Southern Destinations: October 28, 2020

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spring - summer 2020/2021

Your tourism guide to the top spots in

Canterbury and The west coast


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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.

index

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Otautahi Christchurch – This is just the beginning

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Ballooning over Canterbury & three ways to see Christchurch

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Local arts & crafts, family fun on wheels & a day at the zoo

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Events around the city

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Get ready for the races!

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Air Force history museum & sweet treats for the family

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The country’s longest zipline, Christchurch Adventure Park,

Craft beer

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Hunt out the city’s best burgers

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Explore the Canterbury wine-growing region

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Accommodation to match your budget

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Geraldine Festival – a South Canterbury highlight

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Hanmer and Hurunui have it all to enjoy

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A comfortable, relaxing place to stay

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West Coast wonders & an unmissable journey getting there

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Explore New Zealand’s most accessible glaciers

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Pioneering tales of gold mining & beer brewing

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A unique place to stay in the rainforest

PUBLISHER

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Editorial Christine de Felice

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Keep an eye out for the Autumn/Winter

edition of Destination Canterbury/West

Coast being published in March 2021.

Christchurch &

Canterbury -

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

ready.

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

Ōtautahi Christchurch.

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.


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Margaret Mahy Playground

Ōtautahi Christchurch – this is just

the beginning

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

two years.

Large-scale public developments have been completed, and investment

in public spaces and amenities is clear across New Zealand’s second

largest city.

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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Three ways

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

Christchurch Gondola.

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.

Discounts

available

Children

fly FREE

COME

FLY WITH

US

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

www.ballooningcanterbury.co.nz


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New Zealand made arts

& crafts

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,

accessible, fun.

Visit NZ’s only

open-range zoo

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.

www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz

BUY NEW ZEALAND MADE

Gorgeous hand-made and

new affordable giftware

15 London St, Lyttelton. Ph 03 328 7016

www.thelyttelkiwi.co.nz fb.com/Lyttelton328


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events

BLOOM is a celebration of spring, of people,

of shaking off our collective winter slumber

with a season of events and a calendar of

excitement.

Don’t know where to start with BLOOM?

Check out these top picks, book your trip,

and soak up the Ōtautahi Christchurch

vibes.

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

three days.

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

Day.

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.

13 November

For all BLOOM events, including gigs,

rugby, and high-speed cycle races, head to

bloomnz.com


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Get Race

Ready!

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

big events

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

central city.

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

bloomnz.com


10 & 13 NOVEMBER

ADDINGTON

CUP WEEK

SPRING. IT’S OUR THING.

Explore spring at bloomnz.com

7, 11 & 14 NOVEMBER

RICCARTON

PARK NZ CUP

SPRING. IT’S OUR THING.

Explore spring at bloomnz.com


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Sweet

celebrations at

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

Air Force

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.

www.airforcemuseum.co.nz

SAY IT WITH FUDGE

this Christmas

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.

DISCOVER

INCREDIBLE

KIWI

STORIES.

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.


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Zipline and Craft

Beer

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

adventure.

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

International Airport.


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Photo Neatplaces

Photo

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.

Good for:

Casual

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

Riverside Market.

Good for:

Casual

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.

Good for:

Courtyard

Casual

Vegan / vegetarian friendly

Gluten free friendly

Child 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.

Good for:

Casual

Vegan / vegetarian friendly

Gluten free friendly

Bike friendly

Child friendly

Dog friendly

5. OGB

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.

Good for:

Vegetarian friendly

Gluten free friendly

Live music

Courtyard


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Restaurants and taste sensations that need to be on your radar

THE ROCKPOOL

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

www.therockpool.co.nz

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

creamy.

Ice Cream Charlie only use

New Zealand’s best milk and

cream, batch-made locally by

hand.

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

region.

91 Armagh St.

www.icecreamcharlie.co.nz

EVIL GENIUS

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

setting.

Think tasty, interesting, bite sized

plates that are easily shared among

friends.

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

www.evilgenius.co.nz

MICKY FINNS

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

late.

85a Hereford St. Ph. 374 9461

fb.com/mickyfinnschch

THE LITTLE FIDDLE

GBC in the Garden Hotel

in Shirley has a range of

satisfying beers on tap, a

full bar, tasty food and

great coffee.

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

Bottomless Brunch.

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

www.thelittlefiddle.co.nz

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

remember.

Open 9am until 4pm

Sunday to Friday. Closed

on Saturdays.

110 Marshland Rd.

Ph. 03 385 8880

www.gardenhotel.co.nz/

gbc-bar

GBC


DESTINATION CANTERBURY – Wineries І

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Straight

Eight

Estate

Lone

Goat

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

Christchurch.

We’ve selected two well-established, boutique-style

wineries where you can begin your Canterbury wine

experience. Enjoy!

Seriously

drinkable wines

Straight Eight Estate is located on the top of the Canterbury Plains

in

Burnham, the vineyard is over 30 years old and we aim to produce

a range of “Seriously Drinkable Wines” from our single vineyard

block.

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

Handcrafted

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.

LONE GOAT

608 Burnham School Road, Burnham 03-347 6829 lonegoat.co.nz


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Intriguing history

& 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.

Affordable hotel

with shopping

close by

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

doorstep.

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.

EAT

DRINK

SLEEP

EXPLORE

The

RACECOURSE HOTEL

& Motorlodge

NEW

DELUXE

KING

ROOMS

AVAILABLE

NOW!

MAKE YOURSELF

AT HOME

From Studio Units to Superior King

Suites we offer comfort and style

that is affordable.

Hoofbeats Restaurant

'The Home of the Roast'

open daily from 6.30am.

Carbine & Sports Bars

open daily until late.

THE COMFORT

YOU DESERVE

AT ONE PLACE

GARDEN HOTEL & RESTAURANT

COMPLEX

62 modern hotel rooms

WiFi

Buffet restaurant & bar

Cafe on site

Conference Facilities

Wedding Functions

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

www.gardenhotel.co.nz

Follow us on social media: GardenHotelCHCH | GardenRestaurantBuffet


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Stalls, music & so much more at Geraldine

Festival

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.

www.facebook.com/TheGeraldineFestival

www.geraldinefestival.co.nz

FAIRY FACe PAINTING

SeGWAYS, LARGe INFLATABLeS

BUMPeR BOATS, WATeR ROLLeRS

FRee eNTRY

STReeT MARKeTS

ENTERTAINMENT

FOOD STALLS

13-14 NOV 2020

OPeN GARDeNS

13-15 NOV 2020

ART EXHIBITION

14-22 NOV 2020


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18 І Hurunui І HANMER SPRINGS

Sample the region’s finest wines on a North Canterbury wine tour.

Gems to savour in

Hurunui hills

The rolling hills of Hurunui are bursting

with hidden gems, just waiting to be

discovered.

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

their mark.

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

Apartments

restaurants and 20 cellar doors

offers a beautiful dining and sipping

experience against a back drop of

mountain vistas and the colours of the

region.

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

relaxation.

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.

Thermal

springs & so

much more

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

reinvigorated.

Book directly

with us and

receive 10%

discount

Phone: 03 315 5144

Hanmer Springs

28 Jacks Pass Road

www.clearridge.co.nz

Apartments

offer

luxury &

hospitality

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.


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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.

Welcome to

our piece of paradise

Hanmer Springs

TOP 10 Holiday Park

5 Hanmer Springs Road,

Hanmer Springs

0800 904 545

hanmerspringstop10.co.nz

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

SAVE 10%

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

up close

Enjoy scenic

views from the

treetops

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

unique experience.

They are there during spring and summer, when they use the area

for breeding.

Entry is by permit only.

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The stunning Lake Matheson mirrors

the surrounding alps.

Walking on Fox Glacier is an

experience like no other.

Explore ancient glaciers, natural

wilderness

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

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22 І WEST COAST TOURISM

Pioneers’ story

re-created

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

through the

beer-making

process

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

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Relaxing accommodation in lush

surroundings

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 soundtrack.

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

native wildlife.

Visit the Rainforest website to book your accommodation and find out

more about this unique West Coast destination.


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