Experience Selwyn, On Special!

Friday, 22 May 2020

Experience Selwyn, On Special!

This Queens Birthday weekend enjoy fantastic discounts on experiences in your own backyard. Scroll through and find amazing adventures, accommodations, meals and artisan produce that are right here in Selwyn! 


Gunyah Country Estate

Gracious accommodation and fine dining in one of Canterbury's best heritage homesteads and self-catering houses. Located in the Selwyn district between Hororata and Methven, Gunyah is well known for its old world ambiance and superb gardens. Quiet, picturesque and charming – the perfect escape.

Our Queens Birthday specials:

  • Luxury Lodge - $239 per room (2 people) including a delicious breakfast, normally $399. Dinner is available at an extra cost, please ask at booking
  • Self-catering houses including the Granary and the Stablehand Quarters (perfect for a friends or family getaway!) - $199 per night (2 people), $20 for each extra person (normally $25 per person)

Gunyah Country Estate

Quickenberry Lodge

Quickenberry is an ideal place to go and explore the multiple ski fields and walking tracks in Selwyn. After a hearty breakfast at the guesthouse and a day in the stunning Alps you will be welcomed back with a roaring fire and aperitif in the lounge. This is followed by our famous 3 or 4 coursed evening meal made with locally produce or sourced venison, salmon or beef.  Retire to the fireside and enjoy a fine whisky or more wine. It is an experience like no other in this region. You might even believe you are actually staying in a chalet in the Swiss Alps! It is cosy, intimate and very peaceful.

Our special: $350.00 per couple per night, including dinner and breakfast valid to the end of year.

Quickenberry Lodge

Chateau Pritchard Bed & Breakfast

Asia meets Canterbury in this very stylish bed and breakfast near Springston.  Each of the rooms are appointed with beautiful décor, beds to sink into and ensuites with all the modern amenities.  Nothing is too much trouble for hosts Bo and Neville as numerous previous guests have written about. Views of the southern night sky while sitting in the spa is a real treat.

A full breakfast with the freshest coffee and tea is provided each morning, Bo’s cooking is legendary!

Our special: 50% off till the end of June 2020 (minimum 2 night stay).

Chateau Pritchard

Arthurs Pass Alpine Motel

Arthur's Pass Alpine Motel, conveniently situated in Arthur's Pass Village, offers fantastic fully self-contained motel accommodation. Complete with your own bathroom and kitchen; it's a must have when holidaying in a post-Covid world.

We have already reduced our rates but when you phone us, freephone 0800-900-401 or make a booking on our website, you will automatically be given a further $10 discount. If you stay extra nights, we'll drop our prices even lower!

Our special: reduced rates valid until September 30th 2020 (prices shown are for 2 persons only, additional cost per extra person):

  • Double Cabin $105 per night
  • Medium Family Cabin $115 per night
  • Large Family Cabin $125 per night

Arthurs Pass Alpine Motel

Silverstream Lodge

At our 5 star Silverstream Lodge, near Lincoln, we look forward to welcoming you to our place in paradise. We have 5 beautiful rooms that each have their own balcony and garden areas. A deliciously cooked breakfast is served each morning using eggs from our chickens and local produce. We can even accommodate your well behaved four legged family member. Finish your relaxed day with a specially prepared evening meals in front of the fire, enjoying a glass of NZ wine or French bubbles.

Surprise that special person in your life or the whole family, by booking a night (or two) of luxury.

Our Queens Birthday special: 20% off all bookings!

Silverstream Lodge

The Lincoln Motel

Located in the heart of historical Lincoln, the Lincoln Motel provides comfort with modern facilities.

This Queens Birthday enjoy one night’s accommodation in a modern, comfortable one bedroom unit and receive a meal voucher to the value of $100.00. This can be exchange at one of 3 of Lincolns finest local restaurant’s and bars including The Famous Grouse, The Laboratory or The Flaming Rabbit along with two complimentary Coffee’s at The Cottage Cafe (Hillyers).

Our special: accommodation and dinner package for $250. Package needs to be booked direct with us!

Lincoln Motel

Waipuna Estate

Waipuna is an exclusive, tranquil paradise set in the hills of Tai Tapu overlooking the Canterbury Plains with vistas stretching to the breath-taking Southern Alps. Owned and operated by father/daughter team, Merv Millar and Sarah Smith, there is nothing we love more than helping our guests to have the very best experience, no matter the occasion.

Our Queens Birthday special: exclusive use of the property for up to 10 people. Stay 3 nights over the long weekend and pay half price - all for $1875. 

Waipuna Estate Outdoor Area

Grasmere Lodge

Iconic, high country Grasmere Lodge is located in the heart of the Southern Alps, about 90 minutes’ drive from Rolleston.  Each room looks out over the expansive lawn to Lake Grasmere and the Puketeraki Mountains beyond.

Our Queens Birthday special: 2 nights in a Lakeview Room for only $500 (usually $590) including continental breakfast both mornings.  

Grasmere Lodge

Mt Hutt Lodge

Looking out over the stunning Rakaia River, Mount Hutt lodge has motel units along with luxury self-contained 1 bedroom units.  The lodge has restaurant and bar on site, you can sit back and enjoy the view, or refresh after exploring the area.

Our Queens Birthday special: a 10% discount off the entire account including food, drink, accommodation for guests who stay 2 days or more.

Mt Hutt Lodge

Adventure Activities

Alpine Jet Thrills

Introducing our Level 2 “Burst Your Bubble Without Bursting Your Bubble” experience! You don’t share the ride with anyone else. It’s our way to introduce you and your family to this uniquely Kiwi invention as safely as possible.

Our Queens Birthday special: ‘Bubble Blast’ – 20mins skimming the braided shallows of the Waimakariri! Adults: $45, Kids under 15yrs: $30 (minimum 2 adults) - available 10am & 3pm, 7 days a week.  Bookings essential so call 0800-263-626.

Alpine Jet Thrills

Temple Basin Ski Area

Temple Basin is planning on opening in 2020! At this stage we are limiting lodge capacity to 50% so it’s first in, first served!  Bookings at this time are for catered packages only, due to additional measures in place to keep communal areas clean and safe.

Our special: 2020 Season Passes for $160; this deal runs until May 31st 2020.

Temple Basin

Discovery Jet

As you journey through the Rakaia Gorge, the wind ripping through your hair and water spraying with every carefully-calculated twist and turn, soak in the dramatic scenery. Spot the shags sitting atop the cliffs, poised to dive on their unsuspecting prey, and marvel at the grandeur of the snow-capped Southern Alps. Scream with excitement as the driver spins the boats 360 degrees and the magnificent scenery blurs before your eyes!

Our special: 25% off on all trips for next three months. Trips vary from 45, 30, 15 minutes.

Discovery Jet (Photo Cred: NZPocket Guide)

Porters Ski Area

Only 1 hour from Rolleston, Porters is the closest ski field to Christchurch. We are excited to announce that Porters Ski Area will be opening for the 2020 winter season on Friday, June 26th. We will be operating 7 days a week and we cannot wait to see everyone up here!

Our special: we are delighted to announce our earlybird season passes are still available for just $499. In addition to your great skiing experience, your 2020 season pass includes the following:

❄️ 15% off food & beverage at the cafe
❄️ 15% off accommodation at Porters Lodge
❄️ 15% off youth pass with purchase of adult season pass*
❄️ 10% off all retail purchases
❄️ 10% off private lessons
❄️ 10% off equipment rentals
❄️ No blackout dates
❄️ Free group lesson
❄️ Free children's pass for children 10 years of age and under
❄️ Discounts at partnered ski fields
❄️ Exclusive updates on offers and events

Porters Ski Area

Porters Ski Area

Hororata Golf Club

Hororata Golf Club and Willows Cafe is one of the most picturesque 18 hole country course in Canterbury, set along the terraces of the Selwyn River in Glentunnel.  Players of all abilities and group bookings are welcome, green fees are $25 per round.  Clubs days are Saturdays and Tuesday with Friday afternoon 12 hole competitions open for everyone.  The Club has an onsite Cafe, The Willows Cafe at Glentunnel, which operates 7 days a week and the Glentunnel Holiday Park is situated right next door.

Our special: first time members of a New Zealand affiliated golf club will get 50% off a full subscription.

Three women holding the Golf Bag on the course, wearing caps, talking while walking

Hororata Golf Course


BackCountry Kitchen at the Darfield Hotel

Our restaurant specialises in casual, family dining, private functions and group bookings, catering for up to 70 guests. The BackCountry Kitchen has an extensive a la carte menu with an excellent range of meals and beverages available including wild fare, carving boards and fabulous homemade desserts. Enjoy dining in relaxed, pleasant surroundings with an excellent outdoor area and an open fire during winter.

Our Queens Birthday special: “Celebrate Your Lockdown Milestone”- for all those people who had a birthday over the lockdown period, you can now celebrate with a free main meal at BackCountry Kitchen. In addition, all Mums' will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles to belatedly celebrate Mother’s Day. Proof of birthdate and T&C’s apply!

BackCountry Kitchen

Selwyn Artisan Specials

The Brothers Green

The Brothers delivers organic and spray free Canterbury grown hemp food products of the highest quality.  Our cold pressed hemp utilise premium NZ grown hemp, nature’s most nutrient dense seed; a complete natural protein containing at least 20 amino acids, as well as an excellent source of essential fatty acids, specifically Omega’s 3 and 6. Our Hemp Seed Oil has the richest known source of polyunsaturated fats and has nature’s perfect ratio of 3:1 in omega-6 to omega-3. GLA is an anti-inflammatory component of the omega-6 fatty acid that is also great for boosting your immunity.

Our Queens Birthday Special: 250ml Nutritional NZ Hemp Seed Oil is on special from $21.99 to $19.99 a bottle and we are offering a flat rate of $5 shipping NZ wide.

The Brothers Green Hemp Seed Oil

Straight 8 Estate

Straight 8 Estate produces an award winning range of single vineyard wines from Rose, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that express our terrior and flavours. We provide seriously drinkable wine at great prices! Visit the cellar door open 9:00am-6:30pm, 7 days a week.

Our Queens Birthday Special: 15% discount off all wines.

Straight 8 Estate

Wairiri Buffalo

Wairiri Buffalo are located in the Malvern hills and are award-winning producers of exquisite cheeses. Whether you like mozzarella, cacciocavallo, halloumi, scamorza or feta, Wairiri Buffalo produces them all with love, integrity and respect. Wairiri Buffalo supplies not only local markets in Christchurch and top restaurants around New Zealand, but by ordering through the website you can try their delicious variety of cheeses, milk and yoghurt yourself as it can be delivered country wide.

Our Queens Birthday Specials:

  • Mozzarella Ball - $8

  • Scamorza - $10

  • Halloumi - $10

Order online direct from our website!

Wairiri Buffalo

Melton Estate

Melton Estate is a boutique winery featuring a modern restaurant and event venue set amongst vines on 12 acres in West Melton. We are about to launch our new 2019 Melton Estate Summer Love Sparkling!

Our Queens Birthday special: a case of 12 for $230 (usually $249!)

Melton Estate


Nutritious and delicious hazelnuts grown in Tai Tapu are the hero ingredient in Whitehearts specialty Nut Products.

Our Queens Birthday special: a beautiful package of our best chocolate, including Cocoa and Cranberry Topper, Hazelnut and Chocolate Cookies and Hazelnut and Cocoa Butter.  All are wheat free and vegan for only $30 including postage  (usually $34!)


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