Christchurch is well known for its cycling history. Its flat landscape has always been ideal for recreational riding.
As far back as the 1870s, cycling clubs encouraged enthusiasts to take to the streets on the new machines. One such group decided one day to ride to the small railway junction of Rolleston. During the trip, one of those riders burst a tyre – a newly invented pneumatic tyre – and ended up taking the train back to town.
Times have changed, but the passion for cycling remains for many. The Pedal Pusher in Rolleston gives a respectful nod to those glory days. It’s a great place to escape the rat race and enjoy a friendly, casual atmosphere that maintains an element of finesse. There’s a great gastro-pub menu and a spectacular line up of beers, wines and cocktails. Located in South Point, in the heart of Faringdon, The Pedal Pusher is the ultimate local.
There is outdoor dining for balmy summer nights, TV screens for sports fans, a kiddie’s corner and cycling themed décor throughout, including the lighting and even the children’s highchairs! It also has a new summer menu and some exciting things on the drinks menu. Slushy and Tiki cocktails, craft beers, and you must try Purple Angel, a Chilean red wine from Montes.
Next month, February, will be Beer Appreciation Night, a chance to sample great Asian street-style food cleverly matched up with a selection of Tuatara craft beers. This and other events at the Pedal Pusher are very popular, and you will need to book via the restaurant’s Facebook page.
The Pedal Pusher is at 55 Faringdon Blvd, and there’s more info at
Take high quality ingredients, add in an experienced baker and chef, mix in a passion for producingtasty traditional fare and you have Fork in Fresh in Rolleston.
There’s a demand for good food,” Fork in Fresh owner Angela Morrison says. “For us it’s all about using local products and producing traditional tasting food. We use butter pastry and only the best ingredients. We may pay more for it but when it comes down to it, it’s all about the taste rather than the cost.”
Working alongside her pastry chef and baker husband Luke Leis, Angela herself is an experienced chef. The couple formerly ran a bakery/café in Palm Beach on the Gold Coast but moved back to New Zealand after their twins (now teenagers) were born. While Angela admits running a business now is “a completely new ball game due to social media” she says providing customers the best in service and product remains the same.
“We can cater to any dietary needs and there’s not much we can’t do if we put our heads together.” From donut and meringue towers, cakes to fresh baked bread, gingerbread houses to pies, Fork in Fresh does it all. “We like a challenge and are good at everything,” Angela laughs. For scrumptious fare head to the Facebook page or pop into the shop at 855 Jones Road, Rolleston.
Phone them on 0274 225 379. Open Monday to Friday from 5am to 4pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Jennian Homes has been building top quality homes in the larger Canterbury region for more than 20 years. Part of a nationwide franchise company, Jennian Homes, is a Registered Master Builder and provides a 10-year Master Build Guarantee and a 36-month maintenance warranty.
The company has a solid reputation of design quality and customer satisfaction. Canterbury North General Manager, Dwayne Prendergast and Operations Manager Paul Jenkins uphold that reputation by overseeing all projects from sale to completion of the build, through to handover.
Jennian Homes Canterbury North offers several build choices, including house and land packages, and design and build options, all over Canterbury. “We want to make the building process as easy as possible for our clients,” says Client Liaison Sue Prendergast.
The company has a presence in several well-established subdivisions such as Faringdon in Rolleston, where there is a display home at 7 Lemonwood Drive. There is also a display home at 9 Westpark Drive Rangiora. Both are open Wednesday-Sunday 12-4pm and are great examples of the stunning homes that can be produced.
It is proud to be one of the preferred building companies in two of Canterbury’s newest subdivisions, Ravenswood in North Canterbury, and Halswell Commons, in Christchurch. There are also many house and land options available in the greater Canterbury area as well.
“At the moment, we have house and land packages from $550K, superior quality family homes, in Halswell Commons,” Sue says. “We can also do design and build. We help you find the perfect section, and you tell us what you want in your home.”
Contact Dwayne on 03-741 1436, or via email at
Industria now has its name in bright lights at burgeoning Rolleston Square.
The design and gift store specialist with a spacious funky fitout opened a second location last month – the ultimate for practical, well-made and quirky designer items and furniture. Serving the Selwyn region, owner Janine Reese, along with Bronwyn and Mel, are proud Rolleston locals who know just what customers want.
“More people care about buying sustainable and ethical than ever before,” Janine says. “LilyBee reusable, beeswax-lined food wraps, made in Hawkes Bay, come in incredible designs. Our first shipment sold out in two weeks.”
There’s stainless steel straws, Joco glass reusable cups and S’well bottles for hot or cold drinks on the go.
Most items are New Zealand made or designed – from jewellery ranges such as JHD Designs to amazing artwork from New Zealand artists and affordable gifts.
A click and collect option on www.industria.co.nz to pick up from Rolleston Square or The Colombo in Sydenham, makes life even easier.
Clients can sit back and enjoy the building experience by choosing Compass Homes. The company’s process is relaxing and enjoyable and the result is a good quality home.
There are three very experienced Home Consultants at the Christchurch office who understand the emotional investment involved with building a dream home and are great listeners, with the ability to point you in the right direction to transform your dreams into reality.
While you will be spoilt for choice with more than 70 contemporary house plans to select from, each design can be easily customised to meet a client’s needs, wants and dreams. Compass Homes is flexible and can meet a range of needs, with house and land packages available or the company can provide design and build services if you have your own section.
There is an experienced team of designers, engineers and project managers, who are highly skilled at considering the individual building site orientation, budget, and the purchaser’s personal style and future needs.
Three show homes in Christchurch – Kaiapoi, Rolleston and Preston’s Park – allow potential clients to experience the homeliness and style the company offers. The fittings are all high quality and what you see in the show homes is what you get, all-inclusive in the price of your own new home, so no surprises when the account comes in.
Working with a smaller intimate company that focuses on customer service has huge advantages as clients are never ‘just a number’.
The business uses innovative technology to keep the client up to date via an online project management system and that means a client is always aware of progress as it’s happening. The company ethos is strongly focused on the importance of open communication and full transparency throughout the building process.
It is run as a joint venture (not a franchise) between the national owners and the branch owner. Unlike some franchise situations where an ‘all care but no responsibility’ scenario operates, Compass Homes has an ‘all care and all responsibility’ structure. The national owners have a personal liability and responsibility in each branch.
In addition to the 10-year Master Builders Guarantee and the 12-month maintenance period, each branch carries extensive public liability insurance to protect against all events, giving clients the confidence to relax, sit back and enjoy the journey.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! You’ve been planning since the proposal, now it’s time to start working towards healthy glowing skin for the big day.
The team at Caci suggests beginning your pre-wedding regime six months prior. Start with a free consultation at a Caci clinic, where the team can recommend the best options for your skin.
Treatments suggested may include microdermabrasion for uneven skin texture, photo rejuvenation for redness and dark spots or sun damage, micro needling for scarring, or appearance medicine for lines and wrinkles.
In your final week, have one final treatment, but be wary of anything new and stick to a treatment you’ve found most beneficial.
Then there’s the big day – make sure to get at least eight hours sleep and follow your normal skincare regime. Leave the rest up to your makeup artist and enjoy your day!
Book your free consultation at Caci today, 0800 458 458 or visit www.caci.co.nz.
Caci clinic: Merivale, Riccarton, Rolleston and Sydenham.