Only just up the road, the Hurunui district has plenty to offer. We see what’s available for a winter break.
For more information visit www.visithurunui.co.nz
Mt Lyford Holiday homes
Allow yourself a break away to discover one of the best hidden treasures ever. Within two hours of Christchurch, you could find yourself relaxing in the unique log chalet village of Mt Lyford, with the stress of the city a distant memory. A great destination for families and groups, or couples who want quality time away.
34 Lulus Lane, Mt Lyford. Phone 03 315 6523
Whether shopping for yourself or for a gift, this unique store is sure to provide the perfect solution. Indonesian homewares, including furniture, wall art, water features, indoor and outdoor statues, share the shelves with a wonderful array of gift wear that will have you stocking up for Christmas while you’re there.
Open Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, 10am-4pm and Saturday 9am-4pm.
88 Carters Road, Amberley. Phone 03 314 7292
A visit to Kiwi Saffron will educate the palate and extend the senses. Learn the difference between good and bad saffron, how this culinary delicacy is grown, and why this destination offers the finest, organically grown saffron. Gather a group of fellow foodies and book an experience. Taste the difference, and then purchase some saffron to take your next dinner party to new heights.
140 Glendhu Rd, Greta Valley. Phone 03 314 3823
Red Post Cafe
A picturesque restored villa in Culverden is an inviting place to stop for lunch, a snack, great coffee or an evening meal. Fully licensed with a great selection of food, including made-to-order burgers and pizza. Gluten-free options and a children’s menu also available. Open 7 days.
2 Highfield Street, Culverden. Phone 03 315 8492
Sited in the new Village Shopping Centre, Artisan Spa focuses on creating visibly beautiful skin using both natural and scientifically-proven cosmeceutical products.Artisan takes a lot of care in analysing clients’ skin to ensure treatments are
custom-made to their needs. It is a tailored approach that is already attracting rave reviews.
Shop 1, The Village Shopping Centre, Hanmer Springs. Phone 03 315 0026
Mt. Beautiful Wine Tasting Room
Mt. Beautiful Wines’ Tasting Room has now opened its doors, welcoming wine lovers to enjoy informative tastings of the current vintages. Be it pinot noir, pinot gris, riesling, chardonnay or sauvignon blanc, you’ll soon discover a new favourite. You won’t want to leave the stunning views – and need not, with a menu of sharing platters to complement the wine. Open 7 days. Winter hours 11am-5pm.
11 Hall Street, Cheviot. Phone 03 319 8155
Waipara Valley Farmer’s Market
In Amberley you will find an excellent range of local products, including venison, bacon, vegetables, olive oil, eggs, fish, preserves, hazelnuts, cheese, bread, and baking. Stallholders are all local growers or producers.
Every Saturday, 9-12noon, State Highway 1, Amberley.
Looking for a treat for someone special, or in need of some spoiling yourself? Your destination store for all things beautiful and unique is Ruby Six. Be wowed by the wonderful selection of gifts and homewares, with brand favourites, such as Status Anxiety, Citta Design and Ashley & Co, making it impossible to leave empty-handed.
6 Markham St, Amberley. Phone 03 314 8847
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa
Most Cantabrians know this award-winning complex is a must-do any time of year. But did you know it takes the earth 173 years to gently heat the famous thermal waters and infuse them with minerals? New research recently revealed the age of the thermal water. That means the water pumped into the pools today, fell as rain in 1843… no wonder it feels so good. If you haven’t visited lately, there are still plenty of places to sit and soak and the family leisure area (with hydroslides and the SuperBowl) is as popular as ever. The new Tea Kiosk Café and Grill is also worth a visit!