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Selwyn Times: December 20, 2016

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20 Tuesday December 20 2016 SUMMER FUN IN SELWYN SELWYN TIMES Cooling off this Summer Finding somewhere to swim is not too hard in Selwyn with the Selwyn Aquatic Centre in Rolleston and a wide range of community pools elsewhere. The Selwyn Aquatic Centre has some fun activities planned for the holiday period which will include paddle boats and inflatables on the water for play. They will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day though open all other days with some shortened hours so check their website: https://www.selwyn.govt.nz/facilitiesand-parks/selwyn-aquatic-centre. Public Swimming Pools • Rolleston – Selwyn Aquatic Centre, 8 lane 25-metre pool plus hydrotherapy spa, leisure, lazy river & learn-to-swim pools. • Darfield – outdoor pool; learners’ & paddling indoor pools. • Leeston – outdoor learners’ pool. • Prebbleton – main &learners’ outdoor pools. • Sheffield – lane & paddling outdoor pools. • Southbridge – lane & paddling outdoor pools plus hydroslide. (Opening hours can be found at: http:// www.selwyn.govt.nz/facilities-and-parks/ selwyn-aquatic-centre and http://www. selwyn.govt.nz/facilities-and-parks.) Lake & River Swimming • Selwyn River at Coes Ford, Chamberlain’s Ford, Whitecliffs and Glentunnel depending on water flow. • Waimakariri River unsafe in main channels or when in flood. • High country lakes offer a cold dip. (Check Ecan’s website for water quality – ecan.govt.nz/services/online-services/ monitoring/swimming-water-quality/ Pages/river-warnings.aspx.) Popular Bays & Beaches • Akaroa Harbour – beaches in Akaroa township or Children’s Bay and at Wainui. • Eastern Bays – Okains Bay (book ahead for camping), Le Bons Bay, Little Akaloa, Pigeon Bay, Port Levy. • Lyttelton Harbour – Corsair Bay, Cass Bay, Governor’s Bay, Charteris Bay, Diamond Harbour, Purau and Camp Bay. • Pegasus Bay – from Taylor’s Mistake and Sumner to Waikuku. Maronan Road, Tinwald, Ashburton DECEMBER OPEN DAYS: Open: 11am - 4pm Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th Vintage Railcar Rides operating, Museum Village open. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the tranquil Tinwald Domain complete with Playground, Pond and Heated Swimming Pool. Cold Drinks, Icecreams and Snacks available from our Station Shop. **EFTPOS ON-SITE** Visit www.plainsrailway.co.nz or our Facebook Page for details Phone: 03 308 9600 The Selwyn Aquatic Centre is a great place to visit this summer. Visit us to keep fit or have fun over the Christmas break. We’re at 71 Broadlands Drive, off Goulds Rd in Rolleston. Christmas Hours Saturday 24th Dec (Christmas Eve) 6am-6pm Saturday 31st Dec (New Years Eve) 8am-6pm Tuesday 27th Jan to Friday 30th Jan 8am-8pm Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day For the kids We gave a toddlers pool, a leisure pool with lazy river and fun lanes in the Main Pool. Come in and enjoy the inflatable on each Sunday over the holidays. Play equipment will be available each day in the holidays. For grown ups Whether you are swimming lengths in the main pool, having fun with the kids in the leisure pool,exercising in the hydrotherapy pool or relaxing in the spa pool there is something for everyone. And if retail therapy is your thing we have an extensive range of the latest swimwear from Speedo and Zoggs to choose from.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday December 20 2016 21 SUMMER FUN IN SELWYN Summertime in Selwyn You don’t have to go far to find exciting things to do and see – in fact Selwyn is jam packed full of interesting places to visit and a wonderful playground for the adventurous. Here are just a few ideas to fill in your time this summer. Christmas lit up: • Spectacular Lights Show – Every night until 30th December, 8.30-12pm, 650 Shands Road. Walking, tramping, cycling and caving: • Arthur’s Pass has walkways and tramping tracks from easy to a challenging tramp. • Castle Hill – Marvel at, or abseil the limestone rock formations, then explore Cave Stream (DOC website lists equipment needed and warns against entering cave when river is high). • Darfield – McHughs Forest is an easy flat walk. • Glentunnel’s millennium track starts at the 1870s stables and follows the old tram line to an abandoned mine or up a hill (80 minutes return). • Washpen Falls is a privately owned track which transverses a volcanic canyon then follows a creek to a waterfall. • Orton Bradley Park has short walks and tramps. • Little River Rail Trail is 45 kilometres from Hornby to Little River; join at any point such as Motukarara, the old Kaituna Quarry, Birdlings Flat or Lake Forsyth. • Port Hills – Cycle tracks include Mount Vernon and Rapaki or cycle the Summit Road. • Prebbleton Nature Park is a short walk around an old shingle pit. • Springfield – Kowai Bush is an easy short walk through the remaining Beech trees of a once large forest. Cafes, wineries and art galleries: • Darfield – Check out Summer Collection at the Selwyn Gallery, browse the shops and relax over a coffee or meal. • Lincoln – View Fragile Blue Members’ Show at Liffey Gallery before lunching and strolling through town or around Tai Tapu. • Hororata and Sheffield – If pies are your fancy, hunt out the homemade pies in these towns. • Springfield – View the country’s biggest donut, take a stroll and have a snack at a café. • Banks Peninsula – Little River has cafés, art and silo accommodation; turn right before the township for the peninsula’s south east bays; turn left at the hilltop to access the north east bays for swimming and walkways; or continue onto French/ Colonial Akaroa for shopping, cafés, boat trips and places of historical interest. Boating, fishing and windsurfing: • Lakes Coleridge, Georgina and Pearson are popular fishing or windsurfing spots. Lake Coleridge can be dangerous in nor’ westers so check the forecast before venturing out. • Waimakariri & Rakaia Rivers – Sea run salmon and trout may be caught in the Rakaia while the Waimakariri River is known for trout fishing and both rivers are popular for boating. Camping in the district: • Places to camp include: Arthur’s Pass, Glentunnel, Coes and Chamberlains Fords, Craigieburn, Deer Valley, Kowai Pass Domain in Springfield, Lake Ellesmere’s Lakeside Domain, Lake Pearson, Rakaia Gorge, Rakaia Huts and Whitecliffs with camping for self-contained vehicles at Sheffield and Motukarara. Christmas Magic at Twilight Market Start off the holiday season by attending the Christmas Twilight Market on Thursday, December 22. From 4pm to 7pm a variety of stalls will be offering Christmas goodies with Christmas music and carol singers from the Selwyn Community Choir creating the perfect atmosphere. You will find a present for everyone among the diverse range of stalls available, including handmade clothing, candles, pottery, art, cards, calendars, jewellery, wooden craft and soft toys –as well as a hot mulled spiced drink. For children, there will be a special visit from Santa between 4-6pm and fun children’s activities including face painting and hoola hoop fun with Fairy Sophie. There’s some great local food to be had, such as cheeses, olive oil, gluten free treats, pastries, artisan breads, preserves, wine, fresh fruit and vegetables, and colourful flowers and plants to decorate your home with during this festive season. Pack a it ’ s Picnic, Island Time! 0800 436 574 www.blackcat.co.nz Lincoln Farmers’ & Craft Market CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT MARKET Thursday 22nd December 4-7pm Lots of Festive stalls & activities Visit from Santa, Hoola Hoop Fun, Face Painting Christmas Music by Selwyn Community Choir (6.15pm) EXQUISITE HANDCRAFTED GIFTS & CRAFTS SWEET & SAVOURY TREATS AND ARTISAN BAKING AWARD WINNING PRODUCE FLOWERS AND PLANTS See www.facebook.com/lincolnmarket for details of other exciting events over the holiday season Discover walking tracks, native birds, penguins, the swimming beach and shipwrecks, all on the island that’s only 15 minutes from Christchurch! Start Exploring Otamahua/Quail Island today! DEPARTS: LYTTELTON QUAIL ISLAND Oct – Apr 10.20am 3.30pm Dec – Feb 10.20am & 12.20pm 12.30pm & 3.30pm FARE: adult $30 child $15 return CRUISES LYTTELTON & AKAROA Celebrate with us the Terrace Downs way! Let us take the stress out of your festive dining - come and enjoy a delicious buffet and live music. Book today! Merry Christmas Festive Lunch Buffet 12.30pm - 2.30pm 24th December Enjoy an elaborate buffet of Christmas flavours along with live music. $79 per adult. $29 for kids under 12 Complimentary glass of bubbles or sparkling grape juice. Christmas Eve Dinner Revive the spirit of Christmas with our special celebratory A’la Carte Menu accompanied with live Christmas music Lets bring in the together new Year Happy Celebrate the end of 2016 in style. Saturday 31st Dec 6pm - 8pm Featuring a special New Years Eve menu, live music. Don’t miss out on Celebrating the New Year! Sunday 1st January 12:30pm - 2:30pm Enjoy a delicious Lunch Buffet & Live Music $57 Adults & $20 Kids Under 12 See staff to book or contact us. Only one hour’s drive from ChCh Phone 03 318 6943 Terrace Downs Resort, Coleridge Road Windwhistle, Canterbury Email: events@terracedowns.co.nz www.terracedowns.co.nz