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southern HOLIDAY spring/summer 2017-18


go south - relax - wine & dine - discover - explore mid-canterbury - geraldine - pleasant point - timaru waimate - waitaki - oamaru - tekapo moeraki - dunedin - alexandra - clyde - cromwell - central otago wineries - wanaka - manapouri - INVERCARGILL


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November 2017

Inspirational High Country Resort

Terrace Downs Resort is one of Canterbury’s most inspirational venues, offering luxurious facilities, breathtaking vistas, premier accommodation, superb cuisine, a championship golf course and a menu of adventure activities. The unique all-season resort is located within easy proximity of Christchurch and Methven, allowing visitors to enjoy its exceptional facilities for a day trip or weekend retreat surrounded by high country scenery, solitude and superb service. Enjoy Terrace Downs’ popular Sunday Buffet every week at 12.30pm. As well as a variety of delicious foods both classic favourites and new additions, you will be entertained by live music from a variety of talented Canterbury artists. Terrace Downs Café is also open daily to visitors and in-house guests. Offering

spectacular views it is the ideal venue to enjoy a leisurely drink, tasty snacks, breakfast, lunch or a childrens’ menu if required. Terrace Downs Resort is internationally regarded as an ideal destination for weddings and conferences as well as private events and Christmas functions. With the festive season not far away “Christmas is the perfect time to leave the real world behind and experience the special and amazing place that is Terrace Downs Resort” says the General Manager Koji Kawamata. A special buffet menu with a Christmas theme will be served in the unique rustic Clubhouse which overlooks panoramic views of the golf course and beyond to the Southern Alps. The elegant Hunter’s Restaurant features grand décor that reflects the distinctive and spectacular scenery of Canterbury and offers

different space options for groups up to 100 guests. The Terrace Downs food and beverage team are proud of menus that feature local and international foods and a varied selection of beverages which can be tailored to suit a particular theme or season. The option of booking the whole resort is available for that extra level of privacy and exclusivity. For the ultimate in guest entertainment, resort activities include golf, archery, clay bird shooting, horse trekking, tennis, heli-tours or jet boating. The award-winning 18 hole 72 par championship golf course is situated in an incomparable alpine environment and provides ideal challenges for golfers from novice to aspiring professional. Treat yourself to a day or weekend of golf with friends, or a relaxing golf holiday that combines the best sporting

facilities with fine dining and luxury accommodation. Terrace Downs Resort offers a choice of two deluxe options accommodating a total of 95 guests. The resort’s chalets comprise beautifully appointed four and seven bedroom houses, while the villa suites are spacious and self contained, range from one to three bedrooms and are luxuriously furnished complete with a raised spa bath. Villa suites also have a terrace that overlooks the spectacular 180 degrees of the golf course and Mt Hutt. Whether your visit is for a day, a weekend, a holiday or an event, you can be assured of absolute comfort and style knowing that Terrace Downs flair and exceptional attention to detail will make it unforgettable. To secure your booking at Terrace Downs Resort, visit www.terracedowns.co.nz

Escape from the city! Christmas at Terrace Downs Resort

There’s something for everyone!

Come and enjoy Christmas with us at Terrace Downs Resort, some great food to be eaten, live music to listen to and a visit from Santa on Christmas Day! Sunday 24th December Festive Lunch Buffet 12:30pm – 2:30pm

$89 per adult $29 per child (under 12) Comes with a complimentary glass of bubbles or sparkling grape juice on arrival

Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve A La Carte Dinner 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Monday 25th December Christmas Buffet 11.00am – 1.30pm • 2.30pm – 5.00pm • 6.30pm – 9.00pm

$110 per adult & $39 per child (under 12) Comes with a complimentary glass of bubbles or sparkling grape juice on arrival

Only one hour drive from Christchurch 623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury Ph (03) 318 6943 | terracedowns.co.nz info@terracedowns.co.nz

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Pleasant Point – built on Hospitality PUBLISHER Star Media The Christchurch Star Company Ltd PO Box 1467 Christchurch 8140

Advertising Jenny Wright - 03 364 7446 jenny@starmedia.kiwi Frank Greenslade - 03 364 7441 frank.greenslade@starmedia.kiwi Editorial Wendy Dunlop Design Denise Crawford

O’Rourke Taxidermists At Pleasant Point in South Canterbury is a taxidermy business that has been producing top quality trophy mounts for almost 60 years. O’Rourke Taxidermists have followed the founder, Gerald O’Rourke’s vision of offering worldclass taxidermy using the most modern methods and materials. Being keen hunters has enabled the team to have thorough knowledge and an appreciation of how the finished trophy should look and thereby provide the hunter with a life-long memory of his or her hunt. Over the years, many thousands of highly prized hunting trophies have been completed for New Zealand and overseas clients. O’Rourke Taxidermist mounts can be viewed in the Museum of New Zealand, the Auckland Museum, the Canterbury Museum, South Canterbury Museum, Otago Museum and the New Zealand Department of Conservation. O’Rourke Taxidermists is certified and registered with the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries to export to all countries including the European Union. For further information and contact details visit www.orourkebros.co.nz

Well worth a visit is PLEASANT POINT just 19kms west of Timaru on SH 8. It is a small country town with a population of under 1300 and is the service centre for the surrounding farming district. One of the main attractions is the Award winning PLEASANT POINT MUSEUM & RAILWAY which has the reputation of being the best of it’s kind of operation in New Zealand. When the Fairlie Branch Railway Line closed in 1968, a group of enthusiasts established the Pleasant Point Railway and Historical Society based on “a vision, a rusty steam locomotive, a vandalized train station and no money!” Te Museum & Railway is run entirely by volunteers and has become one of South Canterbury’s premier attractions. The Museum boasts wonderfully restored STEAM LOCOMOTIVES and the world’s only operational MODEL T FORD RAILCAR. This unique vehicle holds only 11 passengers, looks more like a bus on rail wheels, and was built by the Museum’s volunteers from the NZ Railways original drawings and blueprints. On some weekends and public holidays, the locomotives pull historic carriages

along 2.5kms of track that was once part of the old 35mile branch line to Fairlie. The trains run to Keanes Crossing where there is an old time MOVIE THEATRE, PRINTING ROOM, MODEL RAILWAY, a collection of RAILWAY ROLLING STOCK & much more. Keanes Crossing has a meeting room with kitchen facilities making it ideal for special events and functions including wedding and family photos within the museum environs. Only a few kms away at Waitohi visitors can also visit the Richard Pearse Monument, which marks the spot where he became airborne. There are Maori Rock Art sites nearby, good fishing in local rivers, and the local Golf Course & Camping ground. ACCOMMODATION is located conveniently close to Pleasant Point township and attractions including Serenity Motels, Centre Hill Cottage, Longview B&B, Magnolia Cottage B&B and Pleasant Point Hotel. You will also find friendly people, a taxidermist and great ice creams at Pleasant Point Dairy! So WHY NOT visit PLEASANT POINT – the name says it all!


Pleasant Point Camping Ground

19kms west of Timaru


Phone 03 614 8323 (24 hour train info line) www.pleasantpointrail.org.nz

Get to the Point Main Street Pleasant Point Saturday 4 November Steam Train & Railcar rides Christmas/New Year holidays Pleasant Point Museum & Railway 24hr Phone info line for Opening hours – 03 614 8323 Group bookings – Marian Blanchard - 03 686 2269 www.pleasantpointrail.org.nz Adults $10 Children $5

Pleasant Point

DAIRY • Ice Cream • Sweets • Groceries • Snack Foods • Newspapers • Magazines • Coffee • Refreshments • Motor Camp Bookings

VISIT award winning Museum & Railway RIDE Steam Locos, Model T Railcar... holiday weekends VIEW displays, Old Time Movie Theatre, Model Railway, Printing Room & much more RAILCAR runs DAILY 26 Dec to end Feb 2018 XMAS/NEW YEAR Steam Train running times 27, 28 Dec, 2, 3, 7, 14, 21 Jan 2018 from 10.30am Adults $10, Child $5


Pleasant Point Domain, State Highway 8, 1 km from Pleasant Point Township Centre

26 powered sites, 7 cabins, tent sites, town supply water, kitchen, laundry, showers, toilets and children’s play area. Booking enquiries please phone (03) 614 7515 Open 3 October – 30 April

For all your needs call in & see Murray, Selena and the team.

Open 7 days | Ph 03 614 7515 75 Main Road, Pleasant Point



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The Farmyard Holiday Park The holiday park is located in a tranquil rural setting only 5 minutes from Geraldine town centre and less than 2 hours south of Christchurch. There is so much to experience during your stay in Geraldine that the holiday park owners love to make you feel welcome! There are morning donkey rides, afternoon quad bike rides, a huge adventure playground, swimming and paddling pools, grass tennis and volleyball courts, mini golf and swings

Andorra Motel

and slides. There is also a BMX track, so kids. Make sure you take your bikes! You can also make friends with the holiday park’s farmyard animals. There are rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle; sheep, goats, alpacas, chickens, ducks, wallabies and Kune-Kune pigs as well as cows, landrace pigs, horses, ponies, a possum and even a turtle in reception! In spring there are lambs to feed too, which is always a favourite activity with all the kids.

FreshChoice Geraldine for Fresh Foods at Competitive Prices FreshChoice supermarkets are all locally owned and operated and Geraldine’s is no exception. Centrally located in Peel Street and open 7am8pm 7 days a week,

• A unique adventure for all visitors. • An extremely extraordinary fun-filled adventure holiday park. • Adults - you relax while the kids enjoy the ultimate farm experience!

50 Elmslie Road, RD22 Geraldine Phone: (03) 693 9355 www.thefarmyardholidaypark.co.nz

FreshChoice is convenient for all your food items whether you live in Geraldine or you are just visiting. The clean well stocked shop has a comprehensive range of fresh and processed foods, with fruit, vegetables, meat, deli and bakery. Believing that good food is the cornerstone of a healthy life, FreshChoice Geraldine is committed to sourcing the freshest of foods and offering them at a competitive price. You will also find a selection of beer and wine, local Talbot cheeses and an extensive range of Barkers condiments. With the best fresh food in town, value for money, friendly helpful staff and great customer service, FreshChoice Geraldine is your one stop shop every day of the week.

When you go on holiday this summer, why not give your dog a farm- stay holiday too! The Brookside Kennels in Geraldine offers clean spacious accommodation for your dog and two supervised runs per day around the paddocks, with other dogs for company if possible. Dogs are fed twice daily, food is supplied or owners can provide a special diet if they wish. Medical conditions are catered for and

We are situated off the street in quiet peacful, surroundings within easy walking distance of Geraldine Town Centre. Serviced Daily Separate Kitchens and Full Cooking Facilities Unlimited WiFI Swimming Pool Continental Breakfasts Available Full Laundry Facilities

Your local summer fruit specialist. Owned and operated by locals

Locally owned and operated by Sally and Brendan Millar


equipped kitchens, queen or single beds and Sky TV basic channels (2x sport channels), all within a single level design which allows for easy access. Ample car parking is also available with extra room for trailers, campers, etc. Kids will be well entertained with the pool in the hotter months while Dad cooks on the BarBQ. Take a short walk into town for a coffee in one of the fabulous cafes, or a beer in one of the two hotels. An indulgent continental breakfast is available delivered to your door if you would rather stay in. For further information and reservations call your friendly hosts Sally and Brendan Millar 036938622/0276938622 or visit them online at www.andorramotelgeraldine. co.nz

Dog Vacation

16 McKenzie Street gerALDine ph. 0800 263 677, 036938622 or 0276938622 email. andorra.motel@xtra.co.nz www.AnDorrAMoteLgerALDine.co.nz


Peel Street, Geraldine. Phone 693 8529. Open 7am – 8pm, 7 days.

Offering impressive peace and comfort, Geraldine’s Andorra Motel is the perfect place to retreat and relax or explore the many attractions of South Canterbury. Surrounded by an acre of grounds and quiet outdoor areas with tables, chairs and barbeque equipment, the motel comprises 7 large studio units (one with wheelchair access), 4 one bedroom units and 3 two bedroom units. The complex is under new management this year, with Sally and Brendan Millar taking over in February. The units have undergone some serious upgrades with new carpet, drapes and heat pumps in all 10 original units. Painting and renovations are ongoing and both Sally and Brendan are excited about the future of Andorra Motels. The units are well-appointed with fully

your dog will be looked after by experienced dog lovers, backed up by the services of a local vet if the need arises. For just $15 per day, book your dog into Brookside Kennels and enjoy some pet-owner’s peace of mind for the holidays. Located at 208 Woodbury Road, 2kms from Geraldine, Brookside Kennels welcomes your enquiry ph 03 693 9929.

We exercise all dogs in fully secure, fenced paddocks

208 Woodbury Road • Geraldine Ph: 03-693 9929 • Mob: 021 076 4534 Email kbarb@xtra.co.nz

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South Canterbury Museum Wonderful Local Heritage Explore the wonderful world of local heritage at South Canterbury Museum in Timaru. From fossils to fashions, there are hundreds of things to see. Discover wildlife and geology, learn about local Maori history, the arrival of European settlers, social history and everyday life during the last 150 years. Changing exhibitions include “Hell Let Loose” a World War 1 centenary show running until February 2018, followed by a 1970’s local music exhibition from late February. There are puzzles, dress-ups and mystery quizzes for children, while the Museum’s research area provides a huge selection of documentary resources for digging deeper. Local heritage films can be viewed in the Heritage Theatre, while souvenirs, gifts and local history books

or DVDs are available for purchase in the museum shop. South Canterbury Museum is open Tuesday to Friday 10am-4.30pm and weekends and public holidays from 1pm-4.30pm.

Panorama Motor Lodge Ideally located for guests to enjoy Timaru’s attractions, Panorama Motor Lodge is opposite Caroline Bay and just metres from the start of the shopping precinct. There are also three restaurants in the same block for those who prefer to “eat out” Panorama Motor Lodge comprises 21 units in total including 9 apartments and detached independent units and a variety of studio, one bedroom or two bedroom accommodation. All units are

self catering and one unit is specifically designed with facilities for the disabled. Comprehensive on site guest facilities and services make the property ideal for both leisure or business travellers and include; breakfast service, sauna and spa pool, off-street parking, a guest laundry, cot and highchair, video, fax, wireless internet and a small meeting unit. Panorama Motor Lodge offers value for money with excellent standards of comfort and friendly helpful service.

Explore Nature  History  Culture 

From fossils to fashions, there are hundreds of fascinating things to see. Discover the heritage of South Canterbury Perth Street, downtown Timaru museum.timaru.govt.nz www.facebook.com/SCMuseum

Overlooking Caroline Bay, Private Patios and Alpine or Sea Views, air cond. Variety of rooms ranging from studios to fully self contained apartments and 4 bedroom house.

Sam & Kerrie Langton 50-52 The Bay Hill, Timaru Ph: 03 688 0097 Email: lets-stay@panorama.net.nz



Caroline Bay Carnival brings new acts Christmas holidays should include visiting the Caroline Bay Annual Carnival and it should be high on your list these holidays, with a variety line up of talent and free concerts each day now at 2pm & 7pm. Beginning Dec 26th and running for 13 days the programme is full of entertainment as well as The Drama Queens, Jenny Mitchell, Whenua Patuwai plus X Factor Australia finalist Luke Kennedy. We have many games and rides and contests for the different age groups & also the very popular Alpine Energy Talent Quest with junior, intermediate & senior sections. . New Year’s Eve has a planned 2 hour concert from 9pm with a Bee Gees & Jersey Boys Show & again at Midnight the Pub Charity Fireworks display to see in the New year.

Mini Golf and its 18 holes are open from 10am, train rides, the games and rides from around 11am. Be sure to check out the Merry Go Round, Octopus, Big Wheel, Chair O Plane and many other rides operate throughout the day & evening. Or checkout the variety of games including the Chocolate Wheel, housie, with teddies, chocolates & many other prizes to be won. Talent Quest entry forms are available via email so contact the Secretary to receive one, entries close 4th Jan. With the help of many Volunteers, they have been getting things ready so your Carnival visit is an enjoyable one so check out the Artists performing each day (see ad on this page) or get the full programme on www.carolinebay.org.nz or for more information email Caroline. Bay@xtra.co.nz


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Butlers Berry Farm & Café For decades the Waimate District has been renowned for its strawberries and celebrates the juicy crop with an annual Strawberry Fare in Waimate and the iconic Butlers Berry Farm and Café. Located just south of Timaru on SH1, a large wagon of huge strawberries is without doubt a “must try” invitation to stop, shop, stay and sample Butlers berries in numerous mouth watering ways. Renowned for their high-quality fruit and produce throughout the district and beyond, you’ll find exceptional coffee and delectable food. The licensed cafe serves a berry-inspired menu, fresh fruit ice creams and smoothies to sigh for! Butlers Café is famous for its Devonshire Teas, with “light as air” scones, real cream and your choice of Butlers jams made with more fruit and less sugar. On a commercial scale, Butlers manufacture a variety of jams and chutneys using their own fruit throughout the year. These are available at the Fruit Stall and can also be tasted in the Café.

You can purchase punnets of strawberries as well as raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries and red or blackcurrants. But you can also pick your own in season and take home magic in a mouthful – sweet, firm and colourful, the way berries should be. Butlers Berry Farm and Café is also a superb venue. For family groups, small events and weddings, up to 50 guests can be catered for in the café and marquee space in the grounds, surrounded by strawberry fields. You can also stay in on site accommodation which comprises 2 two bedroomed cottages (each sleeping 4) plus a backpacker lodge which can accommodate 14 people in total. Enjoy a berry splendid Butler breakfast and then explore the history, walks and cycle trails in the local area. Butlers Berry Farm and Café is open 7 days and owners Jackie and Donald Butler welcome visitors and guests whether it is a quick visit, a day trip or a longer stay. For further information visit www.butlersberries.co.nz

butler’s berry farm & cafe - think berries, think butler’s Open 7 DayS Raspberries | Strawberries | Karaka Blackberries | Red & Black Currants | Gooseberries | Fruity Jams & Chutneys

High quality fruit and produce

Ice-cream sundaes and superb coffee

Mouth watering berry inspired food

All freshly made with more fruit than sugar

Waimate – A Thriving Rural Town Nestled at the foot of the Hunter Hills, 8km off State Highway 1, Waimate is a thriving rural town providing the visitor with many reasons to stop and explore. Wide spacious streets, a valued collection of Edwardian buildings, historic churches, parks and beautiful gardens, create a relaxed, friendly environment for both residents and visitors who enjoy browsing Waimate’s specialist shops. The town is the heart of a district blessed with rivers and lakes that offer an extensive range of outdoor pursuits such as world renowned salmon and trout fishing, deer hunting, boating, yachting, bird watching and family camping on the lake shores. Outstanding forest, mountain and alpine tracks encourage walking and mountain biking. The newly opened White Horse Big Easy Mountain Bike Trail offers rides to suit all abilities. The Studholme Bush Walkway comprises five individual walks of 20 minutes or a combination of all five tracks over 3 hours. Waimate has not forgotten its heritage and those people and animals that helped mould it. The White Horse Monument is a tribute to Clydesdale horses and the stands majestically on

the Hunters Hills, visible for miles and accessed via the Waimate walkway or by car. The Waimate district is one of the few places in NZ where wallabies have taken up residence. Introduced from Australia, you can see them in wildlife parks, or if hunting is your sport, there is ample opportunity for this too. Waimate is also famous for its strawberries, which have been grown in the region since the late 1880’s. At any of the strawberry fields, growers will sell you a punnet of their finest berries, real berry fruit ice cream or pick your own straight from the field. You can’t get much fresher than that! Tourism contributes to Waimate’s economy with many independent travellers visiting the area to enjoy its attractions and annual events, such as The March Hare Motor Cycle Rally and Strawberry Fare to be held this year on Saturday 9th December. Waimate also offers an alternative route to Queenstown via the spectacular scenery of the Waitaki Lakes. For further information on Waimate, including maps, brochures etc call into the Waimate Information Centre or view www.waimate.org.nz

Discover the hidden gems of


Let us guide you to hidden places featuring waterfalls and wild life set amongst diverse and spectacular scenery. We have places every visitor should experience. Come find them.

The place to stop for breakfasts, gourmet lunches and devonshire teas

it’s different, it’s delicious SH1, Waimate South Canterbury 03 689 5849 www.butlersberries.co.nz

Waimate information Centre @ the event Centre 15 Paul Street Waimate | 03 689 7771 | www.waimate.org.nz

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Waimate’s Tame Wallabies

While visiting Waimate, you must visit the town’s famous Tame Wallaby Park Sanctuary. Gwen, the “Wallaby Lady” has dedicated 40 years to hand raising and caring for orphan baby wallabies through to adulthood, mostly brought to her by hunters. This requires much commitment as they need constant warmth and food. Gwen loves them all as much today as she did when she got her first one all those years ago. As visitors meander among the tame wallabies at their own pace, hand feeding them special pellets, they are fascinated by the animals’ gentle nature, thus allowing you hassle-



Café on Queen

free time to feel at one with nature. The park is located off the north end of Highway 82 on Bathgates Road close to Waimate. Watch out for the Wallaby Park sign and don’t forget your camera!

Café on Queen in Waimate, is enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike. Located in the heart of the town, the café is operated by new owner Wendy Arnold and offers delicious foods and goods baked on site. Café on Queen is open 7 days from 8.00am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and from 9.00am -3.30pm Saturdays Phone 03 689 7197 or visit www. and Sundays, so there is plenty of waimatedc.govt.nz/tamewallabies opportunity to sample the menu for Open daily from 20th September to 10th June from 10am-5pm. During the off season from 11th June to 19th September the park is open by appointment, weather dependant or by chance! No EFTPOS or credit facilities are available.

breakfast, brunch or lunch. In addition, there is freshly made, tempting cabinet food throughout the day including tasty pies, cakes, slices, custard squares, biscuits, sandwiches and dumplings, as well as excellent coffee, tea and a selection of cold drinks. Word-of-mouth business has encouraged those visiting Waimate to enjoy great coffee, good food and the hospitality the town is famous for.

Waimate Museum

in South Canterbury NOVEMBER 2017 Sat 4th Alpine Energy 10 Hour Day Night MTB, Centennial Park Timaru Sat 4th Get to It Festival Day, Pleasant Point Sun 19th V4 & Rotary South Island, Champs Trust Event Centre Timaru Tue 21st - Debbie Webber Live, Landing Service Timaru Wed 22ndJames Hill in Concert, Lodge Theatre Geraldine

The Waimate Museum is a complex of several buildings – seven of which are open to visitors. The main building is the magnificent Courthouse built in 1879. Inside, as well as temporary displays, you will find a clock room, military room, telephone display, photographs and much more. Visitors enjoy reliving their schooldays in the Douglas School and our younger visitors especially like to experience being locked in a jail cell in the old lock-

up. The story of how the people of Waihao lived in pre-European times is told through a video and a display of traditionally built shelters in the rammed- earth Lilian Marshall building. This building also houses the comprehensive moa display showcasing moa bones found at the local Kapua swamp. The geology display is also in this building and traces the Earth’s

history through rocks and examples of fossils from different geological eras. More recent human history can be seen in the tiny Bremner’s cottage from the horse drawn vehicles and Bushtown days of the late 1800’s and the recreated street of shops in the Pavilion. Waimate Museum is a unique and interesting place to visit. For more information, visit www. waimatemuseumandarchives.org.

DECEMBER 2017 Sun 3rd Festival of Roses, Various venues in Timaru Tue 5th Saturday Night Fever musical, Theatre Royal Timaru Sat 9th Strawberry Fare, Seddon Square Waimate Tue 26th - 7th Jan 2018 Caroline Bay Carnival, Timaru

MARCH 2018 Sun 4th Children’s Day, Caroline Bay Hall


WALLABY PARK EnkleDooVery Korna Waimate

Affordable Hands-on Adventure

• WALK AMONGST • TOUCH • CUDDLE • FEED• PHOTOGRAPH • OUR FAMOUS WALLABIES no eftpos or credit card facilities

Admire the cute tame Wallabies • Open 7 days 10am-5pm • 20 September through to 10 June • During the off season, June 11th to September 19th, will be open by appointment, weatherdependent or by chance, 10am to 4pm

Located North End of State Highway 82 on Bathgates Rd, Waimate

Your host: Gwen Dempster-Schouten 03 689 7197 c/- email: jenny_dempster@hotmail.com


When PaSSing thRough Waimate viSit one of the beSt bakeRieS in nZ all day breakfasts | sunday roasts pies | custard square | cold drinks sandwiches cakes | slices | coffee biscuits | pastries | bread rolls birthday and christmas party functions

Relax & enjoy the ambience 25 Queen St, Waimate Ph: 03 689 6010 oPen 7 dayS


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The Forrester Gallery The Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive are key cultural destinations for the Waitaki District. The Forrester Gallery is housed in a spectacular 1884 neoclassical building designed by architect RA Lawson. A Cultural Facility Development Project ‘Shaping Our Story’ will create a new combined home for these facilities, by constructing a new building adjoining and upgraded the Gallery. The new facility will create a focal point for our art, for sharing our district’s unique stories and a community space where local residents and visitors will want to spend their time and engage in cultural activities. During the project the Museum and Archive will remain open to the public on weekdays from 1.00-4.30. The Forrester Gallery is open weekdays 10.30-4.30

and weekends and public holidays 1.00-4.30. The gallery will continue to present its art programme as well as developing new exhibits, events and programmes drawing from across the Museum and Archive collections with a special focus upon current research. Over Summer 2017-18 the gallery presents an art exhibition by local artist Peter Cleverley, Te Moa Waitaki and our Rogues Gallery exploring Victorian mugshots. The Museum temporary gallery space is open to the public with an exhibition featuring treasures from the collection including the important Willetts’ Collection of taoka from the Waitaki River mouth. Visit the Culture Waitaki website at www.culturewaitaki.org.nz or our Facebook pages to find out what’s happening, explore our collection blogs or find out more about the ‘Shaping our Story’ Project.

Concept Drawing for a new entry design by McKenzie Architects, August 2017.

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Steampunk HQ, NZ’s premier Steampunk experience is a museum and workshop situated in the Victorian precinct of Oamaru. It is crazy, quirky and unique; unlike any other visitor attraction in NZ. Steampunk is a fun sub-genre of science fiction that features steam-powered technology, set in an alternate, futuristic version of 19th century Victorian England. Visitors this summer will have the opportunity to be fully immersed in the Steampunk HQ experience by entering the ‘NEW’ Transformatic Booth and reinventing themselves as time travelling airship pirates, adventurers and the like. Outside Steampunk HQ, Engine SP001 greets visitors by belching flames, smoke and eyrie sounds; whilst inside, a museum of two large darkened rooms presents a theme of a dark postapocalyptic vision of a future “as it might have been”. Contraptions and bizarre machinery featuring heavy use of copper, gears, pipes, gas cylinders, as well as an ensemble of skeletal sculptures are lit by flickering lights and accompanied

by film, projection and sounds. Belt out a tune on the Metagalactic Pipe Organ and marvel at Chris Meder’s Recycled Relics sculptures. A back door leads to a large yard with projects and machines in various stages of being steampunked. The Portal is a highlight of any visit to Steampunk HQ. Described as a time travel experience that moves visitors through into another dimension, The Portal is a retro-futuristic mirror and lighting installation that features original glowing light sculptures with a theme of skulls and mythology. Back on the road this summer, our Pedal Punk four wheel cycles are available to hire from outside Steampunk HQ. A wonderful way to experience the shops and galleries of Harbour Street, and the beautiful Oamaru Waterfront home of the Steampunk Playground and Little Blue Penguins. Steampunk HQ must be experienced rather than explained. Plan your visit now!

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Come to the Waitaki and Escape for the Weekend Come and explore the Waitaki for an unforgettable Maori history, to Steampunk and galleries. weekend away. With so many options you can mix and • Whitestone City – Discover the history of our local match to build the perfect individualised escape for area with the Waitaki’s new hands-on and interactive yourself. heritage experience, located in the Victorian Precinct of Oamaru (see ad below). There’s a penny farthing Adventure carousel to ride, a replica school room to practice your Whether it’s on two legs, two wheels, in the air, or manners and writing, learn to dress like a lady, play with your feet firmly on the ground, the Waitaki is full games, browse a heritage high-street and much more. of adventure. • Victorian Precinct - Originally the commercial • Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail – A 301km formed cycle and business district of Oamaru, the buildings in trail taking you from the Southern Alps to the Pacific the Precinct were predominantly grain and seed Ocean. The Trail only requires a moderate amount of warehouses throughout the late 19th century. These fitness; it’s mostly downhill, and suitable for all ages. beautiful limestone buildings house a mixture of For more information, and lots of inspiration head to galleries, shops, traditional crafts, and food & drink www.alsp2ocean.com. outlets. • Glide – Head to Omarama and soar high above • See a show – The Oamaru Opera House has different mountains and lakes. shows and performances lined up all through the • Rock climbing - The unique limestone formations in warm months. Visit their website to check out what’s the Waitaki Valley offer a different kind of adventure. on, oamaruoperahouse.co.nz Get out rock climbing with one of our local companies. • Galleries and Museums – Spend an afternoon wandering through one of the many local galleries or Family museums, and come away inspired and informed. Grab your bikes for the ultimate cycling adventure, • Victorian Heritage Celebrations – This years’ theme explore Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct and dress up for is crime and punishment, and runs from the 15th a period photo, or visit unique wildlife, including two 19th November. For arresting entertainment, head types of penguin. There are countless options to keep south and join in the events across the week, from a everyone entertained. ball to murder mystery, shows and much more. For • Friendly Bay and Steampunk playground – On those more information go to www.vhc.co.nz, or check clear, big blue-skied days Oamaru Harbour is perfect. out the facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ Bring a little fishing rod and let the kids drop in a line victorianheritage/ from the safety of the protected beach at Friendly Bay, or hunt for crabs and other sea life around the Nature rocks at the edges of the beach. While you’re there, Unique wildlife, striking mountain scenes, glacier-fed take in the Steampunk themed playground, and finish lakes, rolling farmland and beautiful coastline. Come explore pure nature. with a stroll around the harbour. • Rent an e-bike – Want to try part of the Alps 2 • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony – See the world’s Ocean cycle trail, but feel like it’s a bit much with kids. smallest penguins in their natural habitat. You can Try an e-bike, and head out for a couple of hours of view the pint-sized birds waddle back from sea every evening from the Colony’s grandstand year-round. easy cycling. During the day wander along the board walks inside Culture, Heritage and the Arts the colony, and at different times of the year eggs, Oamaru and the Waitaki have a rich history, heritage chicks and penguins can be seen in the special day and art community. From Victorian streetscapes and viewing area.

• Seals - Head to Shag Point near Palmerston where you can see New Zealand fur seals lounging on the rocks. Scan the sea and you may get lucky and see whales or dolphins. • Take a walk – Climb Puketapu Hill in Palmerston, one of the walkways in Oamaru, or head up the Waitaki Valley and visit a wetland or Kurow Hill. Drop into an ISITE or information centre in the Waitaki and pick up a walking map and head in whatever direction most inspires you. • Natural Wonders – The Waitaki is full of natural formations to visit. The massive spherical boulders in Moeraki, towering limestone outcrops near Omarama, called the Clay Cliffs, Elephant Rocks and Anatini near Oamaru, or try the Vanished World Centre and Trail to see local fossils.

Relax Choose a night or two at any of the Waitaki’s accommodation options and settle in for no cooking, no cleaning, no cares. • Hot Tubs – Soak away your day, week, or month at the Hot Tubs in Omarama. • Spa Time – Let an hour or two (or more) float away while enjoying a facial, spa treatment or massage at one of the providers in the District.

Food With a combination of award-winning restaurants and fresh local produce straight from the garden and sea, the region offers an array of delicious food and wine. • Whitestone Cheese factory – Sample your way through award winning Whitestone Cheese, and take a tour to see where the cheese is made. • Award winning dining – Spend the evening being waited on. Whether you want seafood, garden fresh or casual, the Waitaki has lots of options. • Local wine and beer – There are a number of vineyards and cellar doors in the Waitaki Valley, the NZ Whisky Collection cellar door in Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct and a brewery nestled beside the harbour. Visit waitakinz.com to find out more.

Whitestone City Explore Oamaru's new hands-on heritage experience. Ride a penny farthing carousel, go back to school, learn to dress, and so much more. A great time for the whole family.

Seaside Entrance, 12 Harbour Street, Oamaru Ph:0508 978 663


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Victorian Heritage Celebrations

Spring brings the annual Victorian Heritage Celebrations to Oamaru and five days of all things Victorian. This year the celebrations embrace Crime and Punishment in Victorian times, with a range of entertainments to suit all ages, tastes and all means. From musical theatre with the acclaimed Pearl & Dagger Company, a refined upper class ball, a Mayoral Reception hosted by the honourable Mayor Kircher at Oamaru’s latest attraction, Whitestone City, to a sensational bare fist fight and a whole lot more. Bring yourself, and embrace the fun. Bring the whole family and spend a few days meandering through town and take in no-cost entertainments such as a garden party, the Grand Parade, the National Penny Farthing Championships, and street performances in the Victorian Precinct, before the finale of the Victorian Fete.

There is a Crime Writers Competition to enter before you arrive and lots of other things to do and see try and eat throughout the week. Dressing up is optional, but adds to your enjoyment. There’s plenty of choice for hiring part or a full costume from the Victorian Wardrobe in Oamaru. They will be open every day during the Celebrations from 10am – 4pm and have options for all comers. The people of Oamaru invite you to step back in time, and eat, laugh or dance to the tune of a bygone era. Our programme offers something for the academic, the thrill seeker, or the inquisitive onlooker. You choose. For more details about this years’ Victorian Heritage Celebrations and the full programme go to www.vhc.co.nz, and facebook.com/victorianheritage/.

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Vertical Ventures Vertical Ventures is a local adventure company based in Oamaru providing quality bespoke cycling and climbing tours. Recently, the company began operating two trading names to accommodate the individual aspects of their expanding dual business. The climbing aspect has more of a school and education focus, although there are often enquiries from tourists and visitors interested in climbing, while the newly opened cycle shop is the HQ of Cycle Ventures and is located opposite the brewery. It sells all the company’s products from cycle hire to helmets and can also provide repairs. Cycle hire includes; mountain bikes, kids bikes and trailers, plus hire of car bike trailers and tow-bar bike carriers. Cycle Ventures exceptional knowledge of the region has helped them put together amazing experiences and allowed them to showcase the great outdoors they love. Joining a Vertical Ventures tour or allowing them to design your adventures, will assure you of 20 years experience and delivery of an unforgettable first class trip. The company’s adventures include; rock climbing, day and fully inclusive cycle tours on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. As well as riding trips from 2 hours to several days, a big focus for the 2017 season is day trip cycling. Cycle Ventures also offers morning shuttles to Duntroon so that people can ride back to Oamaru on the last section of the magnificent Alps2Ocean Trail. It comprises a 54km section with 45kms

off road and is a highlight of the trail with a tunnel, a bridge and limestone scenery. For further information take a look at the website www.verticalventures.co.nz Or give Vertical Ventures NZ Ltd a call on 03 434 5010 / 021 894427




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Brydone Hotel Oamaru

Step inside the enchanting Brydone Hotel Oamaru and you will find yourself in a gentler, more gracious era, when a sweeping staircase, grand chandeliers and ornate interiors represented the height of style and the finest accommodation. Built of white, elaborately carved Oamru limestone in 1881, this impressive Oamaru hotel has charmed and welcomed guests for over 130 years. Today that proud tradition of style and exceptional hospitality is maintained and enhanced by every contemporary comfort. You will find the hotel 248kms (156miles) south of Christchurch and 116kms (72.5miles) north of Dunedin, located in the central business area of Oamaru. Relax in the welcoming ground floor dining area, where you can enjoy great service and a range of food and beverage catering for all tastes. The hotel’s convivial restaurant is open from 6.30am every day for breakfast an throughout the day with lunch, moving on to a sumptuous dinner menu. The diverse range of New Zealand and international dishes is accompanied by

a comprehensive wine list designed to cater for all requirements. The bar menu is available throughout the day and evening so you can drop in and unwind to your heart’s content whenever you please. Enjoy a relaxing drink and a delicious meal in the Brydone Hotel Oamaru’s friendly T-Bar Restaurant and Brasserie. For business travellers stay productive as well as comfortable in this wellappointed Oamaru business hotel. For meeting and functions, the htel offers four stylish conference rooms that can cater for as many as 200 people, with all modern conference equipment available. Take it easy with your whole family in this charming, considerate and childfriendly hotel. Step out from the 19th century elegance of the Brydone for some 21st century exercise at the nearby gym and aquatic centre or simply relax to your heart’s content in a captivating hotel that is perfectly equipped to help you enjoy your stay in Oamaru.

Step inside the enchanting Brydone Hotel Oamaru and you will find yourself in a gentler, more gracious era. Situated in the heart of Oamaru, with the Totara Bar right in the lobby. The Brydone has welcomed guests for over a century. The Brydone Hotel has various features that attract our guests. It's built of white, elaborately carved Oamaru limestone in 1881. It provides a great venue for functions and weddings alike, however loves catering for guests of any and all ages. Breakfast is served from an early time to get you ready for your day, however if you fancy a sleep in, we have a fantastic lunch and dinner menu with deserts that will make your mouth water. The Brydone Hotel staff are local to Oamaru and have all the information for your time here at the ready. Come and stay at the Brydone and make your moments, into memories.

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Northstar Motel Bar & Restaurant Located in the north of Oamaru, head down to the Northstar where you will feel right at home and find the best food and service! Their joint motels offer stylish modern accommodation, while the restaurant is more than happy to cater to your every need. Northstar’s Motel Units offer affordably priced accommodation in Oamaru and each motel room features your choice of either a super king size bed or two king single beds, a large cozy couch, full kitchen facilities and a modern bathroom. The complex is perfect for events, parties and corporate functions. Book out its Restaurant and Bar and enjoy a fully catered meal, complemented by a great range of New Zealand and Australian wines. For large groups, book out the Northstar Restaurant and enjoy the convenience of a short walk home to your motel accommodation and the end of your evening. Elegantly furnished Superior units, Family units and Disability units offer the ideal motel accommodation for couples, individuals and corporate travellers as well as families, groups or sports teams. Two interconnecting units create a large space, with the option of privacy when

required. End an exciting day in Oamaru at Northstar Restaurant and Bar where quality food is affordably priced. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and for breakfasts on request, the restaurant prides itself on delicious cuisine that uses as much local produce as possible and is beautifully presented. Enjoy a glass of Otago wine or beer before dinner while enjoying the latest sport on Northstar’s big screen TV’s. Or, stay late and soak up the ambience with an after dinner coffee by the fire in the lounge area. Room service is also available for all of Northstar’s Motel units. Families and children are welcome and the restaurant offers a children’s dinner and dessert menu. Furnished with large tables, group bookings can easily be accommodated as well as functions and events. Enquiries are welcome to discuss your party’s needs. The onsite restaurant also makes Northstar Motel a perfect accommodation choice for business travellers wanting an accessible dining option.

The Oamaru Trust manage 4 businesses in the hospitality industry including a hotel, motel, restaurants, bars and a retail liquor outlet throughout the District, and ensures staff are highly skilled in all areas.This means a great service, yummier food, amazing coffee & fine wines are at your fingertips.The profits we make are driven back into the community - that's us, working for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Trust’s strives to provide quality accommodation, food, beverage and entertainment for both Oamaru locals and visitors to the area. The Oamaru Licensing Trust board who act as the Oamaru based committee for Lion Foundation funding applications have distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars back into the community.The Trust acknowledges the continuous support that OLT businesses receive from the local and wider public which assists in ensuring funding is returned back into the community.

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Enhance Wool

The wool shops and draperies that once graced every town, city and suburb have almost become extinct, but visit Enhance 2007 Ltd in Oamaru and you may be filled with nostalgia! It is an Aladdin’s Cave of wonderful wools, yarns, patterns, needles, sewing thread, buttons, bows, accessories and people who know their stock and their stuff. Presided over by owner Val Hill who has had a lifetime career in wool and crafts, Enhance has been in business for almost a decade. “We try to have a broad range of wool from 2ply to chunky as well as a mix of lovely yarns like silk, possum, tencel, cotton and alpaca” says Val. Wherever possible she sources New Zealand wools but the yarns come from all over the world including UK, Peru, Australia, China, Italy and Turkey. Staff at Enhance have seen an increasing interest in crafts especially among young Mums with toddlers and babies and Enhance offers a

huge selection of patterns in-store. So whether you are a beginner looking for a first project or an experienced knitter looking for a challenge, Enhance can inspire you with ideas, techniques and encouragement. In addition to the superior selection of knitting products, you will also find embroidery fabrics and threads, haberdashery items for superb finishing of your work and gift items such as costume jewellery. As well as serving the customers of North Otago, some contact Enhance from as far away as Auckland and Bluff and others browse and buy whenever they visit Oamaru. So why not do the same and visit Enhance 2007 Ltd next time you are in the region? You will find a wealth of knowledge, genuine customer service and the pleasure of a gentle and rewarding shopping experience. Enhance is open Monday to Friday 9am5.30pm and 10am-1pm on Saturdays. For further information phone 03 4342144 or visit www.enhanceoamaru.co.nz

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A Meander on Main Street Thames Street is Oamaru’s modern commercial hub and complements the nearby historic precinct with a variety of shops, services and accommodation. Alongside its wide thoroughfare and easy parking, you’ll find well known stores and franchises, locally owned boutiques and a plethora of delightful cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels; among them: Lagonda Tearooms, an iconic New Zealand style of milk bar, ice-cream parlour and tearoom. Offering selections for morning and afternoon tea, lunches and takeaways, Lagonda is also a Coach Travel Centre and 7 day a week comfort and refreshment stop for bus travellers to and from Oamaru. As well as indoor and outdoor seating, the tearoom also has several internet terminals for customer use. RealFood Pantry is just off Thames on Eden Street and is home to quality ingredients for baking, cooking, treats and brewing. You’ll also find a selection of organic and gluten free products, bulk fruit and nuts, herbs, spices and

environmentally friendly cleaning products. Offering a back to basics approach to food you will also find recipes, new ideas and friendly advice. The Roost is a popular stop for locals and visitors alike. Offering an all day breakfast, lunch, cabinet food and wonderful coffee, customers are assured of fine food, excellent service and an atmosphere of welcome. As well as a varied breakfast menu, open sandwiches and delicious cakes and baked items, there is a good selection of gluten free food which many customers appreciate. Most of the food at the Roost is made on the premises and is complemented by the taste and flavour of coffee made with top quality Bruno Rossi coffee beans. Located in the main street and open 7am -4pm every day, the café is easy to find, but once discovered you will want to come home to roost – often! Visit The Roost Café on www.Facebook.com for more details.

The Station Wok

The Station Wok Chinese Restaurant




ThestationWok@oamaru.net.nz 43a Humber Street Oamaru


Ph. 03 434 7010 Mob. 021 049 1341

Colour and love of design Stockists of a complete range available in NZ from 2ply through to chunky • Blends include Possum, Alpaca, Silk and Mohair • Stunning range of colours • Embroidery fabrics • Threads and accessories • Ribbons and buttons • Laces, braids, beads and haberdashery • Fabric dye and paint • Costume jewellery

Oamaru’s long wooden station was designed by the New Zealand Railways architect George Troup who also designed Dunedin’s iconic station. Competed in 1900, the Oamaru Station was famous for its dining room which could seat up to 250 people when trains stopped there for lunch en route between Christchurch and Dunedin. After remaining derelict for many years, the station building was recently restored and once again housed a restaurant. Previously The Station, the

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125 Thames St, Oamaru Tel: 03 434 2144 | Fax: 03 434 2145 Email: enhance.oamaru@gmail.com

restaurant has since been re-opened as The Station Wok, an authentic Chinese Restaurant with an extensive menu and space for up to 60 diners. “We offer Chinese food that New Zealanders are accustomed to as well as “Chinese-Chinese” dishes that local and visiting Chinese nationals are familiar with” says Manager John Huang. Currently operating 11.30am -9.00pm, The Station Wok is open daily for lunch and dinner within one of Oamaru’s landmark heritage buildings.





FAST FRESH FOOD with value meals, milkshakes, icecreams & drinks Homestyle baking Open everyday except Christmas Day Call in, relax and enjoy at

10 Eden St, Oamaru Ph:03 433 1433 • M:027 357 6590 info@realfoodpantry.co.nz

LAGONDA TEAROOMS 191 Thames Street, Oamaru Phone: (03) 434 8716

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Ascot Motel Oamaru Marjie and Doug welcome you to Ascot Oamaru Motel which is the first motel in Oamaru as you drive in from the north on State Highway 1. Ascot Oamaru Motel is one of Oamaru’s largest motel complexes with 27 units and ample car parking spaces. Accommodation comprises a range of studio rooms, one and two bedroomed apartments and an access apartment, offering ideal flexibility for business and leisure travellers as well as groups and families. All units are well appointed and some have spa baths.

A range of facilities to ensure guest comfort includes free wifi, room service breakfast, laundry and sky TV, but for unbeatable convenience the Ascot Oamaru Motel is situated alongside Oamaru’s Galleon Complex which houses a tenpin bowling alley, gaming room, and family restaurant. It is also close to Centennial Park Sports Grounds, Oamaru Racecourse and secondary schools. For further enquiries and information visit www.ascotmoteloamaru.co.nz or email stay@ascotoamarumotel.co.nz

Brydone Wholefoods

6kms south of Oamaru you will find Brydone Wholefoods Store. Located in the old Totara Hall, the family business combines a lifelong love of the land and a passion for wholesome healthy food. Be tempted by seasonal certified organic, spray free and local produce, fruit, fresh and dried and nuts which are kept at optimal temperature in their large walk in chiller for freshness. The freezers and fridges are crammed with local and organic meats including a wide range of dairy and non dairy products and the deli has the famous GameKeeper meats from Kurow. In addition to the store’s extensive grocery lines, they also stock environmentally friendly household and healthcare products, while skincare includes the beautiful Dr Hauschka Presence on Harbour is situated in cardigans, shrugs, ponchos socks, hats, skincare/cosmetic range, the NZ Biogro the old Connell and Cloves Building gloves, jerseys and childrens’ wear. in Oamaru’s picturesque Victorian Precinct. Offering “groovy stuff for The inviting shop at 1 Harbour St groovy people, Presence on Harbour Oamaru is open 7 days a week from specialises in New Zealand arts and September until May and welcomes crafts, Kiwiana and merino possum customers to browse, buy and enjoy the knitwear. ambience of Presence by name and by Either online or shopping in person, you nature! will finds gifts for all occasions including weddings, engagements, baby showers, For further information and inspiration housewarmings, or simply an irresistible visit www.presenceonharbour.co.nz item to indulge yourself! A variety of kiwiana easily provides the ideal gift for friends and relatives in New Zealand or those overseas to remind them of home. The selection at Presence on Harbour includes Oamaru-themed cards, T shirts, mugs, magnets and coasters as well as iconic designs, prints and posters by New Zealand artists and photographers. The exquisite range of knitwear by Koru and Native World features jackets,

Presence on Harbour

Oamaru Creek B&B Linda and Paul Hebden welcome you to Oamaru Creek Bed and Breakfast. Their historic double storey villa dates back to the early 1900’s and was originally built as the manse for St Paul’s Presbyterian Church. It has been extensively renovated yet maintains much of its character and original features. The historic house comprises five spacious comfortable bedrooms, (four with ensuite bathrooms) and natural bed linen to relax and unwind. You can start your day with a sumptuous cooked or

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certified Viola range and the well renowned Weleda products including their baby range. You will find products that are glutenfree, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, as well as paleo and vegan lines, while the kitchen provides delicious raw desserts, baking and savoury foods and Brydone’s baristas will tempt you with Underground Coffees. Local residents and visitors are warmly welcomed by our staff at Brydone Wholefoods Store and they also offer a courier service for out-of-town-folk. Brydone Wholefoods Store is open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4.30pm and from 10am-4.30pm on Sundays too. Phone 03 4346744 or email brydonewholefoods@gmail.com


ORgaNic & NaTuRaL FOOD SpEciaLiSTS

continental breakfast suited to your tastes, made with fresh locally sourced produce and espresso coffee. The property is conveniently and centrally located for exploring the Victorian heritage of Oamaru including the Whitestone Heritage Precinct, Steam Punk HQ, the opera house, art galleries and Botanical Gardens as well as the town centre for great shopping, award winning restaurants and cafes, cheese factory, wine, whiskey and brewery and of course the Penguin Colony.

Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 6.00pm Saturday & Sunday 10.00am to 4.30pm 451 Alma-Maheno Road, State Highway 1, Oamaru (6km South of Oamaru) R.D. 19-D, Oamaru 9492. Telephone/Fax 03-434-6744 Email brydonewholefoods@gmail.com

6km south of Oamaru on State Highway 1 just past Totara School



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500a Thames Highway, Oamaru 9400 Phone: 03 437 9040 or 0800 62 62 78 www.ascotmoteloamaru.co.nz Email: stay@ascotmoteloamaru.co.nz



Bed & Breakfast

24 Reed Street Oamaru Central Linda 021 164 0450 Paul 022 128 1733

Email linda@oamarucreek.co.nz Web www.oamarucreek.co.nz

• Rain or Shine! • Experience the Scenic Waitaki Valley! Taste the Wines! Meet the People! Have a memorable day out! Small + intimate Tours – 6max Let me host a tour WITHIN your tour? Duration – 5hrs Leaving from Oamaru daily.



P. 0274 351 696 waitakiwinetours@oamaru.net.nz www.waitakiwinetours.oamaru.net.nz

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Stargazing from a mountain top with Earth & Sky Earth & Sky operates its unique Stargazing and Observatory Tours at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory and Cowan’s Observatory in Lake Tekapo. Providing guests the only tour option where horizon to horizon views of the spectacular night skies across the vast Mackenzie Basin can be seen from mountaintop locations. The township of Tekapo sits 750m above sea level and Mt John 1035m. Situated between two mountain ranges, the Southern Alps and the Two Thumb

Range, the Mackenzie Basin is protected from most weather systems. The higher altitude of Mt John gives rise to cooler mountain air making it New Zealand’s leading location for a Research Observatory. The small resident population contribute to minimizing the impact of light pollution. The Mackenzie District Council’s lighting ordnance’s introduced in the 1980’s, enforces all lights to be shaded preventing light emitting upwards into the sky,

Lake Tekapo Cottages Lake Tekapo Cottages offers self contained holiday accommodation in one of the South Island’s most scenic settings. Nestled in a large garden amid mature trees, a selection of charming cottages of varying size, accommodate between 2 and 8 guests. Well sited for both mountain views and privacy, the cottages allow independent visitors to enjoy a country-style stay with modern comforts and village amenities close by. Tekapo has become a yearround destination with water sports, hot springs, skating, ski fields, scenic flights to Mt Cook and a World Heritage Night Sky attraction at Mt John.

by Earth & Sky. As the founders of astro-tourism, Earth & Sky prides itself on offering an award winning premium night time star attraction to visitors from all around the world. Showing first-hand why an Earth & Sky stargazing tour provides the nation’s best and most out-standing ‘window to our Universe’.

As well as their self contained cottages, the company also manage a number of well appointed holiday homes that are also available for rent. For further information and bookings visit www. laketekapocottages.co.nz

allowing researchers, locals and visitors an appreciation of our spectacular nightscape for generations to come. The region of the Mackenzie Basin was recognized as the ‘Aoraki-Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve’, in June 2012. It was the first to be awarded a Gold Status for its quality of darkness and today remains the largest of all the eleven International Dark Sky Reserves in the world. Mt John and Cowan’s Observatory’s provide an awesome location with a truly magical astronomy experience provided


Take Yourself to Tekapo

Cottage and holiday home style accommodation Spectacular mountain views | Excellent restaurants Affordable accommodation rates | Free Wifi Friendly, personal service for our guests Central location close to shops and church

12 Sealy St, Lake Tekapo | Ph: (03) 680 6865 laketekapocottages@gmail.com | laketekapocottages.com

Tekapo is a lakefront jewel tucked into the folds of the Southern Alps. Half way between Christchurch and Queenstown, the vivid turquoise of Lake Tekapo is the result of finely ground rock particles in the glacial water and ensures it’s a dazzling destination whether it is dusted with snow or sparkling with sunshine. History Mystery or Activity Visit the magnificent lakeside Church of the Good Shepherd and the Mackenzie sheepdog memorial. Learn about the mystery of astronomy on a tour of Mt John Observatory or zip and zap on a Segway tour of the township. Gazing Cruising or Exploring Go stargazing to view the World Heritage Mackenzie skies at night and be


Observatory & Stargazing Tours, Lake Tekapo Earth & Sky operate Stargazing and Observatory tours in the ’Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve’ in beautiful Lake Tekapo. Visitors find enjoyment and entertainment through a ‘hands-on’ experience as knowledgeable astronomy guides share the wonders of space while exploring the southern night sky using powerful telescopes. Tekapo’s renowned as the best site in New Zealand to view the Universe.

dazzled by what you see with the naked eye. Take a cruise to Motuariki Island, Godley Valley and the hydro intake of Tekapo’s power station. Join a scenic flight to the glaciers or Mt Cook, a 4WD tour to the Tasman Valley or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre at the Hermitage Hotel close to where he did much of his mountaineering preparation. Wining Dining or Tasting Diverse dining in Tekapo ranges from bakery and takeaway convenience to restaurant and café fare. Pizza, pasta, Japanese, Chinese and Koran cuisine vies with resort menus and a café with spectacular views atop Mt John. Indulge in the taste of fresh or smoked salmon and sashimi at the Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Farm between Tekapo and Twizel. But

Web – www.earthandsky.co.nz (on-line booking available)

for gastro-pub goodness treat yourself at Mackenzie Café, Bar and Grill. Offering casual café style dining during the day with relaxed pub atmosphere in the evening, you can choose from the a la carte or specialty stonegrill menu. Stay Play and Pamper In Tekapo you can enjoy a tranquil holiday or stopover at accommodation ranging from camp ground, motels, holiday homes, B&Bs or resort facilities. Local activities include fishing, hiking and horse trekking while the Tekapo Springs complex offers year-round enjoyment of hot pools, plunge pools and spa treatments. In winter there is ice skating and the popular ice slide, while nearby are the local ski resorts of Round Hill, Ohau and Mt Dobson.

PROUD TO SERVE MEALS PREPARED WITH LOCALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS NZ WINES, MONTEITH’S CRAFT BEERS, ALLPRESS ESPRESSO Casual café-style meals for breakfast and lunch and a relaxed atmosphere for evening à la carte dining. For the guaranteed ‘hottest meal in town’ select from the Stonegrill menu! Dine alfresco over summer and stay cosy and warm by our fire in winter. Our menu changes seasonally, but you can always expect to find a great Mackenzie Country Steak and Alpine Salmon on offer.


PHONE 0800 806 886

Email: info@earthandsky.co.nz | Phone: 03 6806960 | www.earthandsky.co.nz | Booking advised

Tour bookings – 03 680 6960


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A Piece of Paradise

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY“A future for our past” Just 50m from the beach, Moeraki Village Holiday Park enjoys an idyllic setting close to the famous Moeraki Boulders and colonies of penguins and seals. Hosts Kristina and Robbie Mitchell welcome visitors from all over the world to their “piece of paradise” and provide a variety of accommodation to cater for all budgets. As well as 6 self contained motels, 3 self contained tourist flats, 3 cabins and 30 tent/caravan or motor home sites, visitors will also appreciate modern well equipped communal kitchen and dining facilities, clean shower blocks and guest laundry, a TV lounge with Freeview TV, internet and wireless access, barbeques and children’s play equipment.

Located on a curve of faultless beach, there’s ample opportunity for fishing and boating, deep sea charter fishing, while wonderful walks take you to Moeraki’s unique rock formations and wildlife including New Zealand’s rare Hoiho or yellow-eyed penguin. The area is also historically significant and once boasted a Maori village and pa in addition to the pretty Kotahitanga Church and a lighthouse in continuous use since its establishment in 1878. Visitors to Moeraki can enjoy restaurant meals at the Moeraki Tavern or the award winning world class taste sensation of Fleur’s Place or the services and amenities of Oamaru just 20 minutes drive away.

Fleurs Place Fleurs Place in Moeraki Village has been recognised nationally and internationally for delicious, simply prepared fresh fish and locally sourced produce, served and enjoyed in beautiful surroundings. The cafe bar and restaurant is right on the village’s waterfront, across the bay from the iconic Moeraki Boulders, a stone’s throw from the area’s rare wildlife. After 20 years at Oliver’s fine dining restaurant in Clyde, Fleur Sullivan followed a dream to live by the sea and found herself “surrounded by fish stock, cod livers, mussels, seaweed and boats.” The temptation to establish another restaurant was overwhelming, and the rest, as they say is history. Accolades soon followed from food writer. Dine Out and celebrity chefs, including Rick Stein. This year Cuisine Magazine named Fleur the winner of their 2017 Food Legend award. The food is simply superb and incorporates seasonal delicacies like muttonbird. All the shellfish is harvested commercially from Marlborough to Bluff. The Trio of Fillets, Tasting Plate for Two, or Fish of the Day (which can be baked whole) is straight from the Moeraki fishing boats, selected from the ever-changing daily catch which may consist of; Blue Cod, Moki, Gurnard, Sole, Flounder, Groper and Crayfish, complemented by fresh vegetables form local organic growers. Fleur and executive head chef Dougal are competitive when it comes to bringing their own garden vegetables

and herbs to work and are excited to see who has the biggest and the best! Flowers and herbs grow in the gardens around the restaurant and staff take pride in learning and knowing how to recognize what to forage for on their way to work. Fleurs Place is an attraction for food lovers from all over New Zealand and overseas. It has become quite the tourist destination so bookings, especially in the busy season, are essential. Phone +64 3439 4480

Enjoy a walk on a range of easy tracks and explore the home of some of the world’s most fascinating and rare forest life. The 9km fence protects 307 hectares of habitat for many of New Zealand’s endangered plants, birds and reptiles. Take a walk on the wild side and experience nature on its own terms. You can walk independently or enjoy the forest with one of Orokonui’s friendly and knowledgeable guides. It is a place where robins, rifleman, kaka, takahe, Haast tokoeka kiwi, bellbirds, tui, fernbirds, jewelled geckos, tuatara, Otago skinks and eels are safe from predators.

Moeraki Village

Holiday Park

• Moeraki Boulders • Yellow-Eyed Penguin Colony • Beautiful Views • Motel Units • Tourist Flats • Cabins • Caravan Sites • Tent Sites 114 Haven Street, Moeraki, North Otago

Phone/Fax 03 439-4759


Sustainably designed and featuring informative displays, the awardwinning Visitor Centre has one of the most stunning views in Dunedin. Relax after your walk and enjoy a coffee and cake or one of the daily specials in the Horopito Café. The café uses local native and natural produce and the gift shop specialises in environmentally friendly and local products. Orokonui is a charitable trust, therefore your visit supports this inspirational community-owned project to undertake conservation and education. Orokonui is a magical place – come and discover it for yourself! Check out the website for more details www.orokonui.nz

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Emerson’ s Brewery & Taproom

November 2017

St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool

St Clair Pool is an outdoor hot salt water pool built on a beautiful site at the southern end of St Clair beach. Its wonderful location on the beachfront makes it a highly pleasurable swimming experience. It is particularly suitable for those who love swimming in salt water, but may not wish to venture into the brisk ocean water. The pool is heated to 28 degrees

Celsius and is a mixture of salt and chlorinated water. With a paddling pool for toddlers, lane swimming, aqua jogging and a café, St Clair hot salt water pool is the ideal place to visit with your family this summer. St Clair Pool opens for the summer season on 2 October 2017 and closes on 31 March 2018.

Holiday Oasis at Aaron Lodge “Over the past 25 years we have been searching for the elusive Holy Ale, now Emerson’s has a new spiritual home to pursue our quest.” Emerson’s is about sharing, so get a group together or join one of our 60 minute guided tours through our brand new Brewery and Taproom. The tour will take you through a little bit of the history of how Emerson’s has been a pioneering force in the development of craft brewing in New Zealand. You will then be taken into the brewery, learning about all the aspects of the Emerson’s Brewing process, from milling the malt to packaging the finished product. There will be a chance to get your hands

a little dirty in the Emerson’s Workshop, our 1200L Pilot Brewery incorporated into the middle of our Taproom. The tour finishes with a delightful sensory experience sampling six of our most famous beers. If you can’t bear to tear yourself away, stay on, sit down and enjoy a fantastic meal in an atmosphere that won’t be easily forgotten. Before you leave there is an opportunity to purchase an Emerson’s brew from one of 12 taps located in our cellar door and take a little bit of Emerson’s with you. Emerson’s Brewery and Taproom is located at 70 Anzac Ave, Dunedin or visit www.emersons.co.nz


This Top 10 Holiday Park in Dunedin is located in a residential neighbourhood within easy reach of the CBD. Offering a garden setting and discreet Kaikorai Valley hideaway, Aaron Lodge is a traveller’s oasis for anyone visiting Dunedin. A range of accommodation options is available from tent sites, powered sites for caravans and motorhomes, comfortable cabins, self contained tourist flats and spacious 4 star motel units for those who enjoy their creature comforts. The well maintained grounds also feature a stream and walkway,

Aaron Lodge TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 879 227 162 Kaikorai Valley Road, Dunedin

barbeque, swimming pool, spa, playground, park golf and a petanque piste. In addition there is TV lounge, under 5 playroom, internet facilities and a reading room. As well as toilet, shower, family bathroom and laundry facilities, additional services include a car wash, dump station and, convenient grey water disposal. On site management ensures a quiet well run holiday park and a reservations system for all local attractions, activities, tours and events. Local shops, medical centre, restaurants and bus routes are right outside the gate!

Discreetly hidden away in the Kaikorai Valley our Holiday Park is a traveller’s oasis in the beautiful city of Dunedin. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • TV Lounge • Games Room • Indoor Heated Pool • Playground • WiFi • 2.5km to city • Car & Bicycle Storage

ST CLAIR HOT SALT WATER POOL Brewery tours and tastings daily from 10am. Taproom & Restaurant 10am till late. 70 Anzac Ave

| Ph 03 477 1812 | www.emersons.co.nz

Come and swim at one of Dunedin’s favourite swimming pools this summer. Open hours: Monday to Friday 6am – 7pm | Saturday and Sunday 7am – 7pm. Season and multi visit passes and group bookings are available. THE ESPLANADE | ST CLAIR | DUNEDIN PH 03 455 6352 | WWW.DUNEDIN.GOVT.NZ/STCLAIRPOOL

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Garden Motel Garden Motel in Dunedin offers clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation close to the university, hospital and city centre and is also one of the few pet-friendly motels in Dunedin. With 16 units ranging from cosy studios to one or two bedroom units including 3 wheelchair access unit, Garden Motel can welcome couples, family groups, sports teams and business guests. “We are passionate about our family and our business, enjoy meeting people from all

walks of life and ensuring they have a great stay in Dunedin” say hosts John and Coral Sheppard. They are proud of the 3 plus star property which is well appointed with ensuite bathrooms, kitchen facilities, Sky TV and free wifi. Guest comfort is a high priority and at Garden Motel they experience a warm friendly environment with recommendations on local activities and attractions too. For further information visit www.gardenmotel. co.nz

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Moana Pool Moana Pool is open year round and has more to offer than just swimming lanes. Bring the children to enjoy the fun and fabulous waterslides and the rocking wave pool, while you take a moment to relax in the hot spa. Exercise those holiday muscles in our fitness facilities and lane swimming or take part in the aqua fit classes.

There are also party rooms and BBQ’s available to hire so you can make the most of the sun and festive holiday spirit. Enjoy stellar views over Dunedin from this delightful family-friendly holiday activity spot! Centrally located minutes from the Octagon, Moana Pool has free parking.


A ‘must visit’ for lovers of arts and culture; Olveston offers a unique glimpse into the extraordinary lives of one of Dunedin prominent Edwardian families. Olveston was the home of businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin. Designed by the English architect, Sir Ernest George, Olveston was built with every modern convenience including central heating, a gas generator for electricity, a shower in each bathroom and heated towel rails, an internal telephone system and service lift. The house was also lavishly furnished with exotic artefacts, prized artworks, antiques, carpets, ceramics, statues and weaponry purchased from around the world. Olveston was inherited by the Theomin’s daughter Dorothy in 1933. Continuing the family tradition of philanthropy, Dorothy supported many of the artistic and community causes championed by her parents including Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the Plunket Society. Following Dorothy’s death in 1966, it was discovered that Olveston, complete with the original contents, was gifted to

the people of Dunedin. Visiting Olveston is by guided tour only; Guided tours reveal the extraordinary lives of the Theomin family and allow a glimpse of Dunedin’s rich business, artistic and social history from the mid1800s until the 1960s. Set within a 1-acre ‘Garden of National Significance’, at 42 Royal Terrace, Olveston is within walking distance from the Octagon. Olveston is a time capsule, as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home. A feast for the eyes, a tour of Olveston is for those who appreciate (or aspire to) the finer things in life. Visiting Olveston is by guided tour only. Guided tours commence daily at 9.30am, 10.45am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm. For details of other activities and events held at the house throughout the year, visit www.olveston. co.nz. Car parking is available around Olveston, both all day parking and P90 (90 minutes parking). During the peak season, however, parking can be limited and it may be advisable to walk or take a taxi.

“The Pet Friendly Motel” • 16 units, cosy studio to spacious 2 bedroom units • Pet friendly - ask us how • Sky TV • Complementary refreshments replenished daily • Wireless internet & continental breakfast available on request Ph: 0508 Garden or 03 477 8251 Fax: 03 477 9803 info@gardenmotel.co.nz www.gardenmotel.co.nz

MAKE MOANA POOL YOUR SUMMER DESTINATION Come and enjoy our great facilities: Wave pool – toddlers pool – rapid river – water slides – inflatables – diving boards – BBQ and rooms for hire. Make the most of your leisure time.

Also open are St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool, Mosgiel and Port Chalmers Community Pools. 60 LITTLEBOURNE ROAD | DUNEDIN | PH 03 477 4000 WWW.DUNEDIN.GOVT.NZ/MOANAPOOL


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Dunedin’s Chinese Garden

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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum The school holidays are a chance to keep educating the kids and hitting the road and bringing the learning down south adds a level of adventure. Sometimes the kids don’t really know what they want to do in the holidays, whether it’s read, start a craft project or simply look at cool stuff. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is the perfect place for these sorts of days as children – and adults – can do any or all of these things in the beautifully restored and expanded buildings. The gallery spaces at Toitū have display cases filled with intriguing objects and there are plenty of opportunities to get hands on as well, whether it is trying on a turn of the century dress, climbing on the Roslyn tram or the Tiger Tea bus, playing classic 1980s Atari game Laser Hawk or chilling out and listening to some music. The interactive displays also include soundscapes and digital

Located in the heart of Dunedin is the only traditional Chinese Scholar’s Garden in the southern hemisphere. The garden takes visitors on a journey through the city’s cultural history, heritage and tradition – giving recognition to the Chinese people who first came to Otago during the 1860s gold rush and stayed to establish some of Dunedin’s businesses. As a Garden of National Significance it has a distinct character being designed and built using authentic Chinese materials and crafted by a team of artisans form Dunedin’s sister city of Shanghai. The Garden features handmade wooden buildings, tiles, bricks, lattice-work and hand-finished granite

paving stones. In a scholar’s garden, galleries connect to pavilions with the central building, usually a library or study and in Dunedin’s case the Tea House, dividing the garden into individual scenes or landscapes. Plants, trees, and rocks are all carefully composed into small perfect landscapes mimicking a traditional Chinese landscape painting. It is a great place to bring children in the school holidays with plenty of activities to keep them entertained including garden hunts, costumes and arts and crafts. Parents can take some time out in the Tea House and enjoy traditional Chinese tea and treats.

Explore Dunedin’s stories at one of New Zealand’s most innovative museums


OPEN 7 DAYS | FREE ENTRY | FREE WIFI 10am – 5pm 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin P (03) 477 5052


Learn about the Dunedin Chinese Settlers in our alleyway exhibition.

Savour traditional tea and dumplings in the enchanting teahouse.

Create memories and dress up in traditional Chinese costume.

Spot the goldfish and be puzzled by the puzzles.

OPEN DAILY: 10am – 5pm ADMISSION: Adult $9 | Under 13 FREE (maximum two per adult) ANNUAL PASS: $20 03 477 3248 Cnr Cumberland and Rattray Streets (beside Toitu– Otago Settlers Museum) www.dunedinchinesegarden.com

media that will engage curious minds. The beautiful Art Deco bus station area has a children’s area with craft materials and dress ups – as well as comfortable seats for the adults’ tired legs. The archives and research centre has a wealth of information for budding genealogists or historians and friendly staff who can help them get started. The Museum has helpfully placed restrooms and a café in the sunny and expansive Josephine Foyer with a variety of snacks and drinks on offer to replenish energy before heading off to explore the next corner of the museum. A shop is also on hand selling toys, games and novelties as well as custom designed jewellery, china and gifts. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a fun place to spend an hour or a day with something new always waiting to be discovered.

Pride of The South

Dunedin is home to Speight’s Brewery. Having recently been through a redevelopment, a visit to the Brewery will mean you get to experience the old and the new. The fully guided 90 minute tour lets you explore the historic working Brewery. You will see and touch some of the ingredients which goes into making Speight’s beers, and find out not only how Speight’s became a legend in the south but right around the country. Even if you are not a beer drinker, you’ll enjoy learning about the history of beermaking, hear some yarns from years gone by and how to make traditional wooden beer casks. Visitors will be taken around the old part of the Brewery learning about our

brewing process before discovering the recently developed new brew house. This is where the magic happens. Every tour finishes the way every brewery tour should – with the chance to taste and appreciate samples of Speight’s finest beers. In the Brewery bar not only will you learn more about what you are about to sample but we might even let you pour one behind the bar for yourself. After the tour make sure you have time to pop into the Speight’s Brewery shop where there genuine Speight’s gear is available for you and if you are a bit peckish at all pop on down to the original Speight’s Ale House situated within the Brewery buildings. They have great southern fare in generous portions and all of the Speight’s range fresh from the tap.

DUNEDIN, THE HOME OF THE SPEIGHT'S BREWERY SPEIGHT’S BREWERY TOUR p: +64 3 477 7697 | e: tours@speights.co.nz | w: speights.co.nz a: 200 Rattray Street, Dunedin 9016 * An easy 5 minute walk from The Octagon

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Utterly spectacular In the last four and a half years, over 92 film crews have visited the Otago Peninsula Headland in a bid to capture its beauty. Truly, the only way to comprehend this precious wildlife habitat – deemed “the finest example of eco-tourism in the world” – is to experience it first-hand. With Natures Wonders, you can meet the lively inhabitants of this familyowned headland, from the coy yellow eyed penguin to outspoken seals and their pups. Tours are conducted on 8 wheel drive Argos, allowing for the cross country trip of a lifetime. Natures Wonders is thrilled to be

able to offer a brand new, two-storey catamaran which provides fantastic viewing opportunities of the wildlife around the headland. Experience a smooth ride specifically designed for your comfort and safety on this premium catamaran. As Natures Wonders is also a working sheep and cattle farm, you can even partake in an authentic sheep shearing experience. Who knows, you may meet close to 1,000 sheep! At the end of your life-changing experience, ‘winedown’ with dinner at the gorgeous café, overlooking the deep blue Pacific Ocean.

Up close and Personal • The Penguin Express • ARGO adventure • Sheep Shed Experience

Cafe op en 7 days from 10am. Full license y d.

• Catarmaran provides stable viewing

Tours depart throughout the day Booking Essential - Ph: 03 478 1154 Email: info@albatrossexpress.co.nz


Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin. Email: info@natureswonders.co.nz | www.natureswonders.co.nz

Bookings are essential - Ph 0800 246 446

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Blue Penguins Pukekura Everyone loves penguins! Discover Korora, Little Blue Penguins, the world’s smallest penguins in their natural habitat on the picturesque Otago Peninsula and see them scurry home to their cliff side burrows at the end of the day. A purpose-built observation platform and boardwalk at the beach provide the most natural way to view the little penguins without disturbing them. Blue Penguins Pukekura is operated as a conservation kaitiakitanga partnership between the Royal Albatross Centre, the Otago Peninsula Trust and the Pukekura Trust. The increased financial support from visitors to the area has provided the penguin population with the chance to flourish thanks to the increased level of predator control and the construction of nest-boxes required to successfully raise their young free from harm. Penguin numbers have dramatically increased to over 200 breeding pairs thanks to the hard work of all of the stakeholders involved in the Blue Penguins Pukekura project. Tours begin every evening at dusk from the Royal Albatross Centre and last for approximately 75 minutes. There is a Café and Souvenir Shop on site. Reservations are recommended as the tour fills fast. For more information please visit www.bluepenguins.co.nz

Cruising on the Otago Harbour Happy Hens

You may not be able to soar like an albatross over Taiaroa Head, but a trip with Dunedin’s Monarch Cruises will get you close to the real thing! Enjoy the best that the Otago Peninsula and coast have to offer with this multi award winning tourism company. Not only will you see the mighty Northern Royal Albatross and New Zealand fur seal colonies, but experienced guides will identify other species nesting and feeding there – wading birds, other albatrosses, petrels, maybe even penguins, sea-lions and dolphins. Join a short wildlife cruise if you are already out on the peninsula, or relax and take one of Monarch’s popular longer tour options from the city. These can include visits to the Albatross Centre,

Larnach Castle and Penguin Place. You can also take a new Sundowner Package from mid afternoon – including wildlife cruise, albatross tour, dinner at Albatross Café and viewing Little Blue Penguins coming ashore after dark before being taken back to the city. Complimentary transfers and refreshments are included for half day and full day options, while interactive commentaries, complimentary jackets and binoculars are also provided. For further information phone 0800 666 272, visit Monarch Cruises at 20 Fryatt St Dunedin and at Wellers Rock Wharf on the Otago Peninsula or contact the company’s email monarch@wildlife. co.nz or website www.wildlife.co.nz

Happy Hens have become distinctive Dunedin icons since Yvonne Sutherland made her first appealing designs in 1984 and showcased them internationally at Dunedin’s sister city in Japan. Visitors to the studio at Portobello can see the creative process with the hand painting of each hen. Most of the designs represent different breeds of hens, which are stylized to fit the characteristic Happy Hen shape. Happy Hens are the collectables of today and the antiques of tomorrow. For those passionate about these unique hand made which exude their own personalities there is a Happy Hens Collectors Club. There are many repeat visitors and some families are now third generation collectors. “We even created a special red and black hen following the Christchurch earthquake and many Christchurch residents asked for replacements after their breakages, saying they couldn’t live without their Happy Hens! A variety of Happy Hen products including tableware, kitchen linen and greeting cards are available at the Portobello premises, or alternatively can be purchased online.. For further information visit www. happyhens.co.nz

Royal Albatross Centre

Discover korora...

the worlds smallest penguin... scurrying home each night in their natural environment

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Unique hand made ceramic hens are prize winners with universal appeal and magic.

Catch one at Portobello!

www.happyhens.co.nz ph: 03 478 0111

www.bluepenguins.co.nz Your only chance to see ... ... the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Located on the Otago Peninsula, only a short drive from Dunedin. Guided tours, cafe and souvenir shop

Bookings freephone

0800 528 767 www.albatross.org.nz

Ever seen a giant albatross sharing your space? Explored a hidden fort? Visit Otago Peninsula for your only chance to see two unique award winning attractions; the world's only mainland albatross breeding colony and the world’s only fully restored 1886 Armstrong Disappearing Gun. Both are iconic Dunedin experiences at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head. The Royal Albatross with its three metre wing span is sure to amaze. Led by knowledgeable guides, a tour from the Centre is the only way to get closeup views of these magnificent birds in their world famous breeding colony, so make certain you book ahead. Pukekura is also home to a wide range of other bird and marine life. Albatross, seals, cormorants and penguins have all

colonised the headland, which boasts a rich cultural history. The headland has been a fortified site since the earliest Maori settlement of the region. On the Fort Taiaroa tour visitors explore the historic Victorian Fort and 1886 Armstrong disappearing gun hidden beneath the albatross colony. Make time for the superb Café and Souvenir Shop on-site. This great day out supports the Otago Peninsula Trust, a private charitable trust dedicated to conservation, education and sustainable tourism. Visit all the Trust’s attractions including the Royal Albatross Centre, Fletcher House and Glenfalloch Woodland Garden and Restaurant. For more information visit - www. albatross.org.nz

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World Class Stately Home

Dunedin’s Spectacular Railway Journeys Taieri Gorge Railway is one of the world’s great train trips and an experience you should not miss. Operated by Dunedin Railways, this is a memorable experience that both adults and children will love. So step aboard and catapult yourself back in time to Otago’s pioneering days. The train departs from the fabulous Dunedin Railway station – rumoured to be the most photographed building in New Zealand and one you should explore before your adventure begins on board the train. Once on board you will travel through the Southern end of the city until you arrive at the junction of Wingatui where the train turns off and begins its meandering trip into the Taieri Gorge. This railway is part of the old Otago Central Railway which extended out as far as Cromwell and was built between the years 1879 and 1921 – it is steeped in history and is part of the tale told in an entertaining and informative commentary by the train manager. The train will stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way for photos where you can disembark and stretch your legs and enjoy the best of beauty, peace and quiet that nature has to offer. Stand on the open air platforms while the train moves or enjoy a quiet drink and food from the onboard cafe. The train runs daily to Pukerangi - a peaceful outcrop at the end of the Taieri Gorge. Twice a week in summer and once a week in winter the train extends its journey to the very end of the railway line which is now Middlemarch, a lovely example of a country railway town and the beginning of the Otago Central Rail

Trail. Dunedin Railways also operate the Seasider, an exciting trip which takes passengers on the spectacular section of coastal railway line between Dunedin and Oamaru and operates on frequent days throughout the summer season. Depending on the day, there are options to take a 90 minutes highlights tours or a longer seven hour trips to either Moeraki or Oamaru. Passengers experience excellent views as the train travels along Otago Harbour to climb the cliff tops to emerge from the bush and onto the picture perfect scenery of the Pacific Ocean and the incredible view over the dazzling Blue Skin Bay. This section of railway is considered to be a highlight of the rail network in New Zealand. Oamaru is a great option to take and this runs on a monthly weekly basis in the summer months. The train stops for one hour here for you to explore the historic precinct, check out the farmers market, have a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes or visit the amazing Steam Punk museum. Moeraki is another exciting option where you can disembark, take a casual walk to the Moeraki Boulders Cafe and bar, have a bite to eat and a stroll to the beach to check out these near perfectly round natural boulders – strewn across the beach. This is a two hour stop over so plenty of time to eat and explore! These train trips are all-weather experiences that will suit individuals, families or groups alike so come for the ride, we would love to have you aboard.

Email: info@larnachcastle.co.nz


Larnach Castle is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s finest historic homes. Not only is it a testament to the wealth of its builder, but to the current owners who have restored and revitalised it for the benefit of visitors from all over the world. William Larnach was a merchant, Baron and politician when he built the castle in 1871 for his wife Eliza. The finest materials were imported to befit the opulent grandeur he envisaged; Italian marble, Venetian glass and tiles from England. The 3000 square foot ballroom is still used for weddings and balls and the castle boasts the only Georgian hanging staircase in the Southern Hemisphere. Part of the romance and intrigue of the castle today is the tragic history of its owner. Larnach shot himself after a scandal involving his wife and the building was subsequently used as a mental hospital and later to billet troops. Years of neglect finally came to an end when the Barker family purchased it in 1967 and painstakingly restored and developed it to its present condition. As well as its magnificent Victorian interior, resplendent with architectural details, elaborate fittings and antique furniture, 35 acres of garden have been re-developed by Margaret Barker into “Garden of International Significance” status. The native plant trail is a beautifully illustrated walk through the castle grounds among rare and iconic native plants in rock gardens, a south seas garden and a rain forest. Children also enjoy a special guide to Larnach Castle. The illustrated brochure contains interesting facts about castles, Victorian times, the family’s history and a children’s tour of the grounds.

Larnach Castle offers guests three different styles of accommodation; Camp Estate - country house accommodation positioned 500 metres from the front gate of the Castle, offering luxurious decor and total privacy; Larnach Lodge, features colonial style in the grounds of the castle and has 12 bedrooms with private facilities for guests; while Castle Stable Stay is the perfect choice for budget conscience travellers. All house guests may dine in the elegantly restored castle dining room and enjoy the unparalled atmosphere of New Zealand’s only genuine castle. Superbly located on the Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle captures the romance and history of the past. Also on the property is a café, petanque pit and a gift shop for castle themed mementoes to take home.

Year of Celebration in 2017 On 3rd March 2017, Larnach Castle celebrated 50 years of ownership of the by the Barker family. A range of events have been held during the year to celebrate, the main event is a yearlong exhibition of the last 50 years of photographs and videos recording the “highs and lows” and the many achievements of this time. “We will also be hosting a Garden Debate on the 19th of October 2017 chaired by Tony Murrell – debate participants are four very well-known local garden experts ‘says Deborah Price, Marketing and PR Manager of Larnach Castle. For further information visit www. larnachcastle.co.nz or email deborah@ larnachcastle.co.nz

Visitor Centre



50 The Octagon PHONE 03 474 3300 EMAIL visitor.centre@dcc.govt.nz WEBSITE www.isitedunedin.co.nz

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Dunedin’s Tastiest Tourist Attraction

The Cadbury World Experience is a chocolate lover’s dream that will ignite the senses and bring the magic of chocolate to life. On the one-hour guided experience you will hear about the history of Cadbury and learn about the chocolate making process (including tastings of the various elements along the way.) You will get to see a chocolate tempering demonstration and even create a little marvelous creation taster

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of your own with our liquid chocolate train (including your choice of Milk, Dark or White chocolate). The experience concludes with the unique “chocolate fall” and then onto the Cadbury World retail shop, where there is a mouth watering range of Cadbury products and unique branded merchandise items. Cadbury World also has a café with a selection of savoury and sweet options available, including a range of Specialty

Hot chocolates. The café is open to the public as well as those doing a tour, but by showing your tour ticket a 10% discount is offered off your café food/beverage purchases. Choc-a-block with fun, Cadbury World Tour and Cafe is a must do while in Dunedin!! Cadbury World is open 7 days a week. Bookings are highly recommended, so book now at www.cadburyworld.co.nz

Careys Bay Historic Hotel

Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel is a Dunedin delight for lovers of genuine ambience. Built in 1874 from bluestone and goldfields money, this Port Chalmers landmark has been a favourite local pub for 143 years. Following impressive restoration during the past two decades, Carey’s Bay Hotel has been returned to its original Victorian splendour. Dining areas include a main bar, lounge, “snug” and conservatory, plus a courtyard and terrace overlooking the tranquillity of Carey’s Bay. Open 7 days for lunch, dinner, coffee and

casual bar menu, the hotel specialises in mouth watering seafood alongside a comprehensive selection of other tempting dishes and platters. Dunedin people love to pop in on their way to or from Aramoana beach, make it your stop this summer. With four function areas of different sizes, each with its own unique atmosphere, Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel is a popular place for weddings, private functions, parties and conferences. For further information visit www. careysbayhotel.co.nz

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NOVEMBER 2017 Sat 4th - Sun 5th - Great Kiwi Home and Living Show, Forsyth Barr Stadium Tue 7th - Lorde in Concert, Dunedin Town Hall Sat 11th - Craft Beer and Food Festival, Forsyth Barr Until 19th WW1 Passchendale Exhibition, Toitu Settlers Museum Thu 23 - Sun 26th - Circopolis – circus show, Regent Theatre Fri 24th - Stevie Nicks in Concert, Forsyth Barr Fri 24th - Dublin Irish Tenors & Celtic Ladies, Dunedin Town Hall Mon 27th - Fete Dunedin, Various venues DECEMBER 2017 Until Sat 2nd - Botanical Art and Illustration Course, Olveston Sun 3rd - Saturday Night Fever musical, Regent Theatre Sat 9th - Naughty Christmas Horror Ball, Larnach Castle Sat 9th-Sun 10th - Mrs Brownz Boys Xmas Tribute Show, Edgar Centre Tue 12th - Messiah, Dunedin Town Hall Sun 24th - Otago Farmers Xmas Market, Dunedin Railway Station Sat 30th -3 Jan - Whare Flat Folk Festival, Waiora Valley Sun 31st - New Year’s Eve Concert, Octagon JANUARY 2018 Sat 13th - Black Caps vs Pakistan 3rd OD, University Oval Fri 22nd - Robbie Rocks (Robbie Burns fest) Octagon Sun 28th - Chinese New Year – Year of Rooster, Octagon/Chinese Gdn Sun 28th - Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally Mon 29th - Brighton Gala Day, Brighton Beach Tue 30th - Roger Waters Us&Them Tour Forsyth Barr FEBRUARY 2018 Sat 3rd -11th - NZ Masters Games, Various venues Sat 17th - Robbie Williams in Concert, Forsyth Barr Until Sat 25th - Life Before Dinosaurs Exhibition, Otago Museum MARCH 2018 Wed 7th - Black Caps vs England 4th ODI, University Oval Thu 29th-1 Apr - Ed Sheeran, Forsyth Barr Stadium

A warm welcome awaits you in a sleepy little bay... Historic Bluestone Pub

& Seafood Restaurant

Dunedin’s favourite pub serving Otago’s best seafood in iconic, historic surroundings • Serving lunch,

coffee, local wine & beer from 10am daily

• Free wifi • Great in all

weathers from sunny outdoor seating to warm and cosy firesides

17 Macandrew Road, Carey’s Bay, Dunedin P: 03 472 8022 E: info@careysbayhotel.co.nz


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Scottishness is Alive and Well in Dunedin!

Scottish heritage is proudly celebrated in Dunedin and visitors can discover many things uniquely Scots in the city: “Dun Eideann” is the gaelic name for Edinburgh and was adopted by the early arrivals in Otago for their new settlement. Presbyterian settlers established Knox Church on George St and First Church in the Octagon and New Zealand’s first university in 1869 Robbie Burns - the revered Ayrshire poet is commemorated with a statue in the Octagon, the Burns Society and an annual celebration of the poet’s birthday on 25th January The Caledonian Society was established to preserve Scottish traditions and culture including the organization of the city’s Highland Games, a highlight of the Scottish Festival.

The New Edinburgh Folk Club – thrives with weekly meetings and performances at various venues around the city. Highland Pipe Bands and solo pipers are a feature of many functions and events in Dunedin, both public and private, including annual competitions. Highlanders – even the rugby team has a Scottish name Scotch Whiskey - 45 South is distilled in Dunedin and as well as the “wee dram” it is also a vital ingredient of Haggis The Doon Bar in Stuart Street is an award winning establishment offering 250 whiskies from around the world. Haggis -Is a nourishing meatloaf pressed into the casing of a sheep’s stomach, cooked long and slow

Kingsgate – The Ideal Location

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is right in the heart of the city, providing the ideal location for guests whether they are visiting for business or leisure. The central business district is right on your doorstep and you are within easy strolling distance of some of Dunedin’s best local attractions including the Speights Brewery and Cadbury Chocolate Factory.

In house dining at Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen sets the stage for a true Kiwi dining experience. Savour a mouthwatering selection of steaks, seafood, and other authentic Kiwiana favourites. And of course, complement your delicious meal with a glass of local wine. With 55 sunny, north facing, wellappointed guest rooms, the Kingsgate Hotel offers comfort, convenience and a warm welcome at any time of the year.

and cut ceremoniously with a sword. The Scotia Bar and Bistro serves both haggis and traditional Cullen skink. Scottish breads- including Bermalines and Baps are sold in some of Dunedin’s local bakeries as well as Dundee cake and traditional Scottish shortbread. The Scottish Shop in George Street is a treasure trove of traditional and contemporary Scottish souvenirs, clan tartan items, memorabilia and even tinned haggis. Otago Tartan - the district has its own tartan to commemorate the settlers’ arrival on 23 March 1848. The blue and yellow design has been officially registered by the Scottish Tartan Society in Crieff, Perthshire Kilts - Helean Kiltmaker is in Kenmure Dunedin and makes kilts to order in traditional clan tartan designs or Otago’s own tartan

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River Boat to the Past

i n c e n t r al otag o NOVEMBER 2017 Fri 10th - 12th - Highlands 501, Cromwell Tue 14th - Food Lovers Masterclass, Alexandra Wed 22nd - Deb Webber Live, The Gate Cromwell Sun 26th - Cromwell Festive Fete, Racecourse Cromwell Sat 25th - Nevis Valley MTB Gutbuster, Cromwell DECEMBER 2017 Sun 3rd - Christmas @ the Races, Cromwell Racecourse Sat 30th - Bannockburn MTB Classic, Bannockburn JANUARY 2018 Tue 2nd - Lake Dunstan Triathlon, Cromwell Sat 6th - Cromwell Wine & Food Fest, Heritage Precinct Cromwell Sat 6th - Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge, Cromwell Sun 14th - St Bathans Village Fete, St Bathans Sat 27th – 2nd Feb - Bike Week @ Bannockburn, Bannockburn FEBRUARY 2018 Sat 3rd - Central Otago Craft Beer Fest, Pioneer Park Alexandra Sat 17th - Central Otago A&P Show, Omakau Sat 24th - River Range Music Festival Cromwell Racecourse Sat 24th- 3rd March - Goldfields Cavalcade, Ends in Owaka MARCH 2018 Sat 17th-18th - Northburn 100 Ultra Trail Runs, Northburn Station Cromwell APRIL 2018 Sun 1st - Clyde Wine & Food Harvest Festival, Main Street Clyde

Explore Central Otago • Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail (Jet Boat Transfers) • Heritage Cruises into Central Otago’s Golden Past • View: European and Chinese Gold Miners Huts • Tour: 1860’s Gold Mine

Clutha River Cruises will guide and glide you effortlessly into Central Otago’s gold mining past! Their beautifully appointed pontoon cruise boat departs from Alexandra boat ramp and drifts safely downstream as the skipper imparts tales of the area’s goldrush history. Along the way you will view authentic miners’ huts built of local schist stone and surviving gold mining relics. The heritage cruise ventures through the Roxburgh Gorge to perfectly preserved gold mines at the curiously named Doctor’s Point and Butcher’s Pont which date from the 1860’s.

Clutha River Cruises offers a unique opportunity to discover the isolated reaches of the Clutha River and see rare examples of both European and Chinese gold mining methods. Amid the spectacular Central Otago scenery you will also enjoy morning or afternoon tea picnic on the riverbank at Doctor’s Point. The company is the only licensed operator providing fully guided and catered tours on Lake Roxburgh and Lake Dunstan and also operates a jet boat tour and boat transfers to the increasingly popular Roxburgh Gorge Cycle trail. For further information visit www.clutharivercruises.co.nz

A Warm Alexandra Welcome Situated in the heart of Central Otago, a warm welcome awaits visitors to the Alexandra Holiday Park at any time of the year. There is a varied selection of accommodation to suit all budgets including: 10 self-contained units sleeping 2 to 9 people, depending on the unit; plus 2 and 4 berth standard cabins and 300 powered sites for camper vans, caravans and tents; with the Matti and the Complex and Matti catering for larger groups from 16 to 29. Clean and comfortable facilities are complemented by a TV room, internet

access, play area, laundry and even an ablution block that’s centrally heated in winter! Located close to the Otago Rail Trail, Aquatic Centre, horse riding and golf course, Alexandra Holiday Park is also an ideal base to enjoy fishing, walking, mountain biking, 4WD off roading plus skating and curling in winter, as well as the renowned vineyards, wineries, cafes and restaurants of the district. Ph 03 448 8297 or email info@ahp.nz or visit www.ahp.nz

Adventures by Bike Phone: 0220 683 302 E-mail: info@clutharivercruises.co.nz


ALEXANDRA HOLIDAY PARK 44 Manuherikia Rd, Alexandra

Ph: (03) 448 8297 info@ahp.nz www.ahp.nz Close to 4WD Tracks, Rail Trail, Aqua Centre, Golf Courses, Bike & Walking Tracks, Wine Trails, Curling, Fantastic Fishing, Approx 1 hour drive to Wanaka, Queenstown, Naseby, Ranfurly.

“Great for a getaway in sunny Central Otago”

Start your Adventure Here! We can provide you with the best experience possible. Whether it’s a trip on the Otago Central Rail Trail, Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge Trails or one of our Single Track Mountain Bike Adventures, we will take care of all of the organising so you can enjoy genuine southern hospitality and the best cycling holiday possible. We cater for independent travellers, families, groups and corporates and are happy to discuss your individual requests. Altitude Adventures Ltd 88 Centennial Ave, Alexandra 9320 Ph/fax: 03 448 8917, A/H: Phil 021 456 918 Email: info@altitudebikes


Altitude Bikes is an Alexandra-based mountain bike company offering single and multi-day journeys through Central Otago. Various routes and rides through the region’s scenic and historic heart have made Central Otago “bike accessible” for families and mixed ability groups. As well as their range of comfortable bikes, Altitude Bikes can also supply panniers, baby trailers, tow-behinds and a coaching service. The nearby Otago Rail Trail has become a year-round lure for New Zealanders and travelers from all over the world and Altitude Bikes offer several options including self guided 3-4 day packages or day trips to the spectacular Poolburn Gorge section of the trail. Alexandra is also surrounded by MTB trails incorporating “flowing single tracks, pedal pumping ascents, brakeburning down hills and un-spoilt alpine landscapes!” For those who prefer a “go as you please” trip, Altitude Bikes can help you plan and organize your own free ride. For further information contact Phil, Altitude Bikes ph 03 448 8917 or visit “http:/ www.altitudebikes”

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Clyde’s Folklore Store

Clyde’s newest creative retail adventure is the Folklore Store which opened just before Christmas. The bespoke building exudes an atmosphere of relaxed informality while its architectural simplicity is the perfect backdrop for the inspirational gifts and goods inside. Owners Todd and Sarah Sisson are renowned international photographers and initially purchased land to build a gallery for their landscape photography business. But the opportunity to combine a store and gallery under one purpose-built roof was the ideal venture.

The result is a browser and buyer’s delight of fine arts and objects for your home and yourself! Items sourced “from within New Zealand and around the globe” are on display alongside the couple’s magnificent photography and an exclusive range of New Zealand made products that are also inspired by the unique landscape of Central Otago. The Folklore Store is located in the heart of Clyde and is open 10am-5pm daily. For further information and inspiration visit www.sisson.co.nz

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Olivers in Clyde Established in 1869 by merchant Benjamin Naylor, Olivers in Clyde is one of Central Otago’s most significant historic landmarks with a Heritage NZ category one listing. Naylor saw financial opportunity in provisioning the many miners that flocked to the region’s goldfields and for over 100 years the buildings have continued to provide essential supplies and sustenance to locals and weary travellers alike. Today’s owners, David and Andrea Ritchie took over Olivers 8 years ago, meticulously and sympathetically restoring the buildings and re-launching its boutique accommodation. Eleven en suited rooms within the old stables and the original homestead blend the old with the new, creating a contemporary ambience integrally linked with bygone days. The final step in the refurbishment was the re-opening of the restaurant in 2015,

within the stone walls of the original Victoria Store. Fresh, clean flavours are the hallmark of cuisine at Olivers Restaurant, featuring superb local and seasonal produce and where a “level of uniqueness’’ is providing diners with a memorable experience. Also, established on site is the Victoria Store Brewery and Bar, while a new extension houses the Merchant of Clyde Café and Deli. The brewery offers a fine selection of craft beers on tap, while the café’s house-made goods cater for early morning customers starting the Otago Central Rail Trail and those wishing to relax during the day from the rush of the world, have a coffee and fresh local pastry in the courtyard! Enjoy an architectural, historic and gastronomic delight on your next visit to Clyde or, for more information visit www.olivers.co.nz

Paulina’s Restaurant


Located next to the local cinema in Clyde, Paulina’s Restaurant was opened in 2016 by owner and chef, Paulina Corvalan. Originally from Chile, but now resident in New Zealand since 2004, Paulina has introduced locals and visitors to Central Otago to her simple, uncomplicated food that is wholesome and delicious. “We use the plate as our platform to serve the kind of cuisine that brings unexpected delight” she says. As well as fine food, try the restaurant’s signature cocktail “Pisco Sour.” The South American cocktail is a mix of sweet and sharp taste with a texture that changes from “cloud like” foam to an icy tang. A “must try”! For further information visit www.paulinasrestaurant.co.nz


flavours in down town Clyde

Clyde’s newest restaurant Paulina’s is well know for its fresh ingredients and refreshing New Zealand and International flavours. Open 7 days a week for Lunch and dinner from 12pm till late.

6 Naylor Street, Clyde Booking: 03-4493236 info@paulinasrestaurant.co.nz www.paulinasrestaurant.co.nz

DUNSTAN HOTEL 35 Sunderland Street - Clyde

• Accomodation - 10 rooms Single/ Double/Twin - very affordable, comfortable and clean • Bar that offers great service, great beer and local wines and always great chat • Restaurant that offers honest food with flair • Enjoy all that Clyde has to offer and relax and kick back with us

Phone: 03 449 2817 | Email: southerndestinations2016@gmail.com


et within one of Otago’s most significant heritage buildings, enjoy the fresh local flavours of award winning Olivers Restaurant. Taste craft beer brewed onsite or visit the Merchant of Clyde café-bakery-deli for Hummingbird coffee and delicious baked goods and our own range of preserves and condiments. Olivers Lodge and Stables provides luxurious heritage accommodation in 11 en-suited rooms, within a beautiful courtyard setting.

34 Sunderland Street, Clyde | P 03 449 2600 bookings@olivers.co.nz | www.olivers.co.nz

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Exploring Central Otago by Bike

Creature Comfort in Clyde No matter what the season, you’ll find a warm welcome at the Antique Lodge Motel where hosts Heidi and Gunther Birgel provide many creature comforts for their guests including long term parking and bike storage for those doing the popular Central Otago Rail Trail. The motel dates from the 1970’s and offers affordable self-catering accommodation ranging from superior to standard and family to single bedroom units. All units have fully equipped kitchens, flat screen TV, Sky, free Wifi and there are large central heating convectors for cosy warmth in winter. In summer, the free gas barbeque is a popular amenity after a day of cycling, sightseeing or wine tasting! The Antique Lodge Motel is just a short stroll from Clyde’s impressive historic precinct where delightful cafés, restaurants and shops are housed in many of the town’s heritage buildings.

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Scenic, historic and peppered with some of our best vineyards, Central Otago has become a mecca for cyclists of all ages. There’s no better way to explore the district, than to team up with Bike It Now! Based in the historic town of Clyde and centrally located for people to ride all of the region’s trails, Bike It Now! is owned and operated by Duncan, Fletch and Lisa, all residents of Clyde. Bike It Now! offers top quality cycle hire, full day (One Day Wonders!) and multi day tours which accommodate riders of all abilities. Their fleet with its new Trek Roscoe 7’s with features such as 27+ wheels and tyres for a super smooth ride. All hire bikes have; ergonomic grips, hydraulic disc brakes, puncture resistant tyres, drop down panniers, high spec componentry and….. yes, plush padded seats too! Bike It Now! has the latest Avanti Discovery 3 bikes for those who prefer a more upright riding style, while their fleet of Scott and Haibike

E-bikes provide increased power via E Technology supplied by Bosch if your own pedal power is not quite enough! As E-bike specialists with both rental and purchase options, Bike It Now’s Kathryn Fletcher says “E-bikes allow more visitors to explore the many trails of Central Otago, let social groups of varying experience and ability to ride together and encourage healthy outdoor activity among people of all ages.” The company also has a selection of kids’ bikes, seats, tandems and “towbehinds” so that families can get on their bikes too. Bike It Now! is also a Trek, Scott, Avanti, Hai-bike and Smart Motion authorised dealer, selling a wide range of bikes, accessories and clothing (including Mons Royale and Madison) required by cyclists – this is complemented by a full workshop. The company operates 7 days a week and is only closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Some of the region’s most popular trails include: Wedderburn - this 2 day delight via Poolburn Gorge includes transport to Wedderburn and overnight stay in Lauder. Otago Central Rail Trail (152km), the original great ride that you can do one of our “One Day Wonders” or two day “Fantastic Rides” if on a time limit, otherwise 3 – 5 days is the way to go! Clutha Gold Trail 73km from Roxburgh Dam to Lawrence follows the mighty Clutha River. Roxburgh Gorge Trail (34km) is a premier one day recreational cycle trail that can join the Clutha Gold Trail to make a 3 day ride between Clyde and Lawrence. Other New Zealand cycle trails can be booked by arrangement with Bike It Now! For further information and “on your bike” inspiration visit www. bikeitnow.co.nz

The Eade Gallery

• 7 self-contained 1 & 2-bedroom units • Short stroll to Clyde’s eateries in historic precinct • Continental breakfast buffet in Schist stable (Oct-Apr) • FREE WIFI, car & bike storage on-site

Your all seasons holiday stay!

56 Sunderland Street | Clyde | Central Otago Ph: 03 4492709 | 0800 99 22 66 www.antiquelodgemotel.co.nz

bike it now! “Sensational Service” Muzza_W23 Trip Advisor

“Probably the best kiwi adventure ever” Shamu2013 Trip Advisor

“Freedom machines and all the thinking done for you!” roserandom Trip Advisor

• Top quality bike hire including e-bike specialists • Bike retail • Bike tours • Itinerary planning • Transport; including door to door from Queenstown • Otago Central Rail Trail • Roxburgh Gorge Trail • Clutha Gold Trail • Half-day to multi-day rides • www.bikeitnow.co.nz • 0800 BIkenOw (245366) • 25 Holloway St, Historic Clyde • Facebook/bikeitnow

The Eade Gallery, located in Clyde’s Historic precinct, opened the doors to its new premises in June of this year. With Clyde fast becoming a destination point for visitors Melanie and Rex Eade felt it was time to provide a purposebuilt space in which to represent the many talented artists in the area. The gallery’s sole objective is to have a broad selection of regional art, encompassing all mediums. “It is important for us to try and cater for all tastes” says Melanie. “I am careful not to double up on styles, so that each artist is represented for their distinctive style. And if we can’t find an artist for a certain medium and style, we will source further afield.” With the benefit of having her own studio in the gallery, Melanie can work

on her paintings at any time. She says this creates interest as customers often come back to see her finished work or look her up on Facebook. Eade Gallery represents over 30 artists which include painters, jewellers, wood carvers, ceramicists, photographers and sculptors along with a range of reproduction prints and cards. Whilst the Eade Gallery is open 7 days from 10am work can be viewed and bought online via the gallery’s website www.eadegallery.co.nz Contact can be made anytime via the website or Eade Gallery Facebook page. 17A Holloway St Clyde email: melanie@eadegallery.co.nz Ph: 0212653358


O P E N 7 D AY S F R O M 1 0 A M

Holloway Street, Clyde, Central Otago Tel: 021 265 3358 melanie@eadegallery.co.nz www.facebook.com/Eadegallery www.eadegallery.co.nz

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Armando’s Kitchen


Enjoy the authentic taste of Italy when you visit Cromwell! Armando’s Kitchen overlooks Lake Dunstan from its location in Cromwell’s Heritage Precinct. Using fresh local produce complemented by wines form both Central Otago and Italy, the menu features delicious lasagne, risotto, divine pizza and Armando’s famous open pork belly sandwich. As well as being open for coffee and a light affordable lunch, you can also choose from daily specials off the black board. There is evening dining from 6pm, but the popularity of Armando’s Kitchen means that bookings are essential. For further information visit www.armandoskitchen.com emailarmandoskitchen@gmail.com or phone 03 4450303.

Housed among the heritage buildings of Old Cromwell Town, Sequoia finewares is a unique shopping experience. With a beautiful outlook over Lake Dunstan and the hills beyond, the store is brimming with ideas for your home and gifts. Jan has selected old-fashioned wooden toys, books, furniture, homeware by quality designers including CC Interiors, French Country Collections, Citta, Robert Gordon and Mulberri, fun greeting cards and a wonderful collection of designer fabrics. You will find local influences too, including merino wear, jewellery, cards and fabulous hand-printed linen and scarves – a wonderful way to remember your visit to this dynamic Central Otago landscape. Browse your way into the back room, and you’ll be surprised by pre-loved designer wear for women. Revitalise your wardrobe with the thoughtful selection of dresses, tops, jeans and accessories at great prices. The Old Cromwell Town precinct houses buildings that reflect the town’s gold mining and pioneering past, and the jetty provides a convenient entry point for visiting boats. Admission to the precinct is free. Sequoia finewares is a treasure trove of quality décor and exciting discoveries, so our advice is to send the family off to explore the heritage buildings, the stables and the ducks on Lake Dunstan, while you relax and explore at your leisure, and then join them at one of the precinct’s excellent cafes.

Objects of Art Les Riddell is a craftsman jeweller whose Objects of Art showroom and workshop is located in an historic store within the Cromwell Heritage Precinct. He specialises in the creation of innovative personal jewellery and uniquely artistic implements using a variety of materials and also runs jewellery workshops from time to time . All commissioned works are handcrafted on site to the customers’ individual specifications. As well as using fine metals including gold, silver, copper, platinum, bronze and brass with the finest diamonds, pearls and other gemstones, creative designs may also incorporate bone, wood, steel, ivory, stone, titanium and even plastic. As well as crafting bespoke jewellery, your old jewellery can be re-designed and recycled into new items with contemporary appeal. Whether it is jewellery, sculpture, art work, or objects with an innovative practical purpose, Objects of Art can custom make your one-off special request. For further information visit www. objects-of-art.co.nz

Cromwell Heritage Precinct One of Central Otago’s best kept secrets, the Cromwell Heritage Precinct is tucked away on the shores of Lake Dunstan, at the confluence of the Kawarau and Clutha arms of the lake. From an idea in the mid eighties the historic village has been developed by volunteers over the years. Some buildings have been re-built from stone from the original buildings while others are a faithful re-creation built to modern building code. It is not only a delightful and free visitor attraction with historical displays and charming buildings, but also a hub for artists and craftspeople. The schist stone cottages and shops are tenanted by a quality-focused arts collective, international-standard printmaker, renowned goldsmith, highly original wire sculptor and a plant expert and maker of herbal creams and perfumes. There is also a charming

second-hand book store, unique gift outlets and two great cafes. The historic displays tell the story of the incredible 1860s gold rush when sparsely populated Central Otago was suddenly inundated with thousands of hopeful prospectors. Children love the talking ‘locals’ who tell the yarns, lifesize horses and secret alleyways, as well as the ducks, fishing wharf and picnic areas. Named in 2014 as one of New Zealand’s best ‘hidden gems’ by AA Directions Magazine, the precinct is gradually being discovered by overseas visitors, Kiwi families, makers of television commercials and locals. Located on Melmore Terrace, the Precinct hosts the Cromwell Farmers Market every Sunday from Labour Weekend to Easter.

OCTA Gallery Located within the Cromwell Heritage Precinct, OCTA provides a living gallery space to showcase limited edition original prints and an eclectic mix of works of art by recognised National and International artists. The gallery’s directors, Gail and Chris de Jong, moved to Central Otago after successful careers in secondary and tertiary art education. In opening the gallery they bring their own knowledge and enthusiasm to the venture. Gail continues her career as a painter and Chris, although now retired can be prevailed upon to run printmaking workshops on request! As part of the ever-changing display at OCTA you will find works by Chagall, Matisse, Braque, Antoni Tapies and others alongside well known New Zealand artists like Ralph Hotere, Pat Hanly, Marilynn Webb, Nigel Brown, Kathryn Madill, Olav Nielson, Michel

Tuffery, Kelvin Mann, Inge Doesburg, Jo Ogier, Jim Cooper, “Blue Black” and Suzanne Butson As well as selected prints, sculptures and ceramic pieces, you will also find unusual art objects and books of historical interest. OCTA Gallery and Workshop is located at 71 Melmore Terrace in Cromwell’s Historic Precinct and welcomes visitors daily from 10am4pm. www.cromwellheritageprecinct. co.nz

A treasure trove of: Homeware | Fabric Gifts | Toys Designer pre-loved clothes

••• Open every day 10am till 4pm

Cromwell Heritage Precinct Ph. 03 445 1387 jan@sequoiafinewares.co.nz

Old Cromwell Town Art

Italian Cooking in Cromwell (old Cromwell Precinct)

Art Gallery & Workshop

Objects Of Art Ltd Specialising in custom made jewellery and art objects from new and recycled materials

Specialising in works on paper

• Top Quality Locally sourced food • Italian Coffee, award winning local Gelato • Light lunches, Traditional Italian dishes, pizza & classic NZ dishes • Open every day for Breakfast and Lunch • Evening dining Thursday, Friday & Saturdays

OCTA Gallery, according to many of its visitors, is considered quite unique in this part of the world. Operating from a historic building in Cromwell’s Heritage Precinct, Central Otago, it provides a living art space, showcasing limited edition original prints and an eclectic mix of art work created by renowned national and international artists. During the last few years, OCTA Gallery has established a reputation for the quality of its diverse, eclectic, and interesting works, as well as the excellent service it provides. Its directors, Gail and Chris de Jong look forward to your visit and are keen to share their extensive knowledge and experience as professional artists and educators.

Armando’s Kitchen Italian Cafe

71 Melmore Terrace, Old Cromwell Precinct Ph. 03 445 0303 armandoskitchen@gmail.com www.armandoskitchen.com

Phone 03 445 1594 | Email octa@artlover.com

71 Melmore Tce Unit 4A Cromwell Historic Precinct 03 445 3094 | sales@objects-of-art.co.nz Join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/objects.of.art

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The most inland linksstyle golf course in nz

Situated on the shores of Lake Dunstan, the Cromwell Golf Course is one of the best in New Zealand, and one of the most scenic. Sculptured among sand dunes, marram grass and mature trees, the arid Central Otago landscape is transformed by state of the art irrigation into firm undulating fairways, and the sand-based greens provide great putting surfaces. Greg Turner, former European Tour Golf Professional and course designer says “The Cromwell Golf Course sits comfortably on land similar to that of the Melbourne sand-belt with expansive rolling dunes. With 5 different teeing options the course varies in length from 4500m to 6500m, so it is playable and a great test from the beginner through to Professionals”. The Cromwell Golf Club hosts the

New Zealand Open Final Qualifying Tournament in March every year. Excellent facilities are available, with Clubhouse, Pro-Shop, Driving Range, Short-game area and practice Putting green located on-site. Golf tuition is available from the resident PGA Professional and Director of Golf Willie Moore. Visitors are welcome to play the course and use the facilities 7 days. NZ Affiliated Green fees range from $35-$50 for 18 holes and $20-$30 for 9 holes, with Non-Affiliated Green fees ranging from $50-$75 for 18 holes and $30-$40 for 9 holes. For bookings and course information call (03) 445 0165, or email bookings@ cromwellgolf.co.nz

Central Gold Motel Asure Central Gold Motel is ideally located in Cromwell and just 100metres to shops, restaurants, golf and the town’s sports complex and swimming pool. Modern, spacious studio and one bedroom units are well appointed for guests’ comfort and enjoyment

including full kitchens, free wifi, air conditioning and Sky TV. As one of Cromwell’s newest motels, the Central Gold Motel offers 4 star plus accommodation at an affordable price. Visit www.centrlgoldmotels.co.nz for bookings and further information.


Central Otago Golf at it’s finest. ✂

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Pro shop, lessons, driving range facilities available. Willie Moore, PGA Professional

Your Hosts Gaylene and Craig welcome you • 11 spacious units - 10 ground floor and 1 first floor • Less than 2 minutes from shopping centre • Free Guest laundry and BBQ • The perfect base for exploring the area

24 Barry Ave, Cromwell, New Zealand PH - 03 445 4700 www.centralgoldmotel.co.nz info@centralgoldmotel.co.nz

Neplusultra Street CROMWELL Phone/Fax 03 445 0165 Email: manager@cromwellgolf.co.nz cromwellgolf.co.nz

Cromwell Events The Cromwell Race Course is the perfect backdrop for event-goers seeking wine, food, shopping and horseracing. Nearby, Highlands Motorsport Park offers worldclass action for motorsport fans. For the more active however, the longrunning Bike it Now! Cromwell Summer Series, owned by the Cromwell & Districts Promotion Group, has options for first-timers and families through to serious athletes. There’s still time to enter the iconic Nevis Valley Gutbuster, held on Saturday, November 25. The remote back country of Central Otago has an irresistible charm that draws people in. Every November hundreds of keen mountain-bikers line up at New Zealand’s most inland township, Garston, for a race like no other. Over twenty river crossings, souldestroying climbs, big descents and weather conditions that would test the hardiest, all feature in this 75km endurance challenge. New teams options have opened the event up…less excuses now not to give it a crack, organiser Terry Davis says. Enter online at www.cromwell.org.nz Veteran athlete Bill Godsall runs three events for Group, the XS Storage Bannockburn Classic MTB on Saturday, December 30, The Gate Lake Dunstan Triathlon on Tuesday, January 2 and the Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge on Saturday, January 6. All three attract serious competitors from throughout the South Island, including some talented teens with big futures in multisport. The road cycle race circumnavigates Lake Dunstan over 96km of flattish tarseal and its popularity is growing. Entries for all events are open online at

Cromwell.org.nz, he said. Under shady trees at the Cromwell Race Course, the Festive Fete’s 120 stalls provide great Christmas shopping, wine and food. Organiser Anthea Lawrence says The Golightlies and Cemetery Road will play this year at the November 26 event. On Sunday, December 3, Cromwellians don fancy hats and finery for Christmas at the Races. Central Otago’s biggest race event of the year, it’s a local’s favourite for Christmas functions.

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Welcome to The Gate There’s no missing or mistaking Cromwell as anywhere but Cromwell. The only town in New Zealand boasting a 13 metre high ‘Big Fruit’ statue to symbolize horticulture’s economic importance to the Cromwell Basin which today is also heart of the burgeoning Central Otago wine industry. Just a hundred or so metres along State Highway 8B from the giant apricot, apple, pear and nectarine, Cromwell offers another compelling reason for stopping -- ‘The Gate’, a stand-out attraction for travellers and locals alike. A large, eye-catching building complex, The Gate Hospitality and Visitor Centre houses three independent hospitality outlets … Five Stags Bar & Restaurant (including Black Panther Pizza), Forage Information Centre & Café, Black Panther Pizza and Harvest Hotel. In the grounds at The Gate, which are landscaped to create a village green feel, is a standalone Conference and Events Centre and Super Liquor store. Five Stags has a traditional hunting

lodge theme but given a 21st Century twist. Forage Information Centre & Café is an exciting new concept to provide travellers the opportunity to not only take a coffee break but also get information and book attractions, activities in and around Central Otago as well as those in nearby Queenstown and further afield without having to tackle Queenstown’s traffic and parking issues. The Harvest Hotel offers 47 rooms available as standard and premium doubles, twins and triples. With French doors opening onto a balcony or paved patio, all suites afford stunning Central Otago views. The Harvest Hotel’s immediate neighbour is the Cromwell Golf Course, recognised as one of New Zealand’s best country courses, with the Wooing Tree Vineyard and tasting room directly across the road. A few minutes’ drive away is the fabulous Highlands Motorsport Park. For further information please visit www.thegate.nz , email info@thegate.nz or ph 03 445 1777.

Blown Away by Höglund Art Glass

The King of Sweden has one. The King of Tonga has several. Clinton’s have a collection and so has Elton John. What? Pieces of glass from Höglund Art Glass, of course. Höglund Art Glass has a reputation which extends beyond the shores of New Zealand. Created by glass artists Ola Höglund and Marie SimbergArms Hotel has wonderful views over Höglund and their family, their stunning Lake Dunstan and provides visitors with glass is sought after worldwide by avid collectors and people who appreciate a special dining experience. the beauty and skill evident in each Visit www.victoriaarmshotel.co.nz for blown piece. further information. Ola and Marie have been dedicated to the development of their distinguished art glass that are held in galleries and private collections around the world for the past 35 years and the Höglund glassblowing dynasty is one of our national treasures. Well established in Nelson they have recently launched the Höglund Art Glass

Victoria Arms Hotel Cromwell’s Victoria Arms Hotel and Restaurant offers a la carte dining and stone grill options, plus all day menus available at the bar. The hotel was built in 1874 by James Stuart who remained the licensee until his death in 1899, when the licence was taken over by his wife. The hotel is located on the lake front of Old Cromwell’s main street within the Heritage Precinct. The fully licensed premises offers street side and indoor dining as well as space for private functions. Known for its fine food and genuine historic ambience, the Victoria

Gallery in Central Otago. Marie says their two sons will continue making glass at the glassblowing studio in Nelson while Marie and Ola are very enthusiastic about building a glass studio beside the new Central Otago gallery as soon as possible, located at their new home on state highway 6 between Cromwell and Wanaka. This glass gallery also displays paintings, artwork and jewellery which has drawn a steady following with locals and visitors to the region. Once purchased the artwork can be shipped around the world. The Höglund Art Glass Gallery is open to visitors seven days and is clearly signposted on State Highway 6 between Wanaka and Cromwell. (55 mins drive from Queenstown) Tel: 03 442 7210 - 1767 LuggateCromwell Road, www.hoglundartglass. com

Höglund Art Glass Gallery World renowned blown glass & glass jewellery.



Victoria Arms Hotel, Restaurant & Pub offers A-la-Carte and Stonegrill dining options. All day menus also available in the historic bar.

Nelson glass artists Ola and Marie Höglund recently opened a glass gallery in their new home on state highway 6 between Cromwell and Wanaka.

The hotel offers accommodation for those on a budget. Superb views over Lake Dunstan to be enjoyed.

Visitors welcome OPEN DAILY Höglund Art Glass Gallery 1767 Luggate-Cromwell Road 9383 Central Otago Phone 03 442 7210

Victoria arMS HotEL

65 Melmore Terrace, Cromwell | E: thevic@xtra.co.nz | P: (03) 445 0607



Three Star Plus Harvest Hotel (formerly Golden Gate Lodge) is Central Otago's gateway accommodation where all 47 standard and premium suites (Queens, Super Kings, Twins, Triples and rollaway beds available) have French doors opening on to breath-taking mountain, golf links, vineyard and rural views.

EMAIL: info@thegate.nz

Hunting lodge themed Five Stags Bar and Restaurant has evolved from the need to provide honest, hard-working locals and travelling folk with a welcoming, family friendly place to grab a cold pint, a glass of wine or a great feed and share stories about their day or week.

NZ FREEPHONE: 0800 104 451

Forage Information Centre & Cafe at The Gate could not be better positioned for tourists hungry for food and refreshment or thirsty for information and being able to make accommodation, activities and tour bookings there and then.

PHONE: + 64 3 445 1777

World famous in Cromwell and throughout much of Central Otago, Black Panther Pizza with base dough made daily on premises has since 2011 become a take away – dine in favourite with locals and visitors for consistent quality and ‘Grrreat Taste, Grrreat Value’.

FAX: + 64 3 445 1776

WEB: www.thegate.nz

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River Rock Estate Cromwell’s River Rock Estate is a boutique vineyard, winery and cellar door with luxury vineyard accommodation. The 1 hectare vineyard was first planted in 2004 and produces Pinot Gris, Two Together, Pinot Noir, Naked Pinot, Rose and Sauvignon Blanc wines and is also home to Tommy Cooper Port. The cellar door is housed in a picturesque barn and offers tastings, sales and wine merchandise. It is open daily from 11am-9pm in summer and 11am -5pm during the winter months. Accommodation at River Rock Estate comprises Vineyard ensuite rooms that

cater for two adults and a cottage that is designed for four adults. Visitors will enjoy the estate’s restful views of the Carrick, Dunstan and Pisa Ranges and the fairways of the nearby golf course. Also recently added is a private Hot Tub/Spa experience. River Rock Estate conveniently located within five minutes walk to Cromwell town- ship where amenities include a swimming pool complex, mini golf, shops, cafes and restaurants. For further information and bookings visit www.riverrockestate.com

Three Miners Vineyard Three Miners is a 19ha estate owned by Paul and Kirstin Wright in Central Otago, situated in Earnscleugh between Alexandra and Clyde. Gold was first discovered in the area in the 1860s and hundreds of miners panned the gold bearing gravels that border Three Miners Vineyard. Three Miners wine is produced using a team approach. Gary Crabbe is our Viticulturalist who makes sure the old tree commanded a place in local grapes are as perfect as they can be and folk lore as “the wooing tree” and a rendezvous for sweethearts and lovers. The tree was retained and the story provided the perfect name for both the vineyard and the owners’ new wine label! Today Wooing Tree sits prominently in the middle of the vineyard, which has become a popular location for marriage proposals and weddings. This purpose-built venue on the shores We offer wine tastings, sales, lunches of Lake Dunstan provides a relaxed and platters, all in a relaxed child- friendly atmosphere for members and friendly environment with a sandpit and guests to enjoy great company and slide. great facilities. Functions and weddings are by Play pool or darts, try your luck on appointment and the Cellar Door is the pokies, share the excitement of open 7 days Summer 10am-5pm, Winter 11am-4pm, and in winter for tastings and sports events on a big screen and enjoy outstanding lake views while you meet, sales only. greet and relax with the locals. Printers Bay at the Club restaurant,

The Wooing Tree Vineyard Wooing Tree is situated in the heart of Central Otago, New Zealand, next to the town of Cromwell and opposite the big fruit sculpture. The family owned single vineyard site specialises in Pinot Noir and also produces a Rosé, a still Blanc de Noir called “Blondie” and now a sweet wine called “Tickled Pink” from the same grape variety. Wooing Tree Chardonnay and Pinot Gris have also been added to the portfolio. The Wooing Tree label has had a remarkable first few years, 10 trophies, numerous gold medals, 5 star ratings, and praise from wine writers worldwide. Jointly owned by Steve and Thea Farquharson and Jane (Steve’s sister) and her husband Geoff Bews, they returned from overseas to run the vineyard, having setup the 18 hectare property in 2002. Steve had studied viticulture, wine making and the wine trade at Plumpton College in the UK, and Jane had also studied viticulture there. Nevertheless, owning and developing a vineyard was still a sharp learning curve. The Central Otago location gives a perfect mix of sub regional climates and optimum heat degree-days and the aim was to produce a pinot noir with rich and intense fruit flavours from low yielding vines. During the clearing of the land for planting, they discovered a 100 year

our Wine maker Pete Bartle turns those wonderful grapes into fabulous awardwinning wine. The Three Miners tasting room is inside a Miners style cottage located at 89 McPherson Rd, Alexandra. The Tasting Room is open for tastings and wine sales from 10am-5pm, seven days a week. For further information P: 03 449 3373 or 021 281 7732; E: kirstin@threeminers. com or visit www.threeminers.com.

Cromwell Town and Country Club

wine tastings • sales • lUnCHes • FUnCtions • weddings

where home cooked, light and main meals are excellent value for money. Kids are well catered for also, with our small kids room, large blackboard and outside playground. All the favourites on our kids menu also Cromwell Town and Country Club always welcomes members from affiliated clubs throughout New Zealand. So don’t be a stranger next time you are in Cromwell, drop in and enjoy all the benefits of feeling you belong.

On Holiday in Cromwell? Are you a Club Member? Tasting room open 10am-5pm daily

Boutique Vineyard & Winery Vineyard Accommodation Cellar Door Wine Tastings & Sales

Open 7 Days Winter 11am - 5pm Summer 10am - 9pm 1 Shortcut Road, Cromwell. Ph 021 270 5518

Opposite the ‘Big Fruit Sculpture’ Entrance via Shortcut Road Cromwell, Central Otago contact@wooingtree.co.nz www.wooingtree.co.nz 03 445 4142 OPEN 7 DAYS Summer 10am – 5pm Winter 11am – 4pm (winter tasting and sales only)

 Warden’s Court Pinot Noir  Miner’s Right Pinot Gris  Herringbone Riesling  Chinaman Stone Gewürztraminer  Pinot Noir Rosé 89 McPherson Rd, Alexandra Ph 03 449 3373 | Mob 021 281 7732 email kirstin@threeminers.com website www.threeminers.com

The Cromwell Town & Country Club welcome all affiliated members and guests to our relaxed and friendly club rooms with a million dollar view over the Kawarau arm of Lake Dunstan. Our Members Lounge is open Monday to Friday from 2pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am. Our restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday from 5.30pm with great home cooked tasty meals. Cromwell Town & Country Club Melmore Terrace, Cromwell Ph: 03 445 1169 E: cromwelltc@xtra.co.nz www.cromwelltownandcountryclub.co.nz

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A Brand Refresh for Summer

As Wanaka heads into another summer season promising bumper crowds and (hopefully) long, fine spells the town’s iconic tourist attraction, Puzzling World will be revealing their latest branding that, like the business itself is designed to engage and amuse. Shifting their work to a local designer, Simon Larkin of Larkin Designs, Puzzling World’s marketing manager Duncan Spear was keen to take some of the current messaging and mix it with a fresh approach. “Rather than a complete overhaul, I was keen to utilise parts of our current logo, copy and imagery and introduce new elements that spark imagination and a desire to explore a little further” he said.

With new uniforms, signage, brochures, vehicles and many more areas poised for a summer refresh, Simon describes the reasoning behind his latest creations,” The new branding was created to communicate more clearly the famous attractions name and image. As the ‘Tumbling Towers’ have become the iconic symbol of Puzzling World, instantly recognisable, prominent on site, and consistently used in previous branding, it makes sense to enhance and clarify this image to make an instantly recognisable brand element. With an increasingly international customer base it was important to ensure the name was clear, so it has been simplified and strengthened with a subtle ‘curve' effect

Wanaka Hotel Wanaka’s only Town Centre Hotel, Wanaka Hotel occupies a prime site with magnificent views of the lake and foreshore. Welcoming locals and visitors alike, this 3 Star hotel offers a range of facilities including accommodation, public bar, TAB, pokies, two restaurants and café. The café is open for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake, there is authentic Mexican fare at Amigo’s or you can treat yourself to the Bullock Bar’s Steakhouse menu. Accommodation is comfortable and affordable with double, twin and triple rooms all with ensuite facilities. The location is brilliant for lakeside activities in summer and convenient for getting to other attractions like Puzzling

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and strong font style to communicates the ‘fun’ and ‘World’ aspects of Puzzling World” The new marketing strategy includes characters to help convey the fun as Simon explains, “Using an internationally recognisable, and fun, family of ‘brain’ test dummies is to enhance the idea that Puzzling World appeals to all ages and ethnicities, and to tie together the diverse range of attractions. The ‘dummy’ family is a great way to draw in and add a humorous, personal connection for visitors, and represent a wide range of ethnicities and all age groups… 'are you a clever dummy?'

The Wanaka Transport and Toy Museum is one of the largest private collections in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 60,000 items on display. Acquired over many years by the late Gerald Rhodes via advertisements, auctions, markets and garage sales, the varied collection has something to interest everyone, whether adult or child. Described as a “pandora’s box of surprises” the transport exhibits include over 600 rare and unusual aircraft, cars, trucks, motorcycles, fire appliances, military vehicles, tractors and an extraordinary range of “automobilia.” Among the more unusual exhibits are some “must see” items including one of the world’s largest single-engine biplane and the world’s last original 1915 Sunbeam Rover ambulance. You can also see some of the vehicles from the new movie “Pete’s Dragon” and a 1924 Buick Limousine, only one of 4 ever built. Nostalgia rules in the Toy Collection where over 50,000 items feature clockwork toys, pedal cars, money boxes, battery-operated toys, teddies and dolls, including 500 Barbie dolls complete with accessories. Always popular is the Star Wars collection of toys, figures and memorabilia. Most exhibits are in remarkable working order and many are used for authentic film props and advertising. The museum and shop are open daily and you can also follow them on Facebook.

600 Vehicles • 50,000 Toys

World, Wanaka Museum. You are also in the heart of the shopping precinct. Renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, Wanaka Hotel is the place to stay this summer!

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Spectacular Southern Scenic Route

One of the most spectacular roads in the South Island is the Southern Scenic Route between Te Anau and Dunedin around the Southland coast. Southland has a landscape of natural unspoilt beauty – the endless beaches pounded by the Pacific Ocean, rolling green fertile plains, meandering rivers and rugged mountains. The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is New Zealand’s newest multi day walking route, covering 53 kilometres over 3 days/2 nights. The track traverses coastline, marine terraces, podcarp and beech forest, as well as sub-alpine settings. The area is rich in history for both Maori and European cultures and the key attractions are the restored Percy Burn Viaduct and the Edwin, Sandhill and Francis Burn Viaducts.

Continuing your journey along the wild southern coast, enjoy the charm of fishing villages like Riverton, one of the earliest settlements in New Zealand. At nearby Invercargill, visitors appreciate its wide streets, Victorian and Edwardian buildings and superb parks and gardens. Art galleries show off the talents of Southlanders, while cafes and bars provide delectable cuisine and entertainment after the sun goes down. The distinctive pyramid shape of Southland Museum houses many artefacts but its most popular attraction are its tuataras. Leaving Invercargill, you will travel through some of the country’s lushest farmland, while some of the best

brown trout fishing in the world can be experienced on the Mataura River on the outskirts of Gore. Southland’s second largest town is also home to cultural heritage attractions including the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and Croydon Aircraft Company. Turning towards the Catlins coast, native bush meets the water’s edge, caves and waterfalls are hidden along deserted beaches and bays that are home to dolphins, sea lions and penguins. At Curio Bay visitors marvel at its 160 million year old petrified forest. Beyond the Catlins are the rolling hills of South Otago before passing Lake Waihola and Mosgiel en route to Dunedin, New Zealand’s most Scottish city. For further information visit www.southland.org.nz.

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The Manapouri Motels and Holiday Park have been run by the Nicholsons ever since they arrived from the USA in 1970, discovered the beauty of Fiordland and never left! Forty years later they continue to provide a welcoming haven for travellers from near and far, offering clean comfortable accommodation options and a wealth of knowledge about New Zealand’s World Heritage wilderness. With wonderful views of Lake Manapouri, visitors can choose from motels, cabins or camping sites. The 10 motel units have self catering facilities and range from studio units for two persons to a three bedroom house known as the “Green Crib.” There are also 18 “cabins with character” for more budget conscious travellers. Each cabin is quirkily different, 5 include basic kitchen facilities while the remainder use the well equipped on-site communal kitchen and shower/toilet facilities. For campers there are powered or nonpowered sites which are beautifully situated to enjoy lake views or a tranquil sheltered location among the trees. The Manapouri Motels and Holiday Park is located close to Manapouri’s restaurants and pub as well as local walking tracks, lake based recreational activities and a variety of excursions to Fiordland’s unspoiled environment and wildlife. For further information visit www. manapourimotels.co.nz

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