Review: Waiau River Estate – formerly Marble Point Winery

Review: Waiau River Estate – formerly Marble Point Winery

Just 15 minutes drive from Hanmer Springs is the newly renamed Waiau River Estate. Formerly known as Marble Point Winery, it changed name when it changed hands recently, with the new owner, Conrad, being the son of the previous owners. We dropped in on a mid-week sunny afternoon and tried a $5 wine tasting, where we could sample the wines grown on the estate. Conrad certainly knows the wines well, and the cheese board he made up for us for $50 was great, as was the coffee we were served.   Open every…continue reading →

Review: Amuri Helicopters tour

A helicopter ride is an amazing way to see the beauty of New Zealand from a completely different angle. We've taken 2 flights with Amuri Helicopters now, the first was in winter with the snow on the mountains and we could land up on a mountain peak for an amazing view and photo stop. The second time was in autumn. We were picked up in Kaikoura, flew north past all the repair work on the State Highway 1, over the wine districts to the Marlborough Sounds and north west to see the Able…continue reading →
Review: St. James Journeys

Review: St. James Journeys

To get an introduction to the beauty of the back country landscapes, and the history of the St. James station area just behind Hanmer Springs, four of us took a half day trip with Andrew in his Land Rover 4WD. We felt safe in the hands of Andrew, who knew the roads, the weather conditions and the countryside like the back of his hand. Andrew took us to some stunning remote wilderness locations (with no mobile phone coverage, but Andrew has a satellite phone, just in case). This is a great way to…continue reading →

New beds & BluRay players

We have just completed updated¬†all of our 10 studio rooms with brand new Sleepyhead Elegance King beds, super comfortable!   We have also just purchased BluRay players for all of the Executive Spa Studio's and the Honeymoon Spa Studio, to boost the viewing pleasure of your in-room entertainment (not forgetting we have Netflix!). These studios are all upstairs with their own balcony and view to the trees and mountains. The Standard Spa and Shower studios downstairs have DVD players as before, as do the 1- and 2-bedroom units. (Did we win the lottery…continue reading →
Bye bye SKY, hello NETFLIX

Bye bye SKY, hello NETFLIX

We've surveyed our guests and the conclusion is clear, our trial of offering Netflix is a better addition to the Freeview channels than anything SKY has to offer. So, from 1st April 2018 it's bye bye SKY and hello Netflix for good. By dropping SKY we are able to invest in things that you our guests will get more pleasure from, not only Netflix but also new beds, pictures, etc.. You can influence this too... let us know what you think will make your stay more enjoyable. ¬† The media has recently reported…continue reading →
Review: The new number 1 restaurant in Hanmer Springs

Review: The new number 1 restaurant in Hanmer Springs

We first visited this restaurant back in July 2017 not long after it first opened. We've been back many times and they never fail to deliver. Now they've attained the #1 spot on Trip Advisor for restaurants in Hanmer Springs. At MK-Restaurant*, be prepared for amazing flavour sensations in every dish, everything so fresh tasting and locally sourced - some of it from the local forest. Oh and make sure you have room for desert. This is Michelin quality cooking - we're just lucky these two chefs like to live in Hanmer Springs.…continue reading →
The story behind the painting

The story behind the painting

Many who stay at Tussock Peak comment at check-in, on the beautiful painting we have hanging on the back wall of the office. We were very lucky to have seen Diana Adams's work early in her career at an exhibition in the Little River Art Gallery, I think it was around 2004, but all the works we liked were already sold. We were living in Denmark at the time so we put ourselves on her mailing list for when her next series was going to be sold. When that day came, in 2005,…continue reading →
Santa, the Christmas parade and carols (and that very popular video)

Santa, the Christmas parade and carols (and that very popular video)

If you're in Hanmer Springs on Friday December 15th, then here is what is happening: 12.00 - 3.00 pm: Santa will be at the Heritage Hotel to hear what you wish for this Christmas. 3.00 - 3.30 pm: THE CHRISTMAS PARADE, will be passing Tussock Peak Motor Lodge so great views from outside and on the stairs near the road. Get the kids ready to catch sweets as the floats go past. 3.30 - 5.00 pm: outside 4-Square supermarket = kids activities, face painting, dress-up competition, Pass-the-parcel game, colouring competition... probably also other…continue reading →
Review: dinner at the Power House cafe

Review: dinner at the Power House cafe

Summer means that the Power House Cafe is also open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. We know their breakfast and lunch menus are wonderful so we tried them out last Saturday night for dinner and were blown away by the menu ...and the food lived up to the expectations set by the menu! You need to book in advance as they only seat 30. I forgot to take photos of the mains, but here are 3 of the desserts we had: Dark chocolate pave (for serious chocoholics) with black currant and…continue reading →
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