When is being 50 better than being 40?

...when size counts? Definitely when you are a TV in a motel, with some great movies and series showing, courtesy of complimentary Netflix. Just over a year ago, you our customers, voted for complimentary Netflix to be provided, instead of Sky. The huge savings from that ended up with all new beds throughout Tussock Peak Motor Lodge. This year, we have put those savings to use again for you, by upgrading all our "Executive Spa Suites" and our "2-bedroom" units, with 50" flat screen, ultra high definition, 4K, smart TV's. Now there is…continue reading →
No smoking or vaping 🚭

No smoking or vaping 🚭

Did you know? The majority of people don’t smoke, even among our top overseas visitors. % non smokers: New Zealand 84% Australia 85% Europe 70% United Kingdom 78% China 75%. New Zealand has a goal to be smokefree by 2025, meaning that less than 5% of our population will smoke by this time. From 1st January, smoking or vaping will not be permitted anywhere at Tussock Peak Motor Lodge: Smoking and vaping have not been permitted in our motel rooms for many years. As part of New Zealand’s ambition to be smoke-free by 2025, from 1st January 2020,…continue reading →
Review: Spice Village restaurant

Review: Spice Village restaurant

Flavour is the reason you should read this review... There's a new* Indian and Indo-Chinese restaurant in the village, one that we expect will rapidly become one of the top 3 restaurants in Hanmer Springs. They do all the familiar Indian main dishes plus some you've probably not seen elsewhere, however one thing you will notice with all of them, that the flavours are something else! They use original spices and it is noticeable in the flavour. Delicious! Good sized servings meant, by the time we'd finished eating, we ended up with take-away…continue reading →
Making a safer place for our native birds

Making a safer place for our native birds

In October the kowhai flower and the tuis are all around the village. In December the flax flowers attract the bellbirds. The sound of their song is truely wonderful. Bellbird at Tussock Peak, drinking nectar from flax flowers in the garden We have recently supported the Te Tihi o Rauhea Hanmer Springs Conservation Trust, by funding the purchase of a self-setting predator trap. The trust would like to place 100 traps to catch rats and stoats, in the hope that it will bring 1,000 native birds back into the area. If you wish…continue reading →
Why book direct? Booking online is easier

Why book direct? Booking online is easier

Like you and many others, I've often used Online Travel Agencies (OTA's) such as BookingCom, Expedia, Agoda, etc. It's easier to see a quick overview of what's available and compare prices between places. And then there are comparison sites such as Trivago. And AirBnB is cheap isn't it? But is it really as good as they advertise? Let's take a closer look at each of the impressions we get from their advertising. This article covers: prices, availability, making comparisons, reviews, best price guaranteed, no hidden costs, nothing can go wrong, who will help…continue reading →
Fascinating vase from Fossil Point

Fascinating vase from Fossil Point

On a recent day trip through the Waipara wine country, we dropped in at the Fossil Point cafe. Unless you know what a great place this is to stop at, most travellers on state highway 1 would whizz past this cafe and gallery, at the turnoff to Greta Valley. The cafe has lovely homemade, top quality food. There is indoor seating but on a sunny day the best place is to sit and relax in the outdoor area. Another good reason to visit is to look at the local art for sale. On…continue reading →
Review: Saints 2-for-1 stone grill

Review: Saints 2-for-1 stone grill

Wednesday night's special at the Saints bar restaurant here in Hanmer Springs, is 2-for-1 stone grill. Having never tried a stone grill before, I couldn't imagine it would be so easy, or so tasty. We tried both the venison and the beef steaks. They came out on a flat lava stone which had apparently been heated to 400°C! It meant that we could slice off pieces of meat and cook them to perfection, every piece. As we sliced, cooked and ate, the stone slowly cooled, so the meat never got over-cooked or cold. The roasted…continue reading →
New walking route – to Mt. Dumblane

New walking route – to Mt. Dumblane

The Mt Isobel Tramping Group has recently completed volunteer work on establishing a clearly marked poled route from Jacks Pass to the summit of Mt Dumblane. This delightful walk is now available as an alternative day hike to the higher traditional Hanmer Springs to Mt Isobel route. How to get there: A short drive along Jacks Pass Road from the centre of Hanmer Springs village, turn right just past the medical centre and drive up the unsealed Clarence Valley Road to the carpark at the top (approx. 20 minutes). Alternatively first walk up…continue reading →
Review: Waiau River Estate winery

Review: Waiau River Estate 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.   With a…continue reading →
Review: Amuri Helicopters tour

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 →
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