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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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Organic and Gluten Free Shopping

Christchurch now boasts a reasonable selection of organic, gluten free and health food retailers. Heart Foundation approved products are available in major supermarkets.



Heart Healthy
New Zealand National Heart Foundation approved products, low in saturated fat, salt and sugar, can be recognised by the Pick the Tick logo and are available through major suburban and inner city supermarkets. A few Australian and US Heart Foundation approved products are also available. Best selections in the central city are at South City New World and Big Fresh on Moorhouse Avenue

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organic & Gluten free retailer - central city

New World Supermarket, South City Centre, City
555 Colombo Street.
Ph (03) 377 6778

Good selection of organic fresh produce and groceries - pastas, rice, beans, herbs, spreads, sauces, canned vegetables, bread etc . Also stock organic beers and wine. In house bakery makes gluten free bread and muffins to order - 24 hours notice required

organic retailer - central city

Woolworths Supermarket, Moorhouse Central , 
Cnr Moorhouse Ave & Madras Street
Ph (03) 366 4804
Small selection of imported and local gluten free and organic tinned and dry goods.
Pastas, tortilla chips, baked beans and soft drinks are favourites followed by Prince of Wales "Duchy Originals" biscuits.
A few lines of organic fresh produce - three or four at most

organic retailer - central city

Ma and Pa's Bakery
Shop 26 Chancery Lane
Ph (03) 374 5252

319, Stanmore Road, Richmond

Ph (03) 389 4848

Highly recommended. Their range includes organic, fat and sugar free, low fat, dairy free and yeast free breads. Gluten Free products available. Both shops open every day 7 am to 7 pm.

organic Bakery - Suburban

The Breadman, 72 Orbell Street, Sydenham
Ph 03 365 0990


Fabulous range of organic bread available - see his website for outlets






organic retailer - Suburban

Piko Whole Foods, 229 Kilmore Street, Linwood/City
Ph (03) 366 8116

October 2005 - building undergoing renovation. Temporary entry off Barbadoes Street

Good range of organic fresh produce and groceries.
If you're looking for a budget meal try their lentil turnover - a meal in itself $2.80 approx (vegan and very yum). And plenty of other snacks - Vegan samosas, vegan & gluten free rice burgers and more. All around $2.80


ORGANIC BAKER - Central city                                              

Canterbury Cheese Mongers, 44 Salisbury Street, City

Ph (03) 389 8028 Mobile 021 479 491

Lovely crusty organic bread baked daily - ciabatta, sourdough, soda and wholemeal loaves. Lots of pastries and other baked goodies, not forgetting their imported and New Zealand cheeses plus mouthwatering and unmentionable temptations such as pork pies.

Get in early or phone them if you want bread. Its popularity usually ensures that its "gone by lunchtime"

New Zealand Champions of Cheese April 2004
Champion Cheese Retailer

 Cuisine Magazine and Matua Wines August 2004

 Award of Innovation & Excellence





Organic Produce                                                                                             


Lyttelton Farmers Market,

Lyttelton Main School, Oxford Street, Lyttelton

This newly opened market offers one of the biggest and best selections of organic vegetables and fruit seen in the Christchurch area so far, and it all looks invitingly fresh.


Free range eggs  $4.50 a dozen, Spray free fresh herbs, freshly baked bread and lots more.

Open every Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm


Get fresh fish off the boat in the docks nearby.

Saturdays 9.00am - 1.00pm. Pays to be there early.

More Suburban Organic Retailers

Organic & Gluten free -Retailer & Wholesale                               


Unit 5 ,

1-5 Cass Street,

(Under Durham Street Overbridge)



Freephone 0800 637 228


Monday - Friday 8.30am-5.00pm

Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm


A haven for Euro-foodies tucked away in Sydenham, Mercato specialises in preservative free, artisan foods imported from Spain, France Italy and Persia


You’ll find a satisfying range of organic and gluten free products including Italian risotto rice, pastas, organic olive oils and vinegars.


From New Zealand there’s a good selection of hand made organic and gluten free sausages - toulouse, chorizo, mantova. Plenty of free-range meats - Murellen pork, bacon and pancetta, and Hereford prime beef. Not to be forgotten Verjuice, apple syrup, chutneys, walnut products and Mandy’s sublime horseradish sauce


An impressive collection of "Giusti" balsamic vinegars from Modena, should satisfy the most demanding aficionados; as should the Vincotto, a wonderfully versatile condiment made from cooked grape must. Both the Vincotto and balsamic vinegars are aged in oak and are additive and preservative free. Not something you will find at your local supermarket.

Try a little lemon vincotto drizzled on asparagus or barbecued meat.


Other eye-catching goodies include sugar-free and deliciously exclusive “Venchi” chocolates from Italy, and beautifully retro-packaged little tins of Leone pastilles - stunning flavours - Orange Blossom, Cinnamon, Alpine Herbs, and quirky “Ugly but Good” Balsamic Liquorice.

Great as Christmas stocking-fillers



Carefully sourced products and co-owner Ngaire Baker’s enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge of the stock make an iconic combination and it's no surprise that Mercato supply the South Island's leading lodges and restaurants.



Organic Produce


Deans Bush Farmers Market

Riccarton House,

16, Kahu Road,


Ph (03)348 6190


Organic produce, fruit, vegetables, cheese, organic bread, gluten free products, free range organic eggs, Humming Bird organic coffee and lots more.

Saturdays 10.00am - 1.00pm (weather permitting)


More Suburban Organic Retailers

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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.




Gluten Free Shopping



Eatright cakes and cookies.New Zealand made using certified organic ingredients. Available at major New World and Countdown supermarkets. Also at Natures Organics, Huckleberry Farm, Piko, and Adams Apple in Rangiora.


Orgran, an entirely gluten free Australian made range of pastas, cookies soups, cereals, pizza & pancake



Masterfoods 'Dolmio' Italian style sauces . Condiments, relishes, marinades, pesto and spreads - all gluten free. At major supermarkets.

Call 0800 442 216 for product information



Our favourite inner city supermarket, New World at South City, stocks these brands and more


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