Like so much of New Zealand, Christchurch is blessed with access to the finest and freshest natural produce. The red meats here are treated with justified care while dairy products and wines are world class. Locals here love to eat out and the choices are wide, from à la carte fine dining to fish and chip shops that provide quick service with a smile.
The Lyttleton markets are a great example of the fresh food markets that proliferate around Christchurch and so cooking a slap up meal is an activity that can run weekend long. Scouring the markets for the very freshest vegetables and condiments can take all day since there are so many delicious distractions on offer from the stall holders.
There are several main dining districts in Christchurch but it is hard to get a bad meal in any part of town. Most pubs will have an excellent selection of counter meals while the top restaurants compete for awards on a nightly basis.
There are several fantastic dining options at this newly redeveloped civic precinct. An a la carte Italian restaurant is often booked out days in advance and finding a table at the large Irish pub with its wood fire pizza oven is often a difficult proposition, too. The legendary fish and chip café here serves nicely wrapped offerings and sensational local beers.
Near Chancery Lane is the older of Christchurch's redeveloped city precincts. Dining options here tend to be larger and more along a fine dining road. Great steaks and lamb racks can be complemented with fine New Zealand red wines at any of the established places along and around this part of town.
Such a long street can hardly be grouped as one contained dining district. There are numerous sections along Colombo Street that blend from steakhouse into Italian a la carte and everything in between. A number of places have on street tables during the summer.