Catering for all occasions: Hanmer Springs Four Square

Whenever you have a bunch of people together in Hanmer, it’s a good enough excuse to treat them to catering from the local Four Square. The reputation of its treat-laden platters is well-established, and there’s lots more on offer. The friendly staff cater for children’s birthday parties with food that kids and the grown-ups will […]

A tempting fête: Hanmer Springs Fête

All roads lead to Hanmer on October 29 for a series of exciting events, starting with the Hanmer Springs Fête.   This fabulous annual fête, held in the grounds of the historic Queen Mary Hospital, boasts 150 stalls of which at least one third are new this year, and two thirds back again. Co-organiser Abby […]

A clear choice: Clear Ridge

Clear, crisp winter days can get the blood pumping, but heading back indoors to luxuriate is sheer bliss, especially in the comfort of your Clear Ridge Apartment at Hanmer Springs.   The 5-star boutique apartments consist of beautifully furnished and appointed two-bedroom suites that are spacious enough to sleep up to six guests, and each […]

An artisan fête: Mid-Canterbury St John

What started as an offer of a stroll through six hectares of spectacular gardens now includes a fête with more than 90 stalls and live entertainment. The second annual event for mid-Canterbury St John will raise funds for its community health initiatives and also for local services. Hosted by Sue and Ted Rollinson at their […]

A local feast: TwentyFour Catering

Seven years on from starting her new venture, TwentyFour Catering, Ashburton chef Chantelle Quinn is quietly confident there is no event too big or small for her to tackle. Seven years on from starting her new venture, TwentyFour Catering, Ashburton chef Chantelle Quinn is quietly confident there is no event too big or small for […]

Swimming with options: Abelfields

The sporting passions, health and wellness and event management experience of Penelope and Dan Abel come together at their dream property and boutique function centre, Abelfields, on the outskirts of Kaiapoi. Situated at a quiet rural spot, just 20 minutes from Christchurch’s CBD, Abelfields provides a function room that is perfect for small to medium-sized […]

Homegrown style and service: Barb’s Place

After 14 years running their boutique homestay in Waipara, Barb and Geoff Taylor’s reputation as excellent hosts is solid.   Barb’s Place is a homely BnB in the heart of the Canterbury wine-growing region and under an hour from Christchurch International Airport. The couple will cook up a country-style dinner for guests and suggest a […]

Unique setting to treasure: Sign of the Takahe

Known as the gateway to the Port Hills, the eminent Sign of the Takahe is renowned for its cafe, bar, and restaurant where the best in classic European and Kiwi food and beverages are served in the deliciously baronial setting. Offering casual and family friendly dining at affordable prices, this unique setting always delivers a […]

A tranquil venue: Barkers Foodstore & Eatery

Having celebrated two years of the beautiful Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery doors being open, the iconic Kiwi Brand has created the perfect destination for your next conference or function. The picturesque setting on the banks of the Waihi River in Geraldine, the impressive glass frame and a spacious interior unites the space with forest fauna […]

Make history at Mona Vale

Fresh air and green spaces are integral to any event or celebration held at Christchurch’s premiere historic venue, Mona Vale.   Upstairs you’ll find space, light, and plenty of break-out areas which are fully air conditioned, or throw open those distinguished windows to let the breezes off the Avon drift in. Downstairs in the dining […]