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Southern Destinations: March 22, 2018

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6 | southern holiday destinations Waimate | MarCh 2018 Waimate – a thriving rural toWn Nestled at the foot of the Hunter Hills, 8km off State Highway 1, Waimate is a thriving rural town providing the visitor with many reasons to stop and explore. Wide spacious streets, a valued collection of Edwardian buildings, historic churches, parks and beautiful gardens, create a relaxed, friendly environment for both residents and visitors who enjoy browsing Waimate’s specialist shops. The town is the heart of a district blessed with rivers and lakes that offer an extensive range of outdoor pursuits such as world renowned salmon and trout fishing, deer hunting, boating, yachting, bird watching and family camping on the lake shores. Outstanding forest, mountain and alpine tracks encourage walking and mountain biking. The newly opened White Horse Big Easy Mountain Bike Trail offers rides to suit all abilities. The Studholme Bush Walkway comprises five individual walks of 20 minutes or a combination of all five tracks over 3 hours. Waimate has not forgotten its heritage and those people and animals that helped mould it. The White Horse Monument is a tribute to Clydesdale horses and the stands majestically on the Hunters Hills, visible for miles and accessed via the Waimate walkway or by car. The Waimate district is one of the few places in NZ where wallabies have taken up residence. Introduced from Australia, you can see them in wildlife parks, or if hunting is your sport, there is ample opportunity for this too. Waimate is also famous for its strawberries, which have been grown in the region since the late 1880’s. At any of the strawberry fields, growers will sell you a punnet of their finest berries, real berry fruit ice cream or pick your own straight from the field. You can’t get much fresher than that! Tourism contributes to Waimate’s economy with many independent travellers visiting the area to enjoy its attractions and annual events, such as The March Hare Motor Cycle Rally and Strawberry Fare to be held this year on Saturday 8th December. Waimate also offers an alternative route to Queenstown via the spectacular scenery of the Waitaki Lakes. For further information on Waimate, including maps, brochures etc call into the Waimate Information Centre or view www.waimate.org.nz Kingswood Motel Waimate Country Comfort in Waimate Jen and John Tangney are the proud owners and hosts of Kingswood Motel in Waimate, South Canterbury. Kingswood Motel comprises 12 different units of various sizes to accommodate your needs and offers free Wifi throughout all units as well as Sky T.V. With a central location in the heart of the Waimate township, Kingswood Motel is only 5 minutes’ walk to local Waimate’s tame Wallabies While visiting Waimate, you must visit the town’s famous wallabies at EnkleDooVery Korna Wallaby Park. Visitors can wander at their leisure among 60 tame wallabies, all in their family groups within over 20 enclosures. Special pellets are provided to help you participate in the feeding experience. Gwen, the “Wallaby Lady” has been hand rearing baby wallabies for 41 years, but only opened the park to the public in 1999. From October to April, Gwen hand rears baby wallabies brought to her by hunters. This requires much commitment as they need constant warmth and food. shopping amenities and is ideally situated to explore local attractions and activities. You will find Waimate just a few minutes off State Highway 1,making it the perfect destination for a comfortable, affordable and peaceful place to stay on your travels. For further information visit www. kingswoodmotels.com or phone 03 689 8022 But they really are cute and love to be cuddled by visiting children and adults! There are also other animals to see at the park including bantams, possums and rare breed sheep, as well as an old time Trapper’s Hut. The park is located off Highway 82 on Bathgates Road close to Waimate. Watch out for the Wallaby Park sign and don’t forget your camera! Open daily from 20th September to 10th June from 10am-5pm OR off season June 11th to 19th September 10am- 4pm (weather dependent) or by appointment or by chance! Phone 03 689 7197 or visit www. waimateorg.nz/tamewallabies Café on Queen John and Jen offer you a warm welcome located close to town. We have Sky TV and free Wifi. Short stroll to the shops & restaurants. Enjoy the comfort of Kingswood Motel. 16 Timaru Road, Waimate Ph. (03) 689 8022 or 027 694 5633 E. kingswoodmotels@gmail.com Café on Queen in Waimate, is enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike. Located in the heart of the town, the café is operated by new owner Wendy Arnold and offers delicious foods and goods baked on site. Café on Queen is open 7 days from 8.00am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and from 9.00am -3.30pm Saturdays and Sundays, so there is plenty of opportunity to sample the menu for breakfast, brunch or lunch. In addition, there is freshly made, tempting cabinet food throughout the day including tasty pies, cakes, slices, custard squares, biscuits, sandwiches and dumplings, as well as excellent coffee, tea and a selection of cold drinks. Word-of-mouth business has encouraged those visiting Waimate to enjoy great coffee, good food and the hospitality the town is famous for Let us guide you to hidden places featuring waterfalls and wild life set amongst diverse and spectacular scenery. We have places every visitor should experience. Come find them. Waimate Information Centre @ The Event Centre 15 Paul Street Waimate | 03 689 7771 | www.waimate.org.nz HOP TO THE WALLABY PARK EnkleDooVery Korna Waimate Affordable Hands-on Adventure • WALK AMONGST • TOUCH • CUDDLE • FEED• PHOTOGRAPH • OUR FAMOUS WALLABIES no eftpos or credit card facilities Admire the cute tame Wallabies • Open 7 days 10am-5pm • 20 September through to 10 June • During the off season, June 11th to September 19th, will be open by appointment, weatherdependent or by chance, 10am to 4pm Located North End of State Highway 82 on Bathgates Rd, Waimate Your host: Gwen Dempster-Schouten 03 689 7197 c/- email: jenny_dempster@hotmail.com www.waimate.org.nz/tamewallabies When PaSSing thRough Waimate viSit one of the beSt bakeRieS in nZ all day breakfasts | sunday roasts pies | custard square | cold drinks sandwiches cakes | slices | coffee biscuits | pastries | bread rolls birthday and christmas party functions Relax & enjoy the ambience 25 Queen St, Waimate Ph: 03 689 6010 oPen 7 dayS

MARCH 2018 | oamaru soutHeRn HolidAy destinAtions | 7 brydone Hotel oamaru Step inside the enchanting Brydone Hotel Oamaru and you will find yourself in a gentler, more gracious era, when a sweeping staircase, grand chandeliers and ornate interiors represented the height of style and the finest accommodation. Built of white, elaborately carved Oamaru limestone in 1881, this impressive Oamaru hotel has charmed and welcomed guests for over 130 years. Today that proud tradition of style and exceptional hospitality is maintained and enhanced by every contemporary comfort. You will find the hotel 248kms (156miles) south of Christchurch and 116kms (72.5miles) north of Dunedin, located in the central business area of Oamaru. Relax in the welcoming ground floor dining area, where you can enjoy great service and a range of food and beverage catering for all tastes. The hotel’s convivial restaurant is open from 6.30am every day for breakfast and throughout the day with lunch, moving on to a sumptuous dinner menu. The diverse range of New Zealand and International dishes is accompanied by a comprehensive wine list designed to cater for all requirements. A bar menu is available throughout the day and evening so you can drop in and unwind to your heart’s content whenever you please. Enjoy a relaxing drink and a delicious meal in the Brydone Hotel Oamaru’s friendly T-Bar Restaurant and Brasserie. For business travellers your stay can be productive as well as comfortable, with the hotel offering four stylish conference rooms (with conference equipment available) for meetings and functions. The hotel that can cater for as many as 200 people. Take it easy with your whole family in this charming, considerate and child-friendly hotel. Step out from the 19th century elegance of the Brydone for some 21st century exercise at the nearby gym and aquatic centre or simply relax to your heart’s content in a captivating hotel that is perfectly equipped to help you enjoy your stay in Oamaru. nortHstar motel bar & restaurant Located in the north of Oamaru, head down to the Northstar where you will feel right at home and find the best food and service! Their joint motels and restaurant offer stylish modern accommodation, while the restaurant is more than happy to cater to your every need. Northstar’s motel units offer affordably priced accommodation in Oamaru and each motel unit features your choice of either a super king size bed or two king single beds, a large cosy couch, full kitchen facilities and a modern bathroom. The complex is perfect for events, parties and corporate functions. Book out its Restaurant and Bar and enjoy a fully catered meal, complemented by a great range of New Zealand and Australian wines. For large groups, book out the Northstar Restaurant and Motels and enjoy the convenience of a short walk home to your motel accommodation and the end of your evening. Elegantly furnished Superior units, Family units and Disability units offer the ideal motel accommodation for couples, individuals and corporate travellers as well as families, groups or sports teams. Two interconnecting units create a large space, with the option of privacy when required. End an exciting day in Oamaru at Northstar Restaurant and Bar where quality food is affordably priced. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and for breakfasts on request, the Restaurant prides itself on delicious cuisine that uses as much local produce as possible and is beautifully presented. Enjoy a glass of Otago wine or beer before dinner while enjoying the latest sport on Northstar’s big screen TVs. Or, stay late and soak up the ambience with an after-dinner coffee by the fire in the lounge area. Room service is also available to all Northstar Motel units. Families and children are welcome, and the restaurant offers a children’s dinner and dessert menu. Furnished with large tables, group bookings can easily be accommodated as well as functions and events. Enquiries are welcome anytime to discuss your party’s needs. The onsite restaurant also makes Northstar Motel the perfect accommodation of choice for business travellers wanting an accessible dining option. ~ Step inside the enchanting Brydone Hotel Oamaru and you will find yourself in a gentler, more gracious era. Situated in the heart of Oamaru, with the Totara Bar right in the lobby, The Brydone has welcomed guests for over a century. The Brydone Hotel has various features that attract our guests. It is built of white, elaborately carved, Oamaru limestone in 1881. It provides a great venue for functions and weddings alike, however loves catering for guests of any and all ages. Breakfast is served from an early time to get you ready for your day, however if you fancy a sleep in, we have a fantastic lunch and dinner menu with dessert that will make your mouth water. The Brydone staff are local to Oamaru and have all the information for your time here at the ready. Come and stay at The Brydone and make your moments into memories. ~ The The Oamaru Oamaru Trust Trust manage manage four 4 businesses businesses in in the the hospitality hospitality industry industry including including a hotel, a hotel, motel, motel, restaurants, restaurants, bars bars and and a retail a retail liquor liquor outlet outlet throughout throughout the District, the District, and ensures and ensures staff staff are highly are highly skilled skilled in all areas. in all This areas. means This a means great service, a great yummier service, yummier food, amazing food, amazing coffee & fine coffee wines & are fine at wines your fingertips. are at your The fingertips. profits we The make profits are we driven make back are into driven the back community into the community - that’s us, - that's working us, for working you 24 for hours you a 24 day, hours 7 days a day, a week. 7 days a week. The Trust strives to provide quality accommodation, food, beverage and The Trust’s strives to provide quality accommodation, food, beverage entertainment for both Oamaru locals and visitors to the area. and entertainment for both Oamaru locals and visitors to the area. The The Oamaru Licensing Trust Trust board board who who act act as the as the Oamaru Oamaru based based committee for for Lion Lion Foundation funding applications have have distributed hundreds of of thousands of of dollars back back into into the the community. The The Trust Trust acknowledges the the continuous support support that that OLT OLT businesses businesses receive receive from the from local the and local wider and public wider which public assists which in assists ensuring ensuring funding is funding returned is back into the community. returned back into the community. 115 Thames Street, Oamaru | www.brydonehotel.co.nz | Phone 03 433 0480