spring - summer 2020/2021
Your tourism guide to the top spots in
Canterbury and The west coast
І Destination Canterbury/West
He Puna Taimoana, the new hot salt water pools in New Brighton,
have become a popular destination since opening in May this year.
Otautahi Christchurch – This is just the beginning
Ballooning over Canterbury & three ways to see Christchurch
Local arts & crafts, family fun on wheels & a day at the zoo
Events around the city
Get ready for the races!
Air Force history museum & sweet treats for the family
The country’s longest zipline, Christchurch Adventure Park,
Hunt out the city’s best burgers
Explore the Canterbury wine-growing region
Accommodation to match your budget
Geraldine Festival – a South Canterbury highlight
Hanmer and Hurunui have it all to enjoy
A comfortable, relaxing place to stay
West Coast wonders & an unmissable journey getting there
Explore New Zealand’s most accessible glaciers
Pioneering tales of gold mining & beer brewing
A unique place to stay in the rainforest
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a blooming great
place to explore
Ōtautahi Christchurch sits at the heart of one of the most
desirable destinations in the world – Te Waipounamu, the South
Island of New Zealand.
So what makes Ōtautahi Christchurch so special?
Easy – BLOOM. Every spring the city comes to life with a
mammoth range of events. Fancy an explore before or after? Take
your pick from more unique experiences than you could shake
the Ranfurly Shield at...sorry, too soon?
Ōtautahi is home to a stellar line up of destinations and
attractions, both in the city and around it. The Port Hills dominate
the skyline, towering over streets of modern architecture and
immaculate public amenities. On the city’s doorstep are some of
New Zealand’s most iconic towns and landmarks.
It’s never been more important to support our local economy.
Businesses have taken a massive hit, jobs are on the line, as are
livelihoods. We’re lucky here in New Zealand. We can safely
attend large-scale public events without fear, without restriction.
They are a great way to have a good time and see the sights, all
while keeping the economy ticking.
And Ōtautahi has a stacked spring programme of events.
The races at Riccarton and Addington, all happening in early
November, are well worth a trip north. Join thousands of punters
at these iconic events and experience a race day unlike any other
in the country. Check out our advice on page 7 for how to get race
The New Zealand Agricultural Show couldn’t go ahead this year,
but the team have still managed to put on the Hazletts City
Farmyard, an epic family day out, and the SCAPE Spring Season of
public art kicked off in October – an enlightened way to discover
Venture beyond the city and explore our neighbouring regions.
Stop for a coffee at the stunning Caroline Bay on your journey
north to see us. You can watch whales and wildlife in Kaikōura,
visit the hot pools and family-owned vineyards in Hurunui, see the
highest mountains and bluest lakes in Mackenzie, and discover
the untamed natural wilderness on the West Coast – it’s all here.
Escape the same ol’ and explore this place and its surrounds.
Catch a race, a rave, a relaxing day out. Experience a vineyard,
a vista, a new vintage. Kick off your adventure in Ōtautahi
Christchurch, it’s just the beginning.
Margaret Mahy Playground
Ōtautahi Christchurch – this is just
An exciting metropolis at the centre of Te Waipounamu, our beautiful
South Island, Ōtautahi Christchurch is the current must-see destination.
Sure, you might have visited the city a decade ago. Perhaps even a few
years ago? But the place has undergone massive development in the last
Large-scale public developments have been completed, and investment
in public spaces and amenities is clear across New Zealand’s second
City Mall runs through the heart of the city, with big name brands and
boutique local shops offering an unrivalled South Island retail experience.
At the heart of the area is Riverside Market, the country’s only seven-daya-week
farmers market coupled with quality bars and restaurants.
Meander along the Ōtākaro Avon River Precinct, a pedestrian zone that
follows the river through the city, leading to Margaret Mahy Playground.
Be warned, the kids WILL want to come back to the city just for this place.
Other central city developments worth a visit include The Welder, a
boutique hub in an old welder’s workshop, and SALT District, a collection
of retailers and hospitality vendors showing the grittier side of Ōtautahi.
Bordering the southern side of the city are the Port Hills, with one of the
country’s most extensive track networks. Walk it, run it, or bike it – the
hills are there to be explored. The Christchurch Adventure Park is a
favourite among international mountain bikers, with a chairlift and a craft
beer bar at the bottom.
Whatever your interest, your flavour, your idea of a good time, Ōtautahi
Christchurch has you covered.
New Regent Street
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to see the city
A bird’s eye view
of the Plains
Ballooning Canterbury will not only take you on an early-morning
flight experience but also give you a bird’s eye view of the
Canterbury Plains from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.
Your one-hour sunrise flight by one of New Zealand’s most
experienced pilots in a modern hot air balloon will provide some
fantastic photo opportunities. The company’s pilots are also
experienced farmers and have a wealth of knowledge on what
you see drifting below you.
Both young and old are catered for, making this a great occasion
for the whole family. Celebrate after the flight with champagne,
juice, and a light snack. www.ballooningcanterbury.co.nz
Christchurch Attractions operates three of the city’s most iconic
attractions: the Christchurch Tram, Punting on the Avon and the
Hop on board the heritage trams to see central Christchurch with
live commentary and an all-day ticket to explore the 17 stops
along the route at your leisure.
Sit back and relax on a 30-minute punt ride along the scenic Avon
River, as you get up close to the flora and wildlife to see the city
from a new perspective.
Visit the Gondola for truly stunning scenery of Christchurch,
Lyttelton and beyond. Explore the walking tracks, Time Tunnel
history ride, browse the gift store and enjoy a coffee or meal with
a view at the café.
Combine entry to all three attractions with a Christchurch Pass
ticket for maximum savings or use the promo code ODT10 to save
10 per cent off individual tickets.
See the best of Christchurch with Christchurch Attractions.
Escape to a world of peace and tranquility.
Hot Air Ballooning is a magical experience
and a flight with Ballooning Canterbury offers
panoramic views across the fertile Canterbury
Plains to the Southern Alps. There is nothing
quite so romantic and exciting as floating
effortlessly over an ever changing landscape.
Phone: 0508 422 556
New Zealand made arts
Kia ora, welcome to The Lyttel Kiwi Gift Shop located in the quaint
township of Lyttelton, less than 20 minutes from Cathedral Square.
Supporting 35 small, local artists’ and crafters’ businesses, the
Lyttel Kiwi Gift Shop is a collective of gorgeous hand-made and
affordable giftware, which is displayed across six rooms in an
historic gallery building on the main street of Lyttelton.
Outrageous family fun
for all ages
With exhilarating, wind-powered blokarts, electric driftkarts and
the hilarious human foosball, Velocity Karts has something for
everyone. Blokarts are safe and easy for ages 8+, with tandem karts
for those unable to go alone. Driftkarts will challenge the inner
drifter in everyone ages 12+ (1.4m tall). It’s all sustainable, inclusive,
Visit NZ’s only
Orana Wildlife Park provides amazing opportunities for people to
connect with wildlife. See New Zealand’s only gorillas, hand-feed
majestic giraffe, meet mighty rhino up close, observe kiwi and
encounter mischievous kea.
Scheduled presentations mean visitors can enjoy the antics
of painted dogs, cheetah, Tasmanian devils, friendly farmyard
creatures, monkeys, meerkats and much more! Visitors can board
the Safari Shuttle for a tour of the zoo or join a guided walkabout to
explore the park.
Orana is operated as a registered charity. Over 95 per cent of the
income is generated through visitation and they separately raise
100 per cent of funds for all developments, animal transfers and
involvement in key conservation programmes.
Park staff are proud to make genuine contributions to breed for
release recovery programmes for threatened New Zealand native
wildlife including kiwi, whio (blue duck), pāteke (brown teal),
kākāriki karaka (orange-fronted parakeet), kōwaro (Canterbury
mudfish) and Maud Island frog. By visiting the zoo, you are directly
supporting their conservation work.
BUY NEW ZEALAND MADE
Gorgeous hand-made and
new affordable giftware
15 London St, Lyttelton. Ph 03 328 7016
6 І CHRISTCHURCH
BLOOM is a celebration of spring, of people,
of shaking off our collective winter slumber
with a season of events and a calendar of
Don’t know where to start with BLOOM?
Check out these top picks, book your trip,
and soak up the Ōtautahi Christchurch
Scape Public Art
Grab a coffee and wander the Scape Public
Art Walkway and experience fourteen
legacy and a number of new public
artworks by local artists. Cast your vote for
ChristchurchNZ’s People’s Choice Award
using the QR codes on each installation.
Open from 3 October
Riccarton Race Week
Enjoy the New Zealand Cup Meeting at
Riccarton Park Racecourse with excitement,
glamour and outstanding racing across
7, 11 and 14 November
Addington Cup Week
The atmosphere, excitement and spring
vibes at the IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day is
unbeatable! Don’t miss the Sweet Mix Kids
on the BLOOM stage. Follow up with the
Show Day Races on Canterbury Anniversary
10 and 13 November
Hazletts City Farmyard
Who can resist lambs, calves, bunnies,
ducklings and chickens? Come and meet
the animals and enjoy a day in the central
city. Bookings essential. Brought to you by
NZ Agricultural Show.
For all BLOOM events, including gigs,
rugby, and high-speed cycle races, head to
The peak of the BLOOM social calendar is
Riccarton Park and Addington Cup Weeks
– it’s well worth taking a few days off and
making the most of the party atmosphere
and warmer weather.
Here’s some ideas to get you ready for the
Book your brunch
What better way to enjoy the long weekends
and central city spring atmosphere
than with a long, lazy brunch?
You’re spoilt for choice in Ōtautahi
Christchurch with riverside dining on
The Terrace, a mishmash of character
buildings and edgy street art in the SALT
District with delectable foodie choices like
Little High Eatery and BOXed Quarter all
within an easy stroll.
Put your best foot forward
Follow up brunch with a spot of retail
therapy – find that perfect outfit and avoid
the congestion of the malls. In the central
city you’ve got Cashel, High and Colombo
Streets providing you with everything
from high-end fashion, boutiques and
contemporary right through to a goldmine
of vintage classics. Wander the Riverside
Market laneways for more fashion finds
along the way.
Make a night of it
Get in early and get a great deal on your
accommodation – from stunning rooms
overlooking the peaceful retreat of Hagley
Park to central city accommodation with
hospitality, retail, galleries and museums
right outside your door. Everything is walking
distance in Christchurch’s flat, compact
Pamper and preen
Whether you’re going to the races or not,
now is the perfect time to pamper yourself
after the long winter (and let’s face it, this
winter has been longer than most!). Head
to Ballantynes department store, Mecca
or choose one of the central city boutique
beauty stores to begin relax and unwind.
Check out more events, activities and the
best of Christchurch’s spring celebration at
10 & 13 NOVEMBER
SPRING. IT’S OUR THING.
Explore spring at bloomnz.com
7, 11 & 14 NOVEMBER
PARK NZ CUP
SPRING. IT’S OUR THING.
Explore spring at bloomnz.com
a favourite spot
A business that has been a ‘sweet spot’ for generations of
Christchurch residents is celebrating 30 years in business. Fudge
Cottage, located in the Arts Centre precinct, was launched in
1990, and since then has been selling a range of delicious fudge,
including top seller Russian fudge, to increasing numbers of happy
customers. Birthday celebrations will continue with a series of
giveaways throughout November, so check out their Facebook
page for updates. Now operating from more modern, stylish
premises, the goal of Fudge Cottage is the same as it has always
been – to put a smile on every customer’s face.
Explore the history
oF New Zealand’s
Discover incredible Kiwi stories at the national museum of New
Zealand’s Air Force.
You can explore the diverse collection by wandering the galleries
at your own pace, or join a free, guided tour to see the museum’s
work ‘behind the scenes’. If you are visiting with kids, make sure
you pick up a Museum Hunt from the Welcome Desk – they are
a great way for families to explore the museum together. Climb
inside a jet cockpit, take your own Prisoner of War mug shot in the
‘Captured’ space, or test your flying skills in the Mosquito Mission
simulator. During your visit, take some time to relax alongside
historic aircraft in the spacious café while catching a view across
the historic Wigram airfield to the Port Hills.
With plenty of free parking, the Air Force Museum is the perfect
stop on your Summer road trip.
SAY IT WITH FUDGE
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE
ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE.
It’s time to start thinking
about Christmas gifts for
your family and friends,
and with a wide range of
products and delightful
giftware, The Fudge Cottage
has something for everyone.
Engage with 100 years of
history at the birthplace
of our Air Force.
Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Blvd
Open: 10am–5pm everyday
Shop online: www.fudgecottage.co.nz
45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch / www.airforcemuseum.co.nz
15 minutes’ drive from the central city or the airport / Plenty of on-site parking.
10 І CHRISTCHURCH
Zipline and Craft
The Best Pairing: NZ’s Longest Zipline and Local Craft Beer
Ok, get this. In Ōtautahi Christchurch you can ride the country’s longest
zipline and get off at a craft beer bar.
Not just any craft beer either. This Christchurch-brewed drop beat
Guinness in a global beer competition.
Surrounded by towering pine trees and even bigger views, Christchurch
Adventure Park hits just the right heady notes with their combo of
adventure and hops.
Get the chairlift to the top (also New Zealand’s longest), explore the
massive views from the top of the Port Hills, then boost down four dual
ziplines at high speed. Epic
Waiting for you at the bottom, while your adrenaline is still pumping, are
the full range of Cassels beers (and Kiwi wines). Cassels is locally brewed
in an aircraft engineering, wood-fired kettle, and their Milk Stout was
named World’s Best Stout & Porter at the 2019 World Beer Awards.
They beat Guinness. Like, Guinness Guinness. Legit.
Keep the Heart Rate up with Downhill Mountain Biking
Done with your zipline and keen for more adventure? Christchurch
Adventure Park has some of the sickest downhill mountain bike tracks in
the South Island.
Shredzilla. Handle the Jandal. Yeah Yeah Gnar. Epic names for epic rides.
More than 25 trails have been cut into the Port Hills, from beginner to
double black diamond.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find somewhere else in the world where you
can ride a zipline to craft beer bar, so get amongst and explore this
Getting to the Adventure Park
Christchurch Adventure Park is just south of Cashmere, off Cashmere
Rd. It’s a 20-minute drive from the CBD, 30 minutes from Christchurch
The Hunt for the Best
Burger in Town
1. Black Burger
Born from a love of American icon like In-N-Out Burger, Black Burger
launched post-lockdown and have been selling out every night. What
makes them so good? 100% Black Origin Wagyu beef patties stacked
on pillowy buns from Grizzly, paired with the freshest Canterbury
ingredients. All burgers can be served on gluten free buns and the
vegetarian/vegan patties from The Brothers Green pack a punch.
Vegan / vegetarian friendly
Gluten free friendly
2. Bacon Bros
One of the Ōtautahi Christchurch’s most popular joints with a nearconstant
line of punters. Bacon Bros have more than 18 burgers, their
massive menu caters for everyone. They’ve sourced coconut bacon
so no one has to miss out, and it’s not just burgers. Their deep-fried
cauliflower is famous in its own right, and their hand cut fries are a
must-have side. Check out their second premises, Shaka Bros, at
Vegan / vegetarian friendly
Gluten free friendly
3. Burger Burger
Burger Burger is all about good times, good people and good food.
Their burgers and sides are all made in-house from top quality produce.
Wash it all down with a Duck Island ice cream milkshake, a Sawmill
beer or a house-made cocktail. Be sure to check out their sundae bar
for dessert. Catering for all dietary needs, Burger Burger takes pride in
making everyone feel at home. In fact, the veggie burger is so gigantic
(and tasty) that getting your mouth around it is a feat of its own.
Vegan / vegetarian friendly
Gluten free friendly
4. The Burger Joint
These guys earned their stripes flipping burgers in a caravan they
bought off Trade Me – their slick new joint in New Brighton testament
to their popularity. Roll up for hand-made Angus beef patties, or get
involved with the vegan version. Kimchi loaded fries are the ultimate
burger sidekick, alongside a Southpaw beer. You can still spot the
beloved caravan at local events or at Common Ground on Fridays.
Vegan / vegetarian friendly
Gluten free friendly
OGB is a slice of vintage Christchurch right in the city centre. The Old
Government Building (OGB) it calls home was built in the early 1900s
and staff are dressed accordingly. Their burgers, however, are a modern
gastronomic experience. The fried chicken burger is served with kimchi,
provolone and fermented chilli mayo, and who could say no to a fried
halloumi burger. Of course, all served with hand-cut fries.
Gluten free friendly
Restaurants and taste sensations that need to be on your radar
The Rockpool is open for breakfast from 7am
through to lunch and dinner until late with
snacks and pizzas available all hours of
operation. Start your day with their $10 breakfast
special. Free range eggs, streaky bacon,
homemade toast and coffee. Full bar - world
famous teapots, local and imported beers, fine
wines and almost every spirit imaginable. Pool
tables, gaming room and a self service TAB.
85 Hereford St. Ph. 03 374 9461
ICE CREAM CHARLIE
Why has Ice Cream Charlie
remained so popular? The
answer is as Kiwi as can be.
It starts with the refreshing ice
cream—a unique blend that’s
not too icy and not too
Ice Cream Charlie only use
New Zealand’s best milk and
cream, batch-made locally by
Then they add their delicious
toppings, made with fruit
sourced from local orchards.
They have a permanent cart
located at Victoria Square,
Central City (weather
permitting) daily from 11am -
5pm. Plus keep an eye out for
their mobile bikes and carts at
Sumner and any upcoming
events in the Canterbury
91 Armagh St.
Tucked away on Tidal View, Evil Genius
is one of Ferrymead’s best kept
secrets. Taking inspiration from
traditional Asian street food, they serve
up fresh flavours in a beautiful modern
Think tasty, interesting, bite sized
plates that are easily shared among
They source local with coffee from
Lyttelton’s Spook Haus coffee roaster,
ales on tap from Cassel’s and wines
from the rich Canterbury plains.
Settle into their small warm and cosy
bar, or treat yourself to stunning views
across the estuary and out to the
ocean in their open courtyard.
An idyllic spot to relax and unwind with
family and friends.
1091 Ferry Rd. Ph. 03 260 1002
Micky Finns is a genuine Irish bar and grill
located in the heart of the city.
Enjoy awesome food, brews, $1 pool and
live music every Friday and Saturday.
They are located above the Rockpool on
Hereford and open 7 days from 4pm until
85a Hereford St. Ph. 374 9461
THE LITTLE FIDDLE
GBC in the Garden Hotel
in Shirley has a range of
satisfying beers on tap, a
full bar, tasty food and
For an authentic Irish experience, The
Little Fiddle on The Terrace is a must
visit. Boldly painted fire engine red, it's
impossible to miss. It oozes rustic
charm and is warm and welcoming
like a true Celtic pub.
The theme is reflected in the menu,
with a hearty selection of outstanding
Irish fare. TLF is famous for its great
value meals, in particular its Sunday
TLF is open daily from 11am to late
and has regular live music and trad
sessions and live sport coverage.
132 Oxford Tce. Ph. 03 365 1661
So maybe you’re after a
quick catch up with
friends with coffee and
cake, a quiet drink with
someone special, or a
celebration with family,
friends or workmates,
GBC has a great setting
and easy atmosphere to
make it something to
Open 9am until 4pm
Sunday to Friday. Closed
110 Marshland Rd.
Ph. 03 385 8880
DESTINATION CANTERBURY – Wineries І
Boasting fertile soils and a temperate climate, the
Canterbury region is renowned for growing grapes
and producing superb wines. Numerous wineries
dot the region – most within a short drive from
We’ve selected two well-established, boutique-style
wineries where you can begin your Canterbury wine
Straight Eight Estate is located on the top of the Canterbury Plains
Burnham, the vineyard is over 30 years old and we aim to produce
a range of “Seriously Drinkable Wines” from our single vineyard
They produce an award winning range of wines including Rosé,
Rieslings, Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs that express our terroir and
flavours, giving you great wines that will cellar well. Their cellar
STRAIGHT EIGHT ESTATE
2321 Main South Road, Burnham 03-347 6878 straight8estate.co.nz
wines to enjoy
The first vines were planted at this boutique vineyard nearly 40 years
ago by the renowned Giesen brothers. Winemaker Matt King took
over as principal winemaker under the name Lone Goat in 2007. As
the vineyard has expanded and matured, the small dedicated team
have been reaping the rewards of that pioneering work, and each
year help to harvest fruit of increasing intensity and depth to produce
a range of outstanding, handcrafted wines.
The garden and tasting room are open seven days a week. Drop in
and sample the latest wines.
608 Burnham School Road, Burnham 03-347 6829 lonegoat.co.nz
& stylish facilities
Standing proudly across the road from Riccarton Park raceway is
the Racecourse Hotel. Built in the late 1800s it was, and remains
today, a mainstay of the local community and the whereabouts
of a 1933 unsolved murder. But all intriguing ghost stories aside,
the hotel fronts the Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge – a modern
complex of quality accommodation, Hoofbeats Restaurant, the
Carbine Bar and the Sports Bar.
The motor lodge has 46 stylish yet affordable serviced studio
units, a refurbished three-bedroom self-contained unit complete
with full cooking facilities, and a spanking new block of six
superior king rooms with plush décor, digital flat screen TVs and
air conditioning. These rooms offer stunning views of the Alps and
raceway grounds. The motor lodge is also handy to the Sunday
Riccarton Market, Westfield Riccarton, Airforce Museum, The Hub
in Hornby and Ruapuna Raceway.
Whether you’re travelling on your own, with your family, or booking
for a sports team the Garden Hotel on the east side of Christchurch
is the perfect place for a relaxing and affordable stay.
The popular hotel, which has recently celebrated 21 years in
business with the same owners, is located less than 15 minutes’
drive to places such as Taiora QEII Recreation & Sports Centre, New
Brighton beach and Cathedral Square, is within walking distance
from The Palms Shopping Centre, and has public transport on its
The Garden Restaurant Buffet, Christchurch’s largest buffet-style
restaurant, is open daily for lunch and dinner, with the ‘all you can
eat’ buffet offering exquisite international dishes, Asian selections
and sumptuous local favourites guaranteed to satisfy any appetite.
The Garden Bar Cafe is open daily from 9am to 4pm and has a
reputation for outstanding espresso and tasty food. The Garden Bar
is open Thursday to Sunday evenings.
The hotel is also available for functions, especially weddings, with a
range of options on offer.
From Studio Units to Superior King
Suites we offer comfort and style
that is affordable.
'The Home of the Roast'
open daily from 6.30am.
Carbine & Sports Bars
open daily until late.
AT ONE PLACE
GARDEN HOTEL & RESTAURANT
62 modern hotel rooms
Buffet restaurant & bar
Cafe on site
10 minutes drive to central city
Live SKY Sport.
Gaming Room. TAB.
Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge ● Ph 03 342 7150
118 Racecourse Rd ● Christchurch ● www.racecoursehotel.co.nz
110 Marshland Rd, Shirley
Hotel: 03 385 3132
Restaurant: 03 386 0088
Follow us on social media: GardenHotelCHCH | GardenRestaurantBuffet
16 І GERALDINE
Stalls, music & so much more at Geraldine
This year sees the 32nd annual Geraldine Festival (formerly Arts and
Plants), being run in this charming South Canterbury town.
The festival’s theme is ‘Bee Happy, Bee Involved, Bee Here’. This
year, more than any other, the organisers wanted to give back to the
community and business community by celebrating all that Geraldine
has to offer.
The festival kicks off on Thursday, November 12 with the opening
night of the Alpine Energy Art Exhibition, showcasing artists and
photographers from all over New Zealand. The venue is being
sponsored by Kiwi Country on Waihi Terrace.
The Transport Agency and Timaru District Council have granted
permission for Talbot Street to be closed on the Friday when stalls
will line the street. There will be 150 stallholders from all over New
Zealand, while OJ from The Breeze and the fabulous Drama Queens
will provide entertainment all day as you browse the stalls and
boutique shops. Stalls move to the domain on the Saturday.
After last year’s success, Battle of the Sounds returns on the Saturday
with a $10,000 prize pool, and last year’s winner, Samson’s Finest,
returning as guest artist.
Thanks to Venture Timaru, this year most of the children’s
entertainment will be free. Your children can enjoy free face painting
from the talented Faeries from Beyond the Faerie Tree, and ride on the
Segways, large inflatables, power boats and water rollers.
During the festival, 17 beautiful gardens in and around Geraldine will
be open for you to stroll around and be inspired. You will find map and
details in the Festival Programme.
Support your favourite musicians as they do battle to win
great prizes! Keep updated on Facebook.
FAIRY FACe PAINTING
SeGWAYS, LARGe INFLATABLeS
BUMPeR BOATS, WATeR ROLLeRS
13-14 NOV 2020
13-15 NOV 2020
14-22 NOV 2020
18 І Hurunui І HANMER SPRINGS
Sample the region’s finest wines on a North Canterbury wine tour.
Gems to savour in
The rolling hills of Hurunui are bursting
with hidden gems, just waiting to be
Hurunui is a place to taste, relax,
explore and savour, boasting rugged
beaches, an award-winning wine
region, and endless family-owned
businesses showcasing the very best
of New Zealand’s backyard.
Towns like Amberley epitomise the
North Canterbury of today, where
rural meets urban, and local growers,
producers and creators are making
Take independent family-run craft
brewery and pizzeria, Brew Moon for
example. This team of four – Mum,
Dad and two sons, produce their own
craft beers, including exotic seasonal
brews like the Waipara IPA.
The North Canterbury Wine Region,
which spans nearly 200km along
the eastern coastline, is dotted with
family-owned vineyards, best known
for their Pinot Noir and aromatics.
Each of the 90 vineyards, six
5 Star Luxury
restaurants and 20 cellar doors
offers a beautiful dining and sipping
experience against a back drop of
mountain vistas and the colours of the
To travel into the alpine log village of
Mt Lyford is to really go off the grid.
It is a serene place where guests at
the Eco Lodges can enjoy the sounds
of the Morporks playing out at night,
while stargazing. Meanwhile, the Lake
Stella Mountain Huts offer a truly
magical experience lakeside, in a
location that combines adventure and
Near the rural town of Cheviot, the
Loughnan family have created a
glamping site on their Tawanui Farm.
There is a tub, two lotus belle-tents
and a flock of sheep grazing nearby.
And there is nothing to do but
unwind. The family also cater to the
thrillseekers, with their Energy Jet that
does trips up the Hurunui River – even
putting on riverside barbecues for daytrippers.
springs & so
You know you have had a great holiday when you
return home refreshed, recharged and ready to
tackle life again.
But how often do you arrive back from holiday and
think, ‘I need a holiday to recover from the holiday’?
The good news is the team at Hanmer Springs
Thermal Pools and Spa have carefully curated a
range of packages so you can experience the very
best of the alpine village and leave feeling fully
with us and
Phone: 03 315 5144
28 Jacks Pass Road
Clear Ridge Hanmer Springs offers luxury,
indulgence and exemplary hospitality to
match. The apartments are located on Jacks
Pass Road within a two-minute walk to the
thermal pools and the village centre and
across the road from the golf course.
The five-star facility is designed to cater for
both leisure and business travellers. The
fully self-contained one- and two-bedroom
suites are ideal for families, groups, couples
or solo travellers.
There are 13 suites located over three levels,
each with their own balcony space, a fully
equipped open-plan kitchen, a laundry,
sitting and dining areas plus a study and
bathroom. Some bathrooms are designed
for disabled access.
Hanmer Springs is just a 90-minute drive from
Christchurch. Home to 1000 residents, this small
alpine village is a popular destination for visitors from
all over New Zealand, who are drawn to the thermal
pools at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.
The complex has 22 pools and four aquatic slides,
including New Zealand’s largest aquatic slide, Conical
Thrill. The new Cascades, situated among native
bush, are the newest pools in the complex. The five
thermal pools are interconnected and sit above the
ground to protect the Redwood tree roots below.
You can indulge in soothing treatments at The
Spa, before or after a relaxing soak in the thermal
pools. The Spa’s therapists are trained in a range of
techniques, including a traditional hot stone massage.
Private pools within the complex can also be booked
for the ultimate weekend escape.
In addition to the pools, Hanmer Springs offers awardwinning
restaurants, cafes and accommodation
providers to suit all budgets. What ties them all
together is their special small-town hospitality, and
love of this precious alpine environment.
So why not stay awhile in Hanmer Springs, where the
alpine air and thermal waters you enjoy today can
prepare you for tomorrow.
HANMER SPRINGS І
Relax in comfort close to the village
When you take time out to relax in the beautiful alpine village of
Hanmer Springs with its famous Thermal Pools Resort, your ‘home
away from home’ is just five minutes’ walk from the village with its
cafes, restaurants, bars and boutique shops.
The new luxury apartments at Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park
are the perfect place to relax with friends and family, offering comfy
interior furnishings, gas fire and heat pumps, kitchen with dishwasher,
fridge with chilled ice and water, plus a SMEG espresso machine for
your morning coffee.
The bathroom and separate toilet have Italian tiled walls and ceiling,
with double shower heads in the shower.
Enjoy music from the Sky and Bluetooth speakers while you entertain
on your deck with the Webber BBQ, as the resident bellbird and tui
add their voice.
The new meeting room seating approximately 24 people is perfect for
gatherings and mid-week retreats.
You can cook local gourmet pizzas in the park’s pizza ovens, while the
kids will love the jumping pillow, playground and fun-bikes.
The park is adjacent to Dog Stream Reserve, where cycle and walking
tracks weave through the Heritage Forest to Conical Hill; these trails
include the Forest Amble Walk with wooden art in the forest and the
Fairy Door Walk.
The park owners would love to see you in their piece of paradise.
our piece of paradise
TOP 10 Holiday Park
5 Hanmer Springs Road,
0800 904 545
Apartments | Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites
• Wood-fired hot tubs • Pizza ovens • BBQ’s
• Espresso • Playground • Jumping pillow
• Mountain bikes and fun bikes for hire
• Private meeting room available to families, clubs,
retreats and for corporate meetings (up to 24 people)
• Catering options and local advice available
on your accommodation
plus complimentary wood-fired
hot tub for Club members.
This offer excludes other
discounts and promotions.
Offer ends 31 March 2021.
On your booking please quote
Promo code ODT10
20 І WEST COAST
See white heron
views from the
Just 15 minutes’ drive south from Hokitika, visitors have the
opportunity to enjoy the stunning West Coast scenery from a
different perspective – the treetops.
This unique Walk the Tree Tops attraction features a 1.2km-long
walkway situated 20 metres above the ground, giving panoramic
views of the surrounding native bush. It is reached via a 300-metre
walk up a hill, with complimentary golf-cart transport up the hill
available if required.
Eleven stop points along the walkway have plaques with information
on what can be seen from that point. In addition, visitors can climb a
47-metre-high tower, which offers 360-degree views of the Southern
Alps, the Tasman Sea and Lake Mahinapua.
After completing the excursion, visitors can enjoy refreshments at
the delightful on-site café, which offers a wide selection of delicious
food, and also has a liquor licence.
Walk the Tree Tops is open every day except Christmas Day.
Entrance fees are $32 for adults, $29 for seniors 60+, $16 for children,
$77 for a family pass – two adults, two children. Annual passes are
available at the same prices.
Whataroa is the departure point for White Heron Sanctuary Tours.
The tour consists of an informative minibus ride through private
farmland into the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve. In the reserve
a short walk takes visitors through ancient Kahikatea rainforest
to the purpose-built viewing hide to observe the magnificent
White Heron (kotuku) in their natural nesting environment – a truly
They are there during spring and summer, when they use the area
Entry is by permit only.
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WEST COAST І
The stunning Lake Matheson mirrors
the surrounding alps.
Walking on Fox Glacier is an
experience like no other.
Explore ancient glaciers, natural
They have been around for millennia, vast walls of ice carving their
way over, and through, solid rock as they creep towards the coast
from the Southern Alps.
Relics of the Ice Age, Franz Josef and Fox are two of the most
impressive and are also the most accessible glaciers in New Zealand.
Only 25 minutes apart, each offers its own style of adventure, with
each alpine village offering its own overnighting experience.
Not far from Franz Josef is the much-photographed Lake Matheson.
Nestled in ancient forest, this secluded lake is famous for mirror views
of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Its reflecting properties
are due to the dark-brown colour of the water – the result of organic
matter leached from the humus of the forest floor. Dawn and dusk are
the best times to enjoy the reflections.
There’s never a bad time to visit the untamed natural wilderness that
defines the West Coast, but a visit over the coming summer is highly
recommended, with a host of Big Deals on offer. And few that visit the
wild West Coast go home with regrets.
There’s never been a better
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natural wonders, famous
cycle and walking tracks, untamed
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22 І WEST COAST TOURISM
Before the world-famous scenery was drawing crowds to the
West Coast, it was the allure of gold, timber and natural resources
that encouraged 19th-century arrivals to the region.
Those forbears who turned up in the 1800s brought a mentality
of hard work, ingenuity and resilience that persists across The
Coast to this day, and their stories are retold through the open-air
experience of Shantytown Heritage Park.
Now in its 50th year of operation, Shantytown exists as an entire
gold rush township hand-built for preserving an incredible
heritage, surrounded by the same forested landscape where
those original gold hatters and saw-millers once toiled for a living.
Featuring over 30 replica buildings, on-site café, heritage train
trips and gold panning experiences just 10 minutes south of
Greymouth, the park is centrally positioned for anyone journeying
along The Coast to enjoy.
A wide range of ticket offers are available, with the $99 Golden
Family Pass recommended as the best deal. This pass includes
entry and train trips for two adults and up to four children, plus
four gold-panning vouchers.
Find out more at shantytown.co.nz
Take a tour
The Monteith’s Brewing Company offers a fascinating brewery
experience in the heart of Greymouth, at the end of the Tranzalpine
journey from Christchurch.
Here, visitors can explore the traditions and heritage of the brewing
establishment and tase their famous craft brews and modern food.
The guided brewery tour starts with an introduction into the origins
of Monteith’s, which started in 1868 on the West Coast. The tour
takes visitors into the brewery where they can see, touch, taste and
smell the New Zealand-grown ingredients used to make the range
of craft beers.
A walk through the brew house and packaging house with the
expert guide will reveal the process involved with crafting the 150-
year - old beer recipes and the modern additions. Video, visual and
verbal prompts explain the techniques and technical terms the
brewers use, and why they are important.
The tour finishes with a lesson on how to achieve the ‘perfect pour’
at the Brewer’s Tap.
The $25 brewery tour package includes a West Coast Passport
with vouchers and discounts for key activities on the West Coast
including Franz Josef Glacier Guides and Hot Pools, West Coast
Scenic Water Tours, Shanty Town Heritage Park, West Coast
Wildlife Centre and Treetop Walks.
The passport also includes three tap beers at the bar, a
complimentary beverage at various Monteith’s Brewery bars on the
West Coast, and discount offers in the retail shop.
Group bookings are now being taken and all bookings can be
made through the website www.thebrewery.co.nz, by email, team@
thebrewery.co.nz or phone (03) 768 4149, 0800 102 337.
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WEST COAST TOURISM І
Relaxing accommodation in lush
Nestled amongst 5.2 hectares of lush West Coast native bush at Franz
Josef, the aptly named Rainforest offers a range of accommodation to
suit all pockets, all requirements, from top-end five-star deluxe suites
with their own patio deck and hot tub, to comfortable houses, cottages,
motel rooms, and even family bunk rooms at the budget end.
The informal, laid-back vibe ensures couples, families and groups will all
find this the perfect place to relax and unwind, with kea and tui providing
The spacious on-site Monsoon restaurant and bar provides a friendly
pub-style atmosphere, three roaring fires, delicious home-cooked
food and an extensive range of 50 specialty gins, while the ice-cream
sundaes are a hit with the kids.
The stunning surroundings offer a range of activities from hiking the
glacier, kayaking on Okarito Lagoon and Lake Mapourika, to horsetrekking,
quad-biking, tandem skydiving or just quietly observing the
Visit the Rainforest website to book your accommodation and find out
more about this unique West Coast destination.
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