Karen Y Australia
Visited 4 local wineries with tasting plate for lunch at first winery. Good Tour
We came to the area 3 weeks after the devastating earthquake but were determined it would not stop us enjoying what was on offer. We were collected at our accommodation and were the only two on the tour. Our guide was informative and friendly. We enjoyed a wonderful platter lunch and three of the wineries we visited were very good and we bought 8 bottles of wine. The final one was a let down. The grounds were really beautiful but the interest from the staff was non-existent. Would suggest that the tour not include the very "commercial" winery.
Stephanie N Australia
Vineyards where good, the bus's suspension was shot. Bus driver was informative and helpful.
Jennifer T Australia
Canterbury leisure tours did not do the tour, but arranged so that I would be in another tour operator which eas thoughtful of them. Tour that I was on very informative and the driver had a good sense of humor and very professional in his approach. Thanks John for a great afternoon!
Julie Ann G Australia
This was a great afternoon spent with beautiful scenery and wines! Very personalised service with plenty of information from helpful winery staff. A great opportunity to try New Zealand wines.
HUGO G United Kingdom
Some really interesting wineries, mainly white wine, but a bit of Pinot Noir and Merlot. Not my taste but may be others!
Lorraine T Australia
This is a great way to see the countryside on the trip out to the wineries. You need to be more selective with wineries visited. Three of the four were fantastic, but the fourth one was terrible. We ended up walking out, as the staff was practically ignoring us after giving us a sample.
Megan S New Zealand
Daughter really enjoyed the wine tour. I am not so into wine but it still was great and the best part was the tour driver who took us on all trips, very friendly, good for a laugh, just great.
Wineries were GREAT! Tour guide not so much...Was very disappointed in his lack of knowledge and enthusiasm for the wineries. Pretty sure he slept in the back of the van while we were tasting,
The lunch and vineyards were all nice, and we enjoyed chatting with the people working at the vineyards. Although we had a pleasant day, I am only giving this toiur three stars for a few reasons :
1. We only visited three rather than four wineries, as the third of the four planned stops was closed. This seems like something that could have been checked in advance. Also, instead of trying to find another winery for us to visit, the driver just said there's nothing I can do about that. We didn't realize at the time that this meant our trip would be cut short, unfortunately.
2. The driver is just a driver - although he was able to give us general info about Christchurch and Canterbury, he seemed to have very little knowledge about or interest in Waioara Valley wines. He was a nice guy, and we enjoyed chatting with him, but it wasn't quite what we expected.
3. We couldn't hear the driver about half the time because the van was a bit noisy, I would suggest investing in a mic for the driver for future toirs, as otherwise a lot of information is lost.
Overall, I would suggest this tour for those who want a driver for the day in Waipara Valley and a nice lunch, but not necessarily a tour as such.
We enjoyed our wine country tour. all four wineries were really nice. Our guide
didn't seem that knowledgeable about wine so the only info we received was
from the server. So we did learn some things we didn't know. All in all it was a good value.
I saw 2 large wineries and 2 small wineries. Mud House Winery's winemaker was the host which made it very special and interesting. Excellent Sauvignon Blanc! The driver didn't add much flair to the tour.
Glenn C USA
This turned out to be a white wine area and we are red wine people. Waipara Springs had some very good white wines.
The wineries were really good. The guide/ driver was average and the lunch was substandard.
Mandi B USA
The first winery had horrible wine and the service was just ok. The second one was much better, both wine and atmosphere. The driver could have been more personable. Overall it was ok.
A worn out old minibus and no guide just a driver who got lost twice!
Booked a tour for 2 people for a Monday. We were the only 2 people on the tour.
Tour Guide was not accomodating just wanted some food a cheese platter. Was told by Tour Guide not a food tour and can only taste wine. If i wanted food i should have gone on the Food and WIne tour at 12pm. Considering there were only 2 people i found this appalling and not very accomodating as there were no people to wait on and she didnt have to drop any other people off. Tour states approx 5.5hrs we were returned to our hotel just over 4hrs. 4 Wineries visited really isnt enough for that price
Maggie R New Zealand
It was not what it was advertised to be BEWARE! We booked to go at 930am (no lunch) and were told on Saturday morning that we would be picked up 1150am instead. Driver came at 1140 and said we had to pay an extra $25 each for lunch and another $25 each for the wine tour...we said we did not want lunch (we would do our own thing) and were not interested in a wine tour- just tasting the district wines with a view to buying some cases. The driver was inexperienced plus- the first stop was a forced shared platter lunch with the group (including 2 people from New York and 2 from Adelaide) and NO tastings because the winery was flat out serving punches; the second there were a row of bottles but no attempt by the person to narrate the wines- the next Mudhouse where we chose to have lunch and the last Pegasus which was much the same. If you want a bus to take you out for 6 hours this is ok. If you expect to learn anything about the wines of the region FORGET IT