The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Amuri Estate and Retreat

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Lisa and Chris Preston
128 Medway Road, Hamner Springs, Canterbury

Tel: + 64 (0)3-315-5059
Cell: + 64 (0)274-582-886
No fax number available

Amuri means ‘land of the shining tussock’, named after the wind that ripples over the Hanmer basin grasslands like water. Such romantic imagery can be admired from the estate’s mesmerising view of Hanmer’s moody plains, which slowly change colour throughout the day, only slumbering into darkness when the evening lights of the town are illuminated under the distant Hanmer Range.....

.... I strolled over this subdivision that was once just pasture, taking note of how Chris and Lisa’s decade of hard work was now paying off. The 1,300 trees are producing high-quality extra virgin olive oil and the new lodge is open for guests. The lounge is comfortably furnished with captivating chairs, a gas fire and double doors that open onto a deck that runs along the wing of large rooms. Each suite is blessed with the same wide and wonderful view and also many luxuries such as Egyptian cotton linen, wool rests, Fairydown quilts and DVD players with which to indulge in a great movie and music collection available for guests. Hunger will probably motivate a hilly ten-minute amble from the schist entrance to the nearby first-class restaurant; but you may prefer to stay in after Amuri’s ‘A Taste of Italy’. This involves an extensive run-down on New Zealand’s olive oil industry at two-hour public tastings, along with antipasto platters, local wine and a flavour of the oil pressed from olives plucked from Amuri Estate’s trees. Amuri’s a treat and the perfect welcome to Hanmer Springs.

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Rooms: 3 rooms and 1 cottage: 1 king with en/s shower, 1 king/twin with en/s shower, 1 super king with en/s shower and spa bath. Cottage is self-contained with king and en/s shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast, pre-dinner drink and canapés included. 'Taste of Italy' enquiries welcome.
Directions: Taking SH 7a towards Hanmer Springs, cross the single lane bridge across the Waiau River gorge, take Medway Road on your right, before the Hanmer River bridge. Go 2km, you'll see two stone pillars on the right; head up this drive and 'Amuri Estate Retreat' is signposted on the left.

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