We could be in one of New Zealand's most illustrious restaurants, but we're not.
The New Zealand city that has changed in more ways than one, embracing modernity and daring design.
It should be an easy flight, but getting up at 4am to catch it doesn't help.
Creative attitudes are helping Christchurch get back on its feet, writes Rob McFarland.
Too often, modern-day travel can feel sanitised and rushed, leaving you yearning for the era of gracious, slow-paced touring on a grand scale. Julietta Jameson goes down in search of travel's bygone days.
The weather gods are Ben Groundwater's companions on a visit to the Mackenzie region.
The city of churches is now known more for powerful earthquakes, but Sue Bennett found a city well on the path to rebuilding.
Build it and they will come. Or will they? Belinda Jackson rounds up the best newcomers on the architecture scene.
After being hit by a devastating earthquake in 2011, which closed much of the city centre for two years, Christchurch has made a comeback. New Zealand's second-largest city was rebuilt using innovative designs such as the Cardboard Cathedral that replaced the damaged icon of the city, and the Re:Start mall that features shops inside shipping containers. But the city maintains its English university town-style charm.