The 12 Golden Rules Of Summer
Make the most of this summer with Cityscape’s ultimate bucket list.
1 The great outdoors Make tracks on the Crater Rim Walkway from Evans Pass to Godley Head, where jaw-slackening panoramas of the city, up the coast to the Kaikouras and over Banks Peninsula meet a great workout. Make a night of it – jump in the car and head over to Lavericks Bay for a spot of glamping in the pristine surrounds of Canopy Camping’s luxury campsite (pictured above) – a mere 15 minute meander down to the beautiful secluded beach, or bask in the colonial glory and historical elegance over at Governors Bay Hotel.
2 Drink it in OK, so we’re calling it – Dragons Den Social Lounge’s SOMO Southside is our summer cocktail of choice. Hayman’s gin, lemon, mandarin, mint and agave – what’s not to like?
3 HO, HO HO! Get primed for Chrissie with the CSO's A Canterbury Christmas (21 Dec), Sol3 Mio Christmas in the Vines (19 Dec), the Santa Parade (6 Dec), Carols in the Square (12 Dec) and YMCA Carols by Candlelight (24 Dec).
4 Hit the road Book your tix and get the car ready for an epic road trip to the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.
5 Giggin' around Lock in the hot act awesomeness of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals (29 Feb), Fly My Pretties (12 Feb), Electric Avenue (6 Feb) and UB40 (16 Jan) this summer.
6 Vine Times Vineyard lunches are a summer essential; hit the Waipara wine trail and sample the region’s finest drops and awesome eats at Waipara Hills (pictured) or Pegasus Bay Winery.
7 Taste of summer Don't let summer pass without discovering the epic flavours of Chinwag's passionfruit, coconut custard and mandarin trifle.
8 Stage fight Take your theatre-going experience outdoors with Top Dog's Summer Shakespeare retelling of ol’ Bill’s most tragic theatre piece, Hamlet (10 – 20 Feb).
9 Summer fling Channel your inner tourist exploring the Botanic Gardens/Hagley Park, Art Gallery, Cathedral Square and Re:START Mall and commence crushing on CHCH.
10 Paint the town The Spectrum Street Art Festival is back with a riot of colour; head into the city and discover the new additions to our city’s urban canvas – it runs until 17 April.
11 Make a splash Summer = beach. Skip tradition and give your local the brush off! Instead, set your course for adventure, round up the troops and discover the off-the-grid charms of Camp Bay, Port Levy or Le Bons Bay.
12 Treat yo'self! Showing absolutely no mercy or restraint, the team at BAOdown piles Little Island coconut ice cream inside a deep-fried bao, then dips it in melted milk chocolate and roasted salted peanuts to create the epic taste of summer that is the baonut – hook yourself up at the Christchurch Farmers' Market.