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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.

 

 


 

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.
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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.
www.musicandarts.co.nz/event/adventure-film-festival

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.
www.rangiorapromotions.co.nz

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.
www.ohokagardentour.co.nz

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.
www.mandevillecraftfestival.co.nz

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!
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Diner-style burger bar: Boulder Burgers

Heading to the Hanmer Springs Fete this November? Stop for a bite to eat and something sweet at Boulder Burgers, Hanmer’s ‘50s-inspired, American-style burger bar in the heart of the recently established Boulder Precinct.

 

 

 

Step back in time and enjoy the ambience of an American diner-style burger bar, complete with good ol’ 1950s cartoons and rock ‘n’ roll courtesy of the Wurlitzer jukebox, or relax in the sun outside with their outdoor furniture and a stunning view of the surrounding hills.

Burger buns (fresh from Hanmer Bakery daily) are loaded with all the gourmet goodness; fresh meat patties made by hand, house-made mayonnaise, relishes and other tasty condiments, salad and more. Take the Big Boulder for example; a mouthwatering combination of double beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, red onion, pickles, aioli and tomato jam.

Or how about the Boulder Brunch – bacon, hash brown, avocado, free range egg, lettuce, aioli and tomato jam… it’s sure to get your taste buds tingling.

Room for more? Be tempted by their delicious loaded dog or loaded fries – smothered with bacon, cheese sauce, sweet chilli and sour cream, they’re the ultimate foodie favourite.

Finish off with a sweet treat – you’ll be spoilt for choice with their impressive range of delightfully devourable sundaes, shakes, splits and floats.

Find Boulder Burgers at 8 Chisholm Crescent, Hanmer Springs, open from 11am daily. Phone 03 315 5104 and check out their menu online at www.boulderburgers.co.nz.

 

 


 

The heart of Hanmer: Clear Ridge Apartments


Situated right on our doorstep, Hanmer Springs is known as New Zealand’s Alpine Spa Village, attracting adrenalin-lovers from at home and across the globe.

 

 

Each apartment at Clear Ridge Apartments is self-contained and appointed to high standards, with restaurants and cafés nearby, and the golf course is just across the road.

Whether you’re flying solo, travelling as a couple or family, Clear Ridge Apartments has the suite to suit. Each apartment (either one or two bedrooms) is fully self-contained. Eat in or out with restaurants and cafés only a minute or two away.

Some apartments have spas and there’s an outdoor heated pool and spa as well, as well as lift access to first and second levels for convenience.

If you’re travelling for work, they also have a boardroom and the team can arrange catering and meeting support.

 

Situated on Jacks Pass Road, the apartments are just a two-minute walk from the thermal pools and village centre.

So, whether you’re into action and adventure sports, or enjoy relaxing, this is the perfect holiday destination for that much-needed break away.

There are always plenty of events on the go and a highlight in November is the popular Hanmer Springs Fête on Friday 1 November, walking distance from the apartments.

Experienced hosts Rosie and Steve McFarlane say accommodation is booking up fast for the fête weekend and summer months, but they look forward to discussing travel options with you today, so phone 03 315 5144 or visit www.clearridge.co.nz.

 

 


 

 


 

Hanmer’s shopping event: Hanmer Springs Fete


Hanmer Springs Fête is set to be North Canterbury’s newest and finest shopping event, so start planning your girl’s trip now!

 

 

Enjoy the stunning historic Queen Mary Hospital grounds as you peruse more than 130 carefully curated stalls from across New Zealand.

Get your Christmas shopping sorted with this incredible range of creators offering everything from homewares, plants and gifts to clothing for you and your little people. Then take a break from all that retail therapy and head to the Queen Mary Gin Lawn for some fabulous food, gin cocktails and the sweet beats of Christchurch’s own iconic Topia Duo!

Use this as the perfect excuse to take a day trip or even better, a weekend getaway to Hanmer Springs. This awesome little resort town has plenty to offer to take you right through the weekend – kick it off with this fabulous day of shopping, food and indulgence!

Head to www.hanmerspringsfete.co.nz for tickets and event information.

 

 


 

Fashionable treasure trove: Fashionworks


Fresh spring and summer styles await at Hanmer Springs’ Fashionworks, your go-to designer label treasure trove for womenswear, footwear, accessories and more.

With Cup Day around the corner, we’re sure you’ll find your perfect outfit for race day amongst the racks at Fashionworks, where a range of high-quality womenswear resides. With stylish blazers, blouses, tank tops and dresses, plus a range of jewellery and shoes – including D&J and Hey Monday – Fashionworks will have you dressed to perfection.

Be inspired by the stunning spring arrivals in vibrant colours and fashionable florals from the likes of IvyBlu, Tuesday Label, Augustine, Wish and Charlo. Other brands to add to your spring/summer wardrobe include Molly Bracken, Cooper Street, Seduce and Zafina.

Just for men, Fashionworks has a selection of RM Williams menswear and top quality shirting, as well as Colorado shoes and boots.

For beautiful clothes with a touch of difference, visit Hanmer’s favourite fashion hotspot at 4 Conical Hill Road. Phone 03 315 7120.

 

 


 

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.

 

 


 

Showcasing race fashions: Kjole Style


Race day – Melbourne Cup Day; New Zealand Cup Day. So very exciting, but what to wear?

 

 

 

The panic; the anxiety. Relax – Kjole Style in Hanmer Springs has it all in hand. At their Melbourne Cup Day event in the village they will showcase race day outfits, especially a favourite label of theirs – Soaked in Luxury.

To wear this international label is to be on trend, feminine, vibrant and cosmopolitan. Yet it’s also affordable with many great easy-to-wear styles in different colours and fabrics featuring creative detailing. Soaked in Luxury is all about being individual, about being yourself and achieving that by creating your own personal style.

See the range and other up-to-the-minute Danish labels at Salt ‘n’ Pepper Cafe on 5 November. Come along at 4pm for the running of the Melbourne Cup itself followed by a three-course meal and fashion show by Kjole Style.

 

 


 

Time for a girl’s weekend!: MickeyRaes


Just imagine it; a group of your best women friends gathered together, stitching, sewing and crafting to your heart’s content. Better yet, you’re out of the city, away from all the hustle and bustle, relaxing in the jewel in Canterbury’s crown – Hanmer Springs.

 

 

Because although Hanmer Springs is an attractive year-round holiday destination for adventure, it’s also the best spot for relaxation and indulgence. With discounts and goodie bags available, a stitching retreat at the ever-popular MickeyRaes Gifts & Crafts store in the Boulder Point Precinct at 8 Chisholm Crescent might be just what the doctor ordered!

After turning her talented hand to exquisite handmade crafts for the past 30 years, Wendy Lamont opened the popular store more than 18 months ago and, while there is a beautiful range of giftware here, it’s the haberdashery, fabrics, sewing and knitting supplies and craft kits where MickeyRaes excels.

Crafts such as knitting, crochet, sewing and quilting have been experiencing a serious resurgence and MickeyRaes is right there with everything you need to start dabbling in the arts. Craft kits provide everything you need to keep you busy and there’s a range of books to teach you what you need to know.

So grab a gaggle of your best gals, book in for some much-needed R&R and Wendy can show you just how relaxing crafting can be. Book now to get group discounts, phone 03 315 5383 or visit www.boulder-point.nz/mickey-raes/.

Accommodation is available at Hanmer Springs Forest Camp, which is ideal for retreats. Contact Donna Knight on 03 315 7202.

 

 


 

Standing out from the crowd: Nick Rogers Builder Ltd


Architects and builders have long sought to stand out from the crowd with aesthetically pleasing designs, but a new property in Hanmer Springs stands out from the crowd as much for the clever technology built into its design as it does for its external appearance.

 

 

“There’s not many houses in Hanmer Springs like it,” says co-owner Julie Rogers.

140 Jacks Pass Road has been a labour of love for Julie and husband Nick, Licensed Building Practitioner and Director of Nick Rogers Builder Ltd, who built the house, which was designed by Bespoke Architecture Ltd.

The couple sought to create something special in the township and, with more than 30 years of experience in the building industry, Nick’s high standards and attention to detail are evident in every room.

At the heart of the home is a smart home security and automation system that you can control from your smartphone. Made by Christchurch firm Econx, this means controlling everything from your hot water cylinder, underfloor heating and heat pump, to your blinds and outside lighting, all from a simple, easy to use app.

 

 

The features don’t stop there. Full insulation has been installed throughout the home, above the recommended rating, including internal walls, soundproofed with noise-control batts to reduce noise transmission between rooms, while 40mm of polystyrene under the concrete slab provides superior under-floor insulation.

Bathroom showers and floors have been tiled, with under-floor heating, a freestanding bathtub and touchscreen mirrors that have built-in heating and lights.

LED lighting has been installed throughout with automatic night lights in both hallways, and a large 2.4 metre cavity sliding wall enables you to separate living spaces. The home features interior and exterior floor to ceiling doors and windows, motorised blinds, logburner and heatpump, and a full designer kitchen, including Westinghouse appliances and induction stove, with a stonetop bench. A 10-year Halo Residential Guarantee provides peace of mind.

“We really wanted to set a standard with this property,” Nick says. “Hence we’ve gone above and beyond with the time and expense we’ve put into this.”

With a whole block of sites alongside the property, the couple is open to discussing options for house and land packages or the sale of any sections. Contact Julie and Nick on 021 655 893 or 03 351 8899.