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Staying active: Clear Ridge Apartments


A thrill seeker’s paradise with a touch of relaxation and a sprinkle of fine dining sums up Canterbury’s resort town, Hanmer Springs. But recently, it has been the much-anticipated events that have had visitors flocking from far and wide.

 

 

Hanmer Motorfest, Honour Festival, 4&8 Hour MTB Challenge, The Bandquet, Half Marathon And 10km Fun Run, Old Forest Hanmer Hundred and the Bivouac Outdoor Mt Isobel Challenge are all happening in the next four months.

Naturally, visitors will be needing somewhere to rest their heads after a busy day lapping up the local events on offer.

Clear Ridge Apartments offers luxury hospitality with a smorgasbord of amenities. Full laundry facilities, double deluxe spa baths, free parking, free wifi, outdoor BBQ, heated outdoor swimming and spa pool, 50-plus channels on Sky TV, disabled access units with lifts, fully equipped kitchen, and in-suite spa therapies.

Book online using the Clear Ridge website or phone 0800 555 596.

Or, for more information contact Rosie and Steve on (03) 315 5144 or email info@clearridge.co.nz.


 

Music to our ears


Loved local music, food and drink have become a tried-and-true formula for success in Hanmer, and The Bandquet on 27 March shows no sign of diverting from that equation.

 

 

The line-up is a degustation of Kiwi favourites; The Feelers, Jason Kerrison, Kaylee Bell, Sweet Mix Kids, City Limits and the Incrowd.

With a promise of six-plus hours of New Zealand music – from Motown funk to country tunes – you are in for a treat!

There will be over 45 delicious food stalls, serving seemingly endless bite-sized options for you to have in hand whilst swaying to some summer tunes.

The festival also features Hanna Spanna’s Silent DJ Cube and a Kidtopian World… just make sure not to get the two mixed up when sending the kids to play.

General admission and VIP experience are available through the Eventbrite website. Children under 18 can receive a free entry ticket to the festival but this does not include access to the Kidtopian World.

For more information check out the event page on Facebook, or find all details at the website below.


 

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.


 

Hair-raising Hanmer


Not just a relaxing alpine resort, Hanmer Springs is its own adventurer’s paradise. Outdoor activities in the area are plentiful no matter the season. Here’s Metropol’s picks of the North Canterbury township’s adrenaline fixes for the summer seasons.

 

 

WHEELY FUN
Explore secluded mountain valleys on four wheels with a quad bike tour, or soak up the scenery on a mountain bike. Ease your muscles with a post-ride soak in the thermal pools to finish a day of adventuring.

SHOOT ‘EM UP
A local clay bird shooting and archery range make for some heart rate rising action. Challenge your friends and family to see who can shoot the most clays in a claybird shoot out, and who can get closest to the bullseye in an archery comp.

ON THE WATER
If you need speed in your adventure repertoire, jet boating is a great way to get your heart pumping. Or, why not try white water rafting? Take advantage of local operators offering these exciting activities on the Waiau River and Gorge, just a short drive from Hanmer’s township.

JUMP!
The quintessential Kiwi adventure activity: Bungy Jumping. Pay homage to the locally invented adrenaline pumper by throwing yourself 35-metres off the 135-year-old Ferry Bridge. Don’t worry, you’ll be tied on!


 

Holistic, healthy Hanmer


Simply escaping from the craziness of the city is holistically beneficial for us, so Hanmer must be a wellness bundle with bells on! Even driving through serene Waipara valley, on route to the heavenly haven, renews and relaxes all the senses.

 

We can’t take a pilgrimage to famed spa sanctuaries of the world just now, but Hanmer offers very comparable health and happiness benefits to lure us – world class in fact.

It’s the alpine air, therapeutic hot springs, peace and a woodland abundance of exotic trees such as Norwegian Spruce and black pine.

Simply breathing in that Christmas-like scent is beneficial. Add a spa treatment or therapeutic massage to unwind the stress clock, then nourish with healthy local cuisine.

Back to Roman times people bathed in mineral-rich thermal waters for wellness.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is born from rainwater seeped deep into the mountain rock, and drawn up to create rich therapeutic mineral pools. A soak will soothe aching bones and many an ailment.

The slightly higher altitude of 358m encourages beneficial deep breathing of fresh alpine air for those who stroll or cycle through this North Canterbury hot spot.

It has also been smoking and vaping-free since 2018.

Whether you’re heading for an overnight (or multiple) or a day trip – a soujourn to Hanmer could be the holistic, healthy escape you need to see out the year, or in the new one.


 

Crafters’ paradise: Mickey Raes


If you’ve been thinking on how to support local while getting out of the city for some well-deserved R and R, there are plenty of reasons to head to Hanmer Springs. The jewel in North Canterbury’s crown, Hanmer has long been the destination for adventure junkies and those craving an escape, but it seems it’s also becoming the place to go for the clever crafters amongst us.

 

 

Wendy Lamont has been operating Mickey Raes in the Boulder Point Precinct for almost three years but she has been turning her talented hand to all manner of exquisite handmade crafts for 30 years prior – so she knows her business!

There’s just about everything you could ask for at this crafters’ paradise; the store stocks everything from craft, sewing and knitting supplies, through to fabrics and haberdashery.

The delightful Diamond Dotz crafting kits are an increasingly popular way to unwind and Wendy has already stocked up on exquisite Christmas fabrics.

 

If you’ve been struggling to get hold of wool and fabrics due to Covid-19 shortages, you’ll find plenty of that here, too!

With giftware galore and Christmas just around the corner, you can start your gift shopping right here and enjoy free gift wrapping with purchase.

Pick up a gift for someone’s big 21st or grab your wedding accessories – from car ribbons and flower arrangements to horseshoes and garters.

Heading to the Hanmer Springs Fete on Friday 30 October? Why not make a day – or a weekend – of it; head to the Boulder Point Precinct, grab a bite to eat and shop to your hearts content.

 


 

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.


 

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.