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ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge Timaru

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Ashley Motor Lodge News

Jan-Feb-Mar 2018

Welcome to our quarterly customer update. Each quarter we will share the latest news from Ashley Motor Lodge, upcoming events in Timaru and feedback from customers who have chosen to stay with us.

Upcoming Events:

The Caroline Bay Rock and Hop is happening again on March 16th-18th. This is a fantastic fundraiser for South Canterbury Hospice. Last year the even brought 5000 people to our region and raised $40,000! A great weekend to get amongst the action!

Kick off the year with a celebration of all that is Irish! Warm your heart with a concert full of singalongs, dancing, and Irish jokes on Saturday the 28th April. Foster and Allen's mega hits include 'Old Flames' & 'Maggie' which has seen them amass record sales in excess of 20 million sales! This is sure to be a night to remember!

Ashley Motor Lodge- What's New:

On Wednesday the 14th March we are helping to bring World Champion shot putter Tom Welsh back to his hometown of Timaru for the Timaru Super Shot! There will be a number of international sports starts in the region, and this exciting interactive event will be like no other!

Need all the comforts of home? For those hot days or cool winter nights, Ashley Motor Lodge have installed Panasonic Heat Pumps and air conditioning in all of our units! Set the room to the temperature you desire to make your stay with us that much more comfortable. And why not soak up some relaxation in one of our 15 spa units.

Reviews and Feedback:

We work hard to ensure that every guest enjoys their stay with us. But don’t take our word for it, just look at what our guests are saying, it's nice to know we exceed expectations.

"Deserved its No 1 in Timaru. This has been by far the cleanest best-equipped motel we've ever stayed in. Great TV choice, nice toiletries in the spacious bathroom with large spa bath. Really pleasant check-in staff too. Could not fault it!"
- 5 STARS - Crystal from Marlow, UK, reviewed 18th Feb 2018

" Pleasantly Surprised! The place is convenient and close to town and botanical park. Our room was very big and clean. Lots of light and windows for fresh air. Comfortable overstuffed chairs as well as chairs to sit in while eating. The bed was very comfortable and television big enough to watch anywhere you sit in the room. The bathroom has a jacuzzi tub and a separate shower. Would definitely stay here again."
- 5 STARS - Salmon from Oregon, Reviewed 17th Feb 2018

Have you stayed with us before? Let us know how we did. Click on the link at the bottom of the newsletter to leave us a review!

We hope you enjoyed our news update and we invite you to share it with anyone who is looking for accommodation in Timaru. And don't forget to connect with us on Facebook to hear about what's happening in the region. Local events and attractions... We have it covered! And if you have any questions about Ashley Motor Lodge, give us a call or send us a message, we would love to hear from you.

Until next time!

Carl & Janet
Your Hosts
Asure Ashley Motor Lodge

Dining Out In Timaru

Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs.

Being centrally located means that we are only a hop and a skip to some of Timaru's best bars, restaurants and cafes. Whether you're looking for fine dining, a quick bite, or a place party into the wee hours, Timaru has it all.

1. Cafes
The daily espresso has become such an ingrained part of Kiwi life that we almost take good coffee for granted. Some of our favourite places are the Purple Lizard Cafe and Coffee Culture, both of which are lively little places with a good selection of food, great coffee, and friendly service. If you are looking for free WiFi with your mocha, Sopheze Coffee Lounge & Catering Restaurant also has a top notch food selection and is popular with the locals. You can find all three of these cafes in Stafford Street.

2. Restaurants
Looking for something more substantial on an evening out? The Oxford Restaurant is rated as the #1 restaurant in Timaru. The meals are large and priced well, and the menu changes from time to time. We also recommend Zest Restaurant, where the meals have a spectacular reputation, the ambiance great, and the service exceptional. Booking ahead is recommended as this is a popular place. Both these restaurants are located on Stafford Street.

3. Pubs
The Speights Ale House in George Street is one of those pubs that straddles the two worlds of pub and restaurant successfully. Located just out of town, it's a bit further to travel but has plenty of TVs for your sports watching pleasure. If you're looking for something closer to town that will serve you your favourite cocktail, try the Petite Wine & Dine in Royal Arcade, just off Stafford Street. A classy stop, with live music and knowledgeable bartenders that know what they're doing.

Your friendly hosts at Ashley Motor Lodge (Carl and Janet) have all the inside knowledge on how to make your next stay in Timaru enjoyable, whether it be for business, pleasure, or just passing through.

Do you have any recommendations of your own from your wining and dining experiences in Timaru? We'd love to hear from you. Pop over to our Facebook page and leave us a "comment".

Things to do In Timaru - Biking Holidays

Timaru is located in the beautiful South Canterbury is in the Central South Island region. It enjoys a diverse range of cycling routes through coastal tracks, river bank trails and local roads. So if you are wondering what things to do in Timaru,  consider our fast and furious mountain bike trails or our gentle, low impact trails for beginners and family groups. There's always something to guarantee a memorable experience for everyone.  Our weekends guest often use Ashley Motor lodge as a central base to enjoy regional bike trail options, and the great local activities. Here are a few to consider: 

Centenial Park - Timaru's main mountain biking area is Centennial Park, a popular spot for the South Canterbury Mountain Bike Club. ( Locals call it 'The Scenic').  The area is popular with walkers and  mountain bikers. It is a lovely park in a small valley, with a mixture of native bush, pines, gums, oaks, and other exotic trees. A small lake and carpark lies at its heart, and a stream runs through the middle. It was quarried for rocks for harbour works in both the 19th and 20th centuries. The local mountain bike club has built and maintains a number of trails that can be ridden together in a variety of different ways.. Some of the tracks must be linked up by using the walking tracks (shared use) that also run through the park. 

Alps to Ocean - Experience an unspoilt paradise where people come from all over the world to enjoy stunning, wide open spaces and untouched landscapes.  For over 300 km visitors can experience some of the most beautiful scenery New Zealand has to offer. Suitable for all ages, the trail is an easy grade, and offers a pleasing mix of on and off-road trails which link the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.

St James Cycle Trail - The 64km trail offers a mix of riding grades through stunning and diverse scenery including soaring mountain peaks, crystal clear rivers, high-country lakes, alpine meadows, sub-alpine beech forest and expansive grassy river flats. In spring the alpine meadows are in full bloom, while from summer through to mid-autumn riders can experience rich contrasting colours on long evenings, with the chance to see the famous St James wild horses.

For cyclists, there’s a huge range of opportunities for world class biking. While this blog covers mountain bike options, we will review some great road bike options in out next "Things to do in Timaru" news item. Join us and see why we believe Canterbury is one of the South Island's best cycling destinations! If you’re interested in learning more about our local walking and biking options, or general things to do in and around Timaru, then give  your friendly hosts Carl and Janet Mathewson at Ashley Motor Lodge  a call, they are always happy to help!

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