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Nearly four years after quakes rocked Christchurch, local artists, chefs, and activists have banded together to rebuild New Regent Street, an 82-year-old block with a British soul. —By BARBARA WYSOCKI
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8 New Regent St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
At Shop Eight Food & Wine, chef Alex Davies turns regional produce—truffles, parsnips, lamb—into elevated country fare (say, lamb heart steak with rhubarb). The locavore vibe extends to the wines and to furniture made by neighboring Rekindle. 8...
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Rolleston Ave, Christchurch City Centre, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
There’s no better place to stop and smell the roses (and the dahlias and the begonias) than Christchurch Botanic Gardens. From New Regent Street, hop on the renovated tram, which stops near the entrance to the 80-plus acres of majestic oaks, water...
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“As the aftermath of the earthquakes unfolded, I felt perturbed by the waste the demolition process was producing. So I opened Rekindle (35 New Regent St.), in part to prevent lumber from going to the landfill. Now, we turn salvaged materials into...
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1 New Regent St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Caffeine Laboratory has all the third-wave coffee shop trappings (locally roasted beans, passion fruit doughnuts). But there are splashes of New Zealand too: the long black (double espresso with hot water) and a sandwich made with bubble and...
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145 Gloucester St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
After years of postquake restorations, the 106-year-old Isaac Theatre Royal—which has hosted everything from the Imperial Russian Ballet to boxing matches—reopened in November, due, in part, to celeb funding (thanks, Sir Ian McKellen). 145...
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31 New Regent St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
The more than 180 bottles lining the walls of The Last Word, a tiny, whiskey-centric watering hole, can be a paralyzing sight. But the friendly servers know how to steer drinkers to the right spirit, whether a fruity lowland Scotch or a...