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child free getaway

4 ways to justify your child free getaway 1.  When Mumma (aka chief caregiver) is happy, everyone is happy. The Plunket nurse told me this over thirty years ago and I thought, at the time, she was daft.  I mean really? A spinster Plunket nurse with 5 cats and no kids! What on earth could she possibly know about looking after a…

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3 reasons you need a night away

3 reasons you need a night away 1. Relax A night away somewhere relaxing is a great boost for a relationship. We have some great collections of “old junk” or “treasures” – depending on your point of view. These collections often give us cause to reflect on how things were done in days gone by and whether  or not we are better…

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Business Networking NZ

Business Networking NZ Business Networking NZ  is a group of New Zealand businesses sharing information and marketing to other New Zealand businesses. From small stay at home parent run businesses to much larger enterprises, there is a range of product and service providers helping each other out. Based on the  premise that people are more likely to do business with people…

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Free range hens

New Hens After two years of loyal service from our six free range hens at Matua Gardens Retreat, the time has come to retire the remaining few and get their replacements acclimatised to their new surroundings. Yesterday we collected eight new brown shavers from Chook Manor at Little River. The three old girls have been retired to the raspberry cage…

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Motorbike friendly accommodation

Motorbike riding Banks Peninsula Many of the roads of Banks Peninsula make for awesome motorbike riding. Every year we welcome international and New Zealand motorbike riders who enjoy the Banks Peninsula roads. Stay at motorbike friendly accommodation and do a different ride every day. There is something incredibly liberating about cruising the Summit Rd with no car roof above just…

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Matua Gardens Retreat Recipes At Matua Gardens Retreat we often get asked for recipes. I am always happy to share the concepts. I’m not much on specifics with many of my recipes made up as I go along. How things turn out depends very much on the flavour of the ingredients. This can change from season to season and source…

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romantic accommodation

Romantic Accommodation Akaroa Imagine a romantic night or two away with someone you love. The ideal romantic accommodation near Akaroa awaits. It’s best shared with someone you love. A beautiful private room with a luxurious super king bed, 1000TC Egyptian cotton sheets, and serene sea views nestles in a tranquil rural setting. Relax in the generous sized spa bath after enjoying…

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Akaroa winter activities

  Akaroa winter activities Akaroa is quiet in winter. There are no cruise ships. Many of the restaurants and tours operate on reduced hours. There are still plenty of  Akaroa winter activities and places to stay. What to do in Akaroa in Winter Check with tour operators, and the Akaroa Adventure Centre to see what tours are available. There are less…

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walking Akaroa

Walking  Akaroa and Banks Peninsula in winter can be most enjoyable. On there is a great map showing tracks and walks around Akaroa, Akaroa Harbour & Banks Peninsula. Map Copyright Akaroa District Promotions More information can be found here  for walking Akaroa and Banks Peninsula walks and hikes. This will be regularly updated with more tracks, walks and reserves added. You…

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Heritage and Character Inns

We are delighted to belong to the Heritage and Character Inns Boutique Accommodation. Throughout New Zealand this network of luxury accommodation assures guests of exceptional hospitality. Each property has unique features. All are committed to excellence. We are delighted to belong to the Heritage and Character Inns Boutique Accommodation. Throughout New Zealand this network of luxury accommodation assures guests of…

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