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Tempting Fête: Geraldine Summer Fete

Thursday 5 November is the Red Letter Day in Geraldine this year for a unique shopping event held at the spectacular Stover Garden, Main North Road Geraldine.


Bursting with over 200 high quality stalls this home, garden and lifestyle fête brings you the finest selection of creators to ensure a day of indulgence and elegance for you and your friends.

Wander through Stover’s stunning gardens while listening to live music and enjoying the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of this elegant Christmas shopping event.

With an amazing selection of products to choose from, this exclusive shopping occasion will be a splendid day out for all.

Save the date and make a day of it to enjoy the beautiful country setting!

A fabulous day out for everyone. You can buy tickets on the website – – or at the gate on the day. Free car parking.


A fête-full day! Hanmer Springs Fete

Lock 30 October into your diary now. That’s to be sure you don’t miss the Hanmer Springs Fête in the grounds of the historic Queen Mary Hospital.



The inaugural fête in 2019 saw 2000 people come through the gates from all over the country and even from Australia.

One hundred and fifty exhibitors will showcase their amazing products.

Take along your appetite as well as your Christmas shopping list – there are some incredible food vendors this year.

The organisers have worked really hard at creating a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere for the fête with high quality artisan suppliers and excellent entertainment, to ensure you get the most out of the day. Make this more than a day trip though – stay and play for the whole weekend!

You can buy tickets on the website – – or at the gate on the day. Pre-purchasing tickets avoids queuing and you will go in the draw to win an epic Hanmer Springs hamper.


It must be fête! (St John Ashburton)

What started as an offer of a stroll through six hectares of spectacular gardens now includes a fête with more than 60 stalls and live entertainment. This inaugural event for Ashburton St John will raise funds for its community health initiatives and local services.


Hosted by Sue and Ted Rollinson at their Awaroa School Road property near Rakaia, the fête includes cuisine offerings and live entertainment – including a cooking demonstration by local chef, caterer and former Masterchef finalist Chantelle Quinn.

The boutique stalls offer a range of unique, artisan and New Zealand made eco-products including clothing and accessories, garden plants and supplies, furniture, arts and crafts, jewellery, beauty products, giftware and gourmet food and wine.

Tickets include admission and an opportunity to explore the acres of gardens and meandering boardwalk through native forests.

Tickets can be purchased on, or from a variety of locations. Call 03 308 7132 or check the St John Ashburton Facebook page for details.


A blissful day out: Country Christmas Fete

Festivities will have a floral feel at this year’s annual Country Christmas Fete on October 29, which has secured a new venue at Amberley House.



Just 40-minutes from central Christchurch, Amberley House’s splendid and seldom open-to-the-public gardens will be open to tour.

There’s even more space for extra stalls, with an adjacent carpark, mobility access and bus parking. The Starlets will also be back entertaining the crowds this year.

Stall applications have been extended to assist those struggling with the effects of COVID-19, but there’s already at least 35 products which are brand new to The Country Christmas Fete, Fete Director Mike Sheppard says.

He says the event could be one of few opportunities to have a great day out as we head into summer and towards Christmas.

“With the shutdown of events caused by COVID-19, including the Canterbury A&P Show, the Fete is likely to be the first real opportunity for people to be able to enjoy a day out.
“With fabulous Christmas shopping from many stalls offering unique New Zealand made products, it’s a great opportunity to get into the festive spirit and catch up with friends for lunch from the wide variety of food offerings, and then enjoy a Pimms or wine to finish the day before heading home.”
Great mobile coverage means Eftpos will be available and ATMs will be on site when gates open at 10am. Entry is off Amberley Beach Road and there will be plenty of signage from just before Amberley.
Purchase tickets online and save $5 off the gate price and enter faster.

A very fine fete: Geraldine Summer Fete

This year marks the 10th birthday of Canterbury’s finest fête. Begin Cup Week celebrations early with a relaxing day out at the Geraldine Summer Fête.



On Thursday 7 November from 9:30am-4pm, 200 stalls will showcase amazing products and gifts – from gorgeous jewellery to handmade furniture and delicious food – even Pimms!

Dress up in summer fashion and make a day of it with friends or for a Christmas function. Live music will serenade among the glorious park-like surroundings at Stover Farm on Geraldine’s Main North Road.

At the fête, find the perfect Cup Day accessories from Talbot Silver – beautiful, unique pieces of sterling silver will finish a Cup Day outfit with finesse, and Beyond the Faerie Tree will entertain the children with delight. This promises to be the greatest day out!

Tickets are $20pp (under 15 free), purchase on the day or through Eventfinda. To be in to win tickets, visit




Bloomin’ beautiful at Broadfield

Now in its ninth year, the Ellesmere Spring Fling has become one of the most popular events in which to celebrate this long-awaited season of colour, sweet scents and new life.



A mere 10-minute drive from Hornby, Broadfield Garden comprises around 3.5 hectares of natives and New Zealand cultivars of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, peony perennials, daffodils, lilies and roses; add in two forests of beech and kauri, a canal, sedge pond, formal rose garden and cricket oval, and you have a superb day out browsing artisan stalls in stunning surroundings.

Organisers Vanessa Thompson and Janice Burnett have received glowing feedback from visitors to past Spring Flings, from saying how much they love the event – with many describing it as “a hidden gem” – through to praise of the quality stalls, food and beverages, music, exhibits, demonstrations, and the excellent management of the garden tour (hosted/run by Broadfield Garden owner David Hobbs and his head gardener).

The fete is run by dedicated volunteers, with 100 percent of all profits going to charity (Community Care Lincoln). “Our point of difference to other fetes is that the garden is spectacular; it blows people away, especially if they’ve not been before,” Vanessa says.

“It really is a day out; people come for lunch, a bit of shopping and to wander around the garden. We even get quite a few men!”

Held on Sunday 6 October from 11am-4pm at 250 Selwyn Road, Prebbleton, Selwyn. Find the event listing on Facebook