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Lower 9th Diner

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Occupying a small corner space, the Lower 9th Diner is affectionately known as Orleans’ dirty little brother. It’s modeled on American dive bars – places where traditionally the rich and the famous would rub shoulders with the homeless, and that was all good. The venue’s name derives from the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans […]



A replica of its big brother restaurant in Auckland, Orleans celebrates the culture and diversity of New Orleans. In particular, it celebrates the three core elements of New Orleans hospitality: hearty soul food, strong booze and loud music. Described by Tom, the precinct’s Operations Manager, as being an ‘impeccably relaxed’ venue, Orleans offers a fun, […]

Lawn Interiors


Taking up a spot next to high fashion clothing boutique NG in the historical Victorian warehouse on Madras Street, Lawn Interiors has certainly found a fitting home for their beautiful and classic homewares store. Walk through the large glass doors and be greeted by a stunningly simple collection of objects for the house, and even the bach. Take […]

Brick Farm


A far cry from its former Korean karaoke bar glory comes the latest hospitality offering from one of the stalwarts of the rebuild, Johnny Moore… Brick Farm. Offering everything you look for in a bar and restaurant – friendly service, good drink, affordable and interesting food offerings, and a relaxed and social atmosphere, Brick Farm […]


Making martinis.

You can’t beat Italian food for sharing long evenings over a bottle of wine with friends, and Venuti is the perfect place for just that.  The traditional Italian food is excellent, and is well complimented by the impeccable service, low lighting and intimate ambience. Opened by the owner of the old Portobello from Oxford Terrace, […]

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre


The first civic building to be built post-quakes, the striking Visitor Centre in the Botanic Gardens, opened in April 2014, gives us all hope for the future of Christchurch’s cityscape. Designed by Pattersons Associates and inspired by Victorian glasshouse structures, the result is a beautifully light, airy space. The multi-purpose building is home to the […]


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