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Summer in North Canterbury

The weather is heating up – and so is the events itinerary for North Canterbury! Here’s a few fun events you can look forward to from now until the end of the year.




Kaiapoi Community Garden Open Day
Kaiapoi Community Garden, Hilton Street, Sunday 10 November, 10am-1pm
Enjoy a slice of nature while listening to live music at the Kaiapoi Community Garden Open Day! A children’s corner featuring a mud kitchen, sand pit and garden bed will keep the littlies entertained while you have a bite to eat, check out the food demonstrations and browse the seedlings and preserves for sale.

Women’s Adventure Film Tour
The Heritage Hanmer Springs, Saturday 16 November, 6:30pm-8:30pm
This fun evening of entertainment features a series of short films celebrating the extraordinary things women are doing in the name of nature.

Rangiora Christmas Celebration Night 2019
High Street, Rangiora, Friday 22 November, 5:30-9:30pm
With most retailers open til 9:30pm and a bunch of quality market stalls to browse, Christmas Celebration Night is your chance to get those Christmas gifts sorted! Have a family photo taken with Santa, be entertained by talented street performers and end the night with a fireworks display.

Ohoka Garden Tour & Fete
Ohoka School, Sunday 24 November, 10am-4pm
This biennial fundraising initiative is a wonderful day out featuring a self-guided tour of six stunning gardens, complemented by a beautiful country fete filled with local stallholders, food, raffles, entertainment – and the ever-popular Pimms tent.

Mandeville Craft Festival
Mandeville Sports Club, Sunday 1 December, 10am-3pm
Relax in the summer sun and revel in an exciting array of top-quality arts and crafts stalls. Enjoy yummy eats, live music and free off-street parking.

Amberley Christmas Festival
121 Carters Road Amberley, 5 December 2019, 4-8pm
Jot this one in your diary – Amberley is set to sparkle this Christmas with a festival featuring market stalls, carols, buskers, Christmas cookie workshops, and Kiwiana style Santa photos with a Kombi van!




Jolie Femme Beauty

Beauty with Conscience: Jolie Femme Beauty

Treading gently on the Earth through the use of sustainable natural products is a fundamental ethical consideration for Amanda Taylor, salon owner at Jolie Femme Beauty in Amberley.


Jolie Femme Beauty


“It is now possible, even in the beauty industry, to have a global social conscience and to look after the environment. For seven years now I have been using La Biosthetique skin and body products, a range backed by dermatological research and innovative bio-technology to produce highly effective products that minimise the symptoms of ageing.  “The plant ingredients in their new Botanique range are 100 percent vegan, 100 percent halal and 100 percent organic with products to suit any type of skin. They are a perfect fit for what is important to me in this industry and are certainly affordable when investing in your skin.”

Amanda will be celebrating four years in business in Amberley at the beginning of November and over that time she has been constantly looking for more ways to further improve the service she offers to the women and men of North Canterbury. “I now have a new LED infrared facial treatment for anti-ageing, as well as a micro-current lifting treatment. My microdermabrasion and dermal needling treatments also continue to be very effective and achieve outstanding results in reducing the effects on skin of exposure to the sun and other environmental factors.”


Jolie Femme Beauty is open from Tuesday to Saturday in Amberley – phone 03 314 8180 or book online at Amanda is also performing treatments in Cheviot on Wednesdays at Blondyz Salon – phone 03 319 8999. “So now I can pamper even more North Canterbury people.”


Out of the Bleu

A Stylish Store: Out of the Bleu

Customers often comment on the warm ambience that greets them as they enter Out of the Bleu – the stylish little homeware store tucked behind the Blue Dairy in the centre of Amberley.

 Out of the Bleu
Refurbished furniture is complemented by beautiful homewares. Gorgeous lamps, colourful, cosy throws for beds, chairs and sofas, along with cushions in vibrant colours and textures, create a haven of interior inspiration.
Out of the Bleu has a growing reputation for its ever-popular Helga May linen clothing range, along with winter ponchos, snoods, scarves and hats.

Baby knitting has proved a huge success this winter with gorgeous hand-knitted baby ponchos and hats – and the famous Lamington merino baby socks are a big hit for newborns.
Be sure to allow plenty of time on the next visit to Out of Bleu, as this really is a destination store.

Action north of the Waimak'

Action north of the Waimak’: a guide to what’s on in North Canterbury

North Canterbury is a hotbed of innovation and creativity, which means there’s never a dull moment. We’ve staked out the land north of the Waimak’ to bring you some of the best upcoming events.

Action north of the Waimak'

11 May

World famous in Canterbury, Ethel & Bethel are putting on a fun night with raffles, silent auctions and lots of laughs to help the St. Patrick’s School PTA fundraise for the school.

St Patrick’s Church, 61 Fuller Street, Kaiapoi

Tickets from the St. Patrick’s School office, 03-327 7700 or email


Head along to the Rangiora Community Choir’s Autumn Concert and listen to some of your favourites, featuring show tunes, gospel and a couple of classics, including guest performers.

Rangiora Methodist Church, 176 King Street, Rangiora

Tickets via

9 June

An Indoor Market & Winter Wonderland, quality market stalls, fabulous food (pulled pork, high tea, American hot dogs, soup and more), live entertainment, the famous PTA cake stall, silent auction and so much more!

Rangiora New Life School, 2 Denchs Road, Southbrook, Rangiora

Tickets via

21 June

The Star of the new Sensing Murder Series Sue Nicholson presents her new live show Earth, Life & Beyond. It’ll be a unique, one-of-a-kind learning experience with a difference to enrich your soul.

Rangiora Town Hall, High Street, Rangiora

Tickets via

30 June

Amberley Community Preschool and Prep School presents ‘A Rockin’ Good Christmas!’ Forget hibernating at home, grab a babysitter and head to Amberley for a mid-winter Christmas bash! Enjoy hand-crafted platters and live entertainment before the ‘big auction’ and supper to follow.

Amberley Domain, Douglas Road, Amberley

Contact 03-314 9147 or via

6 July – 8 July

Head to Hanmer for a snowy winter holiday weekend and warm up to the rhythms of salsa, zouk, bachata, merengue and cha, with Latin dance workshops in the afternoon and salsa parties at night, whether you’re a beginner, seasoned dancer or never danced before.

Memorial Hall, Hanmer Springs

Contact or

28 July

A fully costumed show that takes you right from the very beginning of The Beach Boys and through their career featuring classic hits and cult favourites from California’s most famous band.

Rangiora Town Hall, High Street, Rangiora

For tickets phone 0800 ticketek

Ruby Six

A beautifully curated collection: Ruby Six is Amberley’s gem of a store

There’s a new catch phrase that has made it into the local lexicon – lifestyle store – and that’s exactly where Ruby Six owner, Jenni Dobbie, believes the beautiful Amberley store sits. “I feel the term ‘lifestyle store’ captures our ethos at Ruby Six,” she says.

Ruby Six

The carefully curated product ranges include stylish, quality fashion and accessories, beautiful prints, handcrafted ceramics, stunning jewellery and creative gifts for children. Ruby Six is brimming with items you won’t find elsewhere. “We enjoy showcasing NZ made products and proudly support NZ designers.”
This gem of a shop has fine hand-crafted ceramics by Nelson potter Melanie Drewery, funky clay Mayd earrings handmade in Christchurch, and simply cool accessories by Auckland label S O P H I E, along with many other brands that we already know and love.
Ruby Six offers an experience in its own right, tantalising the senses with beautiful aromas and stunning treasures. “Customers are always excited to discover us out here in Amberley.”
Located at 6 Markham Street Amberley, only 40 minutes north of Christchurch, Ruby Six offers a fun, relaxed shopping experience and has become a destination store for travellers and day trippers.

Coop "Better Sweater" from Ruby Six

Win with Metropol: Coop “Better Sweater” from Ruby Six

If you’re heading north of Christchurch, make sure you visit Ruby Six, a beautiful lifestyle store that will make the hearts of the most fashion mad fans go pitter patter. You’ll find this stylish space just off the main road, at 6 Markham, Amberley.

Coop "Better Sweater" from Ruby Six
Coop “Better Sweater” from Ruby Six

A sartorial showcase of New Zealand and Australian design, with well-respected labels such as Coop and Elk, along with a unique range of carefully curated lifestyle products including art, ceramics and jewellery, Ruby Six has something for everyone.
To celebrate the store’s second birthday, Ruby Six is giving one very lucky Metropol reader the opportunity to win a beautiful Coop ‘Better Sweater’ by Trelise Cooper, valued at $159!

To go in the draw for this incredible prize, head to, enter your details and tick the competitions you want to enter. Entries close on Monday 23 April, with winner drawn on Tuesday 24 April.