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Southern Destinations: March 22, 2018

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8 | southern holiday destinations oamaru | MarCh 2018 on tour WitH cycle ventures Cycle Ventures is a local adventure company based in Oamaru providing quality bespoke cycling and climbing tours. Recently, the company began operating two trading names to accommodate the individual aspects of their expanding dual business. The climbing aspect has more of a school and education focus, although there are often enquiries from tourists and visitors interested in climbing, while the newly opened cycle shop is the HQ of Cycle Ventures and is located opposite the brewery. It sells and hires e-bikes as well as selling bikes and all the company’s products from cycle hire to helmets and can also provide repairs. Cycle hire includes; mountain bikes, kids bikes and trailers, plus hire of car bike trailers and tow-bar bike carriers. Cycle Ventures exceptional knowledge of the region has helped them put together amazing experiences and allowed them to showcase the great outdoors they love. Joining a tour or allowing them to design your adventures, will assure you of 20 years experience and delivery of an unforgettable first class trip. The company’s adventures include; rock climbing, plus day and fully inclusive cycle tours on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. As well as riding trips from 2 hours to several days, a big focus for current season is day trip cycling. Cycle Ventures also offers morning shuttles to Duntroon so that people can ride back to Oamaru on the last section of the magnificent Alps2Ocean Trail. It comprises a 54km section with 45kms off road and is a highlight of the trail with a tunnel, a bridge and limestone scenery. For further information take a look at the website www.verticalventures. co.nz Or give Vertical Ventures NZ Ltd a call on 03 434 5010 / 021 894427 VISIT OUR NEW SHOP - 4 WANSBECK ST, OAMARU BIKE SERVICE PLANS FROM $45 • BIKE SALES CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES • BIKE HIRE FOR THE A20 RIDER: TOURS. BIKE HIRE. CLEAN & CHECK SERVICES. A20 MERCHANDISE. EscapE to thE Waitaki Explore the Waitaki for a weekend, stopover or holiday of variety that provides the perfect escape for all ages, stages and interests. Adventure in Waitaki whether it is on 2 legs, 2 wheels, in the air or on the ground! Ride some or all of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, go gliding or hot air ballooning at Omarama, go rock climbing with local guides or head for the hydro lakes for fishing, boating or camping. Nature in Waitaki lets you visit Oamaru’s Blue Penguin Colony, visit seals at Shag Point, discover unique natural formations like Elephoant Rocks, the Clay Cliffs, the Fossil Trail and the famous Moeraki Boulders. Cultural Heritage in Waitaki encompasses the magnificent whitestone buildings of the Victorian Heritage Precinct where you will find galleries, shops, restaurants and artisan crafts; galleries and museums and the distinctive Steampunk HQ. Visit Totara Estate, Clark’s Mill or follow the heritage trail that commemorates the life and work of author Janet Frame. Fine Food in Waitaki combines award winning restaurants, fresh local produce from land and sea and Oamaru’s famous Whitestone Cheese. There is a Whisky Collection, a brewery and a number of local vineyards and cellar doors in Waitaki Valley. Relax in Waitaki which boasts many accommodation options whether historic hotel, homestay, farmstay, motel or camping. Soak your cares away at Omarama’s hot tubs, browse Oamaru’s markets and shops, see a show at the Opera House or turn back time and enjoy the town’s annual Victorian Heritage Festival every November. a meander on main street Thames Street is Oamaru’s modern commercial hub and complements the nearby historic precinct with a variety of shops, services and accommodation. Alongside its wide thoroughfare and easy parking, you’ll find well known stores and franchises, locally owned boutiques and a plethora of delightful cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels; among them: REALFood PAntRy is just off Thames on Eden Street and is home to quality ingredients for baking, cooking, treats LAGONDA TEAROOMS OAMARU FAST FRESH FOOD with value meals, milkshakes, icecreams & drinks Internet available Open everyday over the Easter period Call in, relax and enjoy at LAGONDA TEAROOMS 191 Thames Street, Oamaru Phone: (03) 434 8716 and brewing. You’ll also find a selection of organic and gluten free products, bulk fruit and nuts, herbs and spices. Offering a back to basics approach to food you will also find recipes, new ideas and friendly advice. LAgondA tEARooMS, an iconic New Zealand style of milk bar, ice-cream parlour and tearoom. Offering selections for morning and afternoon tea, lunches and takeaways, Lagonda is also a Coach Travel Centre and 7 day a week comfort and refreshment stop for bus travellers to and from Oamaru. As well as indoor and outdoor seating, the tearoom also has several internet terminals for customer use. tHE RooSt is a popular stop for locals and visitors alike. Offering an allday breakfast, lunch, cabinet food and wonderful coffee, customers are assured of fine food, excellent service and an atmosphere of welcome. As well as a varied breakfast menu, open sandwiches and delicious cakes and baked items, there is a good selection of gluten free food which many customers appreciate. Most of the food at the Roost is made on the premises and is complemented by the taste and flavour of coffee made with top quality Bruno Rossi coffee beans. Located in the main street and open 7am -4pm every day, the café is easy to find, but once discovered you will want to come home to roost – often! Visit The Roost Café on www.Facebook.com for more details. WWW.VERTICALVENTURES.CO.NZ +64 21 894 427 VERTVENTURES@GMAIL.COM Grains & Flours Peas, Beans & Lentils Herbs & Spices Organic & Gluten Free Products International Foods Cake Decorating Supplies Brewing Supplies Confectionery & Treats SERIOUS FOOD & GOOD COFFEE OAMARU 30 THAMES STREET PH 03 434 1165 WARM & WELCOME AMBIENCE BRUNO ROSSI COFFEE (FAIR TRADE) 10 EDEN STREET, OAMARU 9400 P 03 433 1433 M 027 357 6590 E info@realfoodpantry.co.nz

MARCH 2018 | oamaru soutHeRn HolidAy destinAtions | 9 brydone WHoleFoods presence on Harbour 6kms south of Oamaru you will find Brydone Wholefoods Store. Located in the old Totara Hall, the family business combines a lifelong love of the land and a passion for wholesome healthy food. Be tempted by seasonal certified organic, spray free and local produce, fruit, fresh and dried and nuts which are kept at optimal temperature in their large walk in chiller for freshness. The freezers and fridges are crammed with local and organic meats including a wide range of dairy and non dairy products and the deli has the famous GameKeeper meats from Kurow. In addition to the store’s extensive grocery lines, they also stock environmentally friendly household and healthcare products, the NZ Biogro certified Viola range and the well renowned Weleda products including their baby range. You will find products that are glutenfree, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, as well as paleo and vegan lines, while the kitchen provides delicious raw desserts, baking and savoury foods and Brydone’s baristas will tempt you with Underground Coffees. Local residents and visitors are warmly welcomed by our staff at Brydone Wholefoods Store. As well as offering a courier service for out-oftown-folk, customers can shop online or enjoy the recently opened coffee lounge in store. Brydone Wholefoods Store is open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4.30pm and from 10am-4.30pm on Sundays too. Phone 03 4346744 or email brydonewholefoods@gmail.com Presence on Harbour is situated in the old Connell and Cloves Building in Oamaru’s picturesque Victorian Precinct. Offering “groovy stuff for groovy people, Presence on Harbour specialises in New Zealand arts and crafts, kiwiana and merino possum knitwear. Either online or shopping in person, you will find gifts for all occasions including weddings, engagements, baby showers, housewarmings, or simply an irresistible item to indulge yourself! A variety of kiwiana easily provides the ideal gift for friends and relatives in New Zealand or those overseas to remind them of home. The selection at Presence on Harbour includes Oamaru-themed cards, T shirts, magnets as well as iconic designs, prints and posters by New Zealand artists and photographers. The exquisite range of knitwear by Koru and Native World features jackets, cardigans, shrugs, ponchos socks, hats, gloves, jerseys and children’s wear. The inviting shop at 1 Harbour St Oamaru is open 7 days a week from September until May and welcomes customers to browse, buy and enjoy the ambience of Presence by name and by nature! For further information and inspiration call 027 4395170 or visit www.presenceonharbour.co.nz revamped Quality and FasHion style in oamaru For more than 10 years Zelie Allan has delighted customers at her Revamp clothing store in Oamaru. Specialising in clean, up to date, quality labels, she sells pre-owned fashion clothing and accessories that are sourced from all over the South Island. Zelie began Revamp when she realised many women struggled to find clothing that would fit nicely. Customers now come from as far away as Nelson and Invercargill and enjoy “the buzz of a bargain” and quality clothes they can afford. She sources clothes in a range of sizes and styles to suit all ages from children to grandmothers, as well as a small selection of men’s clothes too. A year ago Zelie opened her Style store right across the road from Revamp. Here, customers will find new fashion clothing and the only place in the South Island where some of Zelie’s distinctive Australian brands are available. Revamp Clothing “I began Style in the back room of Revamp to test the market” says Zelie. “With online interest it all grew from there until I needed new premises and the business has gone from strength to strength.” Zelie and her staff find it rewarding to see people happy with what they purchase and enjoy the personal help that they provide. Focusing on women’s wear, most items at Style are available up to size 16, with some ranges up to 22-24. Revamp is open at 409 Thames Highway from 10.30-4.30 Monday to Friday and 11-2pm Saturdays. Style is open at 358 Thames Highway from 9-5pm Monday to Friday and 11-3pm Saturdays. So make sure you have time to stop and shop on your next visit to Oamaru or find Revamp and Style on Facebook! get out & about! BRYDONE WHOLEFOODS STORE ORgaNic & NaTuRaL FOOD SpEciaLiSTS Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 6.00pm Saturday & Sunday 10.00am to 4.30pm Shop online! 451 Alma-Maheno Road, State Highway 1, Oamaru (6km South of Oamaru) R.D. 19-D, Oamaru 9492. Telephone/Fax 03-434-6744 Email brydonewholefoods@gmail.com Like us on Facebook 6km south of Oamaru on State Highway 1 just past Totara School BRYDONE WHOLEFOODS STORE Tops • Jeans • Jackets • Cardies Trousers • Coats • Jewellery Shorts • Tunics • Dresses • Scarves Handbags • Shoes • 1/2 Price Rack We hire: • Cars • Vans • Bicycles • Caravans • 4WD Doublecab Truck Open Saturday 11am - 3pm to shop at your leisure 358 Thames Highway, North End Oamaru Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm & Saturday 11am - 3pm • Phone 437 1358 409 Thames Highway, North End Oamaru Open Monday to Friday 10.30am - 4.30pm & Saturday 11am - 2pm • Phone 437 1336 Shuttle Service to Mt Cook From Oamaru or Timaru/ Christchurch/ Dunedin airports smash palace - 1 Meek Street, Oamaru Phone 03 433 1444 • geoff@spo.co.nz