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Your time to zipline!


Adventure (noun): an unusual and exciting or daring experience

An exhilarating mix of adrenalin, speed and nature, ziplining is sweeping the world as a fun, safe alternative for thrill-seekers wanting to experience the sensation of flying. Editor Melinda Collins heads up the hill to check out the ziplining facilities at Christchurch Adventure Park and tells us why this should be your next epic adventure.

 

 

Action-packed, adrenalin-inducing adventure is there for the taking in the heart of the striking pine forest of the Port Hills that frames the city’s southern stretch. But Christchurch Adventure Park stands head and shoulders above the rest and not just because of the spectacular terrain that looks right out across the city.

Christchurch Adventure Park is the first lift-accessed, four-season mountain biking operation in the world featuring a chairlift specifically designed for mountain bikes and their riders. The long-awaited park opened just before Christmas 2016, boasting bike trails for all levels of riders, a mountainside café, ziplines and more than 120km of bike routes.

Although the network of advanced, intermediate and beginner trails on 358 hectares of land between Dyers Pass, Summit and Worsleys Roads was the jewel in its crown, the Christchurch Adventure Park is out to prove it is not just for mountain bikers.

A new zipline product, The Long Ride – which is the last and longest zipline in the tour – has been launched just in time for the summer holidays. It offers a quicker option for zipliners, taking about an hour to complete compared to 2-2.5 hours the full tour takes.

The full tour offers not just one but four great zips – each one of them something a little bit different. The first one offers sweeping panoramas which seem to stretch forever, while the second prepares you for the third, which is the highest in New Zealand – 150 metres! Meanwhile the fourth takes you above and through the trees for just over a kilometre!

The new zip isn’t all that’s new up the hill. Four new intermediate bike tracks have recently been incorporated amongst the trees below Dyers Pass Road, aimed at helping intermediate riders progress their skills, bolstering the already spectacular track network.

There’s even a walking trail that can be accessed from the village car park. From the top, you can take a free chairlift back down to the village. Check the website for access requirements christchurchadventurepark.com.

Absorb the stunning views from the chairlift or walking track; take in the stunning machine and hand-built mountain bike trails or just chill out on the large deck of the Adventure Park Café nestled in the pine forest. There’s something for everyone here – not just the thrill-seekers!

 

 

Top 4 reasons ziplining should top your bucket list

Challenge yourself
Ziplining is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and see just what you’re capable of. It is one of the safest outdoor activities available, but you still get the rush of cruising down the highest (150 metres!) and the longest (more than one kilometre!) zipline in New Zealand.

Adrenalin junkies
Team building exercises encourage meaningful connections among your employees while building a social network within your company. There’s nothing like a shared adrenalin experience to bring people together.

Flights of fancy
Humans have been crazy about flight since the beginning of time. And seeing as we haven’t figured out a way to grow wings yet, a trip through the Christchurch Adventure Park on a zipline is the next best thing!

Accessible action
You may not have headed up the hill yet because you’re not keen on the sweat, blisters and achy muscles that come with a mountainside bike ride but, accessible to everyone, ziplining is a great way to get the best of both worlds from an afternoon in the outdoors.

 

Who to take?

Ziplining is the ultimate escape right here in the city and Christchurch Adventure Park can accommodate groups, so grab a group of friends ‘just because’ or get in touch if you have an event coming up:
– Work colleagues
– Sports teams
– Wedding parties
– Reunions
– Icebreaker with in-laws!

A family pass is the ultimate stocking filler and gift vouchers are available!

 

www.zipchristchurch.com
www.christchurchadventurepark.com

 


 

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.
www.facebook.com/rangioracommunitymarkets


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!
www.facebook.com/rangioranewlifeschoolmidwintermarket


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.
www.thefete.co.nz


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.
www.hanmerspringsfete.co.nz


 

School of Physiotherapy Clinics

Physio in City’s heart: School of Physiotherapy Clinics


The Garden City is scientifically expanding. The School of Physiotherapy Clinics Christchurch celebrated the opening of its brand new premises at 32 Oxford Terrace. In attendance were leading Otago professors, top performing students and passionate practitioners from the community who all gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Otago University’s latest expansion.

 

School of Physiotherapy Clinics

 

The clinic provides a wide range of physiotherapy services to the public. This brand new location will enlist advanced practitioners and senior students from the Otago University School of Physiotherapy working together to offer you cost-effective and professional treatment in the literal and figurative heart of the city.

Patients not only benefit from excellent facilities, exceptional value and free parking, but also help prepare a new generation of capable young clinicians for their future work in physiotherapy.  Sharon Kearney, NetballSmart Programme Manager and former physio to the Silver Ferns, says the main goal of physio is to improve performance and minimise injury, with injury prevention strategies designed to empower encourage coaches to use resources such as workshops to better understand the ‘why’.

“If they understand this and we work collectively, we are sure to see decreased injuries and an increase in performance over all sports,” Kearney says. The school itself offers a wide range of physio services. All clinic staff have postgraduate qualifications, extensive experience and work together to provide acupuncture, general physiotherapy, older persons’ health and rehabilitation.

 


For more information visit www.otago.ac.nz/physio-clinic/christchurch or phone the clinic 03 332 2627. Both private and ACC clients are welcomed.


 

 

Recreation Hotspot

Recreation Hotspot


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.

 

Recreation Hotspot

 

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.

 



 

Swim Fit

Swim Fit


Splish splash, a swimming pool is like a large bathtub. A little cooler than the home bath, the expansive space allows for exercise time, play time and leisure time. The beauty and value of swimming have once again been brought forward in the headlines with Michael Phelps and his record winning performance at the last Olympic Games.

 

Swim Fit

 

The health benefits of swimming are well-known. Swimming is a non-weight-bearing exercise regime that utilises most of the muscles, making it effective for both cardio and muscular endurance.  Gliding through the water with the various swimming stroke options, including the back stroke, butterfly, breast stroke and the fan favourite freestyle, offers a non-resistant way of enhancing and maintaining your physical health.

 

Aqua aerobics is a popular exercise class which is offered at your local pool and can coincide with swimming laps. If staying above water is not a simple task, ask at the service centre desk or a pool lifeguard for a floatation board which can be used to help maintain your above water efforts.

 

Physical concerns with swimming are minimal as this exercise keeps the body buoyant and is easy on the muscles. The main health concerns factor around the water quality at the pool facility or in a natural environment of a river, lake or an ocean area. The concerns stem from bacteria, pathogens or excrement from animal or human waste.

 

These types of external concerns can develop side effects in a person ranging from a mild case of itchy skin to more severe side effects such as bacterial infections.
Swimming, when done either as recreation or on a more serious level as an exercise option, can provide fun, enjoyment and health benefits.

 



 

Woman Climbing

Out of the box fun


At face value, recreation has a somewhat physical connotation, which may conjure up images of triathlons or a midsummer swim.

 

Woman Climbing

 

However, defined as a discretionary activity of leisure, recreation is about so much more than sport and Canterbury is lucky to have a wide range of out of the box options on its recreational doorstep. We’ve hunted out some of our favourites.

 

Paint the town red
An art studio with a twist, Paint ‘n’ Sip is a clever concept that is about having a relaxing evening painting over a glass of wine and is a delicious reason to head out on a summer evening.

 

Become an escape artist
Escape rooms are the latest feature on the recreational calendar, they’re a great option for company team building, a family outing or a somewhat unusual date night.

 

A flipping good time!
Trampoline arenas are an increasingly popular way to spend a day – for both children and the young at heart. There’s a few places in the city, all that have a flipping good time on offer.

 

Off the wall
Clip ‘n Climb revolutionised the indoor climbing scene when it hit the local scene in 2006. Offering options for children, through to experienced climbers, it’s a fun way to keep fit.

 



 

Lime Scooters

Efficient Fun Option: Lime Scooters


Many innovative projects are making Christchurch an exciting place to be – the latest is the addition of hundreds of electronic scooters gracing the streets.

 

Lime Scooters

 

By now you have probably seen the black, white and (lime) green scooters. Stroll from South City to Cathedral Square and you will see smiling riders zipping in and out of traffic. The scooters can also be ridden from Halswell to Redwood, Sumner to Hornby.
American based Lime is the company behind the scooters and operates in more than 80 places around the world, claiming its network of electric bikes, electric scooters and pedal bikes have provided more than six million rides.

The Christchurch operation and a similar one in Auckland launched on October 15 with local contractors collecting, charging, and re-distributing the scooters each day. Using one is simple. Download and set up the Lime App, scan the QR code and off you go.
Follow the usual traffic laws, use some common sense as to safety – scooters can be ridden on the road and footpaths, and a helmet is recommended but not compulsory.

Each scooter has a range of about 50-60 kilometres and a top speed of 27 kmh. Unlocked for a dollar and .30c per minute, you are scooting for less than $20 per hour. “They’re fantastic!” says one CBD rider. The scooters are an efficient, fun alternative mode to make that appointment down town, whether it’s two blocks or two kilometres, or across the city if you are more daring.

 



 

Out of the box fun

Out of the box fun


At face value, recreation has a somewhat physical connotation, which may conjure up images of winter triathlons or a crisp, icy swim.

 

Out of the box fun

 

However, defined as a discretionary activity of leisure, recreation is about so much more than sport and Canterbury is lucky to have a wide range of out of the box options on its recreational doorstep.
We’ve hunted out some of our favourites.

Paint the town red

An art studio with a twist, Paint ‘n’ Sip is a clever concept that is about having a relaxing evening painting over a glass of wine and is a delicious option to fill in a cool winter evening.

 


Become an escape artist

Escape rooms are the latest feature on the recreational calendar, they’re a great option for company team building, a family outing or a somewhat unusual date night.

 


A flipping good time!

Trampoline arenas are an increasingly popular way to spend a day – for both children and the young at heart. There’s a few places in the city, all that have a flipping good time on offer.

 


Off the wall

Clip ‘n Climb revolutionised the indoor climbing scene when it hit the local scene in 2006. Offering options for children, through to experienced climbers, it’s a fun way to keep fit.

 



 

Southern lakes

Arrowtown’s Cultural Gems: Southern lakes

If outdoor pursuits in the bone-chilling Southern Lakes winter are not your bag, take refuge indoors and discover some of the cultural, historic and artistic gems in Arrowtown. You don’t have to wander far off the beaten track – or the main street – to get a decent dose of intellectual and sensory stimulation.

Southern lakes Take a step back in time at Lakes District Museum. Arrowtown is steeped in rich history, thanks to its fascinating goldmining past, and the museum showcases it well. Jane Peasey – who is
responsible for special projects – says it’s an excellent starting point to get an overview of how the area was developed and who and what shaped this quaint town. Throughout the three
heritage buildings there are working displays illustrating early Maori life and the harsh pioneering times that European settlers and goldminers endured. For winter there’s a display of
historic skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating gear and photos. Lakes District Museum also houses an art gallery, bookshop, archives and a busy education programme. Open seven days at 49
Buckingham Street.

 

Nadene Milne Gallery is a calm, peaceful space that provides welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the main street. Operated by two of the most experienced gallerists in New
Zealand, Nadene Milne and Jacinta Byron, it shows many of the most collectible, contemporary artists in the country. Its stable of well-known names includes Judy Millar, Shane Cotton,
Fiona Pardington and Max Gimblett. Having carved out a strong reputation within the industry, the gallery attracts serious art collectors nationwide as well as from overseas. A highlight
this winter will be a presentation of new works by Shane Cotton, due in early July. Nadene Milne Gallery is open 11am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, at 16 Buckingham Street. For viewings
outside these times, phone 0274 401 665.

 

For a unique experience that is so much more than just a standard trip to ‘the flicks,’ check out Dorothy Browns boutique theatre, bar and bookshop. The atmosphere in the main cinema is all
romantic charm, with floating pink chiffon decorating the walls and glass-beaded chandeliers setting a scene of opulence and sophistication. Cheeseboards and wine glasses are easily
accommodated by the armrests on the huge seats and, if you need more sustenance half-way through the movie, there’s a very handy intermission. The den is a smaller, more cosy environment,
with seating for 20. Screening both mainstream and arthouse films, Dorothy Browns is at 18 Buckingham Street.

 

Blue Moon Rummage is a treasure chest filled with an eclectic mix of furniture, lamps, chandeliers, ornaments, jewellery and rustic clocks made from wine barrel ends. Specialising in
vintage skiing memorabilia, it has an impressive display of vintage skis, snowshoes, cushions, reproduced signs and shirts. Pam Lawrence – who calls herself “Head Rummager” – has owned the
shop for nine years and injects her own quirky style and passion in to the business. She makes regular trips to gift fairs in Canada and the United States so she can hand-pick her favourite
items. Visitors will chuckle over what must be the best collection of witty and naughty gift cards to be found in the Southern Lakes. Find Blue Moon Rummage in The Arcade, Buckingham
Street.

Sam Hayes

Dance floor diva: meet the newscaster dancing her way into our hearts in our Q&A with Sam Hayes

Sunday and Monday nights, many of us are locked to TV Three to watch some of our much-loved celebrities swing, pirouette, lunge and cha-cha their way across our screens in an attempt to become New Zealand’s heartfelt winner of Dancing with the Stars. Metropol talks to Sam Hayes about her journey from the news desk to the dance floor.

Sam Hayes

How far out of your comfort zone is ballroom dancing?

The show is right at the very edge of my comfort zone but I’ve managed to get the nerves under control now we’re a few weeks in. I’ve never danced before, so every week means starting our assigned style from scratch, remembering the steps and trying to breathe confidence and emotion into every movement. I liken it to climbing a mountain every week, because that’s what the challenge feels like! I’d probably prefer to tackle a mountain to be honest, but I’m throwing everything I’ve got at dancing and having a lot of fun along the way.

How important is your chosen charity, Riding for the Disabled, to you?

I wanted to support a charity that helps children and because I grew up riding horses and teaching kids to ride, NZ Riding for the Disabled (RDA) seemed like the perfect fit. There are 55 RDA centres around the country that work with thousands of children and adults with disabilities every week, using four legged therapists to assist the development of their bodies and minds.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet several young riders who just love their weekly sessions. Seven year old Pippa has spina bifida and rides with braces on her legs. It’s brilliant physiotherapy for her and helps develop the muscles in her legs, back and core, all while she’s having fun and not thinking about any pain. Seeing the smiles on the RDA riders’ faces is motivation enough for me to get cracking with five or more hours of dance training each day.
RDA has a long waiting list and wants to reach double the number of people they already do. I want to do everything I can to help them reach that goal and once I have some free time again (after the show is finished!) I’ll be volunteering as often as I can.

How has your career thus far prepared you for Dancing with the Stars?

More than a decade in a news studio has certainly helped me with the live TV aspect of the show, but that’s about it. Dancing with the Stars is completely different to anything I’ve ever done before and it’s fair to say it really pushes me out of my comfort zone, but I love a good challenge and it’s for a great cause.

Have you always loved dancing?

I love music but I’ve never danced before and never thought I would find myself taking up a dancing challenge like this one. Do I love dance? Of course! Aaron and I went to see the Cuban ballet company Ballet Revolución for some inspiration and I was absolutely floored by their beauty and skill, especially now I have a bit of insight into just how difficult it really is.

Do you find it a challenge physically or is it more of a mental challenge?

Both. Physically, I am getting fitter and stronger, but there’s no time to rest and recover so every week it gets a bit harder, rather than easier. Mentally, I find my mind fatigues more quickly than my body, and I get frustrated when a move or sequence isn’t sinking in. It’s been so good for me to face that mental and physical fatigue and push myself to keep going. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and what I’m capable of. It’s been such a positive and rewarding journey – and I have to say a huge thank you to my dance partner Aaron for that.

You’re in great shape on the show; how much preparation went in before and was it enough for the demands you’re facing now?

Not nearly enough! I thought I was reasonably fit before the show; I went to the gym a couple of times a week and would run a fair bit too but none of that prepared me for the physical demands. I’ve trained for a minimum of four hours a day, every day since Easter, back in March. There are definitely moments when everything hurts!
Earlier in the season I was on Tramadol for a rib injury, thanks to a lift in one of our dances. But is it all worth it? Absolutely. We’re supporting an incredible charity and I’m now starting to believe we could make it to the final. I’d love to win that mirror ball trophy for all the kids at Riding for the Disabled. If they can overcome the challenges in their lives then I can push on through the mental and physical fatigue and hopefully make them proud each week when we take to the dancefloor.

Do you have anyone you admire from the show? How’s the dynamic with the other dancers?

We’re a happy little family at the studio. We’re all going through the same ups and downs and supporting each other through it. I admire each and every one of the professional dancers. They’re not only teaching their celebrities a dance each week in record time, but they choreograph that dance too. They’re endlessly creative and encouraging in what is a highly stressful environment. They’re the real stars.