Dressing for any occasion: Fashionworks

Ladies do you need a new outfit? Is there a special occasion on the horizon? Or maybe you’ve spring cleaned your wardrobe and have a few spare hangers to fill? The solution is a visit to Hanmer Springs and more specifically a chat with owner Alice Stielow and her team at FashionWorks. They’re expert at […]

The people and places of Christchurch

The Christchurch Heritage Festival is an annual programme of community events coordinated by the Christchurch City Council. The festival has run continuously since the mid-1990s, apart from a hiatus of three years following the Christchurch earthquakes. This year’s theme is people and place – our stories revealed. The theme is an opportunity to share stories […]

Summer fish taco fiesta: United Fisheries

Taco ingredients: 16 small corn tortillas 700g hake/hoki/ Southern blue whiting 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp butter Taco toppings: 1/2 small purple cabbage 2 medium avocados, sliced 2 tomatoes, diced (optional) 1/2 diced red onion 1/2 bunch coriander 1-2 […]

Here, here, great beer: Wigram Brewing

They say life and beer are similar, for best results; chill and enjoy. Now imagine a ‘frosty one’ coming at you in the form of a masterfully brewed craft beer? Aah! Wigram Brewing Co. is no stranger to a crafty pivot because much like lockdown, the art of brewing requires time, endurance and innovation. Opening […]

Indulge in a luxury stay: Village Lake Luxury Apartments

We all deserve a little luxury and pampering especially after the winter, Covid-19 and lockdowns. One place where you will definitely receive that pampering is at Village Lake Luxury Apartments in Hanmer Springs. As you can see their middle name is “luxury” and that’s right down to the bathrobes that come with each apartment. Village […]

Dine out in style: Salt n Pepper

Decade after decade, the idyllic hamlet of Hanmer Springs has been a coveted destination for rest, relaxation and recharging the batteries. Renowned for its scenery, hot pools, walks, shopping, and eating establishments, time out is time well spent in this lush and picturesque resort. Nestled at the top end of town is café/restaurant/bar Salt n […]

Indulge in spring style: Viaduct

The Terrace is a landmark in the garden city; a place for gathering, socialising, and most importantly, enjoying great food and drinks. A modern tavern on level 1 of The Terrace has become a true dining destination in the heart of the city. Viaduct has an upmarket yet casual atmosphere and provides the perfect backdrop […]

Your weekend off: Ballantynes Home Kitchen

We love the security of familiarity, that’s why we have routines, regular activities and even our favourite places to shop. With these things, we know what we’re getting. So, when a spanner is thrown in the works, like Covid-19 level changes, it throws us off-balance. The team at Ballantynes recognised the vacuum left for many […]

Celebrate in style

With the social season here, it is time to start planning the gatherings and festivities to celebrate (and boy is it needed this year!), so Metropol has pulled together some goodies that are sure to go down a treat. Fresh tipples Little Biddy pink gin, made with New Zealand cherries, is a perfectly fresh and […]

Creating future heirlooms: Gavin Cox Furniture

Handcrafted furniture brings luxury and beauty to your lifestyle. Special to use as well as to look at, a hand-made piece is a treasure. Carrying the rare signature of longevity and sustainability, a quality solid wood item is destined to become an heirloom. Gavin Cox Furniture has been creating bespoke crafted furniture for almost 40 […]