Clearview Lodge Olve Harvest

Clearview Lodge Olive Harvest

Clearview Lodge Olive Harvest ……As well as grapes and assorted fruit trees we also have a grove of Olive Trees, and the culmination of the years season is harvest time around mid Winter


Starlight Highway

Starlight Highway We are very lucky to not only have one of the most amazing natural views during day but also at night. Lakestone Lodge is located on the recently named “Starlight Highway” (formerly known as  State Highway 8 or Tekapo-Twizel Rd) the road has been given this moniker due to its location in the…

Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island, New Zealand

Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island

Paterson Inlet is like a mini fjord. It penetrates Stewart Island providing water access down to some of the walking tracks that cross the island and a great many hunting blocks between the ocean and the inlet

Walnut Garden of Tane Akaroa

Akaroa Walk

Waitangi Day celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Onuku Marae in Akaroa was the site of the first signing of the Treaty in the South Island. There is a monument at Stanley Place commemorating the arrival of Captain Stanley who claimed sovereignty for Britain in August 1840. We’d sailed past it, driven with friends to the end of the street in the pouring rain, but had never actually been to the monument.


Wanaka Weddings at Maple Lodge

Wanaka is a fabulous wedding destination at any time of year. Lakes and mountains make for great scenery and fabulous photos to share with friends, family and future generations.

Matua Garden Bees

Matua Gardens Menagerie

What do ten lambs, several hundred bees and eight hens have in common? This is no trick question. This is a story about the birds and bees that live at Matua Gardens Retreat.

Stewart Island Rainbow from Sails Ashore

Stewart Island Kiwi

Kiwi on Ulva Many years ago while the Island Forest Ranger my boss in Invercargill encouraged me to shift Kiwi onto Ulva Island … there were none there. I think about 6 or 8 were moved there

Sails Ashore guest on Ulva Island Tour

Stewart Island Oystercatchers & Orchids

Part of the Sails Ashore “Stewart Island Experience” is a Guided Tour of Ulva Island Open Sanctuary. Your host Peter is also your guide, and the tour draws on my over 45 years of experience on Ulva Island, initially as Ranger in Charge, then as a very regular visitor and latterly as a natural history guide.


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.