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Hugo’s Hanmer holiday: Tait Gallery


Tait Gallery at Hanmer Springs has a beautiful selection of ceramics, pottery, glassware, wood turning and jewellery, as well as a large display of pictures by artists both emerging and established.

 

 

The portfolio includes landscapes by Tony Roche, Ross Lee, Debbie Lambert, Karen Werner, Charles Pickworth, Jane Riley and Jane Sinclair; water colours by Svetlana Orinko, Ivan Button and Devon Huston; acrylics by Michelle Green and Rob Barton; a wide range of prints and framed photos by Indigo Wise, David Shepherd, Ian Gardiner, Sarah Power and Bryan Isbister; mixed media by the award winning Jo Loughnan, and Jill Cowan; abstracts by Paul Smith, Rae Manson and Joe Wiseman; copper creations by David Kean, and Bulldog Hugo by Sue Lund.

Visit Hanmer Springs for your Christmas shopping and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of an alpine village that now boasts four galleries! No fast food centres or shopping malls here…
just lots of fresh air and sunshine, along with friendly faces to help and advise!
Gallery hours: 10am to 4pm most days over the Christmas holiday period.

34 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs, phone
027 4325 914 or email taylor6@xtra.co.nz.


 

Hidden hikes of Hanmer


You know about the hot pools, you know about the adrenaline activities and you know about the quaint village – but did you know about the plethora of hikes and tramps awaiting at Hanmer Springs?

 

 

PARK PARADISE
Hanmer Forest Park is a walker’s paradise. The indigenous forest and a small portion of exotic forest makes up some 13,000 hectares of Hanmer Forest Park administered by the Department of Conservation (DoC). From short walks under one hour, to six hour return tramps on easy and advanced terrains – there’s an amble for everyone.

SPURRING ON
Spur Track is a three hour return trek to Dog Stream Waterfall offering panoramic views, subalpine plants and plantation forest views. It can be known to get a bit muddy in parts, so may be best left for warmer, drier seasons.

FOREST WALK 
You’ve probably heard of Conical Hill, but tucked into the same area are dozens of other tracks to take. Try the nine-stop, one hour return Forest Walk and get to know the native and exotic trees and flora along the way – begin 1km along Jollies Pass Road and look out for the signposted stops to learn about various tree species.

DOG STREAM
Visiting the waterfall at the Upper Dog Stream Track to Jolliffe Saddle Track can take up to two and half hours return, from Jollies Pass Road carpark. Walk through the pine forest and climb over the saddle to connect back to the Woodland Walk and Timberlands Trail.


 

Mountains of modernity: Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel


Tucked into the Hanmer Springs village, Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel is a tranquil place to relax, unwind and enjoy an alpine escape in modern self-contained accommodation.

 

 

Just 400m from the famed hot pools complex, the motel is also a stone’s throw from the quaint village’s collection of cafes, restaurants, bars and shopping.

For those who wish to venture beyond a stroll, there is also access to local hikes, ski fields and mountain biking tracks.

New owners Tony and Emma are dedicated to continuing and building on the accommodation’s reputation for providing a quiet, stress-free environment to soak in the mountain views while enjoying the vibrancy of the local village and picturesque mountain surrounds.

2 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs.


 

Trackside glamour in Hanmer: Fashion Works Hanmer


Very bright and very pretty. This will be the winning look for Cup Week, and is the exciting spring vibe when stepping into FashionWorks.

 

 

A day in Hanmer Springs is pure inspiration when creating a top-to-toe outfit of designer creations and accessories. Stand out from the crowd on race day with beautiful pieces from blazers and dresses to jewellery – with that touch of difference.

FashionWorks now has New Zealand-designed Et Alia, with its natural fabrics in gorgeous colour palettes and feminine silhouettes.

Other designer icons include Augustine, Stella, Cooper Street, IvyBlu, Zafina and Seduce.

The classy shoes from Django and Juliette, Mollini and Top End are race day elegance in comfort. Style-savvy staff share their expertise in choosing a perfect fit.

For those that can’t make it to the Conical Hill Road boutique, the fabulous new online store will be up and running in November.


 

Luxurious alpine escape: Village Lake luxury apartments


Nestled against Hanmer’s picturesque mountainscape, Village Lake luxury apartments offers a 5-star alpine getaway.

 

Modern and spacious, each stylish apartment contains everything you need to escape the city and soak in the alpine surrounds.

Each apartment includes a gas fire to cosy up in front of, along with a balcony or patio to steep in the mountain vistas.

Close to the Hanmer town centre and famous thermal pools, Village Lake guests can take a leisurely stroll to the idyllic village to explore the local cafés, bars, restaurants and boutique stores.

Equally, guests can lace up their sneakers for more sizeable adventures like exploring local hiking trails, leisure and adrenaline activities.

If you’d prefer to stay nestled amongst the stylish interiors, each apartment has a self-contained kitchen and all residences (except for the two-bedroom accessible apartment) have a spa bath.

Furniture is equally as stylish and comfortable, with top quality beds, fine linen and beautiful handcrafted toiletries by Jeymar and original artworks by Christchurch artist Liz Jenkins.

Village Lake is the perfect place for a weekend getaway to celebrate a romantic occasion, birthday, family holiday or business retreat, endorsed by the Qualmark five-star gold rating.


 

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 Precinct.

It’s right opposite the duck pond on Chisholm Crescent. “I really want to pay tribute to my mother-in-law at this time. She passed away only a short while ago, but she gave me the courage to take the big step to a shop of my own stocking all the items that both she and I love – fabrics, sewing, knitting, crochet and quilting supplies, craft kits and haberdashery.” But the delights of Mickey Raes don’t stop there. This store is a veritable treasure trove of unique giftware all personally selected by Wendy who runs the shop herself seven days a week. “I have wedding accessories, party supplies and birthday presents. Right now, I also have hand sanitizer, reusable cotton tissues and face masks – even a pattern to make a face mask.” Wendy is thinking Christmas, too. “Let’s craft our way to Christmas! I’ve brought out my Christmas products early as there has been so much demand from all the New Zealanders flocking to Hanmer. “There’s everything from Christmas crafting supplies and beautiful Christmas fabrics for quilting to knitting cottons for making homemade presents.” You can message Wendy via Mickey Raes Facebook page to order your products.


 

New venture adventure: Salt n Pepper Cafe


Buying a hospitality business during the Covid-19 lockdown could be seen as a risky venture. That is, however, exactly what Dharambir Judge did when the opportunity arose to purchase the Salt n Pepper Café in Hanmer Springs.

 

“Certainly, I had some sleepless nights about it,” says Dharambir. “But I concentrated on the positives of the situation I had been presented with.

“My friend Amandeep worked in the café as a manager and knew what a wonderful location it is in and how it could be a thriving enterprise once again when restaurants were able to open.

“Above all I have always wanted to have my own business, and this was too good a chance to throw away.”

Salt n Pepper occupies a superb position in the Boulder Point retail development, with stunning views of Conical Hill and surrounding countryside so diners can treat their eyes and recharge their souls as they enjoy the delicious and varied range of food.

“I was lucky a friend agreed to support my bid to buy the café. We opened to the public again the day before the July school holidays started and since then we have had a great response from patrons.”

Dharambir and his team are now looking to the future and to making Salt n Pepper Café the place everyone wants to dine at in Hanmer Springs.

Open seven days for breakfast and lunch, and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings for now, extending to every night with the warmer weather.

 


 

Luxury Location: Clear Ridge Apartments


Daydreaming of the perfect getaway, or a special event in a stunning setting?

The Clear Ridge Apartments five-star accommodation in Hanmer Springs makes those images in your head a wonderful reality.

The luxury accommodation as well as function facilities are perfect for pre-and post-wedding get togethers, as well as the wedding itself.

Or, it can be for families, business travellers, weekenders, boys’ and girls’ trips, and romantic breaks for couples.

The amenities and experiences of Hanmer are on your doorstep, but with the beautiful mountain view setting you never need to leave the complex.

Enjoy the pool, spa and barbeque area, plus most apartments contain a kitchen, laundry, study, and spa bath.

Knowledgeable and friendly staff can assist you with your function requirements; from seated dining to cocktails and canapes, or corporate events.

“We take great pride in our beautiful backdrop and we love to assist people with any occasion they are planning,” says ClearRidge Managers Rosie and Steve McFarlane.

www.clearridge.co.nz | Ph. 0800 555 596 | info@clearridge.co.nz


 

A place of passion: Tait Gallery


Visit the beautiful alpine village of Hanmer Springs, park your car and take a stroll up Conical Hill Road to Tait Gallery. Take time to browse and chat to the gallery owner, William Taylor – his passion for the arts is infectious and his gallery is full of colour and vitality. You may even meet some of the artists in person during your stay!

 

ALETHEA TSE-ROCHE – ARROWTOWN RIVER

 

William enthusiastically describes Hanmer Springs as, “the cultural centre of the South Island”.

The village might be small, but it boasts two very fine art galleries, one of them being Tait Gallery, which opened three years ago and quickly became known as a sought-after destination. “We represent over 50 different artists and display a wide range of mediums at affordable prices,” William says.

He loves to promote established and emerging artists in the space and it’s not just for the adults; there’s also a children’s section for those between 8-15 years old.

The gallery also has a varied selection of exquisite glassware, sculptures, pottery, wood turning, ceramics and jewellery.

This gorgeous place of passion is just another addition to the must-sees of Hanmer Springs which make it a hotspot of the South Island.

Tait Gallery is located at 34 Conical Hill Road and open Thursday to Tuesday 10am to 4pm. For more information, phone 027 432 5914 or email info@taitgallery.co.nz.


 

Diner-style burger bar: Boulder Burgers


Stop for a bite to eat and something sweet at Boulder Burgers, Hanmer’s 50s-inspired, American-style burger bar in the Boulder Precinct at Chisholm Crescent.

 

 

Step back in time and enjoy the ambience of an American diner-style burger bar, complete with good ol’ 1950s cartoons and rock ‘n’ roll courtesy of the Wurlitzer jukebox, or relax in the sun outside with their outdoor furniture and a stunning view of the surrounding hills.

Burger buns (fresh from Hanmer Bakery daily) are loaded with all the gourmet goodness; fresh meat patties made by hand, house-made mayonnaise, relishes and other tasty condiments, salad and more.

Take the Big Boulder for example; a mouthwatering combination of double beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, red onion, pickles, aioli and tomato jam.

Or how about the Boulder Brunch – bacon, hash brown, avocado, free range egg, lettuce, aioli and tomato jam… it’s sure to get your taste buds tingling.

Room for more? Be tempted by their delicious loaded dog or loaded fries – smothered with bacon, cheese sauce, sweet chilli and sour cream, they’re the ultimate foodie favourite.

Finish off with a sweet treat – you’ll be spoilt for choice with their impressive range of delightfully devourable sundaes, shakes, splits and floats.

Find Boulder Burgers at 8 Chisholm Crescent, Hanmer Springs. Phone 03 315 5104 and check out their menu and trading hours at www.boulderburgers.co.nz.