Monthly Archives: September 2019

24 REASONS TO LOVE WINTER

Posted by Georgina on September 05, 2019

“Boasting snow-covered mountains that look like magic, rustic eateries and a palpable atmosphere of adventure, New Zealand’s South Island is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the cooler winter months,” says Bryan Wilkinson, concierge at 5-star luxury hotel The George in Christchurch New Zealand.

 

MULLED WINE

Just when we thought a red wine by the fireplace couldn’t get any better – spicy cinnamon, star anise and hints of vanilla take this tasty drop to the next level.

WINTER COATS

You trawled through the finest boutiques in London and spent a pretty packet on that glorious winter coat – now’s it’s time to show her off.

THE LUMIERE CINEMA

Whether you choose the Bernhardt or the Bardot, this boutique cinema boasts cheese boards, cocktails and unsurpassed elegance.

HOMEMADE SOUP

From creating to consuming and then bragging – whipping up a homemade soup is oh so satisfying.

EMPTY BEACHES

Moody, deserted and powerful - New Zealand’s beaches sometimes look their most beautiful during the cooler months.

THE SOUTHERN LIGHTS

The longer, darker nights of winter can be the perfect time to view this wondrous natural phenomenon.

HAGLEY PARK FROSTS

Crunchy frost instantly transforms this beloved local park into an absolute winter wonderland.

CUDDLY CLOTHES

Snuggly homegrown Merino sweaters keep us toasty all day long.

THE CURATORS HOUSE AT THE BOTANIC GARDENS

Beautiful Spanish fare not to be missed. Be sure to ask for table 11 by the fire.

SLOW COOKED MEALS

Picture this, slow-cooked Canterbury lamb falling off the bone - made that much better by the fact that it cooked perfectly, all on its own.

 

HAMNER SPRINGS IN THE SNOW

Hot spa, falling snow – enough said.

RECOVERING LOST ITEMS

Finding $20 or that long-lost lipstick in your forgotten winter duds is the seasonal gift that keeps on giving.

BOX SETS & BINGE-WATCHING

Guilt-free indoor entertainment.

ELECTRICITY REFUNDS

An unexpected refund is just the ticket to brighten a wintery day.

GAME MARATHONS

Card or board - take your pick. We’re just here for the strategy, comradery and the banter.

SNOW COVERED SCENERY

Other-worldly, ethereal, magic. There’s a reason New Zealand’s been the backdrop of some of the world’s most visually stunning movies.

WAIPARA WINE

Home to some 90 wineries producing world-renowned Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, winter is the perfect time to sample these incredible local drops.

ROAST VEGETABLES

Incorporate all that winter goodness into your 5+ a day.

MIGRATING WHALES

Travelling from Antarctica to Tonga and along the east coast of New Zealand, migrating Humpback Whales can be found in our waters between July and August.

LOW GARDEN ADMIN

Cooler weather means needy lawns, weeds and garden maintenance is at a minimum.

HOT PORRIDGE

Piping hot with brown sugar, cream and a nip of Scotch if you dare.

MARGARET MAHY PLAYGROUND

One epic adventure to get the blood pumping, no matter what your age.

GLOVES, HATS AND SCARVES

Fashionable items add extra personality to any outfit… And protect us from the elements.

SPA TREATMENTS

Scaly winter skin be gone with a luxurious spa treatment.