Opportunities to relax

by Mike Isle

With spring here and summer coming, we often have more opportunity to catch up with friends, family and work colleagues as the weather clears and the sun provides more chances to take a trip or relax over a meal and a drink.

The Oaks of Darfield is a historic Canterbury property surrounded by a large stand of mature oak trees with an expansive garden. With a sunny courtyard for outdoor dining at the rear of the property, it is sheltered from Canterbury’s notorious nor’west winds. For that special getaway, there is a Bed and Breakfast available with three comfortable bedrooms. Reservations are essential for lunch and dinner at The Oaks with facilities and menus also available for weddings, corporate seminars, functions and events.

When it comes to seeing the country we live in, Margaret at Margaret’s Golden Tours has seen thousands of people enjoying the tours she personally organises for more than 28 years. For a special getaway and opportunity to see New Zealand up close and personal, join Margaret on an upcoming trip with options including South or North Island tours.

The Willows Cafe at the Hororata Golf Course is going from strength to strength. The Golf Club and cafe work together to provide for a variety of customers including golfers, cafe patrons and passers-by en route to various destinations. The Willow’s Cafe is the place to call in for breakfast, lunch or a meaty Butcher’s Pie.

If you are planning a day trip to the country, consider stopping by for a golf/meal combo or just sit back and enjoy a Vivace coffee whilst taking in the stunning view out over the golf course.

The Swamp Tavern at Islington is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and beverages, and caters for children, group functions, parties and takeaway meals.

With an outdoor seating also available it is a good place to stop for a break whilst travelling, and if you have an occasion coming up off-site, the staff at The Swamp can cater for your needs as well as offer delivery. The Swamp is known to be a great place to enjoy a meal and a drink whilst catching up with friends and family with a courtesy van available.