Slow down season

Summer is here and it is time to take a well-deserved break. After a challenging year for many, taking the time to recharge and switch off is on a lot of people’s minds. Taking a mini-break close to home keeps things simple, and the much-loved Hanmer Springs region is always a good go-to. Great all […]

Soaking up the scenery

Opuke is the Maori name for Mt Hutt. This dominant feature of the Canterbury landscape is now the backdrop for Methven Adventures’ Opuke Thermal Pools and Spa due to open this month. Tony Joseph of Joseph & Associates Ltd was involved with this exciting project from concept back in 2009, with the extended Joseph’s Project […]

A venue for any occasion: Rossendale Vineyard

Rossendale is so much more than a stylish wedding venue. The vineyard is set in a picturesque landscape, with tranquil views in every direction, making it an idyllic backdrop for any event. The versatile setting has many different offerings, including a large main room, three smaller rooms, acres of outdoor garden area, and ample car […]

Stay awhile

North Canterbury is full of hidden delights and local treasures. For a leisurely weekend, make a day or two out of exploring the sights, indulging in the cuisine, and discovering the beauty of the wider Canterbury region. Morning Start your journey at one of the local farmers’ markets that often occur on a Saturday or […]

Celebrate in luxury: Amuri Estate

With panoramic views of the stunning mountains, and spacious areas for wining, dining, and celebrating, Amuri Estate offers the ideal setting for any special occasion. Just 10 minutes out of Hanmer Springs and only 90 minutes from Christchurch, Amuri Estate is the perfect destination to escape, relax and celebrate. Coming into the warmer months means […]

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 […]

City sights and delights

Strolling the streets is idyllic, however hopping aboard one of the city’s iconic heritage trams is an even better way to explore the inner city. Christchurch’s Central Business District (CBD) has much to offer visitors and locals alike, day and night. Aside from its beautiful heritage buildings, the inner garden city is a revitalised precinct […]

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 […]

A perfect spring Sunday: Gatewood Market

Escape the city and get a dose of fresh country air for a perfect Sunday at the Gatewood Market. The much-loved country fair is on the beautiful Woodgate family property and carefully organised by the Woodgate and Mckenzie families, who strive to create a homely, relaxed, and vibrant community event. The market is an opportunity […]

Viva la vista: Queenstown House

You don’t need a passport for a world-class destination when you have the crowning jewel in your own backyard. The iconic Queenstown House Boutique B&B has extended it’s portfolio to include Queenstown House Luxury Lakeside Apartments, just 200m from the centre of town, you can experience closer encounters of the luxurious kind. These stunning luxury […]