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Starting a brave new quest


Three key Christchurch property developers have joined forces to plan a $90 million precinct for the former convention centre land, between Kilmore and Peterborough streets.



The consortium, comprising the Peebles Group, Mike Greer Homes and Blackcomb Property Group, plans several buildings covering 7000sqm of land opposite the Christchurch Town Hall. These will include townhouses, a hotel, offices, retail and hospitality space.

The project is seen as a major breakthrough for the area, largely undeveloped since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

The Christchurch City Council-owned site has been seen several failed development attempts since the quake-damaged convention centre was demolished in 2012.

Peebles Group director Richard Peebles says the timing is right for this project. “Everyone thought it would be a pipe dream having 20,000 people living in the CBD, now it’s looking likely. People built commercial [buildings] on the understanding residential could come. It was slow – but it’s really catching up now, it’s a tsunami,” he says.

The development has three stages.

Blackcomb Property Group is designing a 43-room apartment hotel to be built on Kilmore St, and has already signed a lease with the Quest hotel chain, while Mike Greer Homes will build about 40 apartments at the rear of the site facing Peterborough St.

Both stages are expected to be completed by the end of next year.  The final stage will include office buildings with hospitality space.



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.


Engineering hospitality: Kirk Roberts

Kirk Roberts continues to expand the horizons of ingenuity with its Sudima Hotel project in Kaikoura. Designed and engineered by Kirk Roberts, the project was always going to be at the forefront of technology and cost effectiveness.


The fully modular building was prefabricated in Christchurch and freighted for assembly on site.

Constructed inside and out in exposed concrete representing the local pier, bridges and volcanic rock, with the white textured concrete representing local limestone rock, and natural timbers to reflect the surrounding hills and mountains.

All materials are proudly Kiwi supplied. “Proving that we don’t need to go offshore, but this requires innovative, smart design and a co-operative builder like Calder Stewart,” says Chief Executive Jade Kirk.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) means the project is fully modelled to every screw and bolt, meaning, “We have a high level of cost control, with our build cost significantly less than anyone else or anywhere in New Zealand, while retaining top quality.”

The hotel features 120 rooms, a gym and pool, four-storey atrium and reception, full restaurant/bar and conference facilities, plus indoor and outdoor seating with stunning views to the north, east and west.

“The best thing is the economic benefit to the region: our conservative estimate is 40,000 rooms nights per annum with the majority of visitors new to Kaikoura.”

Local Runanga are a financial partner and committed to the success of the hotel, which will be the largest employer in the region with 40 to 60 staff.

“We love this project; we’ve had great local feedback and we are thrilled to be a part of the success of the region.”




Elegant year end events: The George

Commemorate the end of an unforgettable year with an elegant soiree at The George, a Christchurch destination for those who appreciate the finer things. Here, the range of world-class hospitality offerings can be tailored to suit any corporate or social get together.

Overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park, The George is an award-winning boutique hotel on the banks of the Avon River known for its immersive sophistication spread across an award-winning restaurant, five conference spaces and the private and stately The Residence.

Capitalise on this accessibly luxurious city setting for your end of year client or social function – whether that is a cocktail party, board lunch, classy high tea, sit down dinner or guided wine tasting.

The beauty of The George not only lies in its stunning setting, esteemed cuisine and grand interior décor, but the flexibility of its offerings to elevate your function or event – from canapé to digestif.

This light-filled space overlooks the Avon River and the sprawling Hagley Park, resplendent in its springtime glory.
Parkview can host up to 90 people for a seated, multi-course banquet or 150 for a cocktail affair.
Enjoy a bespoke, wine-matched menu crafted by the team behind two coveted Cuisine Good Food Award hats and two international Wine Spectator wine glasses.

Elevate an end of year board meeting, or host an intimate cocktail, lunch, high tea or dinner party at the stately three-bedroom private villa adjacent to The George hotel.
Home to a private board-cum-dining room bookended by a display of cellared salmanazars and French bay windows, and a sitting room which opens onto the charming private lawn and rose gardens.
Welcome guests with a champagne on the manicured lawn, before coming inside for an intimate cocktail party for up to 35.

Step into the triple threat of 50 Bistro for stylishly casual all-day neo-bistro dining befitting long lunches, special-occasion dinners as well as refreshing breakfasts the morning after.
Divided across a restaurant, conservatory and lounge bar, the secluded yet light-filled conservatory can seat guests in one long table of 22, or enjoy a more casual, multi-table set up for up to 30. As with the other options, tailored menus can be developed to suit the mood and occasion of your special event.
A resident sommelier can also guide a wine flight through the world class wine list, and ever-expanding gin and whisky menus.

ELEVATED EVENTS: An array of spaces and customisable offerings for any size corporate or social meeting, cocktail party, dinner, high tea, brunch or breakfast.
BESPOKE MENUS: Award-winning chefs and sommeliers can design bespoke cuisine and beverage offerings.
(03) 371 0255

Big plans for redevelopment

The appointment of Weir Architecture to transform the Hereford Street office block that once housed Scorpio books into a stylish boutique hotel, assures Christchurch of a delicious treat to be sampled in around 18 months. National Award Architectural winner in 2019 for The Crown Plaza Christchurch project, Weir Architecture has stunning plans for the building which forms part of the Hilton Tapestry group.


Strengthened, remodelled and with a top floor added, the hotel will be named The Modern.

Destined to become one of the city’s treasures, it will feature a retro interior – a fabulous take on the 1960’s modern era of interiors. Robert Weir, Director of Weir Architecture says the company sought something completely unique to Christchurch and realised the proponents of art, architecture, furniture and interior design of the 1960s in Christchurch should be celebrated.

Inspired by local artists’ works stored at COCA, as well as local titans Miles Warren and Peter Beaven, plus international architecture stars of the 60s, the furniture and artworks will be authentic.

The theme dictates the colour palette, the use of timber, leather, carpeting, and wall finishes in panelling and wallpaper.

Robert is lead consultant, working with developer Tailorspace and the hotel will be operated by the Sarin Group.

Hosting 70 rooms, the ground floor restaurant and café bar will be operated by the hotel, and we can look forward to a visit in 18 months.

“It’s really exciting to be working on this sophisticated hotel redevelopment and it’s always wonderful to work with a strong brand such as Hilton,” Robert says.


Distinction Hotel

Refined dining, not fine dining: Distinction Hotel

Distinction Hotel in Cathedral Square has something to smile about and we do too. Alex Ensor, a hatted chef who has just returned from the Middle East where he won the BBC GOOD FOOD restaurant of the year award, has joined the team and we are the ones that are going benefit from that.


Distinction Hotel


Starting his culinary journey at Huka Lodge New Zealand before heading to Australia and working for world renowned chefs Guillaume Brahimi and Dietmar Sawyere, Alex has had more than 20 years’ experience in leading hotels and restaurants, all of which consistently won awards. With hats being the equivalent of Michelin stars in Australasia, Alex brings a wealth of experience and passion and the new menu at Distinction Hotel is benefiting from that experience.

Designed to be accessible, it’s refined dining without being fine dining. Seared scallops on creamy cauliflower puree, parsnip crisps splashed with apple and yellow curry oil, crispy skin corned Canter Valley duck breast with kumara puree, braised cabbage, sticky mustard seed dressing, smooth peanut butter parfait with dried fig puree, oven roasted salted peanuts, paillette feuilletine, are just some of the exceptional meals made using loyal local produce; that’s the way Alex wants it.

What Alex is excited about is bringing quality, good sized plates of food to the people of Christchurch. “We want everybody to come and experience Gumption. Our team are here because we are proud of what we do and that reflects in not only our service but our attitude toward preparing new and delicious food,” he says.

Gumption Restaurant & Bar is open 6am till 10am for breakfast, 5:30pm till 10pm for dinner. The bar has an all-day menu available from 11am until 10pm and all items can be enjoyed wherever the guests choose in either the bar or restaurant.


Reservations for Gumption can be made via the main hotel number
03 377 7000. Bon appetit.


Methven Resort Hotel

An idyllic location: Methven Resort Hotel

Just an hour from Christchurch, Methven Resort offers an unforgettable experience for a wedding venue or exceptional conference location.

Methven Resort Hotel

This exclusive escape in Methven Village is renowned for fine food, fantastic facilities, entertainment, serenity and space in a beautiful mountain setting. Accommodation staff will personalise every detail for your event, to ensure everything runs seamlessly.
The main conference room, the largest in mid-Canterbury, accommodates up to 300 and can host a sumptuous banquet.

The resort attracts weddings and conferences all year round, with Mount Hutt offering a majestic back drop for photos. Booking early is advisable, with summer weddings and conferences proving especially popular.
Methven Resort is revered for exquisite top-class food, with the restaurant seating up to 100. There are 47 affordable and comfortable rooms, including family suites that sleep four, along with three steamy outdoor hot pools and a 25 metre heated pool.

Visit or phone 03-302 8724.


Distinction Christchurch

Elegantly Distinct: Distinction Christchurch

When it comes to planning your conference or event, you want it to be distinct. Set in the figurative and literal heart of the city, Distinction Christchurch has a variety of conference rooms available to meet this very brief for a wide range of events.

Distinction Christchurch

There are four venues, including, a boardroom catering to intimate groups of 12, through to the Cathedral North and South rooms capable of hosting larger groups of 150 guests.
The pre-function foyer is also available with plenty of breakout spaces in this elegant venue, in addition to Gumption Restaurant, which seats 100.
Whether you require something completely bespoke or the simplicity and ease of a Day Delegate Package, the team at the Distinction can help you out. The eleven storey 4.5-star hotel offers 179 elegant, air-conditioned hotel rooms, so your accommodation needs too are met with elegance.

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