Exceptional experience in Kirwee: Thirsty Acres

On Christchurch’s doorstep lies a new destination venue, bar and restaurant in the historic town of Kirwee, the heart of Selwyn District.

Just 45 minutes from central Christchurch, Thirsty Acres’ name is a nod to the once dry Canterbury plains.

The perfect stop for day-trippers exploring Canterbury’s natural attractions like Castle Hill, Washpen Falls, and Mount Hutt, the menu showcases locally sourced produce, offering hearty meals and an extensive drinks selection, plus a specialised senior citizens’ menu.

“We’re passionate about providing great experiences,” says owner Jono Alve. For his team, hospitality means more than just exceptional food and drink – it’s about ensuring guests truly enjoy their experience, something they are dedicated to incorporating into every event. “We give people big city style hospitality, in a beautiful location,” says Jono.

Accommodating up to 200 people, the beautifully converted space can transform to host any occasion, from weddings and corporate functions to car club events, retirement village excursions and more. With additional outdoor areas and a 12-person boardroom, there are versatile spaces to enjoy locally-grown produce complemented by an impressive wine and spirits collection, and the coldest beer in Canterbury.

Escape to the Canterbury countryside and make a visit to Thirsty Acres, part of a great day out in beautiful Selwyn.


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