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Clear Ridge

Matrimonial magic awaits: we look to Clear Ridge in Hanmer Springs to help plan a destination wedding that is still close to home

A wedding day stands out as being an inimitable occasion; something the happy couple and their friends and family wish they could live over and over again. It makes sense therefore, to prolong the joy for as long as possible and introduce pre and post wedding events that make this momentous occasion even more memorable.

Clear Ridge

Clear Ridge luxury accommodation in Hanmer has played spectacular host to many wedding related occasions, right from the beginning of the romantic journey – the proposal. “We take great pride in providing a beautiful backdrop for a couple as they embark on the journey of a lifetime. We have played host to all-occasions, from the initial engagement right through to the hen’s party and then the honeymoon. Our accommodation caters for everything,” Manager Rosie McFarlane says.
A stunning range of luxury suites – thirteen in total – sets the tone, with indulgent and exemplary hospitality designed to spoil guests. With the apartments located on Jacks Pass Road, guests can take advantage of all Hanmer has to offer, with the thermal pools and village only two minutes’ walk.
A Qualmark Five Star facility, Clear Ridge can cater to groups and couples as well as solo travellers. Each suite boasts a fully equipped open plan kitchen, a laundry, sitting and dining areas, plus a study and bathroom.
For more information about how the friendly team can look after you and your nearest and dearest during one of the most important times in your life, visit www.clearridge.co.nz.

The George

That something special : Weddings at The George are like a fairytale

Heading our way is the chance to view, meet, plan and book everything The George has to offer on Sunday, 29 April from 11am until 4pm.

The George

With a glass of champagne on arrival, you will be immersed in some of the finest suppliers in the wedding industry, from dresses, suits and jewellery, to flowers, cakes, shoes, accommodation options and even honeymoon travel.
The George is the convivial place for any function but excels at making that special day something to remember. Discuss your plans for the big day, leave feeling inspired and knowing that your wedding day will be relaxed and memorable and very personal – a day that is delightfully yours.
Enjoy a taste of the luxury and refinement that is The George and get ideas on just how good your special day will be. If you want to find out more, email weddings@thegeorge.com. The George is something special.

The Crowne Plaza

Jewel in the city’s ‘Crowne’: Weir Architecture’s glam transformation of a 1980’s office block into The Crowne Plaza

Transforming a 1980’s office block into a code-compliant, sophisticated hotel contains hidden complexities that the lay-person would struggle to comprehend. However, Weir Architecture Director Robert Weir achieved this feat of design, consenting, construction and ingenuity within two years, converting the Forsythe Barr building into the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The Crowne PlazaTogether with a total reconfiguration, the structure had to be strengthened with engineers incorporating carbon fibre wrapping. Robert says the original architects had rotated the stair and lift shafts by 45 degrees. “Creating viable rooms out of interesting shaped spaces was challenging!”
Three lower levels are now conference rooms. Converting bars, restaurants and kitchens from car parks required a change to flat floors and working with lowered ceiling heights. One design challenge was concealing necessary additional services within the existing structure: there is a 50,000 litre water tank hidden beneath the café floor area to provide water in an emergency.
Originally the carpark wings were visually incorporated with the main tower block, but facade removal and the incorporation of a crisp white cladding now delineates them from the central tower, bringing the tower into sharp relief. Robert has brought human scale at street level with the use of multi-faceted canopies.
But Weir Architecture is also an award-winning house designer too. Robert enjoys the challenges of residential and loves working with his clients. Many clients have built three houses with him over 30 years, as their life stages changed. His modern style is softened with colour and sophisticated detailing; creating spaces that flow seamlessly is a trademark.