A beautiful wedding could not be simpler at Amuri Estate, Hanmer where the supreme views take the effort out of creating an unforgettable setting. The venue seats up to 200 guests and there is a luscious variety of spaces on the property.
The ceremony lawn looks across the valley to the mountains: lawn seating, or grandstand-style seating rising up the bank are options.
The paved canapé and drinks terrace is large enough for dining, and inside options include the large reception hall and the drawing room.
“It’s ideal for an intimate winter reception,” Manager and Wedding Planner Vanessa Orr says.
Working with three catering companies, Amuri Estate can offer you the cuisine and drinks of your choice in buffet, plated, and shared styles from the fully-equipped kitchen and bar.
Accommodation is available on site, with a lodge sleeping six within three king rooms with ensuite, and a kitchen/living area.
The Wallace Peak Cottage sleeps two in a king room and has kitchen, living and log fire.
A qualified Event Manager, Vanessa is your wedding co-ordinator on the day, or throughout the planning process, if you wish. Organising meetings, the run sheet, event plan, rehearsal, Vanessa liaises with the M.C., photographer and caterer on the day.
Table settings are available to hire, make your own selection or simply leave it all to Vanessa on the day if you prefer.
“I love seeing couples’ days come together; our stunning views ensure a picture-perfect start to married life.”
Hanmer Springs has always held a special place in the heart of Kiwis; the picturesque alpine village best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes. But if you thought you had seen the best of this serene spot, you can think again!
Head over Jacks Pass and you hit high country; renowned for its majestically beautiful scenery – the snow-cloaked mountains, braided rivers and tussock grasslands shaped by millions of years of natural events and centuries of exploration and settlement.
Recognising the rugged beauty of the land while renovating a bach in the area for the past five years, Phillip Wayman wanted to show others just how much more there was to see of Hanmer Springs and decided to put his new Jeep to work.
Hanmer High Country Jeep Tours Ltd offers five Jeep tours, to suit even the most adventurous of tourists, each exploring hidden gems of the Hurunui and the back country of Hanmer Springs.
Take a quick scenic loop through Jacks and Jollies Passes, have lunch at Lake Tennyson, tour the headwaters of the Wairau River before exploring Sedgemere Lakes, travel through the popular tourist route of Rainbow Station with its mountain ranges, clear rivers and hidden waterfalls or explore Molesworth Recreation Reserve, a land of extremes and New Zealand’s largest farm at 180,787 hectares; any tour will open your eyes to the magnificent beauty the South Island has to offer.
“People think of Hanmer Springs as the destination, but there really is so much more to see here out in the high country,” Phil says.
Deemed a resort town, Hanmer Springs is the perfect place to get one final weekend away before the year kicks into full swing. Situated in North Canterbury, less than two hours away, the bustling location has a little bit of everything for everyone. We’ve put together a list of must-dos in the tiny hotspot, so you don’t miss out on anything.
1. FEELING HOT:
The town is most commonly known for its natural hot pools; it would be silly to give the star attraction a miss. The Hanmer Spings Thermal pools and spas is a year-round option, as there are also cold pools for the warmer months.
2. LEAP OF FAITH:
While it’s certainly not for everyone, some take great joy in throwing themselves from large heights. Jumping off the historic Ferry Bridge and free falling for 35 metres above a surging river, is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
3. WATER RUSH:
You have the above options of both swimming and swinging around water, speeding down the Waiau is a third option. Take in the alpine landscapes in a whole new way as you travel along the river with the jetboat adventure tour.
Hanmer Springs is the go-to hub for all things sports – so what are you waiting for? Slip on your running shoes and prepare to get your sweat on with one of these upcoming sporting events.
The Hanmer 4 & 8 Hour Mountain Bike Races
Saturday 21 March 2020
Hanmer Springs Forest Camp
Rally your mates for a race or ride solo through the picturesque Hanmer Springs Forest and surrounding rolling hills with the Hanmer 4 & 8 hour Mountain Bike Races. Prepare to get muddy! Register yourself or your team now. www.hanmerevents.co.nz/4-8-mtb-info
Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon
Saturday 2 May 2020
Hanmer Springs Domain
Join the Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon in celebrating 40 years! Starting at the Hanmer Springs Domain, the race will take you through the scenic Hanmer Springs Forest and finish up at the race village for a party!
The Old Forest Hanmer 100
Friday 15 May 2020
Woodland Walk Recreation Reserve
Want to try off-road trails for the first time? Or want to challenge yourself to a 100km run? The Old Forest Hanmer 100 is for you! Choose from 21km, 50km, 50 mile (80km), 100km or 100 mile (160km) distances – all set on a 10km figure-eight loop within the historic section of the Hanmer Springs Forest. Entries close 6 May.
Tourist or local. Sporty or sideline support – you can enjoy the idyllic New Zealand landscape while taking part in one of Hanmer’s many sporting events. Whether you like a challenging mountain bike trail through native forest or prefer a more technical approach on the golf course – Hanmer Springs can offer something for everyone.
Hanmer has been a mecca for sporting events since the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool & Spa facilities became intensely popular. Crowds are drawn to the weekend lifestyle of play hard and relax. The idea of being pushed to your limits in a sporting activity on the Saturday knowing you can relax whichever way you prefer on the Sunday is a great motivation to head out to this recreation hotspot.
Upcoming events to note:
• Check out the 4 and 8 hour mountain biking race Saturday 16 March at Hanmer Springs Forest. This event is a community fundraiser. If you think you have the stamina give this beast a go. Fancy a team building excursion? Enter your work or school group in the team event.
• Lion’s Easter Friday Golf Tournament 30 March. There is a handicap and non-handicap section.
As we head into winter, summer sporting events draw to a close but stay tuned for Hanmer Springs’ ski area inter-club racing, as there are more details to come. Hanmer is a popular spot for the ski community, with the Amuri Ski Club hosting its annual ball here. Get excited to ski during the day and party the night away.
If you find yourself at the picturesque locale of Hanmer Springs this summer, a visit to contemporary art space Majuba Gallery, 5 Conical Hill Road, should be top of your list.
Currently their featured artist is South Westland born and raised Kelvin McMillan, whose simple architectural subjects – be it a derelict shed, a rural railway siding or group of mailboxes – captures the stark magnificence of our New Zealand landscape with skilful accuracy. Kelvin has exhibited widely throughout the South Island and was recently invited to join Landscape Artists International – a first for a New Zealand artist.
For lovers of exquisite bijoux, browse the gallery’s Dyrberg/Kern collection. From bold and edgy through to whimsical, boho-chic, there will be something in this signature Danish jewellery range of stainless steel, sterling silver, gold plating, semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals that has your name on it. Don’t leave town without it!
Hanmer Springs is Canterbury’s recreational heart, with the natural hot springs to which this tantalising township owes its name offering a respite for bustling city dwellers
Now it’s set to get bigger and better than ever before, with plans for five new thermal pools and a new aquatic thrill ride. General Manager Graeme Abbot says construction on the $4.3 million development will begin in April 2019 and be completed in late 2019.
The five new pools will sit among river boulder terraces and native gardens on what is currently a grassed area next to the Rainbow Pools. A lot of time and effort has gone into ensuring plans for the new development are environmentally sustainable. The new 13.5 metre high slide will attach to the complex’s existing hydroslide tower and sit next to the SuperBowl, where the complex’s AquaPlay area currently is.
“Riders will shoot down a winding hydroslide in two-person tubes, before going down a steep drop that propels them up a near-vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness before zooming back down and onto the slide’s finish,” Graeme says. The pools’ have lodged a resource consent application for the development with the Hurunui District Council, this will be a publicly notified process so people can make submissions on the application.
“Those we have spoken to thus far are incredibly excited about this development’s potential to make Hanmer Springs even more popular with visitors and boost local businesses.”
At face value, winter is that time of the year when we hunker down at home. But the jewel in North Canterbury’s crown – Hanmer Springs – offers a great winter escape, right at our northern front door.
Just 90 minutes from the city, Hanmer Springs is one of those cliché ‘world away from home’ type of places, the difference being that this really does feel that far from home.
Framed by snow-capped mountains from July through to August, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits for travellers to engage in.
• Skiing and snowboarding
• Walking / tramping
• Biking or mountain biking
• Swimming in the world famous thermal pools
• Quad biking
• Bungy jumping
• Jet boating
• Team-building activities
• Spa treatments.
This alpine paradise even has its own local ski field just 20km from the village, run by the Amuri Ski Club Inc. One of the most affordable and friendly ski areas in New Zealand, it has daily lessons and full ski hire for beginners through to the most advanced skiers, as well as boarders.
When the ski fun is over for the day, who can resist a soak in the Thermal Pools to stretch and take away those aches and pains.
Mirror Mirror Boutique is fast becoming the shoe destination in Hanmer Springs. The boutique carries a vast selection of contemporary to classic styles of Minx footwear – a New Zealand designed brand that is fun, fabulous and feminine.
Discerning shoppers will find C.REED, a collection by Minx designer, Cushla Reed. The popular Kiwi designer created the capsule collection last year after listening to clients asking for guidance on how to style their footwear and accessories with their clothing. C.REED creates a simple base and the perfect canvas for stunning accessories. The uncluttered style is a collection of interchangeable statement pieces, so customers can design their own look, their own way.
Another popular footwear range available at the boutique are Beau Coops – the Beau Coops agenda is simple: to offer beautifully designed, classic footwear that represent a lifestyle of comfort, quality and style. Made in Italy and inspired by her former East London home, the unisex label embodies what the designer refers to as boyfriend chic – reminiscent of that special piece borrowed from a loved one.
The friendly staff can help style customers’ outfits with their range of Elk Accessories and other clothing brands, including Mesop, Eb & Ive, and the New Zealand-made ‘Anyone’s Daughter’.
Mirror Mirror Boutique is located at The Village Shopping Centre, 5/24 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs.
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