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Drifters Inn

Hospitality & ambience: Drifters Inn


Location, location, location – you really can’t say it any other way when you’re talking about the Drifters Inn.

Drifters Inn

 

Located straight across from the thermal pools and close to the town centre, it’s ideally located for your event in the idyllic Hanmer Springs. With a welcoming environment, people come from all over New Zealand to enjoy the relaxed ambience and hospitality here. Catering to birthdays, work events, special occasions and much more, the friendly, knowledgeable staff can assist you to customise your event.

Catering can be arranged, but with barbecues, a well-equipped kitchen area, as well as a spacious open lounge/function area and courtyard, there’s plenty of scope to create your own bespoke function. With 18 rooms available to suit couples to families, you can all relax by the Inn’s open fireplace after a day of events.

 


So, make your way to the Drifters Inn, 2 Harrogate Street or contact Adele or Andy to discuss your requirements 03 315 7554 or stay@drifftersinn.co.nz.


 

Fashionworks

An inspirational boutique: Fashionworks


Take a trip to Hanmer over the next month – the perfect Cup Day outfit could be waiting. Inspiration flows in this stress-less alpine atmosphere, especially at designer boutique Fashionworks.

 

Fashionworks

 

Owner Alice Stielow says spring’s burst of flowers and sunshine inspires dressing up in fashionable florals and colour. “However, Cup Day encourages individual personality, be it smart casual, to a classical little black dress.
“Styles and colours are so exciting now.”

Django and Juliette, and Hey Monday are Fashionworks favourites. “This season’s blazers and jackets look so smart with anything – a Cup Day outfit or a pair of jeans.”
Cooper St and IvyBlu have beautiful occasion-wear, as does Molly Bracken, Wish, NoaNoa, Cooper St, Seduce, Zafina, Augustine, Charlo and Stella Royal. Alice’s second store, Lifestyles, has amazing swimwear and urban wear such as White Chalk and Home Lee.

 


Phone Fashionworks on 03 315 7120, Lifestyle on 03 315 7126 or follow on Facebook.


 

Village Lake Apartments

The ultimate in luxury: Village Lake Apartments


For the ultimate luxurious getaway, set in the heart of beautiful Hanmer Springs, head to the Village Lake Apartments where exceptional hospitality awaits.

 

Village Lake Apartments

 

With spectacular alpine views and premium 5-star accommodation, the Village Lake Apartments are within walking distance to the town’s thermal pools and a myriad of leisure activities. With three and two bedroom apartments, the accommodation is second to none with modern facilities and spacious rooms each comprising of a fully self-contained kitchen, washing machine and dryer, spa bath and gas fire. Each apartment has its own balcony, or patio, and a picture perfect mountain-view backdrop.
The stylish décor oozes opulence and the furniture is designed with comfort in mind. With soft featherbed underlays and pillows, exquisite handcrafted toiletries by Jeymar and original artworks by Christchurch artist Liz Jenkins, the Village Lake Apartments have a true `home away from home’ vibe.

When it’s time to explore, take a short stroll to Hanmer’s idyllic main street for a spot of shopping, or enjoy a meal out and beverage at one of many well-regarded eateries or cafés.  It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway, birthday, anniversary celebration or business retreat and has the Qualmark five-star gold rating. Owners Stuart and Jill Ware will ensure your stay is memorable.

 


The Village Lake Apartments are giving away two nights’ accommodation for two adults (blackout dates apply).

To enter, head to www.metropol.co.nz/win and put in your details. Entries close on Thursday 25 October and winners will be notified on Friday 26 October


 

Lifestyles

Hanmer’s Fashion Haven: Lifestyles


Lifestyles in Hanmer lures repeat customers from as far as the Gold Coast, with its expansive range of swimwear. Many make a weekend of it, as they can pop across to the pools and show them off!

 

Lifestyles

 

Bond-Eye’s Sea-level range (formerly Nip-Tuck) suits many different figures, as do Seafolly and Moontide, in sizes up to a G cup. “Ruching across front and sides, or styles that wrap around the body, give a lovely shape to show off all those beautiful figures out there,” owner Alice Stielow says. There’s Piha, Sunseeker, Jantzen, unique-styled JETS and Togs – from a Kiwi designer. “Tankini and pants are also perfect for those long in body, or for mixing and matching. The staff are really knowledgeable with body-types and know straight away what styles are best to try on.”

Forget budgie smugglers, the latest men’s speedo’s come in cool elastic-waisted trunks and there’s also styles for serious swimmers – all chlorine-resistant. Lifestyles’ urban wear includes Billabong, Ketz-ke, White Chalk, Stussy, Tigerlily, RVCA, Element, All About Eve, Levis, VonZipper, and a cool range of shoes. Alice owns two stores, Lifestyles and Fashionworks, and after three decades here, she treats everyone who visits like a local, with competitive pricing and friendly service.

Her second boutique store, Fashionworks, is a designer-label paradise for womenswear, footwear and jewellery. Ranges include the new Molly Bracken, Wish, NoaNoa, Ivy Blu, CooperStreet, Seduce, Zafina, Augustine, Charlo and Stella Royal – and gorgeous shoes to match.

 


Visit Fashionworks at The Courtyard, Conical Hill Road, phone 03 315 7120 and Lifestyles, Alpine Pacific Centre, Conical Hill Road 03 315 7126, or Facebook.


 

Boulder Point Precinct

A beautiful range: Boulder Point


Wendy Lamont has been turning her talented hand to all manner of exquisite handmade crafts for the past 30 years

 

Boulder Point Precinct

 

After making wedding supplies for a young friend without a big budget, she realised how much satisfaction she got from the process. “Every wedding I do, the customer has a different story. I enjoy being involved in their special day.” Now she’s taken the formerly home-based business to the next level, with a beautiful store in Hanmer Springs’ new Boulder Point Precinct. Known as Mickey Raes, the store stocks everything from wedding accessories, through to craft, sewing and knitting supplies, fabrics and haberdashery, along with a carefully curated range of eco-friendly pet products and toys. Pet beds made from recycled bottle fibre are a hit for the store, which is the exclusive South Island supplier and wedding accessories range from car ribbons and flower arrangements to horseshoes and garters.

 

Boulder Point Precinct

 

It’s a great stop for giftware, including christenings and 21st presents and Wendy even makes custom made Christmas stockings. Craft kits provide everything you need for some clever projects to keep you busy. “We have a lot of unique products,” Wendy says of the striking sun-lit store.
“I have sourced a lot of old crafts from when we were kids. Eco-friendly products are important to me, so I stock products like reusable cotton tissues.”
With the stunning Hanmer Springs playing prestigious host to an increasing number of weddings, it’s a great spot to call in for last minute supplies and the loyalty card programme will make it your new local.

 


For more information, visit www.boulder-point.nz/mickey-raes/.


 

Red Post Café

Hurunui Pleasures: Red Post Café


Spring is upon us and the pleasures of North Canterbury’s delights await, not only its beautiful vistas but the pleasures of the Red Post Café’s delicious food and coffee.

 

Red Post Café

 

On the journey to Hanmer there is a great place to stop in Culverden. It has a fantastic cathartic old-style cottage garden which is coming to life at this time of the year with spring colours thanks to the owner, Carolyn’s, green fingers.

Relax and partake in some wonderful home baking that make it one of those unique, special places you find on your journey. Pair the famous Carrot Cake with an outstanding coffee, or the Salmon Soufflé is always a treat. Perhaps you’re after something heartier, in which case the Big Breakfast will hit the spot.

With new items on the menu like house made Granola, Belgian Waffles with Streaky Bacon and Blueberries or Field Mushrooms on Ciabatta, this is a plethora of North Canterbury fare on a plate, not forgetting the famous seafood platter. With a cabinet full of fresh treats for the weary traveller, there is something for everyone, including gluten free options.

If you’re visiting North Canterbury, you can immerse yourself with the locals and find out where all those special places to see and visit are from Carolyn or Trent.
North Canterbury has so much to offer and Red Post Café is a great place to start your adventure. Make it part of your itinerary.

 


Open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, weekends until 5:30pm and Friday until 8pm.


 

Clear Ridge

A taste of luxury: Clear Ridge

Accommodation in Hanmer doesn’t come any better than the 5-star Clear Ridge apartments. These fully equipped, spacious apartments cater for the needs of any family, couple or group looking for a taste of luxury.

 Clear Ridge

Perhaps it’s a girls’ weekend away for some pampering, that boys’ golfing trip or a corporate trip away. Clear Ridge is perfectly located close to all the amenities one might need. The knowledgeable staff can assist you on any function requirements and provide top of the line service for your needs.
Add a touch of romance with the outdoor spa, or there’s a deluxe double spa bath in most apartments. The pool and BBQ will keep the family entertained and a lift will get you to the top floors which have an incredible view across the mountains.

 


Clear Ridge is your next choice on a function, family, or corporate venue. For more information visit:
www.clearridge.co.nz or phone 0800 555 596.


 

Drifters Inn

Hospitality and ambience: Drifters Inn

Location, location, location – you really can’t say it any other way when you’re talking about the Drifters Inn. Located straight across from the thermal pools and close to the town centre, it’s ideally located for your event in the idyllic Hanmer Springs.

Drifters Inn

 

With a welcoming environment, people come from all over New Zealand to enjoy the relaxed ambience and hospitality here. Catering to birthdays, work events, special occasions and much more, the friendly, knowledgeable staff customise your event.
Catering can be arranged, but with barbecues, a well-equipped kitchen area, as well as a spacious open lounge/function area and courtyard, there’s plenty of scope to create your own bespoke function. With 18 rooms available to suit couples to families, you can relax by the open fireplace after a day of events.

So, make your way to the Drifters Inn, 2 Harrogate Street or contact Adele or Andy to discuss your requirements 03-315 7554 or stay@drifftersinn.co.nz.

A romantic backdrop: Heritage Hanmer Springs

When it comes to New Zealand wedding destinations, the romantic mountain views and landscaped gardens of the Heritage Hanmer Springs provide an amazing ceremonial backdrop.

A landmark venue just 90 minutes from Christchurch, it’s a world away from the ordinary, in a stunning alpine retreat that will captivate you and your guests.
The venue can arrange everything, from tailormade menus, to beverage and staffing needs. There is a fabulous ballroom, complete with open fireplace, or enjoy a stylish and unforgettable lawn wedding in the picturesque gazebo set amongst beautiful gardens.

A range of accommodation is available, including three-bedroom villas located around a charming lake. Guests can enjoy all Hanmer Springs has to offer, including the world famous thermal pools, a short walk across the main street.
If you are looking for elegance, a spectacular location and personalised service, choose Heritage Hanmer Springs.

Email HanmerConf@heritagehotels.co.nz, phone 03-315 0065 or visit www.heritagehotels.co.nz/hotels/heritage-hanmer-springs.

Hanmer Springs

Something for Everyone: Hanmer Springs

Winter is here and this year, visitors should embrace the season instead of resisting it.

Hanmer Springs

What better way to welcome the cold temperatures than by grabbing the warmest clothes and adventure gear and equipment to head roughly two hours north of Christchurch to the ideal spot for a trip. Hanmer Springs is the go-to winter getaway destination and has something to offer you or your family this season.

With its beautiful alpine scenery, this winter wonderland has activities for all to enjoy. Thrill seekers can embrace the adrenaline rushes from skiing or snowboarding at the affordable Hanmer Springs Ski Area on Mount Saint Patrick. Snow sports aren’t the only outdoor activities for visitors.

There are also ample opportunities for tramping, walking and mountain biking to enjoy Mother Nature.
Travelers who aren’t a fan of the outdoors can let their worries wash away as they indulge and soak in the thermal sulfur or aqua therapy pools, which help relieve pain from sore or achy muscles and joints. Families can frolic and have a good time at the water playground, two large activity pools and hydroslides. After a nice soak, they can pamper themselves with a massage or beauty treatment at the spa.Whether you seek adventure or you simply fancy a relaxing holiday, you’re bound to find an activity you enjoy at this holiday location. Sit back and savor every minute of it.