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The Gift Box of Lincoln

Celebrating the beauty of winter: looking forward to colder weather with help from The Gift Box of Lincoln

With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.

The Gift Box of Lincoln
Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.

Straight Eight Estate

A unique commemoration: personalised wine bottles for your wedding from Straight Eight Estate

An award-winning range of single vineyard wine with beautifully personalised labels is a unique way to commemorate your special day.

Straight Eight Estate

The friendly, down-to-earth team at Straight 8 Estate can help with wine selection and also organise personalised labels to reflect the bride and groom’s style and theme. “Whether it’s for your special occasion or for a gift, we can custom-make any amount, from small to large numbers,” explain owners Mary Jamieson and James Shand.
Straight 8 Estate opened its cellar door in 2012, offering free wine tasting in a friendly, relaxed environment. Group bookings are welcome and customers can wander around and chat directly with the owners. “There’s always a good special on here or you can buy online and have the wine couriered to your door.”
Straight 8 Estate is located at 2321 Main South Road Burnham, phone 03-347 6878 or visit

Ridge Road Gardens

A magical location: take your wedding guests on a romantic journey to the countryside at Ridge Road Gardens

In the lead up to your big day, one of the most essential aspects is deciding where to hold it. If you are looking for somewhere intimate, picturesque and thoroughly romantic, Ridge Road Gardens should be top of your list.

Ridge Road Gardens
Photography by Many Caldwell

Located at 451 Ridge Road, Motukarara, the series of beautiful cottage gardens and landscaped ponds full of colourful plantings is a special setting for when you tie the knot.
Sheltered by huge macrocarpa and poplar hedges, the gardens are the perfect place to set up a beautiful Silk Estate Marquee with options for larger or smaller weddings and even a fantastic archgola area for a small undercover, reception alternative.
The front rooms of the 1880s cottage are available for the bridal party, while the surroundings vistas and garden rooms are ideal for photos. Ridge Road Gardens is a truly magical and tranquil location.
To arrange a visit, or make a booking, visit or phone 03-942 7089.

Halswell Bakery

Beautiful bridal baking: if you’re planning your wedding catering then talking to Halswell Bakery is a must

Halswell Bakery could be ‘The Wedding Bakery’, with its comprehensive approach to fresh, bespoke and competitively priced cakes and delicious delights for every step of your journey to the altar. “We make everything at the bakery, so every detail can be specific to you and your wedding theme,” owner Ruth Buckley says.

Halswell Bakery
Cakes are modern rustic in style and, along with cupcakes and biscuits, can be personalised to fit in with your wedding theme. The club sandwiches are legendary and would make a great platter to take on your wedding day photoshoot.
Its baked-goods are so budget-friendly you could have everything from croissants with your champagne breakfast, to personalised cakes, cupcakes or biscuits for your engagement or pre-wedding functions, and even bespoke breads for your day-after wedding barbeque. The Wedding Bakery indeed.

Christchurch Activities

What’s on: keeping the kids entertained

With little minds to inspire and little legs to tire out, the role of a parent can be beautifully relentless. We might not offer a babysitting service here at Metropol, but we do love to brainstorm on your behalf.

Here are some of the fun things our city and surrounding areas are throwing up in the coming weeks, so you can let your inner big kid run wild and take your kids on the ride with you.

Christchurch Activities


Love bubbles? Hop to it down to Brighton. This Easter Sunday, 100 free bubble mix and wand sets are up for grabs. The Christchurch Faerie Circle and The Christchurch Circus Centre will delight the senses of little ones, along with the weekly Seaside Market’s delicious range of stalls. Kids can get their adrenalin hit with the bouncy castle and express themselves with free face painting.

14-15 APRIL :

It’s time to let off some steam! The Annual Steam Extravaganza – the biggest in New Zealand – is coming to town. Make your way to McLean’s Island during the first week of the school holidays and step back in time. More than 25 traction engines from around the country will be on site, along with sheep shearing, oat threshing, stone crushing and working horses. $15 entry, under 15 – free. The price includes a ride.


Up, up and away in some very beautiful balloons! The only event of its kind in the South Island, balloonists from all over New Zealand will feature at Hororata Night Glow. Hot air balloons will decorate the night sky, glowing in unison to music.
Sweet sounds at this autumn festival will come from Holly Kimber, Volts and The Easy Hearts. Enjoy culinary treats from the Sensational Selwyn Food and Wine trail and an amazing array of street food.