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A beautiful aperitif: Ataahua Wine


Ataahua means beautiful, and boutique Ataahua Wines is synonymous with North Canterbury history.

“A glass of rosé is elegant, moreish and sophisticated. It goes with race day,” says winemaker and owner Stephanie Henderson-Grant. Her handcrafted wines grace select local wine lists.

“Our rosé makes a fresh, pretty aperitif. With hints of cherry and strawberry, it’s crisp and off dry. I love it with smoked salmon blini, prawns, or soft cheese and crackers. The subtle flavours pair so well.”

Six exclusive varietals create Ataahua’s stable of boutique beauties, including oaked chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and merlot. The Gewürztraminer has aromatics of ginger and lychee that marry well with Asian-influenced flavours.

And a boxed rosé 2019 with two Italian crystal glasses, etched with Ataahua’s signature, is a gift that won’t be forgotten.

Order online for a prompt, contactless courier delivery.


 

A travelling feast: Twentyfour Catering


“Have kit, will travel” is the mantra of Twentyfour Catering. Weddings all over the South Island are a speciality, and owner and chef Chantelle Quinn can conjure the feast of your dreams anywhere, often with just two ovens and a barbeque.

 

“We are very versatile and we have said yes to every location so far.”

Chantelle works closely with couples to ensure logistics work and menus are personalised to each wedding. Chantelle remembers a groom who asked for his grandmother’s adored salted caramel and pistachio cheesecake, so she created it in minis for his guests.

The food is classic French with Kiwi flavours, rustic, often with a lot of protein. Six different meats could feature throughout the reception, which goes down extremely well with rural weddings.

I love seeing a wedding guest in an exquisite dress and fascinator tucking into a lamb cutlet and going back for more.”


 

Boutique bangers and bacon: Bangers ‘n’ Bacon


Bangers ‘n’ Bacon – this low-key name covers a range of staggeringly tasty gluten, dairy and allergen-free meat and small goods. For owner Pete Nolan, necessity was truly the mother of invention, and the demand for his innovations led from his home kitchen to the boutique butchery in Ferrymead.

 

“My children suffered from allergies to store-bought goods, but I still wanted to eat bangers and bacon so I started experimenting” he says.

“Family and friends loved my creations, and expansion to commercial level became a given.”

Upping the ante on the backyard barbeque forever, all the products are made in Christchurch from New Zealand freedom farmed meat and all ingredients are declared on the labels.

“From allergy and Crohn’s sufferers to Kiwis looking for amazing quality clean eating, and even a Keto diet, these products have proved amazingly popular,” says Pete.

Current offerings include charcoal BBQ smoked with hickory and applewood beef brisket, dry cured smoked pork belly, dry cured BBQ smoked streaky bacon and dry cured un-smoked loin steaks.

The sausage range includes original pork, chipotle pork and beef, English breakfast, hot ’n’ spicy Italian pork and beef, mild Italian pork and beef, peppered pork and original pork, and Pete is working on new sausage flavours constantly that fly the flag for the company’s motto, “tastes so good, you don’t need sauce.”

New additions include meatballs, burger patties and the sirloin steaks that have been through a natural cure to lock in tenderness, flavour, and juiciness. With overseas travel off the menu, Pete is bringing a taste of Italy home with his face bacon – New Zealand’s version of Guanciale – Italian pork jowl or cheeks.

The products are available online and instore. On Saturdays you’ll find the Bangers ‘n’ Bacon range at the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, and Sundays at the Arts Centre Market – although Pete recommends pre-ordering through the website for pickup at any of these locations as they sell out fast, and he will also deliver.


 

Ohoka oasis: Oakhampton Lodge


Take a walk on the wild side, or more specifically, the four acres of spacious lawns and gardens in the Ohoka countryside at Oakhampton Lodge.

 

After welcoming hundreds of international guests to their unique boutique accommodation for several years, with the interruption to world travel owners Jackie and Angus Watson are seeing an increase in travelling Kiwis stopping in on trips around the South Island.

“With Christchurch airport only 20-minutes away, tourists frequently spend their first two nights or last two nights of a South Island tour enjoying the peace and quiet and individual attention on offer.”

No need to forage for food, breakfast in the Garden Room is included in the price and Rangiora and Kaiapoi are both only a 10-minute drive away for further exploration.

Enjoy the tall trees, garden pathways and birdsong, or simply taking time to smell the roses.


 

Racy race day jewellery: Canterbury Jewellers


A racy jewellery range is raising style stakes, putting the canter in Cup Week fashion.


Iconic Canterbury Jewellers has crafted an exclusive Equestrian collection, befitting of a day at the races.

Wear a horseshoe ring for luck, a riding-crop broach, or a stirrup pendant.

A bracelet of snaffle bit links can highlight the details in two metals, such as rose gold against sterling silver.

Diamonds or gemstones studding a horse-shoe clasp make for a bracelet with winning charm and the horseshoe nail curved into a ring is an eye-catching race day memento.

The pieces also make treasured gifts and heirlooms for equine enthusiasts and horse lovers.

Choose from the online free delivery service or drop into the store. With at least a week’s notice, Canterbury Jewellers will tailor make in most metals and gems.

Visit the collection online, or email or call for a request. 75 Peterborough Street, Christchurch.


 

Not just a workout: Bodyfix Gym


Fitness for your body doesn’t stop at your shoulders, and the Bodyfix Gym team understand that going to the gym takes you far beyond the classic lose weight, tone up, and strengthen.

“We believe in exercise to support mental health as well, and we are really popular for that,” says Owner Moana Williams.

“We even have members referred to us by their GP with exercise as part of their prescription.”

Privately owned, the longstanding and tightknit team at Bodyfix are there to support members.

“We get to know everyone and you are always an individual, never a number. While some gyms focus on attracting new clients, we really value our existing members and have been through many personal joys and tragedies with them,” says Moana.

Even more than usual in the current environment, Bodyfix is a place where worries are left at the door and there is a sense of normality for a while.

“So many friendships are made here, existing friendships are strengthened – we laugh hard, and then of course you’ll work your body like there’s no tomorrow,” says Moana.

With 45 classes on the timetable for all abilities, the team will design a membership to suit you, plus the Personal Training Team is extremely experienced and always ready to help.

There’s also full access after-hours, group challenges, and nutrition advice on the gym’s Facebook group.


 

Fabulous Flirty Feet: Style Footwear


The sun is out and summer is on its way at Style Footwear in the heart of Ashburton’s CBD. New ranges from Saimon, Cabello, Revere and others are arriving, and the team are excited to show you what’s available this season.

 

The casual lace-up look is popular again, with over a dozen colours available in just one style! With colours like mustard, orange, mint, white, tan and sky blue coming through, not only in footwear but accessories, it’s looking like a bright season ahead.

There are beautiful dress sandals for special occasions, bring in your outfit to find the right footwear. With the new range of handbags and jewellery in store, there might be everything you need in one place.

Style Footwear now stock Baron Leathergoods men’s wallets and key rings – Baron are another New Zealand family business and a pleasure to work with, says store owner Melissa Shimmin.

Style Footwear is Ashburton’s only Ruralco and Rural Women’s supplier, and discount is given to those who show their cards. Laybuy is also available instore and online. Check out the specials area for a good bargain.

It’s been a challenging year, but Melissa is optimistic for the season ahead and says the support, from not just suppliers, but Canterbury locals, has been amazing and she wants to thank everyone.

Follow Style Footwear on Instagram, Facebook and online.


 

The place to party: The Elmwood


As the horses are gearing up to race down the tracks at the Melbourne and New Zealand Cups, so, too, are the team at The Elmwood Trading Company gearing up for the grand gallop to Christmas.

Melbourne Cup Day will see a frenzy of activities happening, with everything from sweepstakes, a full TAB facility, prizes for the best dressed, and complimentary nibbles.

For our own fabulous New Zealand Cup Week, meet friends for drinks before heading out to a Cup Week event, or even better, stay out of the sun and have the coolest time, watching all the action on the bar’s big screens.

Christmas is just around the corner, so now is the time to book your lunch or dinner function.

The food comes from Trevinos top chef who made the move to The Elmwood with former Trevinos owners, Marty and Naomi Fuller.

With dining options of à-la-carte, set menu, buffet, or drinks and nibbles, and space options of the private room, al fresco, bar or restaurant, there’s plenty of scope to plan the best party.

As Marty says, “We’ve great locals, we’ve a great vibe, and the food’s fantastic!”

1 Normans Road, Strowan, (03) 355 5345


 

Tandoori time! The Majestic Indian Bistro and Tandoor


Who doesn’t love a good Chicken Vindaloo or Lamb Korma? Basically, if you have a penchant for Indian cuisine and haven’t tried The Majestic Indian Bistro and Tandoor Christchurch yet – then do it!

 

Located at 9 Humphreys Drive, Ferrymead, The Majestic Indian Bistro and Tandoor Christchurch is the place to satisfy your Indian culinary cravings.

Whether dining in or takeaway, there is always something delicious to feast upon. For starters why not partake with some delectable Tandoori chicken wings grilled to perfection, or maybe Aloo Tikki which combines mashed potato and paneer patties chopped with a tangy sweet tamarind mint chutney.

Moving on to the mains, you are spoilt for choice, especially with GF and Vegan options on offer. The list is almost endless, with Chicken Tikka Masala, Matar Paneer, Rogan Josh, Lamb Nawabi, and a delicious lamb shank never far away. Plus, neither is a generous helping of naan bread, in almost limitless variety of flavours.

With plenty of seating, warm and friendly staff, low cost Christchurch deliveries, and open seven days, The Majestic Indian Bistro and Tandoor Christchurch will quickly become your definitive Indian restaurant.

Also, The Majestic are taking Christmas bookings for groups or families.

Check out their website for more information.


 

Somewhere cosy: Cosy Café


The quintessential neighbourhood café, every community should have a Cosy Café. Locally owned and operated by Sam and Amy Lester, the couple celebrate their first year in the café this November.

Amy has a background in retail – her rapport with regulars and new customers comes naturally, while Sam has changed careers and uncovered a spectacular natural talent for cooking and baking.

Full breakfast and lunch are on the menu as well as cabinet food with almost all of it created on site.

“Our scones and muffins are always popular and go down perfectly with the Hummingbird coffee that we serve the way you like it,” says Amy.

Sam’s favourite items are the famous Fairlie Pies. “We stock them in four flavours: Pork belly, Steak, Steak and Mushroom and Mince and Cheese,” he says.

An attractive outside area is ideal for all season with its clear awnings to protect from a breeze, and ensures Cosy Café is the perfect destination if your coffee date is a furry companion.

Loyal regulars are the perfect testimonial, and Amy says they are enjoying seeing the new faces at weekends plus parents getting takeaway coffees for their Saturday side-line duties.

“We’d like to thank everyone that has supported us this tricky year,” says Sam.