Things To Do: In the area

Our home is beside the old road to the mountins and West Coast, just 10 kilometres from Christchurch, and a 10 minute drive to the Airport and Antarctic Centre.

We live on the site of the Miners Arms Hotel the first stagecoach accomodation house on the way from Christchurch to the West Coast in the 1860s and 1870s and the property has kept the same name for the last 160 years. In those days you could have B+B for two shillings, but the clientele was pretty rough!

We are on the Canterbury Plains, with the Waimakariri River a couple of kilometres from us.
Its a great area for fishing and walking and there are several golf courses nearby. Jet boating on the river is great fun for the more adventurous, and those of you who prefer a birds eye view can take a helicopter ride over the whole area.

There are very good wineries and restaurants close by, with the suburbs of West Melton, Hornby, Rolleston and Riccarton only a few minutes drive, and a picturesque drive will take you to local villages such as Oxford and Darfield.

Orana Park Zoo is 5 minutes from us, and Willowbank Wildlife park is not far from the Airport.

If you're interested in history the Yaldhurst Motor Museum is only 4 kilometres from us, while Wigram Air Museum is in Hornby.

The city, with many new buildings in the last few years, is only 15 minutes away. You can wander on foot, or take the tram around the city.

If you go up the Gondola you have a wonderful view of the city and banks peninsula.

We can be in the mountains at Arthurs Pass within 50 minutes in one direction and on the beach at Sumner within 30 minutes in the other direction. The Banks peninsula and Christchurch City are only 15 minutes away.