New Zealand’s coolest cafe: C1 Espresso, Christchurch

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Tuesday 22 October 2013

As one of a handful of quality, boutique coffee shops that have sprung up in the Christchurch CBD, C1 Espresso’s quirky decor, chilled vibe and sustainable attitude provide a unique flavour that is sought after in coffee capitals across the world.

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Christchurch Pallet Pavilion to live on through summer

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By Chad Bennett in Architecture on Monday 21 October 2013

It was an initiative that spawned from the creativity of Christchurch residents and the desire for an inner-city live venue among the city’s disused CBD. Originally set to be pulled down back in June, the temporary Pallet Pavilion is set to now remain open throughout the summer.

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CBD bar brings life into inner-city Christchurch, New Zealand

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Monday 9 September 2013

Like many, up and coming boutique brewery Cassels and Sons was hit hard by the earthquakes that rocked Christchurch in 2011. But it didn’t stop them opening CBD, a vibrant establishment that breathes life into the inner city.

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Street art emerges in the rebuild of Christchurch

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By Chad Bennett in New Art on Thursday 5 September 2013

As Christchurch continues to rebuild itself, many of the buildings irreparably damaged in the city’s CBD will be demolished as new, innovative design projects emerge. In the interim, it has given some of the city’s street artists the opportunity to showcase their talent. Christchurch has always been renowned as a cultural and creative hub, and […]

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Cardboard Cathedral a sign of the re-emergence of Christchurch

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Thursday 5 September 2013

The city of Christchurch is in the midst of what is, and will continue to be, a painstaking rebuild in the aftermath of the series of devastating earthquakes in 2011. But the signs of progress are popping up throughout the area’s CBD, as evidenced by the transitional cathedral that officially opened last month.

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Christchurch 840 days after the earthquake: photos by Ben Thomas

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By Ben Thomas in New Photography on Friday 16 August 2013

These are images captured in July, 2013, 840 days after the devastating earthquakes that almost completely destroyed Christchurch. It’s hard to believe that the central business district still looks like this.

What was most amazing was listening to the stories of the locals, the amount of rebuilding that has already occurred and their determination to build a better future.

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In Christchurch, a shopping district with shipping containers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 29 March 2013

After the Christchurch quake, the site of a mall destroyed in the natural disaster on Cashel Street has now seen a revival of shopping activity with shipping containers that now form temporary retail spaces. Shipping containers are just so darn cool.

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HAPA: a stylishly curated design store in Christchurch

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Thursday 14 February 2013

HAPA is a design store in Christchurch, New Zealand, that just happens to be located inside a shipping container. Style points. The store was opened shortly after the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 by Maureen Taane and Yuri Bacas Hosaka and offers interesting bespoke gifts, jewelry, and accessories from local and international artists.

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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

Elise Boyd Contributor

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

Elise Boyd Contributor

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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