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Choosing a wedding gift can be a daunting task; you want to purchase something special which will be well used and loved by the loved-up couple, but there is so much to choose from! So, here are Metropol’s tips for picking a winning wedding gift.   TASTE OF LUXURY As the happy couple have likely […]

The happiness factor: Barrington Gifts

Melissa and Matthew Holland of Barrington Gifts say if there could be a motto for the business, it would be that: “You feel better when you leave than when you came in.”     Browsing truly is pleasurable and stress- free here because everyone in the whānau is catered for, including the men, and there’s […]

A local Christmas: Coco Gifts

You have been hearing it all year, shop small business and shop local. Well there’s no better time to act on this sage advice than at Christmas time, and no better place than at Coco Gifts. Owner Liz van Montfort says the St Albans store has your Christmas checklist covered. “We’ve got lots of stock […]

On route: Route 72 Cafe & Emporium

It can only be called a complete experience – not simply a cafe and a store, but a destination with so much variety and pizzazz you need hours to take it all in. Set in the quaint and picturesque village of Cust is Route 72 Cafe & Emporium, a country cafe/ bar and retail outlet. […]

A crafty business: Mickey Raes

“What a time to celebrate being open for two years – right in the middle of lockdown!,” says Wendy Lamont, who can hardly believe that two years have passed since, encouraged by her mother-in-law Pauline, she exchanged her home-based handmade craft business for the beautiful sunlit store called Mickey Raes in Hanmer Spring’s Boulder Point […]

The gift of pampering

The gift of relaxation and pampering would be truly heaven-sent this Christmas. Be an angel and give family, friends or colleagues the luxury of time-out at Beauty Progress. Cult brand Gernétic skincare products created in France combine with the expertise of Director and Gernétic specialist Wendy Barker and masseuses Anne and Orn to provide wellbeing, […]

Darfield Gift Gallery

A beautiful range: Darfield Gift Gallery

Experience and wander through the oldest historic building in Darfield.     At Darfield Gift Gallery you can wander upstairs and discover a treasure trove of beautiful items like the Ashley and Co. range, Ecoya candles and diffusers, Citta candles, travel bags and linen, Stella & Gemma and Stilen jewellery and so much more. Located […]