Less than one hour drive from Christchurch and Hanmer Springs, the Waipara Valley is a relatively new wine region in New Zealand, with production first established in 1978.
However, this North Canterbury wine region is already making a name for itself, with aromatic wines and luxurious cellar doors.
Often recorded as the driest location in New Zealand, the long hot summers and cool winters in Waipara provide grapes with a long ripening time.
Silky pinor noir and citrusy chardonnay grow well in the stony limestone terrain in the valley. Also, the area produces award-winning aromatics; zesty riesling and delicate pinot gris.
Attracting visitors from all over New Zealand and overseas, the North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival(opens in new window) showcases the very best of Waipara Valley wine and food. Taking place during summer under the shade of old oak trees, local musicians and performers entertain the 4,000 festival lovers.
Departing from either Christchurch or Akaroa, Canterbury Winery Heli-Tour(opens in new window) will take you on a spectacular scenic flight over Waipara vineyards. Landing in style at local wineries for tastings, lunch and relaxing country-views.
Strategically placed to make the most of the scenic views and stargazing, Greystone PurePod(opens in new window) is located above award-winning Greystone vineyard. Sleep under the Milky Way in this unique winery accommodation.