The Establishment

The Est@blishment is a purpose designed Luxury Accommodation oasis nestled in the centrally located suburb of Fendalton Christchurch.
We provide the highest quality Boutique Luxury Accommodation experience, beginning with Valet Parking to the daily complimentary snacks and drinks and are one of Christchurch’s leading Private Luxury Accommodation providers.

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Stewart Island Rainbow

Winter at Sails Ashore on Stewart Island

An Islanders Winter For many of our guests  Island life is a bit like the far side of the moon. After all many come from the large, busy cities, of Europe or North America. And so there is a lot of curiosity about the day to day life of an Islander. And a regular question…

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Royal Visit to Stewart Island

Stewart Island has had only two previous Royal visits. Many years ago Prince Phillip briefly visited Mason Bay on the west side of the Island while on a conservation visit, and Prince Edward spent an evenings shore leave while a guest of the Navy doing a circumnavigation of Southern New Zealand, but on the 10th May we hosted Prince Harry

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Stewart Island Kiwi, Orchids & Cruise Ships

Ulva Island Kiwi, Orchids & Cruise Ships. Sails Ashore, Stewart Island Yesterday as part of our guests stay with us at Sails Ashore I took an English couple to Ulva Island. The weather lately has been indifferent to say the least, and I have to say it didn’t look good when we set off. But…

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Kaikoura, Mountains to the Sea

Picture It !! You are driving 2 hours north of Christchurch on State Highway One and just covered the hills of the Hunderlees only to find yourself cruising alongside the most beautiful turquoise/blue coloured ocean standing out from the jagged rock along the shore, the surf a glistening white foam.  Yes !!  This is the…

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Arts & Dunedin

Arts and Dunedin Last week in Dunedin was the busiest time we have experienced since The World Cup. Two international conferences and an ARTS FESTIVAL all happening at the same time. On the menu for the Arts Festival were Interactive Activities & Workshops, Installations & Exhibitions, Performances, Open Building & Tours, Musicians & DJs and…

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The Kai Cart, Stewart Island

The Kai Cart, Stewart Island The Kai Cart is a Stewart Island Icon. Originally the Gore Pie Cart, it shifted to the Island many years ago, and has fed visitors and residents alike ever since. It has hosted Billy Connelly and featured on one of his TV series, and has been a culinary part of the…

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Stewart Island Spring Orchids & Two Fat Ladies

Spring Orchids on Stewart Island As spring progresses I enjoy watching the orchids appear, especially while taking our guests around Ulva Island and the village roads. First to show up for us are the “Spiders”, and the first of these are the “Dancing Spider Orchids” or Nematoceras acuminatum. They are now well out, with most beyond…

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Return to Poland, continued

Dogs in Warsaw

As the whole of Dunedin’s City Centre is a no go area for dogs, I was so surprised to learn and see dogs everywhere in Warsaw. You can take them into bars, cafés and restaurants. They walk freely with their owners on the main streets and shopping precincts, they ride free of charge on busses and trams.

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Letters From Poland

Warsaw, Aug-Sept 2014   (read also Ewas first post on her trip home) My mum asked me to look through my old desk and sort some stuff that I had left behind. Taking into account that I left home more that 44 years ago I was not sure what was she talking about. It turned…

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