intimate booths amongst the glistening red tiles.
Empire 172 St Asaph Street, Central City

4. FESTA (Festival of Transitional Architecture)


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Christchurch’s very own unique biennial Festival of Transitional Architecture is back in October. The Labour weekend celebration focuses on sustainability through the reuse of waste materials in design and citizen-led urban regeneration with main event ‘Lean Means’ creating a spectacular temporary city made from reused ‘waste’ materials, where inner city spaces are transformed with imaginative installations. FESTA 21 Oct -24 Oct, Christchurch

5. Canterbury A&P Show 2016


The Canterbury A&P Show is a Christchurch must do if you happen to be in town at the right time. It is great for family, filled with livestock, entertainment and attractions, indoor and outdoor exhibits, feature marquees and pavilions. It’s where country comes to town in a spectacular mix of colour, excitement and competition – a true celebration of everything great in New Zealand.

6. Beca Heritage Week


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One of the things Christchurch lost during the earthquakes was a lot of the heritage buildings, so make the most of Beca Heritage Week. There’s a fantastic range of events that unearth Christchurch’s hidden histories. Take the opportunity to be inspired, discover new places and learn old pastimes.

Find out more about what is happening in Christchurch and the rest of New Zealand by getting in touch with us at Antipodean Luxury Travel.