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Make a day of it


Southbank is a new route launched by the businesses perched on the Southbank of the Waipara River. The group have worked together to create a day trip destination that includes world-class wine, gourmet toasties, cheese, walkways and a sculpture park.

 

 

The Bone Line: provides an authentic wine tasting experience. Sit amongst the natives in a large garden with views of the hills after stretching your legs on the walkway (which would have just taken you 45 minutes and 22 history lesson signs to complete).

Terrace Edge: wanted to offer some different experiences, hence their Wine & Food Match Experience – five wines, matched with five small canapes. Another favourite is their gourmet toastie combo, matched with your wine of choice.

Georges Road Wines: offers a Tiny House experience. Nestled along among the vines, the Wine Pod has panoramic views across the vines to the hills, alps and beyond.

Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park: Sculptor Raymond Herber has transformed an old abandoned Limestone quarry into a huge stunning exhibition space like no other. On display are many different sculptures from amusing kinetic works through to giant steel and stainless-steel pieces that are sure to impress.

We’ve also got some other North Canterbury favourites:

Ataahua Wines are a much loved North Canterbury favourite. Purchase some of their amazing wines via their online store today.
www.ataahuawine.co.nz/Wines

Pegasus Bay Wines, situated on Stockgrove Road Waipara, is another notable mention. Pop in for a tasting and cellar door experience on the weekend.
www.pegasusbay.com


 

En Route: Route 72


Craving a bit of socialising after being confined to your homes? Make Route 72 a must-see on your support local bucket lists. You will not regret it.

 

 

Found in the heart of Cust – just 40 minutes from Christchurch and 10 minutes from Rangiora – you will find the perfect place for your next dining and shopping escapade at the Route 72 Café Bar Emporium.

An irresistible breakfast menu is available from 9am to 11:30 and an extensive lunch menu from 11:30am to 3pm.

Desserts and home baking, an array of wines and beverages are available, as well as a takeaway menu. Friday nights offer a casual dining menu in summer.

Due to temporary restricted seating we recommend bookings and get togethers during the week if possible as weekends are very busy.

The Emporium is well stocked with your winter needs of possum and merino garments made in New Zealand, as well as household goodies and gifts.

Route 72 is located at 1697 Cust Road, in the heart of the village, phone 03 312 5595, or visit their website. Open Tuesday to Sunday – 8am to 4pm.

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Not slowing down: Thea’s Boutique


A tucked away treasure is the only way to describe the newly formed boutique and it’s lovely owner only a short drive away from Christchurch. Robyn created Thea’s ‘New & Pre Loved’ Boutique, to pay tribute to her late mother Dorothea, in September last year.

 

 

It is clear to see that Robyn loves what she is doing and is proud to say, she’s “always been fashion minded; it’s always been a passion that I needed to start again”.

And that passion is reflected in the bespoke boutique for likewise fashion lovers.

The shop offers amazing ranges such as Italian Range, Foxwood, Siren, Hinako footwear, Seeking Lola, and other similar brands all in an affordable price range.

Not to mention, it also has some lovely home wear items on display, making it a one stop shop for all of your clothing, accessory, shoe and homeware to change your home décor.

She really “likes people to walk in and it feels homely”.

This go-getter isn’t showing any sign of slowing down, proudly saying that, “Even though I am 71, I wasn’t ready to just sit at home”.

So, what’s the next step for Thea’s? Robyn explains that “they say with fashion it takes one to two years to establish.

I want to expand the business further, but I want to take my time”.

You can find this hidden gem at 102 Main Street, Oxford. Give them a call on 03 312 4509 or check out their Facebook page for all of the latest updates.


 

New ‘normal’ for real estate: Ray White


The face of real estate is undergoing a considerable change due to Covid-19 restrictions. Marijke Sheppard of Ray White Rangiora says, “It’s more important than ever before that buyers and sellers do their homework well in advance”.

 

 

“They should build a good relationship with their mortgage broker or bank, seek out an agent who is innovative, tech savvy and works for a company that has a vast range of technological features to draw from, is innovative in the platforms they use and leads from the front.”

With face-to-face restrictions, spatial distancing, the demand for digitalising of documents and the ‘new norm’ of private viewings with no open homes, people need to do their homework thoroughly before they even step onto the property.

Strict protocols are in place to ensure the safety of all. Gone will be the ability to open doors and cupboards freely, stay as long as you like or attend multiple open homes.

This is the time for a comprehensive checklist. “Without the luxury of that half hour or more to wander around a house, a checklist is imperative!” Marijke says.

“Buyers need to look at their own homes, note what makes it work, what doesn’t, what is a must in their new home and what they can compromise on.

“The buyer that is prepared will be in a strong position to take advantage of this challenging period in our history and secure their future with a solid investment in a property.”

For more information, phone 027 461 6127 or email marijke.sheppard@raywhite.com.


 

Getting your home noticed online: Mike Pero


COVID-19 has changed the way we buy and sell real estate. With social distancing and more people viewing and transacting property online, it has never been so important for your real estate agent to arrange exceptional virtual property presentations.

 

Now more than ever, professional video and quality still photography will help your home stand out from other properties for sale.

Compiling online audio-visual begins with still photography taken with a specialised lens and a video walk-through to showcase the property in more detail.

A drone-mounted camera provides the best angles and aerial shots, while dusk lighting and virtual staging provides the finishing touches to the presentation.

Preparation of the property for photo and video begins well before the day the photographer arrives.

It starts by considering your street appeal and building maintenance issues, decluttering and freshening up your decor and perhaps some professional staging.

How a property presents on a website as well as television needs to be kept in mind, as every listing with Mike Pero Real Estate gets a free television commercial, reaching thousands across New Zealand.

As your appointed agent, Annette Pendergast will advise you on the best way to market your property, including an overall online marketing campaign to ensure your home sells quickly and for the best price possible.

“I can provide objective advice on the presentation of your property, and help you prepare in advance and also on the day.”

Annette is an experienced real estate salesperson with Mike Pero Real Estate in Christchurch and delivers strategic, successful marketing campaigns.


 

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


 

What’s happening North Canterbury?


 

Waitangi Day in the Waimakariri
Make a beeline to Rangiora for a full day of affordable fun with the family, which promises action aplenty this Waitangi Day, Thursday 6 February.


Inflatafest
All things inflatable in a kaleidoscope of colour will be bouncing about at Victoria Park in Percival Street, Rangiora, on 6 February.

Jump for joy among the obstacle courses, paddle boats, water walkers, bouncy houses and castles, carnival games, cliff jumps, slides, mini golf and more.

Refreshments after all that action will be on-hand at Food Truck Alley and Mr Whippy – and some special guests will surprise the crowd.

Tickets are $15 per child for a wristband which will give access to all the crazy, amazing activities for up to five hours.

Adults will only have to pay if they join in and play! Presented by Fun HQ and friends.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite or phone 021 191 0103 for information.


Interislander Summer Festival Rangiora Harness Races
This Waitangi Day it’s Rangiora’s turn to saddle up for race day.

It is tipped to be a relaxed family day out at Rangiora Raceway in Lehmans Road, starting at 10:00am.

The setting is an unsurpassed casual country atmosphere, with fantastic live music and fun entertainment for the kids, in between the nail-biting racing action.

Feast from the food stalls or unwind in the sunshine with a picnic on the lawn.

To book a range of packages for groups and other options visit www.theraces.co.nz for more information.


Outstanding Oxford
Celebrate the new decade in the charming town of Oxford with its word-class backdrop of the Southern Alps.

Only 40 minutes from Christchurch – it’s a relaxing summer’s day drive to a special spot of North Canterbury countryside.

With its museum, divine cafés and unique boutique shops, Oxford just gets more enchanting by the year – and staying overnight is even quite tempting.


Oxford Farmers’ Market
The Oxford Farmers’ Market is a country farmers’ market where the stallholder is very likely to be the grower and producer.

Main Street in Oxford, from 9am to 12 noon, transforms with the sights, tastes, textures and smells of artisan and locally grown produce.

There is an appetising range of meats, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, flowers, preserves and sauces more than 15 stalls.

Don’t forget to grab brunch and a coffee while you’re there! The market is burgeoning, so the increasing diversity of local artisan craftspeople makes it a must to discover, while supporting local businesses.

Visit the Oxford Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings, all year round, come rain, hail or shine.


Arts in Oxford
Catch the last few days of Oxford Art Gallery’s biggest exhibition, running until Saturday 26 January. Over 20 artists’ work are showcased, with local artist Amy Hoedemaker among the talent.

The gift shop is full of original handcrafted artwork such as pottery, jewellery, cards and books.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11am to 2pm and Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Phone 03 312 1639 or email artsinoxfordgallery@gmail.com.


 

Rural gem: Route 72


Us urban dwellers often forget the little rural gems that lie beyond the boundaries of Christchurch. One such gem is Route 72 Café Bar Emporium in the charming country village of Cust, just a 40-minute drive from the city.

 

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Nestled in the heart of the village, Route 72 is a destination dining experience that marries exquisite food and shopping with a stunning country environment – perfect for a day out to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Upon arrival to the café, bar and emporium, you are greeted by local friendly staff and a buzzing atmosphere. Upstairs dining offers stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains, rivers and valleys – what better place to relax over a delicious breakfast or lunch?

Why not start with an outstanding organic fair-trade coffee as you peruse the tempting breakfast menu, available from 9 to 11.30am. Their flavoursome breakfast speciality the ‘Kiwiana’ – think homemade hollandaise, kumara rosti and free-range country eggs topped with either bacon or salmon – is their unique take on the classic eggs benedict. Other delectable breakfast dishes include French toast, fluffy pancakes and a traditional Farmers’ cooked breakfast.

Adjoining the restaurant is North Canterbury’s best kept secret – the emporium. Browse an impressive, eclectic range of treasures from giftware, art and homewares through to candles, skincare and clothing – here you’ll find Christmas gifts for the whole family! Recent special additions to the range include beautiful Italian linens.

Discover this North Canterbury gem at 1697 Cust Road. Table reservations are recommended – phone 03 312 5595.

 

 


 

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!

 

 


 

Fashion craze


If you’ve taken a trip out to Kaiapoi recently, you’ll know it’s transformed into a happening hub of activity. Delighted to be part of this refreshed township is the team at funky fashion boutique, Craze Fashion.

 

 

The moment you walk into Craze’s inviting new store, you are embraced by colour – and the beautiful aroma of candles! The fashion business has recently relocated to Kaiapoi’s attractive new courtyard of shops on the bank of the Kaiapoi River.

“Kaiapoi is becoming a destination,” says Sherie McKinlay, owner of Craze Fashion. And it is – an abundance of new businesses have opened their doors, with eateries, activities and more just a stone’s throw away.

Craze’s bigger, better premises sees stunning spring and summer styles from quality New Zealand and Australian labels all hanging in bright and beautiful colour co-ordination on their racks. There are beautiful designer pieces to suit all tastes and occasions, from capsule must-haves to statement dresses for Cup Day – with a curated collection of on-trend shoes and accessories to match!

Existing ranges have recently been extended with the move to a larger space – you can now browse more of your favourite designer pieces from the likes of Wish, Minx, Cooper Street and Federation.

There’s never been a better time to visit the region’s newest destination, and while you’re there, snap up a stylish ensemble for summer at Craze Fashion, who were ‘Highly Commended’ at this year’s Retail Awards!

Find the new store at 178 Williams Street, open seven days with late nights Thursday, or shop online at www.crazefashion.co.nz.