If you’re looking for somewhere to go, with a rural heart yet all the fun of the big city, Ashburton is the jewel in the Cantabrian crown. Just an hour south of the city, it is a small town with a big heart.
If you’re a bit of a history buff, the Plains Vintage Railway & Historical Museum is home to a range of exhibits, including vintage steam locomotives, tractors, implements, stationary engines along with a quaint museum village to take a glimpse of Mid Canterbury’s pioneering past.
If adventure is more up your recreational alley, Skydiving Kiwis can provide you with some of the most mind blowing, heart pumping and adrenalin inducing adventure you will never forget!
If you prefer your adventure with a bit more comfort, Air Rangitata offers scenic flights and charters from this Mid Canterbury base. Its high wing Cessna 206 aircraft has seating for five passengers and provides fantastic views.
Meanwhile, why not hire a motorcycle from CircleNZ and head out on some of the best motorcycle roads the South Island has to offer.
There are plenty of beautiful shops and cafés to catch your eye, or grab a picnic and head to the Ashburton Domain, which features various sports fields, gardens and walks, with a beautiful river running through it.
Samantha Rose Flowers celebrated its first successful year as Ashburton’s budding new business.
On 28 May, Samantha Rose Trott gave out 100 roses around town for the occasion. The now 30-year-old excelled in both her floristry course at Christchurch Academy and her decade’s experience here and in Australia. However, the creative entrepreneur’s destiny was to return home to fill the mid-Canterbury gap in the market for beautiful blooms.
Her design flair incorporates her sense of colour and theme and looks unique against the shop’s modern-industrial style – designed by her architect partner. With help from Sophie and Toni, she arranges the freshest flowers for all sorts of occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries and sympathy, and can also set up on site. From Rakaia to Rangitata, with a twice-daily delivery to Christchurch on weekdays, same day delivery requests are welcomed.
Samantha offers a private room for discretely planning wedding flowers. Meghan and Harry’s wedding bouquets included delicate forget-me-nots, lily of the valley, sweet pea and jasmine, whereas Samantha was busy last season with popular blush-toned blooms.
Winter offers long-lasting Cymbidium orchids in lime-yellows, pinks and whites – with spring flowers blossoming very soon. She encourages men to give flowers as a romantic gesture. “It would be so nice to see it happen more! It doesn’t have to be extravagant – even a bunch of lilies.”
Samantha Rose Flowers also sells the luxury-scented Living Light candles and atomisers, handmade in Golden Bay, along with baby giftware, plants and cards.
Open at 179 Burnett Street Ashburton Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm. Phone 03-307 4020 or visit www.samantharoseflowers.co.nz, Facebook and Instagram.
Established in 2013, Style Footwear is a destination not only for Ashburton locals but also for a growing number of North Canterbury and Christchurch shoe lovers in the heart of Ashburton’s CBD at 177 Burnett Street.
With top labels such as Ziera, Cabello, Sugar ‘n’ Spice, Joyca, Saimon, CC Resorts, U’Neek, Taos, Bearpaw and more, there is something to tempt almost everyone instore.
Owners Melissa and Brian Shimmin are Ashburton locals and, with more than 20 years of retail experience, Melissa prides the store on its relaxed atmosphere, personalised fitting service and amazing customer service from the highly trained staff members. “I like my customers to feel like they’ve popped in for a visit and a chat,” Melissa says.
“It’s not about selling the first pair of shoes to them. It’s about building friendships/relationships, then we will sort their footwear. I would rather someone left with nothing than sell them incorrect footwear.”
The team will endeavour to find you the correct footwear for your lifestyle, with work, casual and travel footwear all covered in the extensive range, with most of the range wide fitting and orthotic friendly.
An extensive range of shoe care products are available with tips and tricks about caring for your footwear and added to the shop recently is a range of handbags, wallets and scarves.
Ashburton’s only dedicated shoe store supplying Ruralco customers, Style Footwear offers layby payments and free shipping on orders of more than $100.
Keep up to date with all the new arrivals, competitions and trends by following Style Footwear on Facebook or visit www.stylefootwear.co.nz.
More than 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! And, in May 2018, it will be performed for a limited season at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, with a stellar cast, live band, amazing custom-made touring set and costumes.
The Ashburton Trust Event Centre was born out of the necessity to replace the aged Regent Theatre that had occupied the site for many years and was in very bad repair. “It would not have survived the Christchurch earthquakes had it still been standing,” Ashburton Events Centre Manager Roger Farr says.
“The brickwork was crumbling, the dressing rooms leaked like a sieve and there were broken trusses in the roof.”
Now ten years on, the Ashburton Trust Event Centre is gearing up to celebrate its first milestone by staging the box office extravaganza Mamma Mia. Leading the production team will be Director Roger Farr, Musical Director Richard Marrett and Choreographer Madison Tew Keyworth from Australia.
“I couldn’t think of a better show to pick for a celebration than Mamma Mia,” Madison says.
“It’s such a fun show; one of those shows that you just cannot help but smile when watching! It’s a clever storyline woven throughout Abba’s greatest hits.”
Mamma Mia runs from Friday 18 May to Saturday 26 May. For more information and to purchase tickets, drop in and see the team at the Event Centre, or visit online at www.ateventcentre.co.nz.