A true master of wood with a lifetime of creative skill, Murray Hewitt is installing warmth and flair into South Island homes.
From a Kaikoura kitchen to a West Coast bach, the team at Murray Hewitt Joinery is as adaptable as it is specialised.
Wood combines heart and history. An heirloom oak table with its time-loved patina, was recently repurposed into a beautiful dresser.
“Some Canterbury homesteads have used the farm’s old oak tree or macrocarpa for their interior and exterior joinery, for example door frames, colonial-look double-hung windows, and solid-wood bifold doors,” Murray says.
Kitchens look amazing when functionally combining wood joinery with the likes of laminate and stainless-steel benches – the best of both worlds.
“Tying the kitchen to the living area in the same hard-wearing American oak gives continuity. We can stain it any colour to perfectly match or contrast throughout the home.” He says walnut with its beautiful grain is also popular.
From a wardrobe in gold high-gloss stained solid wood, to an inbuilt entertainment unit that blends with surrounds, it’s a close team’s creative efforts.
“Donna Weir, our inhouse designer, shares her wealth of ideas with clients, and Steve who works alongside me shares my passion for timber.”
Contact them on (03) 343 0360, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
Summer can arrive with a bang in the South Island – one evening you’re covering the lemon tree with frost cloth, and the next you’re having a beer at the barbie and admiring the light under the Nor’ West Arch.
James Wightman, Co-Director of Freedom Pools South Island says that now is the time to get your swimming pool project started so that when those hot days arrive, you’ll be ready.
Simply start with a chat with him on the phone.
James provides an estimate for a basic package, considering access or other issues.
If you are serious about getting started, James can meet you onsite to discuss the finer details and come up with a firm costing.
After council consent, the installation can be done in as little as a week. “We are a one-stop shop: paving, decorative concrete, decking, pump shed, pool house, and fencing are all part of our service.”
The team’s awarding-winning fibreglass pools cover the whole of the South Island.
“They are so popular we are searching for distributers in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes area and the wider South Island,” says James.
“You don’t have to have installed swimming pools before. Landscaping and earth moving are great experience. We started from a farming background.” Find them on the website below or phone (03) 365 3334.
If you’re looking for a sign to treat yourself to a luxurious weekend or holiday, consider it this. While the world may not currently be your oyster, there are a plethora of enticing escapes throughout the South Island just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.
From Nelson to Bluff, every season brings with it a different showcase from each region. Currently, it is Jack Frost’s time to shine and for many eager travellers the likes of hot pools, saunas and nights by a flickering fire jump to the top of desirable things to do.
But just because beyond trans-Tasman travel is still grounded, that does not mean that you cannot dream of life abroad. We are already halfway through 2021, meaning that 2022 will be on your doorstep before you know it.
So, if you are starting to see symptoms of a travel bug… check in with your local travel agent.
Metropol has the some of the latest in all things luxury below.
Near and far, from travelling to your destination in style to indulging in some extravagant amenities, you are not going to want to flick past this feature.
You might even spot a getaway treat especially for our readers.
Call of the wild
The opening of the trans-Tasman bubble has given optimistic Kiwis a case of the travel bug.
And all good travel planning must start somewhere; enter Neville Jones of Experiential Travel.
“We curate amazing travel experiences in some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the world,” he says.
Experience the stunning landscapes of Africa through safaris, anthropology tours, gorilla trekking, diving, hiking and mountain climbing.
And reside in unique luxury accommodation with front row seats to the everchanging colours and wildlife of the plains.
It is never too early to plan an intrepid escape to this continent. Visit the website to find a catalogue of planned itineraries with something for everybody. Go on… answer the call!
Taking the worry out of driving is a real luxury, and that’s where Prime Travel and its offshoot Prime Chauffeurs take prime position.
This Ōtautahi-based company is known as one of the finest chauffeur companies in Australasia.
It started in 2018 with just a few clients, three luxury vehicles and the determination to provide the finest premium ground transport solution for private and corporate clients in Canterbury.
Now it is the preferred premium transport provider for numerous national and international personal and corporate clients, embassies, airlines, hotels and tour operators.
You can sit back and relax in comfort and style, safe in the hands of professional, handpicked drivers at the wheels of premium vehicles.
www.primetravel.co.nz (03) 925 9219
A winter wonderland
Welcome to winter in the alps at the Hermitage. The adventures that Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park offer are truly spectacular in the winter months, with snow-capped mountains and star-filled skies.
For those wanting something more relaxing, the lower temperatures are a perfect excuse to rug up and keep warm next to the fire with a hot drink or glass of wine.
Enjoy delicious cuisine and extensive wine lists while surrounded by New Zealand’s highest peaks. There’s no other view quite
Discover Hermitage Aoraki/Mount Cook this winter. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast packages now available.
www.hermitage.co.nz 0800 68 68 00
Luxury on high
Nothing says luxury better than Falcon Brae Villa, perched high above Tasman’s Motueka River.
The exclusive-use villa caters for up to 10 guests, with three individual suites and a bunk bedroom.
With spectacular 360-degree views, the villa is set in 14 hectares of private forest and spectacular native bush walks.
The architectural residence features a private chef, a helipad, large central lounge area, sunken bar, grand piano, media theatre, commercial kitchen, three dining areas and a stunning collection of art. Guests can relax in the “Games Den” or soak in the outdoor heated spa.
Special domestic prices are available, so book the chopper!
Relaxed luxury accommodation just three hours from Christchurch, the Maruia River Retreat is set in a 200-hectare nature estate.
Home to seven beautifully appointed private villas, a main lodge with restaurant, and a spa, it also has its own yoga Shala, running group and individual sessions.
Special sessions coming up are a transformative writing and yoga retreat from July 2 to 5 with Australian writer Kerry Sunderland, and its popular Eat. Yoga. Love. from July 29 to August 1.
Join the daily group or private yoga classes, then unwind further with a soak in the stoked hot tub, a massage or bespoke facial, before dining on some of the private chef’s showcase creations. Nurture your body, mind and soul. Relax and recharge!
Hot tubs, saunas, and a botanical wonderland; what more could you ask for in a Te Anau getaway? Why not let previous guests tell you?
“I look for three essentials: an outdoor bath, an unbeatable view, and a location suited for adventure. The aptly named Getaway Te Anau checked all three boxes, and more.
“… an outdoor tub is the pinnacle of the getaway experience. There’s nothing quite like soaking under the stars, surrounded by nature. The fresh-water hot tubs at Getaway Te Anau were the answer to my glamping prayers,” says Hannah McKennett (Digital Nomad Diaries).
• Book before November 1, 2021, mention Metropol Magazine and receive a free hot tub and sauna session for up to four people.
In a year of travel plan disruptions, shake tradition and choose a new place to explore, a place closer to home. In the South Island, options abound. Here are Metropol’s picks of where to go, when going south.
Tucked down the southeast corner of the South Island, The Catlins region is abundant with wildlife, forests, sandy beaches, waterfalls and farmland. Venture along hundreds of kilometres of rugged coastline to enjoy quiet bays and beaches, or get out in nature and explore hidden gems like Nugget Point, Purakaunui Falls, Cathedral Caves and McLean Falls.
On the otherside of the lower South Island, Fiordland could be another world. The region’s tagline, “Beyond Belief” is a fitting description for the jaw dropping natural environment which is sure to dazzle even the most seasoned traveller. Take a multi-day tramp on one of the great walks, or opt for a relaxing cruise through the Milford or Doubtful Sounds
Everyone’s heard of Queenstown and Wanaka, which are wonderful locations offering the best of adventure, luxury and hospitality. Soak up the summer alpine atmosphere from an award-winning winery, explore the exquisite views with a hilltop hike or gondola ride, or even a scenic flight. Or, venture even further south with a trip to Te Anau or Manapouri.
Not just a thoroughfare on the way south, Lake Tekapo is a destination all on its own. With accommodation, hospitality and entertainment all covered – it’s as easy as packing the car and just turning up. From bike hire and boat rides, to star gazing, hot pools and simply enjoying the view – Tekapo can be a one-stop-shop. Or, the perfect base from which to a take day trip to Mt Cook, Ohau and Twizel, where yet more spectacular sights await.
With walks for every fitness and ability level snaking through the incredible Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, this is a tramping enthusiasts paradise. From hour-long walks, to day trip and overnighters – visit the local visitors centre and speak with the friendly and informative Department of Conservation staff to plan your escapade. Or, relax in luxury at the Hermitage or explore the mountaineering museum.
A new Christchurch showroom is not just displaying internationally recognised kitchen interior design – its architecturally-designed building is noteworthy too.
Blum has opened its innovative new South Island showroom, office, trade training, warehouse and distribution hub in Wigram, designed by Warren & Mahoney Architects.
The kitchen hardware specialists’ architectural property is purpose built, focusing on sustainability, wellness and employee wellbeing, says Warren & Mahoney Architects Christchurch Senior Associate, Simon Laurie.
This meant incorporating natural light, outdoor time out areas, acoustic design for comfortable noise levels, and materials to complement the natural local environment.
“Architecturally, the design expresses a streamlined, finely tuned and engineered outcome closely aligned with the precision of products the building will deliver,” he says.
A pitched frontage design was used to break up the scale of the warehouse for a more urban appearance.
“The showroom is a splendid double height light filled space that visually connects with the outside and features a cantilevered stair clad in blue steel.”
The key features are geothermal heating, natural ventilation systems, solar thermal for hot water generation, water recycling system and charging station for electric cars.
Blum New Zealand Managing Director Michael Hawkins says the design aligns with Blum’s own business philosophies.
“The architectural design matches our heirloom, but we also want to be relevant in the current business climate, supporting local businesses by hosting events, industry meetings, seminars and training workshops for architects, designers and cabinet makers.”
Inside, the showroom presents moving ideas and concepts for innovative kitchen and cabinetry solutions, allowing customers to experience a full-scale kitchen test drive.
The Austrian manufacturer wants to show its South Island customers how creative interior design can be when implemented with high-quality fittings in kitchens, bathrooms and living areas of all sizes.
Visit the Blum showroom at 16 Avenger Crescent, Wigram.
This year marks a watershed moment for our city, our place, Ōtautahi Christchurch. There are few years I’ve been more excited for than 2020.
We are emerging as the country’s premier urban destination, a basecamp for exploration and a hub of South Island adventure. Our rebuilt infrastructure is the envy of cities with worn out facilities, while our city is new, exciting and stronger than ever.
In 2020, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will open, set to be an absolute game-changer for the city centre and our ability to host major business events.
We’re also excited about He Puna Taimoana, the hot pools development in New Brighton opening this year, which will bring a new energy to this beautiful white-sand beach just 15 minutes from the city centre.
In May, we welcome the world’s tourism industry to the city at TRENZ, an incredible chance to showcase our new city to the world and we plan to leverage this in a big way.
We also welcome the inaugural South Island Moon Festival in October, a new celebration of our links to China and the rest of Asia.
ChristchurchNZ has come of age and in 2020 we’re hitting the ground running.
We stand confidently as your gutsy economic development and city profile agency, with a deep commitment to serving the public interest, igniting bold ambition among our businesses, our people, and those visiting our beautiful home.
Looking for a break away with plenty to see and do this summer? Then explore the South Island where you’ll find majestic landscapes, golden beaches, loads of interesting activities, and fabulous food and wine.
For the ultimate summer experience, the Nelson Tasman region will blow you away with its natural beauty and range of attractions on offer.
Local hotspots include Kaiteriteri Beach, Mapua & Ruby Coast, Motueka, Moutere, Murchison and Stoke, home to Pic’s Peanut Butter, the National World of Wearable Art & Nelson Classic Cars Museum and McCashins Brewery.
Your itinerary should include a trip to Farewell Spit, the stunning Te Waikoropupū Springs, the markets at Takaka and Golden Bay, and the Lord of the Rings film locations dotted around the area.
After exploring what Nelson and its surrounds have to offer, take the time to visit the Marlborough Sounds; the perfect destination for boating, fishing and diving.
Marlborough is wine country and you’ll find 30 cellar doors available to visit in the region, along with the award-winning Renaissance Brewing, Boom Town Brewing Company, and the first dedicated gin distillery in Marlborough, which opened in May at The Vines Village.
At the head of Queen Charlotte Sound you’ll find Picton, the picturesque little seaside town where you can explore New Zealand’s maritime heritage and marvel at the gorgeous surroundings and wildlife.
A summer escape in the South Island is a must-do this holiday season, with delightful weather, friendly hospitality, heaps of attractions and beautiful sights just waiting to be discovered.