The wines of Waipara

North Canterbury is abundant with award-winning wineries, and beautiful cellar doors and vineyards. The area is a haven for winemaking, with the perfect climate for grape growing; long sunshine hours, hot dry summers, and long autumns. The sheltered Waipara area is close to the sea, and the warm days and cool nights provide a prolonged […]

Discover the flavours of spring: Barker’s Foodstore

With the arrival of spring and warmer days, a weekend trip to Barker’s Foodstore has never been a better idea. The iconic Kiwi brand has created the perfect destination for escaping the hustle and bustle. Barker’s Foodstore and Eatery is a purpose-built landmark, set on the picturesque banks of the Waihi River in Geraldine. On […]

gin gin’s simple delights

With warmer weather arriving, and longer, lighter evenings upon us, gin gin is in the full swing of spring. More than just a dining experience, the restaurant and bar has established itself as a destination offering exquisite food and drinks, and an atmosphere like no other. Their focus on local, fresh and refined food shines […]

Indulge in classic Greek cuisine

Dining out should always be a memorable experience. Comfortable surroundings, real hospitality, good wine, cocktails and mouth-watering cuisine all combine at the Athens Yacht Club making it an enjoyable occasion. This is “The Athens Experience”. Its specialty is Greek cuisine, offered with professional service and a family vibe. They have recently introduced a fresh, vibrant […]

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 […]

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 […]