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The resort for foodies: Methven Resort


The sublime Methven Resort, one of the most popular and luxurious places to stay in Canterbury, has new management and a new logo. New Directors, Olé and Bruce Wallis, know and understand the ethos of Methven Resort better than anyone, and are the perfect choice to bring this much-loved establishment into a new season.

 

 

 

 

 

Methven Resort’s 47 affordable and comfortable rooms are simply divine, giving you unequalled refinement and the best night sleep you could possibly have.

The resort is renowned for the three pristine outdoor hot pools set amongst stunning scenery and rejuvenating mountain air. They are available all year round free of charge for in-house guests or with a small fee to the public. Enjoy swimming in the 25-metre outdoor pool, sunbathing on the manicured lawn and enjoy cold drinks by the poolside on a sunny day.

Revered for exquisite top-class food, the resort’s in-house chefs use fresh, local produce to create delicious dishes like the Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese or Quinoa, and there’s seating for up to 100 guests looking out to the view of Mount Hutt.

Methven Resort is an easy hour’s drive from Christchurch with parking on site. So if you are wanting a luxurious holiday like no other, visit www.methvenresort.com or phone 03 302 8724.

 

 


 

Hanmer’s home away from home: Village Lake Apartments


For the ultimate luxurious getaway, set in the heart of beautiful Hanmer Springs, one simply cannot overlook Village Lake Apartments, where exceptional hospitality awaits.

 

 

Their modern spacious apartments are the perfect place for any occasion, whether a romantic getaway, family escape or even a corporate meeting.

Village Lake Apartments provides you with luxury and refinement which is second to none. All apartments feature a fully self-contained kitchen, full laundry facilities, spa bath, under floor heating and gas fire. Comfort is prominent, with new luxurious beds in all the apartments ensuring the best night’s sleep, and stylish décor to match. Village Lake Apartments truly has a ‘home away from home’ vibe.

Within a few minutes’ walk of the Hanmer Thermal Pools and other local amenities, Village Lake Apartments, which is a Gold Sponsor of the popular Hanmer Springs Fête, should be the only choice for those wanting the best.

 

 


 

Ushering in Luxury: The Portage


Marlborough’s crown jewel, The Portage Hotel, is set to usher in a new era of modern luxury under its new management company, THC Group.

 

The tourism company has announced it will manage the recently refurbished hotel, which is located just a 10-minute walk from the acclaimed Queen Charlotte Track.

THC Group Chief Executive Ken Harris says the organisation, which includes a hospitality investments arm THC Properties, alongside the management and operations division THC Hotels and Resorts, is excited to breathe new life into the hotel.

“We are extremely proud to take on the running of The Portage,” Ken says. “Its central location makes it the ideal hotel for local and international guests to relax and enjoy the best of the Marlborough Sounds.”

The property has been completely refurbished, with new soft furnishings in all guest rooms, new carpet, flooring and furniture in reception and new internal and external paint work. “We have also re-opened all of our dining areas – including The Portage Restaurant and Bar, the Café and Lounge Bar and the Snapper Bar and Eatery, which has been closed for three years.”

There are several accommodation options, including premium suites and two-room elevated suites. “We see a real synergy between the stunning natural beauty of the area and the extraordinary environment offered by The Portage,” Ken says.

“To accentuate that connection, we’ve also paid careful attention to key detail in the refurbishment, such as renaming the rooms to reflect the iconic native birdlife found within the national park.”

 


 

Charming rural event setting: The Oaks of Darfield


Enjoy the warmth of Kiwi hospitality in a charming, rural setting at The Oaks of Darfield, the perfect place for evening dining, casual lunches, private formal dinners, cocktail parties and boutique weddings.

 

Mixing tradition with fresh, modern influences, The Oaks of Darfield is a historic Canterbury homestead surrounded by a mature oak trees and boasting a large garden with a sunny courtyard – a spectacular venue ideal for large social gatherings like weddings and birthday parties.

No celebration would be complete without delicious cuisine! The Oaks is renowned for exquisitely fine dining, so you can sit back and let the talented team take care of the catering. They have your accommodation sorted with three luxurious guest rooms, all equipped with queen size beds, private bathrooms, flat screen televisions and free wireless internet access.

Due to popular demand, reservations are essential. Phone 03 318 7686 or visit www.theoaksofdarfield.co.nz.

 


 

From stables to ski villas


With Queenstown’s winter ski season in full swing, there are eight new homes turning heads on Packhorse Lane in Arthur’s Point. The rich history of the site dates back to the 1860’s gold rush, during which time miners would make the arduous journey out of Skipper’s Canyon to sell their newfound gold.

Along the way they would make the mandatory stop at the Gantley’s Hotel for a few drinks after weeks of hard living in the freezing canyon. Now the site of the Packhorse Lane homes, the land bordering the hotel was scattered with stables and ancillary buildings where the miners would tie up their pack horses, from which derives the road name.

 

 

In 2016, the Wanaka-based construction company, Blueview Developments, purchased the 1800 square metre site and started the design process for the development. With decades of experience in building high quality, custom homes, investment properties and holiday houses, Blueview’s Director Bruce Flett knew the value of the unique zoning of the land.

“The Rural Visitor Accommodation zoning is quite unique in that it provides the site with great versatility and enables purchasers to choose between living in the homes, renting them out on long term tenancies, or renting them out on a short-term basis, up to 365 days per year,” he says.

In addition to the zoning, one of Packhorse Lane’s greatest features is the central location and proximity to some of Queenstown’s best attractions. The Packhorse homes are the closest new accommodation to the Coronet Peak ski area, giving owners and guests the opportunity to be the first skiers on the chairlifts each morning.

Despite being so close to the ski field, the homes are still just a few minutes’ drive to central Queenstown’s restaurant scene and boutique shopping area, not to mention they are also within walking distance of the Onsen Hot Pools and a couple of minutes from the famous Shotover Jet.

 

 

The new homes were designed to fit seamlessly into the landscape through the use of natural timbers and colours. Spacing the homes correctly was critical to creating a community feel between the dwellings, yet suitable privacy has been maintained through clever landscaping and planting.

Two specification levels were offered to purchasers to tailor their homes to how they intended to use them. For an additional cost, the premium specification included the introduction of upmarket conveniences such as heated tiled bathrooms, ducted heating, stone bench tops and a thermal window package.

Every home was designed with the same floor plan, consisting of three spacious bedrooms, three bathrooms, a bespoke entertainer’s kitchen, open plan dining and living areas which flow onto a large exposed aggregate patio. The patio is built ready for a hot tub to be fitted at one end, giving skiers the perfect place to relax and recover after long days on the snow.

 

 

Throughout the design process, Blueview was mindful of the end user and how they would be utilising the homes. One exciting new feature added was Wi-Fi-controllable heating. Each tiled area features under tile heating, which can be operated from your smart phone, giving owners the ability to turn on and set a desired floor temperature for each zone, such as a bathroom, kitchen or hallway.

The Daikin heat pumps fitted also feature the same smart connectivity, allowing the air temperatures in individual rooms to be set by the owners before they return home. The benefit of this modern technology is two-fold – electricity running costs are reduced through the ability to selectively heat the home on a room-by-room basis and you can turn your heating on while you are still on the ski field chair lift, and return to a warm home after driving back down the mountain.

 

Although the homes are packed full of the latest products, Blueview’s Southern Lakes Manager, James Flett, explains that these features needed to be carefully balanced with providing the homes at an affordable price point. “From the outset we wanted to build high quality, functional homes on this site, but we also needed to ensure the homes would achieve strong financial returns for our clients.

The homes have been appraised to attract six percent annual returns through long-term rental, and even higher returns are expected on a short-term rental basis. These strong rental returns, coupled with steady capital gain, will provide our clients with fantastic additions to their investment portfolios.”

Blueview offers its clients a design and build service, house and land packages, and investment property construction.

Find out more about Blueview by visiting their website – www.blueview.co.nz.

 


 

Happy Birthday Hilton!


There are some fantastic hotels in the Garden City – The George with its Pescatore and 50 Bistro, Rendezvous with its height, the Heritage Christchurch with OGB, Distinction Christchurch Hotel with Gumption Restaurant & Bar and Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton with its history.

 

 

I was at the Hilton recently, reminiscing about an interview I did with the late great Jon Gadsby. He had reflected on the Chateau’s glorious past and we both shared stories of mischief and mayhem.

This year Hilton is celebrating 100 years of history as the world’s first hotel chain. Hilton’s legacy began on 31 May 1919, when New Mexico-born Conrad Hilton travelled to Texas with plans to buy a bank. While that deal fell through, Hilton’s pioneering spirit did not falter – he instead bought the hotel where he had been staying.

Through the times, good and bad, Conrad continued adding new hotels to his collection, becoming the first hotelier to appear on the cover of TIME magazine. Soon, Hilton hotels would circle the globe, introducing and popularising innovations that in many ways created the modern hospitality industry. This includes now customary amenities such as room service, a central reservation system, airport hotels and the much-loved mini bar.

We’ve lost so much built heritage in Christchurch, so it’s nice to reflect on the history we do have.

I’m sure Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton has a few more good stories in her yet. Happy birthday Hilton!

 


 

Luxe Hanmer Getaway: Village Lake Apartments


Situated next to the lake behind the Heritage Hotel is the idyllic Village Lake Apartments. The 13 two-three bedroom apartments are incredibly spacious and provide all the convenience of being at home, with the luxury of a five-star premium, luxury hotel and just a short stroll from all the major amenities in Hanmer Springs. Each room contains everything you’ll need for that pamper session, with that special quality that allows you to spread out and feel at home.

 

 

It’s a wonderful time of year to visit the idyllic Hanmer Springs Hot Pools and relax in the splendour that is the Village Lake Apartments. As a Gold Sponsor for the upcoming Hanmer Springs Fete on Friday, 1 November, what a wonderful excuse for a long weekend away for a family or couple.

With the Hanmer thermal resort only 600 metres away and a plethora of Hanmer’s best restaurants and bars close by, it’s the perfect location for any occasion; a birthday, a girls’ weekend away, retirement or a family trip.

Gift vouchers are available if you want to give a gift to someone special but why not just spoil yourself? Even a corporate function can be accommodated for with everything you require for that important team getaway. Just contact the team to discuss your requirements.

With specials available don’t hesitate to go to their website to keep updated on what’s happening or call on 03 315 5288. Situated at 1 Rutherford Crescent, Village Lake Apartments is your choice for your next trip to Hanmer Springs.


 

Taste of Hanmer Luxury: Clear Ridge


Accommodation in Hanmer doesn’t come any better than the five-star Clear Ridge apartments. This is a wonderful time of year to come and enjoy the tranquility of Hanmer and the surrounding district.

 

 

Chill out in the spacious large apartments and enjoy the serenity of the mountain views with family or friends. These fully equipped, spacious apartments cater for the needs of any family, couple or group that are looking for a taste of luxury in Hanmer. Perhaps it’s a girls’ weekend away for some pampering or that boys’ trip for a great game of golf. Clear Ridge is perfectly located close to all the amenities one might need.

The knowledgeable staff can assist you with any function requirements if it’s a birthday, corporate or family event and provide top of the line service for your needs. Of course, it doesn’t need to be said that it’s the perfect retreat for the romantic couple; with an outdoor spa, it’s ideal.

There is a deluxe double spa bath in most apartments to take advantage of, the pool and BBQ area to keep the family entertained and a lift to assist you reaching the top floors, which have an incredible view across the mountains. Clear Ridge is your next choice for a function, family holiday or corporate venue for a taste of luxury.

To find out more about what Clear Ridge can offer go to www.clearridge.co.nz or phone 0800 555 596.


 

Distinctive slumbers


If the regional rebuild has demonstrated anything, it’s the innovation and determination of its habitants, as out of the box concepts, creations and contraptions come to life.

 

 

It’s certainly evident in the range of unique accommodations in greater Canterbury. From luxury tree houses to glass pods and grain silos, this is what sweet dreams are truly made of. There are luxury treehouses just north of Kaikoura. In the city, a former prison now houses award-winning accommodation. In Little River, some clever creators have converted old grain silos into innovative apartments.

In Banks Peninsula you will find a hostel of ‘wooden tents’. There’s also plenty of glamping – that’s glamorous camping – options and woodburners and bathrooms ensure this is a year-round activity. There are an increasing number of ‘pods’ across Canterbury; glass eco-cabins which enable you to sleep surrounded by nature. You’ll find some snug little dome-shaped pods in Mt Lyford with proper lighting and heating.


 

Lakefront Luxury: YHA Lake Tekapo


If you’ve been inspired to explore our beautiful South Island backyard this year, chances are you’re looking for an awesome place to stay. YHA New Zealand can help you save your hard-earned cash for that jet boat ride or stargazing experience, by making sure you sleep easy in quality budget accommodation.

 

YHA New Zealand is a values-driven not-for-profit organisation with 35+ hostels around the country. Their latest addition is a brand new facility in the heart of Lake Tekapo. With 120 beds sitting on Tekapo’s lakefront, this state-of-the art budget accommodation option includes a mix of multi-share dormitory-style beds, private rooms and ensuite facilities to suit all types of travellers.


The modern fully equipped kitchen and lounge area features full-length windows to maximise the beauty of lake views. Expect all the usual YHA conveniences like 2GB free WiFi and on-site laundry facilities. And if you fancy some tucker, their adjoining licensed burger joint ‘Our Dog Friday’ will offer dine in and takeaway options for both visitors and locals alike. YHA Lake Tekapo is YHA’s first new build in over three decades and will give travellers a unique chance to experience one of the most beautiful holiday destinations the South Island has to offer.

For more information, visit www.yha.co.nz.