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Chasing Waterfalls


Despite what the popular girl group TLC told you – sometimes it is appropriate to go chasing waterfalls. In this case, it’s the beautiful waterfalls dotted around North Canterbury, all just a short drive away.

 

 

Whether you’re looking for a reason for exercise, an excuse to get out of the house or a backdrop for your next Instagram shot, we’ve got the waterfall whereabouts for you.

Anne’s Falls – Port Hills: This is the closest of our five suggestions – only a 45-minute drive from Christchurch. Pack lunch and enjoy the two-hour return track. A small trek for what seems like a large pay off to see a beautiful horsetail waterfall. Don’t forget to wear appropriate footwear because the track can get a bit steep at times.


Avalanche Creek Falls – Arthur’s Pass National Park: These falls are one of the furthest falls away, but the two-hour drive is the longest part of the journey. The stunning three-part falls totalling 80 metres are just a short five-minute walk from the start of the track. View the lower part from the bridge, middle from the lookout platform and if you want to take in all three leaps – follow the Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall track for about five minutes, turn around and be astonished.


Devil’s Punchbowl Falls – Arthur’s Pass National Park: While the name does sound a bit daunting, the falls themselves are rather spectacular; spanning 112 metres. Like Avalanche Creek Falls this waterfall is a two-hour drive from Christchurch but the perk is that you get a two-for-one-deal with the falls being very close to each other. If you’re daring enough to venture to the falls during winter, you may see the spot dusted with snow.


Ryde Falls – Oxford: What better company is there to chase waterfalls with than man’s best friend? Lucky for you this walking and biking track allows for dogs, so long as they’re under control at all times. Go searching for that water wonderland hidden in the heart of Oxford.


Washpen Falls – Windwhistle: Sometimes chasing these waterfalls takes more than just a sense of adventure, a car and a leg or two to walk on; in the instance of Washpen Falls, a small fee is required. For $10 per adult and $5 per child (under 15) a track guide and the use of walking sticks is available. Although, this is one of the larger walks – you’ll have to allow for two hours to walk the track and moderate fitness is recommended. But if you wish to do more than just look at the falls, abseiling and giant swings are also available! Take chasing those waterfalls to a whole new level.


 

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.


 

Groundbreaking health screening


The year 2020 is already being touted as the year of health and wellness, with our cravings for self-care reaching epic levels.

 

 

Many of us are still on the New Year’s resolutions bandwagon, we’re increasingly turning vegan, we’re ramping up our exercise and we’re throwing back the kombucha.

And that’s a great thing, right?

When it comes to your health, there’s no shortage of products on the market, from lotions and potions to vitamins and supplements.

Some make us feel good but most make little to no difference. So what’s working and what’s not… or more importantly, how will we ever know?

After all, many dietary deficiencies don’t become evident until the damage is done.

Well, a groundbreaking new start-up in New Zealand may actually have the answer!

Marvel Health’s revolutionary body scanner can actually pinpoint with scientific accuracy exactly what is going on in your body.

“Smart health and tele-medicine are some of the hottest buzz words out there right now,” Marvel Health Co-Founder Tiamara Williams explains.

“But we’re actually leading real-world change in this field.”

A smart health screening and monitoring system designed for preventative and regenerative medicine, Marvel Health uses advanced, non-invasive diagnostic technology to provide state of the art analysis and reporting on every aspect of your health.

After an extensive total body scan, a full report is put together, outlining any areas of concern from all the systems in the body, including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, nervous system, endocrine system, blood and lymph, urogenital, respiratory, skeletal, immune and sensory.

It not only checks the state of every organ in the body, but it also checks for the presence of disease and pre-disease indicators, picks up more than 150 microbes (such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and worms), identifies 19 of the most toxic environmental contaminants and provides an extensive allergy profile.

A follow up consultation with their doctor or naturopath, will provide a full explanation of the report, with a recommended therapy plan to address the identified issues
“GPS are under increasing pressure to make a diagnosis within a 15-minute consultation, based on one symptom,” says Co-Founder Dr Machi Mannu, who has been running a similar model in Spain for seven years, before starting up in New Zealand.

Vitamin D is vital for bone and muscle function. Many of our aging population are prescribed this essential vitamin.

However, to achieve optimum function of vitamin D, you need selenium which is lacking in New Zealand soil.

In the absence of adequate selenium, vitamin D encourages absorption of toxic heavy metals such as mercury.

The scan can identify not only selenium and other essential micronutrients but also toxic metals present.

Already they are finding many New Zealanders have just that. That’s just one example of how the scanner can prevent deficiencies and ensure you are getting exactly what you need to get healthy and stay healthy.

A three-month follow up can track your progress, presenting you with a real-time report of your percentage improvement.

“We pinpoint exactly what’s wrong or what’s required and, from there, we recommend the use of compounds, minerals and enzymes etc which are all naturally found in the body or natural substances which are backed up by extensive clinical and scientific research,” Dr Mannu explains.

“We’re taking the guesswork out of medicine.”


 

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.


 

Oxford Observatory

Star light star bright: Oxford Observatory


On Friday, 7 September, when North Canterbury skies will be their darkest under a new moon, the Oxford Observatory at Oxford Area School will host a public open night to view our closest celestial neighbours.

 

Oxford Observatory

 

Between 7pm and 10pm, anyone can view four planets up close. On 31 July, Mars came its closest to earth since 2003, a mere 1.4 million kilometres away. People will be able to see it in detail, along with a bright crescent Venus, Jupiter and its moons, and Saturn’s unique rings. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, won’t seem so far away through the Meade 250mm Schmidt Cassegrain telescope, the school became the proud owner of in 2000, with a Lion Foundation grant.

“We took this opportunity to build an observatory at the school, which was completed in 2006, after Mars was the closest to Earth in 60,000 years in 2003,” says James Moffat, a passionate astronomer for 18 years. “There was a huge response from community.”

He was assisted by the school’s former physics teacher Eric Vermatt and the late Clive Rowe. Clive was a well-respected, notable star in the astronomical community, who had the dome modelled from a fibreglass mould that replicated Dunedin Observatory.

Aside from hosting educational school groups, interested parties of up to 20 people can arrange a night of close encounters, for a nominal cost.


Booking is not required for the open night, just a $2 donation. In case of cloudy conditions, Oxford Observatory’s Facebook page will advise beforehand or contact James on 022 364 1959.


 

Marmalade Clothing and Curiorisities

A beautiful boutique: a visit to Marmalade Clothing in Oxford

Deliciously warm autumn colours at Marmalade Clothing and Curiosities are a reflection of Oxford’s misty mornings, harvest time, vast open landscapes and woodland walks. The hues of heather, moss, lichen, copper, cranberry, blackberry and indigo all feature strongly amongst the natural fibres.

Marmalade Clothing and Curiorisities

Marmalade is well known for catering to lovers of Tencel, modal, bamboo and viscose. “This season the classic velvet coats and organic cotton dresses from Fairtrade favourite Nomads Clothing are back – and cosy knitwear and New Zealand merino will keep you warm and toasty!” says owner Jessica Fearnley-Campbell.
“As well as stocking the famous breathable bamboo socks from UK Fairtrade brand ‘Thought’, we now carry its full range of lounge wear – perfect for relaxing, yoga or the busy mum. This collection means you never have to compromise style over comfort again!”
Marmalade also continues to extend its range of Fairtrade and sustainable accessories and giftware to complement the gorgeous clothing. New this autumn are packs of reusable metal straws from CaliWoods NZ, and felted Easter decorations from Namaste – which supports child rescue in Nepal. Meanwhile magical Fairtrade fairies, pirates, unicorns and mermaids are this month’s latest edition to arrive from UK company ‘Believe You Can’.
Oxford’s annual A&P Show on 31 March is the perfect opportunity to make the cruisy 40-minute drive to this enchanting North Canterbury town this Easter. Perhaps try out the new authentic curry house, or pop into the retro 50’s diner – but definitely include a visit to Jessica’s beautiful, inspiring boutique.
Marmalade Clothing and Curiosities, 49A Main Street, Oxford or visit
www.marmaladeclothing.co.nz.