Just an hour from Christchurch, Methven Resort offers an unforgettable experience for a wedding venue or exceptional conference location.
This exclusive escape in Methven Village is renowned for fine food, fantastic facilities, entertainment, serenity and space in a beautiful mountain setting. Accommodation staff will personalise every detail for your event, to ensure everything runs seamlessly.
The main conference room, the largest in Mid-Canterbury, accommodates up to 300 and can host a sumptuous banquet.
The resort attracts weddings and conferences all year round, with Mount Hutt offering a majestic back drop for photos. Early booking is advisable, with summer weddings and conferences proving especially popular. Methven Resort is revered for exquisite top-class food, with the restaurant seating up to 100.There are 47 affordable and comfortable rooms, including family suites that sleep four, along with three steamy outdoor hot pools and a 25-metre heated pool.
Not since the Commonwealth Games of ‘74 has there been such excitement in east Christchurch. The new Taiora QEII Recreation and Sport Centre, sporting an adrenalin-charged hydro slide, is world-class.
Apollo Projects, specialising in aquatic and sport centre design and construction, completed the 15-month build, on time and on budget. Councillor David East commended the work. “These thoughts, spaces and the layout have been exceedingly well delivered by Apollo Projects.”
The remediated ground was rammed with aggregate piers every 2.1m; a solid foundation for the Travis swampland.
“There was a creative health and wellness focus; a change from just swimming; a place to reconnect and meet the entire community’s needs,” says Apollo’s Business Development Manager Iain Ansell, who was ironically working at QEII during the quakes. “The addition of the hydrotherapy pool reflects a worldwide trend for aging populations.”
There are five pools, a splash pad, spa, sauna, steam-room, weights and gym, wooden sprung fitness studio and spin room. A floating floor allows half the 25 x 25 main pool to repurpose from 2m to 1.2ms. Pools are low-maintenance stainless steel, from the company behind Singapore’s Marina Bays Sands infinity pool.
The inflatable rafts of the AquaSphere Hydroslide snake down 120m of exhilarating twists and turns. Add aqua toys, rope bridge and a lazy river, and its thrills rival any theme park.
“Project Manager, Steve Hastie, did a fantastic job leading a great team. A project of this size delivered on time and budget demonstrates a real win for the Canterbury and the construction industry.” www.apolloprojects.co.nz
With colder weather approaching, it may not seem like the time to be thinking about a swimming pool. However, now may be exactly the right time, says Lagoon Pools’ Julie Hastings.
The busiest time is from September onwards, with people wanting their pool in by Christmas,” she says. “Pools can be put in all year round. Winter installs are very popular and allow for a no-rush, stress free time.”
While the actual installation of a pool only takes four to five days, there are a number of other things to consider and plan.
Julie and husband Warren are the owners of Lagoon Pools. It supplies most of the South Island with pools by ‘Leisure Pools’, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of composite fibreglass swimming pools.
Julie and Warren will help with every stage of the planning and installation, if required. Council consents generally take at least 20 working days to secure. Landscaping can take time, especially when you consider designing the layout, choosing pavers and fencing and having them installed. It can be a lengthy process, so it pays to get started early.
The Leisure Pools website – www.leisurepools.co.nz – has lots of information about the pools available,
as does the Lagoon Pools site – www.lagoonpools.co.nz – which provides information about the accessories available to make your new pool even more enjoyable. Automatic cover systems and hidden covers are popular. Fountains and strip lighting can make your pool a focal point of your landscaping, even in the winter months.
Contact Julie on 0800 92 72 82 or via the website.
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