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Good times, food and people: Two Fat Possums

Well hello, possums! If you’ve got a party or an event on your mind, there’s no better spot to book than the function room at Two Fat Possums in West Melton village.


A favourite haven for locals and a destination for those craving great food in a relaxed and welcoming milieu, the catering team ensures every occasion is a delicious success.

The function room seats from 30 to 45 people, and is an ideal spot for pre-wedding dinners, smaller weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, fundraisers and quiz nights.

There are set menus available, or the talented team is thrilled to work with you to design bespoke cuisine.

Casual dining of pizzas, platters and nibbles is available, or three-course served meals can be tailored to suit your budget.

The Restaurant Manager says, “Our chef is excellent and loves to cover the range from woodfired pizzas or gourmet burgers, right through to high-end dining, where we will bring in ingredients specially requested by our clients”.

Promising good times, good food and good people, Two Fat Possums is the home of very contented Kiwis.


Grape Expectations: Melton Estate

Nestled comfortably on a 12-acre block on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton, Melton Estate is, at its heart, a modern restaurant and event venue, but it’s the boutique winery which is meeting the grape expectations of a loyal and growing patronage.




Owner and wine afficionado Philip Caunter says that while the popular winery – surrounded by lush pinot noir vines – supplies Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Méthode Traditionnelle, Sauvignon Blanc and the increasingly popular Rosé, it is the Sparkling Riesling known as ‘Summer Love’ which has earned widespread acclaim.

“We’ve been making Summer Love for 11 years now,” Philip says.

“Every year it’s extremely popular across a broad range of people. Its popularity has really surpassed expectations.”

To describe this tasty tipple as a Sparkling Riesling with a bit of pinot added to the mix may over-simplify the time, talent and labour-intensive process of vinification, but equally, it can be described as fun in a bottle.

“Summer Love is about fun, celebrating, coming together,” Philip says.

“It’s just slightly sparkling, or what the Italians call frizzante; it resonates with people who want something that’s a little bit fun.”

When it comes to celebrating, their French-style champagne Méthode Traditionnelle, is another top drop.

At this time of year, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are on the online order for many Melton Estate customers, while in summer the fruity Rosé comes out of hibernation.

“We’ve had a great year in the vineyard and look forward to releasing more new wines,” Philip says.

“We enjoy the fact that people enjoy it; everything else flows on from that.”


Your West Melton local!

Good times, good food, good people; if it’s all three you’re after, then you can’t go past a night out at Two Fat Possums.

One of those good times is their challenging ‘have a laugh at the range of answers’ team fundraising quizzes.

There’s $10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs every Tuesday with free entry.

Have you got what it takes to take out the opposition’s smartest players?

Call now to book your team of two to eight players.

Another good time is the filling fundraising pizza nights, offering a quick and easy way to raise funds for your sports team or group.

You’ll find good food but it’s also where you’ll find good people, after all, Two Fat Possums is community focused and lots of fun. Who could want more?

With $20 pizzas every Monday and Tuesday and $10 desserts Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, there are plenty of great reasons to take a friend – or five! – and make yourselves at home.

You’ll find plenty of choices on the menu to suit everyone’s taste buds.

Why bother with making breakfast on a Sunday after a big Saturday night?

Jump in the car and find yourself a comfortable spot to relax and unwind. There’s no better place to kick back than Two Fat Possums.

Find Two Fat Possums at the West Melton Village on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton, phone 03 421 6481.


Cosy winter hotspot: Two Fat Possums

After a day traversing the slopes, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a cosy, local hotspot with good friends and hearty winter food.



Those in the know make Two Fat Possums, in West Melton’s Village Centre, their first port of call during the ski season, as they make their way back from the mountains. With its spacious dining areas and warm ambience, it’s the perfect place to unwind with a beverage to discuss the day’s activities.

A new winter menu has just been introduced, making the most of fresh, seasonal produce, such as the Pan-Seared Scallops with curried parsnip puree and broad beans; the Pea & Ham Soup with lemon ricotta and crusty garlic bread, or for something with a bit more heat, try the popular Lamb Shank Rogan Josh with saffron & onion pilau, spiced cauliflower and chickpeas with mint yoghurt.

Of course, for a quiet night in, you can’t go past the famed 13-inch pizza range that comes straight from the onsite wood fired oven and a delectable dessert menu is also on offer. The all-day menu also includes a wide variety of tap beers, ciders and wines, as well as non-alcoholic options.

Two Fat Possums is a local gathering point for fundraisers and events, and the team hosts a popular quiz night every Tuesday. For more information, visit the restaurant at 745 Weedons Ross Road. To book your reservation, call 03 421 6481 or visit



Two Fat Possums

Your West Melton local: for pure pleasure and delight head in for a wood fired pizza at Two Fat Possums

Two Fat Possums is the perfect place to stop on your return leg from the ski fields of Mt Hutt. Since inception last year, it has gained a large following with locals. Anyone in West Melton after a quiet drink, dine or to hang out and soak up the friendly atmosphere should look no further.

Two Fat Possums

With its bar, restaurant and function areas, and friendly staff on hand, the atmosphere is second to none. Tasteful decor of wooden tables and leather/fabric chairs and a few big screen TVs to watch the rugby and racing.
The new winter menu consists of plenty of amazing starters and mains. This includes starters like Crispy Chicken Wings and delectable mains like the Pork Belly or steaks that are cooked to perfection. The biggest highlight is its wood fired oven pizzas, with a range of toppings to suit even the most devoted pizza fan.
A comprehensive range of desserts and drinks are also on offer, such as quality on-tap beer, cocktails and wine. Plus, the addition of specials every day will keep you coming back again and again.
Keen? Head to the West Melton Village on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton. For more information visit or phone 03-421 6481.

Miss Lily Flowers

Turning floral vision into reality: Miss Lily Flowers

Miss Lily Flowers creates beautiful wedding bouquets and arrangements to make a bride’s vision reality.

Miss Lily Flowers
Owner Sandy Sharp enjoys working to a theme, be it rustic, modern, classic, or her own personal favourite – the hand-picked look. Whatever the style, beautiful flowers are always the result.
“I like to get to know brides and customise wedding flower packages to their taste and budget,” Sandy says. “All brides should begin with a budget in mind, but they also need to be flexible.”
Because couples book their weddings so far in advance, it’s important to book your florist in early, too, as they book up just as quickly as other vendors.
Sandy offers a free, no obligation consultation, to define your dream floral vision for your big day.
Miss Lily Flowers, 310 Jowers Road, West Melton, visit

Halkett Barn

A haven of beauty: West Melton’s Halkett Barn delivers the goods

Robbert Van den Broeke always had a passion for beautiful antiques. Over the years he collected an extensive array of European treasures and opened his antique-lovers’ paradise ‘Halkett Barn’ in 2016. Situated in West Melton, just 15 minutes west of Christchurch, it is a ‘destination’ antique store.

Halkett Barn
Robbert Van den Broeke of Halkett Barn

Robbert specialises in exquisite European antiques that he personally selects and ships to New Zealand. If clients have a piece in mind they cannot find themselves, there is a very good chance he can source it from Europe.
He also restores furniture in his onsite workshop – some need a good wax and others, a complete fix and rebuild. “I love a finished piece that embraces its past while still looking stunning for today’s use and enjoyment. There is a warmth, character and history in well-designed furniture and artefacts that have lasted centuries past their construction,” he says.
Antique lovers must visit Halkett Barn, they will meet a kindred spirit in Robbert. He has clients throughout the country (and even tourists who have asked him to ship irresistible items back to their home countries). Follow Halkett Barn on Facebook (and get yourself added to the mailing list) to see the arrival of new shipments first. Visit Thursday to Sunday 10am-4pm at 499 Halkett Road.

Antiques are more than just large pieces of stately furniture:

There are lamps, silverware, art, linen and porcelain. “Some clients (collectors) who bought porcelain from me are always looking for more, so I always keep my eye out for them.”

Antiques are an exciting, niche passion:

“Some clients are very knowledgeable and passionate about their collection, and we have some robust conversations about various pieces and their history.”
Robbert has a degree in mining engineering but always loved restoring and updating character homes and furniture. After purchasing more antiques for himself than his home could handle, Halkett Barn was born. “I should have done it earlier,” he says.

The misconception about antiques:

“My sons used to think antiques were ‘boring and old’ but they have helped unload shipments and studied the craftsmanship in the pieces and have already claimed those they hope to acquire in time.”

Contemporary and antique go together perfectly:

If your personal interior style is contemporary, that does not mean you cannot adore antique items too. They complement each other – one creates a feature (or perfect backdrop for) the other. “I like both antique and modern furniture. An antique piece in a modern house gives contrast and warmth.”

The beauty captivates people:

The workmanship and detail impresses even the young ones. Robbert’s advice to someone who has never brought antiques before? “Just start, buy only what you love, mix it up and have fun.”