Merivale is a fashionable suburb (north-west) with cafes, designer clothing and a growing reputation for antiques. Also to the north-west, Jellie Park Aqua-land offers water-slide and picnic facilities. Golfers can visit Russley Golf Course and Garden City Golf driving range next to Pirate's Island Adventure Golf. To the north-east, Christchurch Golf Club Inc claims to be among the best in New Zealand and borders on Horseshoe Lake Reserve.
For those who like malls, Northlands is in this area too.