canterbury’s own lifestyle magazine / a great local read

Hurunui River Experiences

Energy Jet is passionate about helping people experience this hidden gem of a river and our surrounding environment. Enjoy the wild coastline, stunning North Canterbury farmland and pristine alpine snowfed waters as your skipper expertly navigates the shallow river braids and narrow canyons. Extend your adventure to combine the thrill of jet boating with scenic picnic options, featuring delicious, local produce, enabling you to grab a taste of how Kiwis connect with their natural surroundings. Farm tours also available. A small family-owned business that offers you a real local New Zealand jet boating experience.

Vine Run at Pegasus Bay Winery

Pegasus Bay Vine Run

Would you like to combine fitness and fiesta in a stunning location this summer?  Then look no further than the Vine Run at Pegasus Bay Winery on 26 January 2020. With 6, 10 & 18 km courses available, there’s something for all levels. Then join the celebrations afterwards with food, wine and live music.  All in support of the NZ Brain Research Institute.

Out of the Bleu

Out of the Bleu

Tucked behind the Blue Dairy in Amberley you will find this gorgeous French-inspired homeware store.

‘Small in space, big in style’, owner Julie Cann loves sourcing beautiful décor, gifts and pieces for your home, timeless linen clothing, jewellery and much, much more. Allow yourself plenty of time to browse and enjoy the relaxed ambience and warm, friendly customer service.

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Opening hours / Tuesday – Saturday
10 am – 5 pm.
03 261 5111

Fiddler’s Green Vineyard & Bistro

Fiddler's Green Vineyard & Bistro

Fiddler’s Green Bistro specialises in fresh, seasonal dishes paired with Waipara’s finest wines, local craft beers and premium liquors. The tasting cellar features several local vineyards that do not have cellars, as well as Fiddler’s Green wines. Seating indoors or outside provides a scenic view overlooking the vineyard.

Located at 244-246 Georges Road, Waipara Valley.

Opening hours / Wednesday – Sunday 11 am – 10 pm.
03 314 7679,

The St James Hanmer Springs

The St James Hanmer Springs

With a focus on detail and luxury, The St James Hanmer Springs is a premium accommodation option. Guests are treated to incredible service, comfortable beds and state-of-the-art finishes, all while owners Paul and Rae Baigent maintain a focus on the environment with their ‘change the world one tree at a time’ programme.Enjoy a slice of mountain paradise.

0508 St James,

Brew Moon

Brew Moon

Brew Moon Brewing Company is a family-owned brewery and taproom in Amberley. Alongside their range of award-winning beer, they serve a selection of local Waipara wine and refreshing cider; perfect for washing down their delicious wood-fired pizzas. Park up inside and watch the brewery activity, or grab a seat in the sun-drenched courtyard outside.

Opening hours / 3 pm til late Wednesday Friday, midday til late Saturday Sunday.

03 314 8036,

Homestead Interiors

Homestead Interiors

Homestead Interiors opened in 2015 realising a dream for owner Nicola Atkinson, who saw an opportunity to supply customers with good quality furniture and homeware. The handpicked items include floor rugs, throws and cushions and are proving popular with repeat customers, who also enjoy a loyalty programme with points that never expire! Nicola has her Diploma in Interior Design which proves useful when helping customers. The team at Homestead Interiors look forward to helping you find the perfect item, for you or any special occasion.

Opening hours / 10 am – 5 pm Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday.
03 315 5063,