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To Market To Market

North Canterbury has plenty of markets and fetes to keep the weekends – and pantries – full. Check out our itinerary.



Rangiora Church Street Market
Saturday 1 June 8am-1pm
St John’s Anglican Church, 355 High Street, Rangiora
The market is open on the first Saturday of each month. Café, indoor craft, garage, white elephant sales, outdoor car boot sales and sausage sizzle.

Midwinter Christmas Market
Saturday 8 June 10am-3pm
Rangiora New Life School, 2 Denchs Road, Southbrook, Rangiora
You’ll find more than 30 market stalls in this indoor Midwinter Christmas Market, including a PTA cake stall, hot food and featuring a silent auction – fun for all!

The Christmas Country Fete
Thursday 31 October 10am-4pm
Lyddington Farm, 891 Mount Thomas Road, Rangiora
Join thousands of people from around New Zealand in attending the country’s biggest and most popular fete. The day features over 200 stalls, bursting with hundreds of gift ideas, along with fresh food and wine, live entertainment and demonstrations.

Hanmer Springs Fete
Friday 1 November 10am-4pm
Queen Mary Hospital Grounds, 1 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs Fete is set to become North Canterbury’s finest shopping event, with more than 100 high quality stalls for a day of indulgence with live music.


Exceptional events: North Canterbury

North of the Waimak is a happening hotspot with a range of exciting events set to hit the streets in the coming weeks. We’ve picked out our faves.



  1. Derelict Brewing Tap Takeover
    Head along to craft beer and cider fillery The Good Drop on 27 April for a pint courtesy of micro brewing company Derelict Brewing and a gourmet burger served up by Alt Kitchen. From 12pm to 10pm, the pop-up bar at 7 Durham Street, Rangiora will see local folks enjoy a taste of burgers and beers made right here in little North Canterbury.

  2. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Musical
    Take a trip to the French Riviera with North Canterbury Musicals’ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. A hysterical storyline, a jazzy score and two mischievous con-artists combine for several uproarious evenings (2-18 May). A musical guaranteed to add some spice to your life!

  3. Cake Tasting Arvo
    A beautiful, tasty range of cakes all in one place – what could be better? If you’re looking for a delicious cake for a wedding, birthday, baby shower or even Mother’s Day, then head down to Gather + You – your one-stop shop for event information, inspiration and giftware at 91 Ivory Street, Rangiora on 5 May for an afternoon of cake tasting. Tickets include a free tasting with each vendor and a goodie bag. Head to for more information.

  4. ABBA Heaven! All the Hits with The Mermaids Dance Band
    Following a sell out last time The Mermaids Dance Band hit the Kaiapoi Club, the crew will treat audiences to an updated repertoire of ABBA’s top hits while donning dazzling new costumes. Dress to the nines, slip on your dancing shoes and join the band on 17 May as they belt out top tunes like Waterloo, Super Trooper and Dancing Queen.


Culinary dream come true: Lemongrass

Chef Sriamorn Reavill has always wanted to share with people the home cooked food she had growing up in her native Thailand.



Her restaurant, Lemongrass, is the culmination of that dream. Most days and nights she can be found there cooking up traditional Thai dishes, some innovative shared plates and meals, and delicious desserts. It’s a family business. She and husband Paul bought the Loburn property and house, adding the restaurant you will now find tucked into beautiful rural surroundings, including hazelnut and fruit trees. There is al fresco dining where, if you catch it just right, the silence is refreshing, perfect for those balmy Canterbury evenings, or even the cool ones.

As a family business, Sriamorn’s children pitch in too. Aaron and Chelsy can usually be found waiting tables, attending mum in the kitchen, or taking care of front of house duties. Even busy architect Paul can sometimes be found clearing tables or serving drinks. Lemongrass is perfect for any occasion; private functions, casual lunches, romantic dinners, or a special treat for friends and family. It is BYO beer and wine, and there is a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. The menu is replete with all the Thai dishes and flavours you would expect, plus a few surprises. Thai beef salad (pictured), wok fried pork with garlic and chilli, or pan fried salmon.

Demand is high at Lemongrass and bookings are essential. The restaurant is only open when you’ve made a reservation. The full menu is at and you can call Sriamorn on 03 310 3102.


Plan your Perfect Party: Jubilee Events

After three years of managing fundraising events, fellow mums Julia Dockerill and Cassandra Kelly decided to set up their own events management company. After a chance encounter led to them to discover the Rangiora Function Centre, Jubilee Events was formed.



Now they are busy hosting events including birthday celebrations, corporate functions and weddings. The venue offers one of the largest and most versatile spaces in North Canterbury. It can be divided to create two separate spaces for smaller gatherings or used to full capacity to cater for larger events for up to 250 people. Catering, with an emphasis on old-fashioned favourites, is baked fresh on-site and the team are happy to discuss any catering requests. So whether you need help planning an affordable DIY wedding party or a more lavish high profile event, their mantra is ‘Your Day, Your Way’.

Email, phone Julia on 027 229 3159, or find them on Facebook.


Ray White Rangiora

Empowering clients: Ray White Rangiora

When it comes time to sell what is likely your most valuable asset, your home, it is important to engage the expertise of a licensed salesperson.


Ray White Rangiora


Marijke Sheppard has been selling houses in and around North Canterbury for a number of years and has worked very hard to maintain her excellent reputation. “An agent should empower you,” she says. “Your house is such an important asset, you need the right salesperson.”

Her sales history, listings to sales ratio, and testimonials from clients – all things you should look at when considering the right salesperson for you – attest to her dedication and professionalism. With a history of serving people in the hospitality industry and also as a teacher, Marijke is a natural fit for selling real estate, a very client-focused vocation.

Working with Morris & Co., a franchise of Ray White Real Estate, Marijke has access to the tech support and marketing reach being part of such a prestigious brand offers. She is very pleased to have recently teamed up with her daughter, Amy Sheppard, to better serve her clients.

With a successful career in digital technologies and web design, Amy is proud to work alongside her mother. A fully licensed real estate salesperson, she and Marijke are expanding their portfolio in the Waimakariri region and beyond.

Selling real estate is an important and potentially complicated endeavour. It is important to engage an agent that will work closely with you, understand and explain complex legislation, listen well, give the right feedback, and follow up on every detail to ensure settlement goes smoothly. This makes for a rewarding experience for both sellers and buyers.


All this and more is Marijke’s pledge to her clients as she seeks to empower them in what may be some of the most important decisions they have to make.
Contact Marijke on
027 461 6127.



Framed by Success: Framemakers

You know your business is doing something right when your loyal South Island customer base grows so big it crosses Cook Strait and beyond. One such business is Framemakers, owned and operated by Graham and Lynn Barr.




Their fine art printing service utilises a large format printer that affords many printing options, including canvas and a range of fine art papers. A test strip is part of this service to ensure colours and tones are correct.

When it comes to framing, the sky’s the limit! Standing by their business motto ‘You Name it, We Frame it’, anything and everything is up for transforming into a treasured heirloom – from medals, historic memorabilia and sports memorabilia through to photos, artworks, posters, embroideries and cross stitch crafts.

“One point of difference that our customers really appreciate is that we actually lace our embroideries and cross-stitches. Our North Island customers tell us this service is rarely offered in the north now, which is great news for the expansion of our brand presence. We’re also happy to arrange packaging and shipping,” Lynn says.

Craft, card making and mixed media workshops are regularly held instore. Here’s the chance to create personalised craft and artworks that are handmade, totally original and will be cherished into the future.
Lynn and Graham recommend joining their online mailing list to keep up with all instore happenings. Follow Framemakers and Ellbee Creative on Facebook and Instagram.


Located at 137 Main North Road, Woodend, North Canterbury. Phone
03 312 2276 or email


North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival

North Canterbury’s Hottest event

It’s the hottest event on the North Canterbury social calendar and this year is no different, with the North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival set to bring some seasonal sizzle to the tail end of summer.


North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival


On Sunday 10 March, Waipara Valley’s Glenmark Domain will be hitting the social sweet spot, as thousands pack it to the brim with fun and festivities.  In fact, the organisers of this North Canterbury gem have a little habit of making things bigger and better every year, with this year’s event proving no exception. For 2019, three new elements are being introduced, along with food and wine galore – the Long Lunch, Meet The Makers and a festival High Tea.

Seated at long tables under the oaks, the Long Lunch will feature four small courses of seasonal delights, from the finest local chefs, paired with four North Canterbury wine tastes. The ultimate laidback way to experience the flavours of the region, culinary favourites Inati, Jonny Schwass and Barrys Bay Cheese will be pleasing palates


North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival

You’re in it for the wine and food – and we get that – but this year with the help of Rekindle, you can get into a bit of ‘making’ under the Glenmark Oaks too. Meet the makers and have a go with whittling techniques, rope and string making, and doll making workshops.

At this year’s inaugural High Tea, gourmet blends from Nobel and Savage Tea Merchants will be paired with homemade baking from Glenmark Parish in a fabulous fundraiser for the local church, where the festival began 25 years ago! Expect vintage linens, floral china and a slice of slow living.


North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival

The North Canterbury Wine Festival has thought of everything – even transport! Why not take a bus to the festival, so you can chill and enjoy all the good stuff on offer? Bus transport is available to and from the festival from Hanmer Springs, as well as from Christchurch and Lincoln.


Nab your tickets at and we’ll see you at the coolest little wine festival in the country on Sunday 10 March!




Country Oven Bakery and Café

Truly Scrumptious! Country Oven Bakery and Café

The best thing about long journeys are the stops we have along the way; the chance to rest and relax for a while – the chance to revisit your favourite eatery and order the food you love and the coffee you’ve been dreaming of for the past fifty kiometres!


Country Oven Bakery and Café


Country Oven Bakery and Café in Amberley is one such place; the food is baked on-site so you know it’s always fresh. You only have to read the rave reviews from locals and tourists to know this is one place that provides consistently fabulous fare and excellent customer service.

Whether it’s a hearty all day breakfast; a leisurely morning or afternoon tea; a cake, panini or bun on the run; or a proper sit-down lunch with friends, there’s variety aplenty here to tempt even the pickiest of taste-buds. While retaining popular menu items, such as the scrumptious award-winning pies, the truly authentic Kiwi roasts, and the mouth-watering roast pork sandwiches and hot-roast pork rolls, Manager Ethan Xian recognises that when it comes to food, it’s a constantly evolving world. So the Country Oven Bakery team remains committed to presenting a menu which features new dishes daily.

“We provide quality New Zealand cuisine that’s fresh, innovative and exciting, but just as importantly, we give a customer service experience that sees our customers returning time and time again.”
Find it at Unit 18, Brackenfields, 121 Carters Road, Amberley, phone 03 314 9424.



Quilters Quarters

Haberdashery Heaven: Quilters Quarters

It’s no wonder the lovely ladies behind the counters at Quilters Quarters look so happy, this one stop treasure trove of haberdashery merchandise is literally buzzing!


Quilters Quarters


With 4000 bolts of exquisite fabrics instore, your sewing projects promise to be phenomenal; factor in that renowned brands, such as Tula Pink, French General, Stof Fabrics, Moda, Kaffe Fassett and the timeless Liberty of London are also in the mix, and you know you’ve accessed the finest in materials and yarns.

Knitters will go nutty exploring the impressive array of beautiful yarns, and fine-needle people will itch to stitch something sensational from the extensive selection of premium threads. Being agents for Elna, Janome and Husqvarna sewing machines, as well as Baby Lock over-lockers, gives customers the opportunity to both view the machines and get plenty of advice as to the best fit for them.

Quilters Quarters run patchwork, crochet and sewing classes in their bright and spacious onsite classroom. Make your very own tuffet (just like the one Little Miss Muffet sat on), or a really cool bag to swing from your shoulder. Saving the very best news till last, soon the store goes online shopping, and owner Pauline Forrest says this is a fantastic addition that will grow and strengthen their brand for the future. “Customers will be able to browse and buy online – anything from our stock through to registering for a class tutorial. We’re very excited!”


Find them at 9 High Street, Rangiora. Phone 03-313 6765, email or visit


Ruby Six

North Canterbury’s hidden gem: Ruby Six

Ruby Six, North Canterbury’s much loved design and gift store, is committed to providing a personal and satisfying shopping experience that is second to none.


Ruby Six


“Our expertise lies in understanding our customers and our satisfaction comes from their excitement when we help them find the perfect thing!” owner Jenni Dobbie says.

Browsing is pure pleasure because, in addition to premium brands such as Elk, Status Anxiety and Coop, you will discover unique handcrafted New Zealand ceramics and jewellery. “We love supporting local New Zealand designed and made,” Jenni says.

Nothing beats that sense of elation and accomplishment than when a shopping trip comes together – when everything gels perfectly into place. Ruby Six promises just that! As its third birthday approaches in March, coinciding with the launch of the new online store, Jenni is very excited about the future.


Find it at 6 Markham Street, Amberley, phone 03 314 8847.