After two jam-packed research sessions in Christchurch last year, this story was published in delicious. magazine the day after the devastating Christchurch earthquake. Sadly, such fabulous places as C1 Espresso, Chinwag and Restaurant Schwass are no more, though it's heartening to hear that Jonny Schwass and his team are still cooking up a storm in pop-up spots around town. The charming town of Lyttelton also suffered some major blows, but as the region continues to rebuild, tourism is as important and ever, and locals have been keen to spread the word that Akaroa and Waipara are open for business and as beautiful as ever. Get over there – it's gorgeous.