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Your own blank canvas: Rossendale Vineyard


“Each bridal couple we work with has unique tastes and ideas. They just have to tell us what they want and we will make it happen,” says Rossendale Vineyard’s events manager Graham Jones.

 

 

“We have such an adaptable canvas here in our venue, it can be dressed and themed to suit all tastes – from rustic to contemporary, traditional to funky, sophisticated to casual.”

Not only is Rossendale a blank canvas waiting to be painted, it is also an all-inclusive venue supplying beautiful napery, sparkling glassware and shining cutlery.

“There is real convenience for our guests because we set everything up for them. It’s all ready to go – so, much less stress and also much more economical in both time and money. ”

There is even more to Rossendale than the wedding venue itself. The garden settings add to the versatility.

“Our gardeners have been working very hard during the autumn and winter months to ensure everything will be stunning for spring and summer weddings.

“There are so many beautiful mature trees and shrubs here – oaks and copper beeches, rhododendrons and kauri, as well as extensive lawns and a stream boundary. So many location choices for an outdoor ceremony.”

You can contact Graham on (03) 322 7780 or email gra@rossendale.co.nz.

He will be delighted to show you how the friendly professional Rossendale Vineyard team make it easy to transform your wedding ideas into a wonderfully memorable day.

He may even be able to summon up some available dates for you in March/April of 2021.


 

Secrets to event success


Running an event without a hitch – whether you’re getting hitched or in command of a corporate soirée – requires a lot of co-ordination. Like any Hollywood blockbuster, the hardest work goes on behind the scenes. And an event planner can save your stress levels, tighten your budget – and more. Here’s our reasons to consider hiring some help for your wedding, event or conference.

 

NO MORE BUDGET BLUES
Despite what you may think, an experienced planner can actually bring down your costs. Sticking to budgets is what planners specialise in, and they can also help you accurately forecast those costs to avoid any hidden surprises.


NEGOTIATING PROS
Event planners not only have a rich network of contacts who may offer them special rates or package deals, but they are adept at having any awkward price-related conversations which may arise, so you don’t have to…


STRESS LESS
…Which brings us to the next point. They do all the work, so you don’t have to. The stress and pressure of pulling off an event can reduce the shine for even the most enthusiastic host. So why not outsource that?


DEVILS FOR DETAILS
Seamless events are rich in details; the little touches which make a person’s day (or night) memorable. This could be physical details like name cards or dietary requirements, to ensuring seating arrangements don’t leave anyone without a familiar face nearby. Event planners live in the details, including the ones you didn’t even know existed!


 

Foodie destination: Number Five Cafe


Variety is the spice you’ll find most often at Number Five Café in Templeton. Owner Deb Agnew ensures everyone is welcome and every taste is catered for at her sleek but thoroughly comfortable café.

 

 

You’ll find beautiful cabinet food including gluten free, keto, plenty of fresh healthy options and an amazing homemade sweet range, with scones and muffins made fresh daily.

There are also delicious items to order from the menu to make meals a real occasion: the hot roast meat sandwiches and selection of tasty soups are the biggest sellers.

Despite its pristine appearance, the team is keen to welcome “tradies” in search of takeaway food. “Muddy boots are no problem for us,” Deb says. “You are welcome to leave them on while you choose from our selection of pies and sausage rolls.”

The pies come in chicken satay, the perennial favourites – steak and cheese, mince and cheese, as well as creamy chicken and mushroom. The sausage rolls are homemade and very popular. “We are open from 7am until 3pm, so we can set you up for the day and keep you going strong,” Deb says.

Deb is in the café every day alongside her amazing team.

“I couldn’t do this without them – we really pride ourselves on service to our great mix of customers who are all ages, are workers, retired folk, young families, and friends catching up.

There is always chat and banter and we love seeing our regulars daily or weekly; they become good friends and they do come up with some wonderful foodie suggestions.”


 

It must be fête! (St John Ashburton)


What started as an offer of a stroll through six hectares of spectacular gardens now includes a fête with more than 60 stalls and live entertainment. This inaugural event for Ashburton St John will raise funds for its community health initiatives and local services.

 

Hosted by Sue and Ted Rollinson at their Awaroa School Road property near Rakaia, the fête includes cuisine offerings and live entertainment – including a cooking demonstration by local chef, caterer and former Masterchef finalist Chantelle Quinn.

The boutique stalls offer a range of unique, artisan and New Zealand made eco-products including clothing and accessories, garden plants and supplies, furniture, arts and crafts, jewellery, beauty products, giftware and gourmet food and wine.

Tickets include admission and an opportunity to explore the acres of gardens and meandering boardwalk through native forests.

Tickets can be purchased on www.eventfinda.co.nz, or from a variety of locations. Call 03 308 7132 or check the St John Ashburton Facebook page for details.


 

All about Ashburton


We catch up with what’s happening in our favourite little southern spot

 


Marty Down Under – NZ Harvest Farmers Bash (South Island)
Date: 7 March
Location: 160 Main Street, Methven, Ashburton District (Mount Hutt Memorial Hall)

Marty Mone has many titles; singer-songwriter, performer, agricultural contractor and trucker. Uniquely in a category of his own, this singer from Castleblaney is heading to little ol Ashburton as a part of his Marty Down Under tour.


Evening with Lance Burdett
Date: 9 March
Location: Hotel Ashburton

If you’re a TED talk fanatic and wished there were more events like it in New Zealand, then we have a solution for you. Lance Burdett is a leader in his field and a safety, wellness and resilience expert. He’s worked with the police, the military, emergency services, prisons and even the FBI. Get a better understanding on how the human brain deals with pressure and handles situations. Leave feeling enriched with knowledge.


International Comedy Magician: Brendan Dooley
Date: 13 March
Location: Ashburton Trust Event Centre

Who doesn’t love to laugh? Combine that with a bit of magic and you’ve got a family-friendly event that has become an audience favourite worldwide. With ‘NZ’s Top Comedy Magician Award’ in his back pocket, it’s hard to deny this is an act that you must see.


 

What’s happening in North Canterbury?


North Canterbury is putting on exciting events to round off summer in 2020. Everyone is heading north for the fresh air, fun times and family get togethers.

 

 

Guy Cater Comedian Magician and Hypnotist
22 February
Head to Rangiora for some hilarious stand-up comedy and hypnotist talent at the Rangiora RSA this week. The show starts at 7:30pm at the Rangiora RSA. Tickets $25.
www.hypnotist.co.nz


Wellbeing Festival
29 February
Even bigger than last year, the Wellbeing Festival offers healthy new experiences and activities, from yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations to sampling of delicious fare. Invest in wellbeing. Head to Kaiapoi Food Forest, on the corner of Cass and Meadow Streets from 10am to 3pm.
For details contact the Kaiapoi Food Forest Trust on 03 327 0066.
www.kai.net.nz


The Philippines comes to North Canterbury
29 February
Cultural events celebrating the diversity of the community will enlighten Waimakariri in 2020. Beginning the celebrations is the exciting exhibitions and presentations of traditional dance, music and food of the Philippines. The free event is from 11am to 3pm at Rangiora Town Hall Cinema.
Email denise.wiggins@wmk.govt.nz or phone 0800 965 468. Bookings are essential.
www.townhallcinemas.co.nz


Miscellaneous – an Art Exhibition
29 February to March 8
Three local artists – Jan Campbell, Nikki Parker and Mandy Palmer will showcase a collection of their artworks, aptly entitled Miscellaneous at The Brick Mill’s exhibition room, 1473 Main North Road, Waikuku from February 29 to March 8. Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm, Saturdays and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz


Ashley River Ramble
1 March
Get a group together for a fun run, walk or cycle 12 kilometres along the Ashley-Rakahuri River – from Waikuku Beach to Ashley. Registration is from 8:30am for a 9am start, with spot prizes and refreshments at the Rangiora end of the Ashley River Picnic Grounds. All proceeds go to Koru Care Christchurch.
Contact the Rangiora Lions Club 03 310 6102 or 021 312 230.
www.ashleyriverramble.nz


Kaiapoi River Carnival and Boat Show
1 March
Jet boats, dragon boats, raft races, jet skis and classic boats are just some of the on-water action, including fun for the kids such as bumper boats and bouncy castles from 10am-3pm on Kaiapoi River. For information email kaiapoirivercarnival@gmail.com.
www.facebook.com/KaiapoiRiverCarnivalandBoatShow/


Swannanoa country fair
1 March
A fun day out with children’s rides, games, farming demonstrations, sheep shearing, gumboot throwing, craft and trade stalls, a plant stall, white elephant bargains, classic cars and fabulous food. From 10am to 3pm at Swannanoa Domain, $5 adult and children are free.
www.swannanoacountryfair.co.nz


Kaiapoi Fun Run
8 March
Whether it’s 5km or 10km, the fun run starts at 9am at Kaiapoi Borough School, Raven Quay, with spot prizes. Tickets can be purchased from the Kaiapoi i-site or on the day.
www.alltogetherkaiapoi.com


 

Kickin’ round Kaiapoi


It’s a summer of celebration, concert and community in Kaiapoi this year. Make the most of this little town in the Waimakariri District.

 

 

KAIAPOI COMMUNITY GARDEN 10TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Date: 8 March
Location: Kaiapoi Community Garden

Ten years of anything is definitely worth celebrating and Kaiapoi knows how to do so in style. Birthday cake, live music, activities for the kids and more; who doesn’t love a happy and wholesome day in the beautiful setting of the community garden.
It’s a day for all ages and won’t break the bank because admission is free.

www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/10th-birthday-celebrations/kaiapoi


JUDAH KELLY – FEELS LIKE HOME NZ TOUR
Date: 4 April
Location: Kaiapoi High School

He was the winner of The Voice Australia 2017 and has been making leaps and bounds in the music world ever since. Now he’s bringing his tour across the ditch for an all-ages event.
Just for $33.75 (incl. booking fee) for adult general admission and $23 (incl. booking fee) for students, this is an unmissable event.

www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/judah-kelly-feels-like-home-nz-tour/kaiapoi


KAIAPOI FARMERS MARKET
Date: Every Saturday 9am to 12pm
Location: Morgan Williams Reserve, Charles Street, Kaiapoi

Taking place every Saturday throughout the year, in rain or shine, this is an event that you’ll want to get to at least once this summer. With fresh, locally grown produce accompanied with a welcoming atmosphere makes for a perfect combination.

www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz/products/kaiapoi-farmers-market/


 

Coolest little wine festival


The North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival returns to the Glenmark Domain in March, showcasing the very best the region has to offer.

 

NAOMI HAUSSMANN, NAYHAUSS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Following the popular event held earlier in the year, organisers are now getting ready for another brilliant festival that is set to feature 30 local wineries and more than 20 stalls offering a bounty of local and seasonal fare.
There really will be something on offer for everyone at ‘the coolest little wine festival’ on Sunday 8 March and it’s only a 45-minute drive north of Christchurch.

As you wander the beautiful grounds, you’ll have the opportunity to talk directly to the food and wine producers, and sample a range of local delicacies as well as new, exciting flavours.

When it’s time for a break, grab your favourite beverage and stop off at one of the food trucks. Enjoy the sunshine as you listen to some awesome tunes from local musicians and DJs.

Another popular attraction will be the Makers’ Market, a place where artisans share their skills through classes and demonstrations, and also the Talk Tent, which allows producers time to discuss provenance and sustainability.

The family-friendly festival will also include a bouncy castle, face painting and entertainment for the kids.

The North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival will be held on Sunday 8 March 2020, from 10:30am to 5pm at the Glenmark Domain, Waipara, North Canterbury.

Keep an eye out on www.ncwineandfood.co.nz for a full list of stallholders and the musical line-up!

 

 


 

Summer’s getting hot!


It’s summertime and the living is easy, so we’ve put together the perfect itinerary for what to do in the Garden City.

 

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER

Let’s all celebrate and see in the New Year at Christchurch’s biggest NYE party, with The Edge’s New Year’s Eve Party on Tuesday 31 December, 6pm to 12am in North Hagley Park.

The Court Jesters will start the night off with interactive fun for the whole family and a kid’s countdown at 8pm. Plus DJ Spinal will be mixing and bringing the crowd favourites throughout the evening.

It wouldn’t be New Year’s without a huge fireworks display, brought to you by Fireworks Professionals. There will be some of the hottest homegrown talent on-hand to rock the night away.

To check out the artists, visit www.theedge.co.nz

 


 

 

LAZY SUNDAYS
12 JANUARY – 16 FEBRUARY

Deep South Lazy Sundays have offered us a great way to enjoy the Garden City and this year’s line-up is no different, from 12 January to 16 February, 3:30pm to 5pm.

Put summer into your Sundays by bringing a picnic and your blanket and spending the end of your weekend relaxing in the sun with good food, music and friends. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy what makes Christchurch so special.

Deep South Lazy Sundays venues:

Rauora Park:
Sunday 12 January

Archery Lawn, Christchurch Botanic Gardens:
19 Jan – 16 Feb

 


 

 

INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL
BOXING DAY – 16 FEBRUARY 

Interislander Summer Festival promises a fun-filled day out for a group of friends or the whole family. Watch the horses gallop and dash around some of New Zealand’s most spectacular racecourses, with 30 events running across the country.

Enjoy the classic Kiwi summer’s day out with plenty of action on-track and off. Racegoers will experience all day long entertainment while excitedly cheering on their favourite racehorse or relaxing in the sun with a picnic.

The day will be filled with activities galore, including the More FM Kids Go Racing Area, tug of war and sack races for the children.

Live music will create an upbeat atmosphere between races, and local food will be onsite to tease the taste buds.

To book tickets visit, www.summerfestival.nz

 


 

Reasons to head to Hanmer


Hanmer Springs – that magical place which offers something for everyone! The sub-alpine town is gearing up for holiday time, with entertainment, gourmet dining and an interesting array of boutique shops and galleries to enjoy, not to mention that pivotal attraction – the gorgeous springs, which features six different types of pool systems, topping at 42 degrees. Ahhhhh, fabulous relaxation! And nearby is the spa, which offers the delights of massages, facials and hot stone treatments. Who can resist – and why would they? It’s only a 90-minute scenic drive from Christchurch.

 

 

For those who want entertainment, Acoustic Blues is featuring on 10 November, and on 15 November, the Women’s Adventure Film Tour showcases extraordinary and adventurous women.

If adventure is more up your alley, the beauty and birdlife of the gorgeous Heritage Forest is stunning, with its short and longer trails making it accessible to all.

Special events for the outdoor adventurers include an 8.4km run race from Molesworth to Hanmer on 16 November, and on 7 December, alpine marathons offer full, half or 10km runs. Mountain biking, multisport and fun runs and walks are available at the St James Conservation Area on Friday 17 January and Saturday 18 January.

A huge array of outdoor activities are available daily, including bungy jumping, horse riding, jet boating, fishing, quad bike riding and bush walking. Two ski fields are also nearby for the snow lovers.