Garden Court Brasserie and Camelot Restaurants

Chateau on the Park,
189, Deans Avenue
Phone (03) 389 8999

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Mainstreet Vegetarian Cafe and Bar
840, Colombo Street,Christchurch,
Phone(03) 365 0421

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Aqua Gym
459, Cashel Street,
Phone (03) 381 0299

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The Lotus Heart
595, Colombo Street,
Phone(03) 379 0324

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Natures Organics
Opawa Mall, 4/124 Opawa Road
Ph (03) 337 0022

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Forget Me Not Cafe
12, Wakefield Avenue,
Phone (03) 326 6501

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Govindas Vegetarian Restaurant
602, Colombo Street,
Phone (03) 379 1373

A Hare Krishna restaurant, clean simple and very good value. How do they do it ! The $3.95 lunch includes rice, a vegetable dish, savoury and home made chutney,and a second servng for only $1.00.

Monday -Friday 11.30 am - 2.30 pm
Friday 5.30 pm - 8.00pm


organic • vegetarian • gluten-free

Untouched World

Native Garden Restaurant,
155 Roydvale  Avenue,
Phone  (03) 357 9499

Upmarket but informal restaurant. Uses organic produce whenever posssible. Vegetarian and gluten free choices available. Approx  $15.00 entree, $30.00 main, $12.00 dessert. Set menu  three courses $45.00.

HOURS (winter)
Mon - Friday         11.30 am - 3.00 pm
Tues - Saturday    6.00 pm - 8.00pm
Sat - Sunday         10.00am - 3.00 pm Brunch

vegetarian • chinese cuisine

Dream Garden

62, Kendal Avenue,
Phone (03) 358 8485

All vegetarian restaurant. Mains $6.00 - $10.00  with miso soup and green tea included.  Popular with Chinese students. Dont be deterred by the lack of English language skills  - they are pleased to see you and try very hard to be helpful if you dont know your way around Chinese cuisine. If you're not sure, try vegetarian beef on rice $6.50 . Its ample and very appetising, and hard to distinguish from very tender steak.

Mon - Thursday             11.00am - 9.00pm
Friday & Saturday         11.00am - 11.00pm
Closed Sunday

vegetarian • vegan

Welcome Chinese Vegetarian Cafe and Takeaway

2, Wharenui Road
Phone (03) 348 2630

All vegetarian with plenty of vegan choice. Mains $7.00 - $9.50

Mon - Saturday      11.00 am - 9.00 pm
Closed Sunday

vegetarian • vegan

Lion City

East in the City,
266, High Street,
Central City,
Phone (03) 377 5868

All vegetarian and all vegan. One of around a dozen Asian food outlets in this central city food court. Their lunch time special offering a combination of three dishes on steamed rice for $6.00 is great value. 

Mon - Saturday 11.00am - 8.00pm

vegetarian • Gluten free                                                           

Duck Pizzaria & Bar
4 Wakefield Avenue,

Phone (03) 326 5488

Agreeably up-beat atmosphere in this pizza and pasta restaurant in trendy Sumner. Lush, audacious and surprisingly good toppings show an exuberant disregard for the pizza's humble origins - Morrocan spiced lamb with mushroom,capsicum, mango and tzatziki sauce!
There's more than pizza here - starters include antipasto and NZ green lipped mussels (not to be missed) There's a choice of salads, pasta, large and small pizzas and desserts. Vegetarian and gluten free options

You can mingle with the locals before dinner in the small stylish bar downstairs.

Takeaways available

Tuesday to Sunday 5.00pm till late


vegetarian • Gluten free                                            


The 't' House,                                                                           
25 Marriner Street,
Ph (03)326 7111                                       
Fax (03) 326 7118
email info@tistea.co.nz

In the heart of Sumner, Christchurch's popular seaside suburb. Relaxed, informal atmosphere and great service in an attractive setting. Seating outside.
The restaurant menu is an unusual Cosmopolitan - Japanese fusion with Kiwi embellishments -  a fresh approach to café fare
Ranges from BLT $7.00 or a full cooked breakfast $13.00, to sushi with miso $9.50 and tea smoked chicken, smoked salmon or vegetarian stirfry noodles with veges $12.50. The entire menu is available as gluten free. They also offer delicious gluten free carrot, orange, and chocolate cake, and brownies. Huge range of chai and teas.   Awaiting alchohol licence  ( Feb 2005 )


Seven days 9.00am till late                               MENU





Organic Vegetarian Gluten & Dairy Free



Cafe & Restaurant

79, Main Road,Governers Bay,


ph(03) 329 9825

A new addition (January 2005) to the Christchurch gastro scene.

Situated thirty minutes over the hills from city center

Vegetarian friendly, caters for dairy free and gluten free diets.

Where possible they use organic and freerange produce. Tapas bar in the evening

Seats approx 50, and more outside

Open 6 days 10 am to 10 pm ( Closed Tuesdays)

Not seen but have heard good reports




Dux de Lux, Restaurant Bars & Brewery

The Arts Centre,

cnr Hereford & Montreal Streets,


ph (03) 366 6919

A popular, long-standing Christchurch institution. "The Dux" was the first vegetarian friendly restaurant to set up in Christchurch.

In addition to the restaurant there are two bars, one with live music,   

a cocktail lounge and an in-house brewery. Plenty of out door seating.

A reasonably substantial vegetarian menu with vegan options available.

Mains $18.00 - $19.00

Restaurant Hours

11.0am - 9.30pm - seven days.


Gluten Free   Fish and Chips


Odysssey Sea Foods

21B, Marriner Street,



ph (03) 326 5216

Traditional Kiwi staple, Fish and Chips, goes gluten free. Newly opened chrome and neon takeaway in trendy sea-side Sumner Village, with three or four tables if you prefer a very casual eat-in experience.



Tues, Wed, Thurs 12 noon -8.00pm

Fri & Saturday 12.00 noon - 9.00pm

Sunday - Closed



vegetarian  vegan restaurant and takeaway


Miengin House

292 Selwyn Street,



ph (03) 365 9952


Specialises in 'miengin', a wheat based meat substitute.

Has its devotees despite an extreme no frills ambience and a tendency to sameness in flavour of the dozen or so dishes on offer.


Not for the conventional bon viveur - but you could get addicted. The price is certainly very reasonable and the radish cake is delicious.


All you can eat for $12.00. Takeaway $8.00



Dining - Thursdays and Fridays 5.00pm - 8.00pm

Also open for sale of miengin and other vegetarian products Thursday and Friday 11.00am - 8.00pm

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A travellers guide to keeping fit and healthy eating away from home.Whether you are visiting  on business or holiday,  back packer, corporate traveller or tourist, Christchurch offers you a wealth of easily accessible exercise and keep fit options.

From swimming pools and aquajogging, mountain biking and on road cycling, roller blading or in line skating, jogging, trail running, golf, yoga, pilates, through to gyms and health clubs.

If you're eating out there's a choice of  restaurants and cafes serving vegetarian and organic or "Smart Choice", Heart Foundation approved dishes. 

If you're self catering you will find a wide range of Heart Foundation approved  low fat, low salt products as well as certified organic produce in supermarkets and specialist health food shops.






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