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Ruby Six

North Canterbury’s hidden gem: Ruby Six

Ruby Six, North Canterbury’s much loved design and gift store, is committed to providing a personal and satisfying shopping experience that is second to none.


Ruby Six


“Our expertise lies in understanding our customers and our satisfaction comes from their excitement when we help them find the perfect thing!” owner Jenni Dobbie says.

Browsing is pure pleasure because, in addition to premium brands such as Elk, Status Anxiety and Coop, you will discover unique handcrafted New Zealand ceramics and jewellery. “We love supporting local New Zealand designed and made,” Jenni says.

Nothing beats that sense of elation and accomplishment than when a shopping trip comes together – when everything gels perfectly into place. Ruby Six promises just that! As its third birthday approaches in March, coinciding with the launch of the new online store, Jenni is very excited about the future.


Find it at 6 Markham Street, Amberley, phone 03 314 8847.


Head North for Valentine’s Day

Head North for Valentine’s Day

Whether glamping in the wilds near Cheviot, fine dining in Rangiora, or a day picnicking at the Ashley River, the countryside north of the Waimakariri offers a wealth of activities, sights and fun, no matter what you like getting up to.


Head North for Valentine’s Day


With the celebration of Valentine’s Day upon us, for those who have yet to make plans to do something special on the day, or even the weekend following, here are just a few ideas that are well worth the trip north. Gifts for Valentine’s Day, birthdays or any special occasion, there are too many standout sources to list, but there are a few world famous in Canterbury stores well worth a mention. Mumma T Trading Lounge in Amberley offers a vast mix of old and new collectibles, including new and retro clothing, homewares, curios, furniture, bodycare products, artworks and antiques.

Ruby 6 is just around the corner with a selection of fashion and accessories, handcrafted ceramics and art, toys and books for children. On route 72 to Oxford is an emporium in the truest sense of the title. A spectacular array of homewares, art, jewellery, clothing, homeopathic products, kitchen gadgets, leadlight lamps, candles, treasures for the garden, NZ made leather goods, wrought iron art and glassware, beautiful figurines, handbags, scarves and more.

Not only is it an amazing shop to spend an easy hour or two in, it’s a world class café and bar. “It’s a dining destination,” says Steve Thomson who owns the Route 72 Café Bar Emporium in Cust with his wife Annette. With fantastic views from the upstairs dining room and a delicious breakfast lunch and dinner menu, Route 72 is perfect for that intimate, special meal. Reservations are recommended.

If off the beaten track appeals, Lemongrass Thai Restaurant in Loburn has a delicious menu and just for Valentine’s Day has prepared an exquisite dessert of Drambuie panna cotta with strawberries and chocolate. Bookings are essential.
Cruisy Days Diner, a 50s themed diner in Oxford offers half priced breakfasts on Thursdays. Valentine’s Day is a Thursday – just sayin’.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day there is nothing more romantic than a night away with your loved one. Dotted throughout the region are a multitude of high quality accommodation destinations – campgrounds, hotels, motels, farmstays, retreats, huts and cabins. One popular getaway is the Hurunui River Retreat. Nestled into a peaceful rural valley are two fully contained cottages close to the Hurunui River for swimming and fishing.

Chill out during the day, enjoy nearby vineyards and restaurants and at night relax in the outside tub taking in the spectacular sky and listening to the frogs. The Tiromoana Bush Walkway is one of many walks in the area, and offers a fantastic hiking experience for all ages and abilities. Te Ara Matairangi boasts a new coastal viewing platform and ceremonial pou and is a must visit if long, easy walks are on your to-do list.



Coffee Worx

Business Excellence Recognised

Coffee Worx recently won the North Canterbury Business Excellence Award for Hospitality and Tourism. Owners Deb and Ian Riach were thrilled to have their hard work, and that of their team, recognised with the judges describing their “good food, good coffee and a great business strategy” as impressive.


Coffee Worx


The Canterbury-based coffee roastery produces premium blends, which have also won several coffee awards, for distribution and supply around the South Island. It partners with many businesses to help them make their coffee stand out from the crowd in the competitive hospitality industry. Deb and Ian are veterans in the dynamic coffee industry, and pride themselves on their long-term commitment to the Canterbury hospitality scene over the past 22 years.

Their funky, retro industrial Coffee Worx Roastery Café in Rangiora is a very popular destination, and their stylish industrial espresso bar in Hayton Road serves top notch espresso and cabinet food weekdays. Deb and Ian have made it their mission to offer freshly roasted premium coffee and high quality made-on-site food, including their exclusive freshly baked, authentic bagels.

They also sell their award-winning coffee in retail bags at both of their cafés, with the ability to fill your own containers and have coffee freshly ground to order, and will be adding coffee pods to their range by Christmas.

If you have a coffee lover on your Christmas present list, then check them out, as they also have a range of coffee equipment for home use and gift vouchers.




Cust Hotel

Have yourself a very clever Christmas! Done and Dusted

If you’re just a bit over the congested crowds of Christmas shoppers and hellish parking, and you’re desperate for time out, then hop in your car and tootle to the Cust Hotel, 1709 Cust Road; here you will make a startling discovery – Christmas shopping can actually be a relaxing, rewarding experience!


Cust Hotel


After you’ve enjoyed a slap-up pub lunch, wander through to the original dining room and delight in the quality retro, vintage and antique wares at Done and Dusted. Owners Jay and Barbara will give you a warm welcome while you browse at leisure. Marvel at the World War II Bombardier compass, a rare military piece for that special person. For dining/kitchen gifts, you can’t beat Kiwiana classic and collectable Crown Lynn, or maybe some fine Royal Doulton or exquisite crystal ware for the lovely ladies in your life?

Admire the antique brassware and beautifully bound books; imagine those wrapped in some gorgeous vintage linen and presented as a gift. Unsurpassable! There’s furniture – from Retro to Rococo – to feast the eye, and cabinets and pottery that are definitely worth an inspection.

Don’t forget to check out the barn (circa 1864) that’s part of Done and Dusted. Here you will find gorgeous garden bric-a-brac, stuff for the Man Cave… and maybe even something for the She Shed! As you head back to Christchurch with your car full of presents, try not to look so smug!


Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4:30pm. Find it on Facebook or visit Done and Dusted at the Cust Hotel, phone 021 025 14694.


Silly Season Celebrations

Silly Season Celebrations

North Canterbury has put on its elf hat and pointed shoes and is playing perfect host to a wide range of events that capture the silly side of the season. We’ve found a collection of our favourite festive events, so get out your social planner and start making plans.


Silly Season Celebrations


Christmas Tree Festival
A fundraiser for the Waikuku Surf Life Saving Club & St John, pay a gold coin donation and vote for your favourite tree. The council foyer will be donned with many differently decorated trees – it really is a must see! Open for the Santa Parade too from 12:30 to 3:30pm.
7 December to 20 December 2018 9am to 4:30pm
Waimakariri District Council Foyer


Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade/Christmas Party in the Park
The Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade is one of the biggest parades in the South Island outside of Christchurch and each year more and more floats enter this community Christmas celebration.
Head into town for a wonderful day of entertainment and see your community come together to enjoy the magic of Christmas. Toyota Santa Parade starts at 2pm.
9 December 2018 12 noon to 6pm
Rangiora CBD and Victoria Park


Ice Breaker
A fun day of racing dragon boats over 200 and 500 metre distances including a 1km turns race. A great day for the whole family with coffee and food vendors available as well.
9 December 2018 9am to 4pm
Pegasus Lake


International Migrants Day
To celebrate your nationality, bring a favourite cultural plate of food to share with others, in the relaxing grounds of the Kaiapoi Community Garden.
18 December 2018 11am to 1pm
Kaiapoi Community Garden, Hilton Street, Kaiapoi




Make a splash! Fashionworks

When it comes to making a splash this sartorial season, it’s all about the latest and greatest in swimwear.




With an expansive range of swimwear, Lifestyles in the alpine haven of Hanmer Springs is the ideal place to bring life to your summer wardrobe. Many make a weekend of it, as they can pop across to the pools and show them off!  Owner Alice Stielow is armed with options to suit everyone. “Many of us pull out last season’s swimwear that’s been stored away and realise just how thin and see-through the material has become.

“This is the ideal time to find something new, with styles and colours to complement you.” She’s seeing a lot of retro styles coming through this season, along with on-form florals and beautiful block colours. Buttercup yellow is a hot tip. Meanwhile the super-high-cut swimsuit – the Baywatch-esque silhouette which soars above the hip is hot property for the younger generation, with brands such as Piha and Billabong offering great options.

Alice owns two stores, Lifestyles and Fashionworks, and after three decades here, she understands how important fit is to the finished look. “Colour and style are one thing, but getting the right fit for your body is what really matters.”  Meanwhile her second boutique store, Fashionworks, is a designer-label paradise for womenswear, footwear and jewellery. Clothing ranges from Wish and Ivy Blu, to CooperStreet and Augustine are complemented by a beautiful range of shoes including D&J and Hey Monday.


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


Salt n Pepper

Culinary Oasis: Salt n Pepper

With a stunning view of Conical Hill, an outstanding menu and a selection of incredible beverages to choose from, it’s no surprise that everyone is flocking to Salt n Pepper while in Hanmer Springs to retreat and relax.


Salt n Pepper


With options for all tastes, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, there is something special for everyone. Each day of the week has an indulgent menu item to select from. Monday is $15 Taco Boards, Tuesday is House Chicken and Wednesday is the Reef and Beef (a pint of that special beer goes so well with this). On Thursday there is the 1kg of Chilli Mussels which is worth taking a trip from Christchurch for!
The cornucopia of North Canterbury unfolds at Salt n Pepper and everything is not only tasty but fresh.

A cabinet filled with food made fresh and well-made barista coffee with great ambient surroundings and friendly staff – it’s your oasis if you want to take a break for a bit.  Owners Brendon and Katrina hand-pick everything they use to make sure the delights of local produce arrive on your plate to please your palate. They take great pride in making your visit to Salt n Pepper a pleasurable one, so make sure you let them know if you need anything special.

Open 7am to 9pm and fully licensed for beer and wine, put Salt n Pepper on your itinerary for a visit to the thermal wonderland that is Hanmer Springs.


Take your break overlooking the duck pond at Boulder Point Precinct, 8 Chisholm Crescent.


North Canterbury

Silly Season Spectacular: North Canterbury

North Canterbury – summer excitement central! Here’s a taster of some pre-Christmas events.


North Canterbury


Shopping night spectacular
Rangiora Christmas Celebration Night on November 23 from 5:30 to 9:30pm will see most of High Street’s retailers and eateries open late, with market stalls sprinkled along Rangiora’s central High Street. Live music, street performers, Santa himself, and fireworks, will start the silly season off with a spectacular bang!

Rose Magic

Imagine the nation’s finest roses, all bunched together. The National Spring Rose Show and Convention has picked North Canterbury, for the first time, to host its annual event. Rose Magic 2018 is the title and theme this year. Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers opens the show at 2:30pm, Saturday 24 November at the Woodend Community Centre. Door sales are $5, and under-16s free. Take time out to smell the roses! Visit

Christmas comes to Kaiapoi

Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival will transform Williams Street into a festive fantasy-land on Saturday 1 December 9am to 4:30pm. There will be entertainment and attractions from circus acts to artisan craft stalls. The Kaiapoi community market takes over the town centre from 9am to 12pm, then The Santa Parade commences at 1:30pm. It’s a full-on family fun day in this enchanting North Canterbury township.

Festive tree spectacular

The halls of the Waimakariri Council foyer will be decked with creative Christmas trees from Dec 7-20, 9am to 4:30pm. It’s a gold coin donation to enjoy this fundraising event for the Waikuku Surf Life Saving Club and St John.

Rangiora on parade

It just gets bigger every year. Rangiora central is the destination to be from 12pm to 6pm on Sunday December 9. The Christmas Party in the Park is the event to celebrate this flourishing community’s spirit, in Rangiora’s Victoria Park. And find a good spot and get cameras ready at 2pm for The Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade, with more floats than ever before.

Rangiora Christmas at the Races

The ultimate Kiwi Christmas party is coming to Rangiora Racecourse on Sunday 16 December from 10am to 5pm. Awaiting you is thrilling harness racing, live music and awesome hospitality options. Whether you’re looking to entertain friends, family or workmates, there’s a package to suit how you want to celebrate this festive season from general admission through to gazebo and marquee options.

Christmas in Space

The Oxford Christmas Parade takes off on the country town’s Main Street on Sunday December 16 from 12.30pm. This year it’s a Lost in Space theme, with prizes for the best floats and children in fancy dress – so come as your favourite character from this cool cult show. Enquiries contact Lyndsay 027 4190242.




A Taste of Thailand: Lemongrass

Here is what you must do if you are after the most intimate Thai dining experience in a beautiful and idyllic setting. You head out to 56 Fletchers Road, Loburn, and call in on Lemongrass Authentic Thai Cuisine




Lemongrass is the result of an 11 year-dream for manager and chef Sriamorn Reavill and her husband Paul. The couple bought the Loburn property and house, and with help from their neighbours created a simply delightful relaxed country dining setting. “I can’t believe how lucky we are to have this. This has been my dream for so long,” Sriamorn says, grinning from ear to ear.

“I have always wanted to allow people to experience the same home cooked Thai food that I had growing up.” Step inside and you can’t help but marvel at the design and layout of the restaurant. The seating, floor, tables and interior décor is of the highest quality, making it even more remarkable when you consider that the design and build was completed with very little help.

During your meal you are served not only by Sriamorn, but her children too. This is a family business after all. They have been taught all the ins and outs of food preparation, the menu and know the value of quality customer service. So relaxed is the atmosphere that if no bookings are planned for day, Sriamorn might be out shopping, sourcing all the finest ingredients for her special blend of Thai cooking.

Delicious starters such as Sticky Glaze Pork, Fresh Prawn Spring Rolls and Miang Kum always go down a treat, while the mains are prepared with an overwhelming degree of love and dedication. Whether it’s a Thai Beef Salad, Larb Moo Pork, Panang Beef Curry or a Massaman Chicken Curry, Sriamorn is a natural. A great range of desserts and chilled beverages are also on offer but it’s BYO if you favour something alcoholic.

Thanks to the beautiful surroundings, Lemongrass has hosted a few functions in its time.

So to find out more about this, and to book a table for your nearest and dearest, give Sriamorn a call 03 310 3102 or email You’ll be happy you did!


Marijke (Ma-Rye-Ka) Sheppard from Ray White Morris and Co Rangiora

Dream-Maker: Marijke Sheppad

Buying a lifestyle property can be the dream for a lot of Kiwis seeking the pleasure of rural living – but beware! There are pitfalls for the uninitiated and that’s where knowledge and experience of a trusted, helpful real estate agent can be your best asset.


Marijke Sheppard


Look no further than Marijke (Ma-Rye-Ka) Sheppard from Ray White Morris and Co Rangiora. She has lived in the Waimakariri District for over 40 years, and has seen buyers making common mistakes when considering moving out into the country. Too often the lifestyle choice becomes a life sentence.
As a purchaser you will need to consider the following:


– Is it in a suitable condition for what you intend to use it for? (Stock proofed, electrified, ease for movement of stock and/or machinery.)


Water supply

– Is it on a scheme? A well? Monitored? Shared? Proof of water quality? Number of tanks? Can I irrigate?



– Shared driveways, water rights, drainage, services, are there any restrictions for use?


Septic tank systems

– Type? field drains/transpiration lines or soak pit?

Internet, cell coverage, sheds and shelter are all other things to consider as well.
Always look to see what the neighbouring properties are doing. How many stock units are they carrying? What is the pasture quality and could you lease the land out?

So much information is required and needs to be taken into consideration. If set up correctly a lifestyle property can be a fabulous choice for you and your family and does not have to be a burden!


Contact Marijke Sheppard on
027 461 6127 or drop into Ray White Morris and Co, Level 1, 188 High Street, Rangiora.