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Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Visit four boutique wineries of North Canterbury on a half-day wine-tasting tour with optional lunch. Departing Christchurch, you’ll taste a quality selection of wines in the up-and-coming Waipara wine region, including stops at Pegasus Bay, Waipara Hills, Torlesse Wines and Waipara Springs. Learn from a knowledgeable guide about Waipara’s unique terroir as you sip a range of superior reds and whites.
  • Enjoy a 5.5-hour wine trails tour of four boutique vineyards in the Waipara wine region
  • Wine tasting tour of 4 boutique vineyards in the Waipara area
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Christchurch hotels
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Wine tasting
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Live commentary on board
Explore four of North Canterbury's boutique vineyards
Lunch (if option selected at time of booking)
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

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Indulge in a half day of wine tasting along the Waipara wine trail, renowned for its warm, dry climate and limestone-rich soils — ideal for growing the premium quality grapes that produce some of New Zealand’s most distinctive wine.

Following pickup by coach from your centrally located hotel in Christchurch, your guide takes you on a 40-minute drive to Waipara, one of the South Island’s burgeoning wine regions. Visit cellars and tasting rooms during guided tours of four boutique vineyards in North Canterbury, and sample a distinctive selection of both red and white wines (see below). 

Enjoy a lunch of fresh, seasonal dishes that pair well with your wine (if option selected) before hotel drop-off in Christchurch.

Sample wineries:
• Waipara Hills (formerly Mud House): sample award-winning pinot gris and riesling along with other varietals at the Cellar Door
• Pegasus Bay Winery: discover sustainable viticulture used to bring out the complex flavors and fruit character of the wines
• Torlesse Wines: based in Waipara Village, it prides itself on hand-crafted wines, including gold-medal Torlesse Gewürztraminer and Waipara sauvignon blanc
• Waipara Springs Winery: the 64-acre (26-hectare) vineyard grows a range of varietals for their Waipara Springs and Premo labels; visit the Southern Boundary Wines Cellar Door to sample older vintages
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Waipara Springs Winery
Travelling north from your pick up location from Christchurch, arrive at your first stop at the beautiful Waipara Springs: one of the oldest and most popular wineries of the region. Enjoy wine tastings and a delicious pattered lunch (if option is selected - you will be here longer).
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Torlesse Wines
Your next stop is Torlesse Wines: a winery named after early Cantabrian resident Charles Torlesse. Here you will be able to sample wines including their Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and more.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Waipara Hills
Your next stop is to one of the grandest wineries of the region: Waipara Hills. Their knowledgeable will give you plenty of information on their excellent wine during your tastings of whites and reds.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pegasus Bay Winery
Your final stop will be the stunning winery of Pegasus Bay: a family owned winery who have been producing wine since the seventies. Taste some fantastic wines including sauvignon semillon, reisling, and more.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years of age to consume alcohol in New Zealand
  • Should any of the named wineries be unavailable on the day of travel, an alternative winery in the Waipara area will be included
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Leisure Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch?
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This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Pegasus Bay is worth the trip alone, great wine and awesome atmosphere." See review
  • "Slight problem with pickup from ship but no big deal." See review
  • "Only one thing I would recommend - an option for a lighter lunch or none at all if so desired." See review

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star-4
Enjoyable afternoon out for stressed work mate's.
Myra_K
, Mar 2021
We had a great day. Driver was great. Staff at the wineries were all friendly. Lunch was ok. Looked impressive, but lacked spread for the rolls. A light afternoon tea at the 3rd winery would be a good inclusion. Esp when trying a lot of wines. Breads and dips/ oils would be the go to. Esp to compliment the various wines.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thank you for your feedback which is important to us. Great to hear that you had an enjoyable day. It would be nice to be able to include an afternoon tea into the tour itinerary, however, as I am sure you can appreciate time is a factor and to do so it would mean that we would only have time to visit three wineries and not four.
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star-5
Great day with friendly service
Zoe_B
, Mar 2021
Our driver was fantastic, very friendly, and patient. Our favorite stop was Torlesse, it had a very friendly personal feel to it.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thank you for taking the time to post your review which are important to us to ensure we continue to meet our customers expectations and where possible exceed them. Great to hear that you enjoyed your day.
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star-5
Great Wines , beautiful gardens, delicious food. What more could you ask for?
Julie_C
, Jan 2021
What a wonderful area to visit. Just a short journey from Christchurch. If you enjoy appreciating tasting white wines full of flavour, then take this tour. We did the lunch option, we thought it was great value.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you for your feedback. Pleased to hear that you had a great day and thought it was great value. I do hope you have the opportunity to travel with us again on some future ocassion.
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star-5
Fun, New Friends and Fine Wines
Natasha_B
, Mar 2020
A very enjoyable afternoon. Keith the bus driver was great & it was really lovely to get to know our small group of companions. It was fun to be able to experience the wineries and their wares and not worry about having to drive. Lunch was yum too.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the great review, Natasha! I'm pleased you had such a nice time on your Waipara Wine Trail and made some new friends along the way. It's also great to hear that your driver/guide Keith did such a great job and I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him. Thanks again and I hope you get to return to Waipara and Christchurch again soon!
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star-5
Christchurch wine experience
Dxo
, Mar 2020
Great choice of wineries. Staff at wineries were very informative and knowledgeable. Lunch was great. Driver very pleasant and imparted lots of local info
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the great review! I'm really pleased you had such a nice time on your Waipara Wine Trail. It's also great to know that the staff at the winery and your driver/guide did such a great job in informing you about the local wines and the region. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to them! Thanks again and I hope you get to return Waipara someday soon!
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star-5
Great way to spend an afternoon
Eric_B
, Mar 2020
Great trip with Keith. The wine was good but not spectacular but the trip was great. Great way to see the area.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the great review of your Waipara Wine Trail and I'm pleased you had a nice time with your driver/guide, Keith, on your day of travel. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words! I hope you get to visit Christchurch and Waipara again soon!
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star-5
Great experience
Delaine_S
, Feb 2020
We had so much fun with our group. Totally recommend this experience. Our guide was extremely informative and very nice and helpful.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for the awesome review and recommendation! I'm really happy to hear that you and your group had such a blast on the Wine Trail. I hope you join us again soon!
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star-5
Fun trip
lorrainebulger
, Feb 2020
Great to get out of the city and explore the wineries and countryside. Terrific lunch and we met some great people on our tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for the awesome review, Lorraine. We're really happy you had such a fun time on our wine trail. Be sure to join us again!
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star-4
Relaxing Afternoon in Waipara
janagoelz
, Jan 2020
Overall, it was a very nice afternoon. Lunch was delicious. Janet, the driver, was very nice and explained a lot about christchurch and surrounding areas. I only rated it with 4 stars because I was hoping the people doing the tastings would explain a little about the wine which they didn’t except for Waipara Hills. Despite that, great experience to get to know New Zealand wines!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for the great review of your Waipara Wine Trail tour from Christchurch. It's great to hear that you had such a delicious lunch and enjoyable time with your driver/guide, Janet, who took you to the wineries that day. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to her! I'm also glad you enjoyed all the wineries too, though this is the first I have heard regarding not learning about the wines at a particular winery. I'll be sure to get in contact with the wineries and see what's happening. Thanks again and I hope you get to return to the Waipara Region again soon!
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star-5
A brilliant day
jacintapeel88
, Jan 2020
Had a great time. The perfect amount of wineries for the day and the driver / host Janet was great. We had a lovely day.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for the awesome review for your Wine Trail Tour and high praise for our driver/guide, Janet, who travelled with you that day. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words when I next speak to her. I hope you get the chance to visit Christchurch again soon!
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