Smash Palace: old buses recycled into a bar

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Wednesday 30 January 2013

Smash Palace is the ultimate in thriftiness; this cool little pop up bar in Christchurch is decked out almost entirely from furniture made from recycled scrap material. The best part though is that the bars themselves are retrofitted into…yep, old buses!

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An outdoor amphitheatre from recycled shipping palettes

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By Elise Boyd in New Eco on Tuesday 29 January 2013

During our recent trip to Christchurch, we were lucky enough to be able to participate in a voluntourism project, run by Gap Filler (the guys behind the Dance-o-mat and a whole bunch of other equally fun projects!)

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Black Betty: a cafe and coffee roastery in Christchurch

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By Elise Boyd in New Food and Packaging on Friday 11 January 2013

If your daily trips to the local coffee shop are leaving you feeling a little flat and often wondering if the art of coffee making is truly dead, then take a pilgrimage to Black Betty in Christchurch for a caffeine fuelled enlightenment.

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The Pedal Pusher: a quirky bicycle themed restaurant

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 January 2013

If you’re looking for cheap and cool eats in Christchurch, look no further than The Pedal Pusher in Addington. Featuring an eclectic mix of cycling enthusiasts and foodies alike, this funky little restaurant has something for everyone. The brightly coloured decor is a nod to Christchurch’s glory days of cycling, and is fitted out with bikes galore; from bike seat bar stools to light fittings made from old wheels.

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Re:START Mall: a pop-up mall made from shipping containers

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By Elise Boyd in New Fashion on Thursday 6 December 2012

The Re:START mall is a pop-up mall in Christchurch made entirely of shipping containers, and was temporarily set up in 2011 to replace the previous mall that was damaged in the February earthquake. Since opening, the mall has grown to over 40 retailers, including a mix of Christchurch favourites, some newer names and brands, a food court plus markets on the weekends.

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Impromptu dance party from a recycled washing machine

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 December 2012

If you’re ever in Christchurch with a $2 coin in your pocket and a burning desire to throw some shapes, take a moment to visit the Dance-O-Mat on Oxford Terrace. Gather some friends, plug your smart phone/iPod/MP3 player into the washing machine and you’ll be rewarded with an instant dance party.

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Cargo Bar: a bar made from shipping containers

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Wednesday 28 November 2012

When the 2011 earthquake hit Christchurch, Henare Akuhata-Brown (more affectionately known as “H”) was one of the many to lose everything he owned, including his house and two bars. H saw this as a perfect opportunity to find a gap in the market and experiment with something completely new – so, a few months later, Cargo Bar was born.

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Black Estate: a family run vineyard in the Waipara Valley

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Friday 23 November 2012

Black Estate is a little slice of heaven nestled on the slopes of the Waipara Valley, about a 45 minute drive from Christchurch. The family owned and run vineyard combines the kind of service you can only get at a family business, with some serious style; the sleek, minimalist barn with an entirely black colour scheme both inside and out has won a number of architecture acclaims.

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185 empty white chairs: remembering Christchurch earthquake

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By Elise Boyd in New Art on Monday 19 November 2012

Reflection of Loss of Lives, Livelihoods and Living in Neighbourhood is an installation by Peter Majendie, standing on a vacant lot in the heart of Christchurch. Where a church once proudly stood, the 185 white chairs each represent one of the 185 lives lost in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

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