We think our RUBY Christchurch Manager Sighle is the perfect person to let us in on a few of her favourite places in the beautiful Garden City that is Christchurch!
My parents and I moved from England to Christchurch over 20 years ago and I’ve been here ever since. One thing I love about Christchurch is how everything is in such close proximity without being crowded. You can go from town to the beach or countryside in 20 minutes. Christchurch is becoming rather exciting with the new plans for the city springing into action along with new cafes, bars and shops popping up all over the place. As well as the RUBY Christchurch Manager, I’m also a shopaholic, shoe connoisseur, general fashion addict and avid cinema fan
The best Mushroom Bruschetta and Polenta Fries in town. With carpeted walls and a bar stacked full of encyclopedias it has a fantastic atmosphere and is also a great evening spot with a decadent drinks list, tapas and live music every night.
Fine, contemporary dining situated in the historic Station Master’s villa. The restaurant specialises in seafood and vegetarian cuisine with excellent service. The Aubergine Involtini is amazing!
Mt. Vernon Track
Although situated at the end of my street, until recently I hadn’t been up there for years. From the top there are breathtaking views of the city and even as far as the Southern Alps, not to mention it’s a great work-out getting up there.
A short drive from town The Store at Tai Tapu is a great little escape. The café serves many scrumptious dishes as well as high tea, while the gift shop has something for everyone. Beware of the gaggle of lycra-clad cyclists (one being my dad) who frequent The Store everyday around 11am.
Known for their generous ice cream scoops, Redcliffs Dairy is a must visit on the way to or from Sumner. I often make a special trip just for the ice cream and then pop around the corner to enjoy the view over the estuary at sunset.
Castle Rock Café
My favourite weekend brunch spot with chai lattes that are served in a milkshake glass. Surprisingly, the café is tucked away in the middle of an industrial estate but has fantastic views of the Port Hills and Castle Rock itself. It has a great friendly atmosphere where the staff always remember your favourite order.
Christchurch residents and visitors alike flock to Sumner on a sunny day. Even though it’s so close to town it has a very relaxed atmosphere, which is perfect for a stroll along the promenade.
With Christchurch being the garden city, the Botanical Gardens are the epitome of this. There are many great picnic spots and events held throughout the grounds during the summer.
Recently re-opened after the earthquakes, the gondola is another great way to see Christchurch from above. It is a fun ride up there and when you reach the top the views are stunning.
The home of RUBY in Christchurch. It’s also affectionately known as ‘the container mall’ and is the new heart of the city with many vibrant shops, cafes, market stalls and street performers.
Make sure you try out some of these amazing places next time you're in town!