SAY ‘I DO’ IN THE SOUTH IS­LAND

FROM GOLDEN TUSSOCK TO SNOW- CAPPED PEAKS, THE UN­RI­VALLED BEAUTY OF THE SOUTH IS­LAND IS THE UL­TI­MATE BACK­DROP FOR YOUR WED­DING. HERE, WE’VE COM­PILED ALL THE NEED-TO- KNOWS.

New Zealand Weddings - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by ANYA TRUONG- GE­ORGE

Your ul­ti­mate guide

GET THE PARTY STARTED

We’ve rounded up a range of ac­tiv­i­ties per­fect for a hen’s or bach­e­lor party. From relaxing and luxe, to fun and ad­ven­tur­ous, take your pick from the of­fer­ings be­low: TASTY MORSELS Be­gin your hen’s party right with yummy bites at Mona Vale’s High Tea (mon­avale. nz). The home­stead’s restau­rant also caters to di­etary re­quire­ments. $ DAY OF PAM­PER­ING Gather the gals and head to Beauty at the Tan­nery ( beauty­atthetan­nery.co.nz) for an in­dul­gent day filled re­lax­ation. Be­spoke hen’s party pack­ages in­clude cater­ing. $$$ FLO­RAL FUN Get cre­ative with The Green Room Flower Com­pany’s (the­green­room­flow­erco.co.nz) flower crown mak­ing work­shop. De­cide the colour pal­ette or theme and the lovely team will bring ev­ery­thing to you. $ HORS­ING AROUND Ex­plore gor­geous land­scapes on horse­back, stop­ping mid-ride for bub­bles at the iconic Cardrona Ho­tel. Plus, if you fancy, have the “Sher­iff” pay a visit to help spice up the party (the­cardrona.co.nz). $$ SWEET TREATS Bring along a bot­tle of wine and try your hand at mak­ing cus­tom gourmet choco­latey good­ies at The Se­ri­ously Good Choco­late Com­pany (se­ri­ous­ly­good­choco­late.com) in In­ver­cargill. Sweet tooth re­quired. $ ROAR­ING WINE TOURS The Roar­ing Wine Tours (roar­ing­tours. co.nz) takes you and your buds on a day trip to some of the re­gion’s best bou­tique winer­ies. Choose from a range of tours, in­clud­ing fine din­ing or he­li­copter op­tions. $$$ AD­VEN­TURE ON THE RAPIDS Not afraid to get the adren­a­line pump­ing? Try white wa­ter raft­ing on the Sho­tover River or the Kawa­rau River (raft.co.nz). Also avail­able are com­bos fea­tur­ing raft­ing plus other fun ac­tiv­i­ties such as bungee jump­ing, sky­div­ing and the luge. $$$ BEERS ALL ROUND Beer has long been cen­tral to the Nel­sonTas­man re­gion. Make a day of it fol­low­ing the Nel­son Craft Beer Trail (craft­brew­ing­cap­i­tal. co.nz), hop­ping be­tween the lo­cally owned, fam­ily-run brew­eries and pubs. $$ OFF- ROAD AD­VEN­TURE Zoom your way through some of New Zealand’s best scenery by tak­ing a quad bike tour in Queen­stown (of­froad.co.nz). A fun day out for all abil­ity lev­els. $$$

KEY: $ = less than $50pp $$ = $50-$150pp $$$ = more than $150pp

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