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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
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Due to overwhelming demand from our first special offer we will now be offering the same special
excursion for second and final time Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September before our busy
international tourism season starts
The itinerary will consist :-
• 0930hrs Morning tea at Hamilton Lodge Woodstock Station Oxford.
• 1000hrs Jet boat journey up stream into the Waimakariri Gorge with stop offs at points of interest
along the way, arrive at Pig Gully on Flock Hill Station.
• 1100hr s At the rivers edge next board a four-wheel drive "Tussock Buggy", and set off on a 23km 4WD
safari across 36,OOO-acre Flock Hill Station. Learn about the colourful local history
of this remote, isolated area. Stop of and explore the historic Petticoat junction.
• 1300hrs arrive at Flock Hill Lodge for the three course lunch.
• 1400hrs Depart Flock Hill Lodge by 4x4 as we set off back across the station to Pig Gully,
stopping off to explore the old abandoned coal mine at Avoca.
• 1600hrs Reboard the jet boat for a high speed run downstream to Woodstock.
• 1620hrs Arrive at Hamilton Lodge for afternoon tea.
For enquiries call 0800 863 975. Bookings & information @ www.high-Country.co.nz
Prior bookings must be made before date of departure. Minimum numbers will apply
Heavily discounted Rate Adults $120 Children 4 - 14years $60
Special Limited Offer
Stars for the Night
PARENTS AND teach-
ers at North Loburn
School are over the
moon with the support
and sponsorship they
received with their
recent Stars for the
attracted a packed
audience that was
treated to nine amaz-
ing and hilarious acts.
The winning act was
local superstar Kane
Hampton and his act
As well as ticket
sales and sponsorship,
the event was gener-
ously supported with
many great prizes for a
fantastic raffle. The
event raised $6000,
which was a huge
increase over last
year s show. The organ-
ising committee of
Sarah Eckardt, Teresa
Orchard, Sonya Mack-
intosh and Adels
Penter were amazed at
the level of support.
Sarah Eckardt said:
"We want to give our
thanks to sponsors and
who where so generous
in their support and
Tasty treats at show
IT WAS all about cakes, flowers
and hand-crafts at the Sefton
Kowai Women s Institute annual
spring flower show on Thursday.
Many of the 39 members entered
in more than one category.
Leithfield Beach resident and
outstanding home-baker Faith
Roche (pictured) came out a win-
ner with her cupcakes and sul-
tana cake. She said her mother
had passed on her baking skills to
Heather Russell of Ashley came
up trumps with her winning daf-
The group will celebrate it s
80th birthday next month with a
girls trip to Hanmer, said presi-
dent Jill Beauvais. They meet at
1pm on the second Thursday of
every month at the Sefton hall.
Hospital buildings ripe for redevelopers
By RACHEL MACDONALD
LEASES FOR the three key build-
ings on Hanmer s 5.1ha Queen
Mary Hospital grounds have been
placed on the market by Bayleys
The Soldiers Block, the Chis-
holm Block and the Nurses Hos-
tel, registered as a category one
site by the Historic Places Trust
in 2005, are up for redevelopment,
with expressions of interest in all
or part of the buildings and sur-
rounding reserve closing on Sept-
Built in 1916, the hospital
initially operated as a convales-
cent home for soldiers injured in
World War I, drawing on the
medical benefits of the thermal
waters of Hanmer Springs.
It later became a treatment cen-
tre for those with functional ner-
vous disorders and up until 2003
was an internationally recognised
facility for the treatment of drug
and alcohol dependencies.
The property passed from Can-
terbury District Health Board
ownership to the Department of
Conservation in 2008 and was
subsequently vested in the Huru-
nui District Council as a historic
and recreational reserve.
Bayleys Canterbury salesman
Harry Van Tongeren says the size
and scale of the buildings, the
large grounds, and proximity to
the thermal pools lend the site to
a number of developments, which
could include an upmarket accom-
modation complex similar to Mill-
"The sheer size and scale of the
three buildings create a lot of
future opportunities for various
In our view, this is the most
significant public and commercial
property opportunity of any scale
in North Canterbury."
He said the unusual double-
octagonal shape of the Soldier s
Block could lend itself to a
museum or gallery, but other pos-
sibilities might also include
offices, a restaurant, conference
facilities or use by a community
The Nurses Hostel could be
ideal for a hotel or motel, or a
European-style health spa.
The surrounding reserve also
provides further opportunity to
build or develop independently or
in conjunction with any of the
buildings on offer, although Huru-
nui District Council amenities and
special projects manager Bruce
Yates said any project would need
to comply with the stipulations in
the Queen Mary Historic Reserve
Management Plan 2011.
This promotes use of the res-
erve in ways that are consistent
with the council s values of com-
munity wellness .
Mr Yates said the plan is flex-
ible enough to allow the council to
consider a wide range of different
". . . we would welcome the
thoughts of anyone wishing to
develop the site," he said.
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