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TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

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
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

Reviews

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J
, Jan 2019

Friendly, informative driver and guide. A good of wineries, smaller to larger. Tastings were well conducted and the wines generally quite good. Gardens at Pegasus were spectacular. Only one thing I would recommend - an option for a lighter lunch or none at all if so desired.

K
, Nov 2018

Sue, Our driver, was excellent, She was informative, and her stories were great......too bad it was her last day, you lost a good employee.

G
, May 2018

We took this tour in April 2018. We booked the day before, but there was no conformation from the company, and we had to call to make sure it was happening. There was apparently an option for a vegetarian lunch, but we didn't see anything about it when we booked, and the winery where we ate wasn't flexible at all. I think the options could have been a bit clearer. Our guide was more of a driver, and he didn't provide any information about New Zealand's wine industry. We felt rushed, and one winery had to cut our tasting short because the driver wanted to go. At one point, we came back from the washroom, and he was driving away with the door open at least he stopped so we didn't have to jump in. Overall, this is more of a shuttle service between wineries, and we felt the price was a bit high for what we experienced. I've seen some of the same concerns in other reviews, so I don't think our experience was unique. It wasn't awful, just kind of disappointing. We wouldn't recommend the tour.

j
, Apr 2018

Nice tour of 4 wineries. The meal was incredible. Our tour guide, John, was a little crabby with us even one of the wineries asked us what the deal was due to us spending too much time at the wineries. The problem was that he failed to tell us the timeframes for each stop. No worries, it was still a fun experience.

L
, Mar 2018

Great tour and definitely a fun way to spend your afternoon in Christchurch.

a
, Mar 2018

Sue was amazing! On a Saturday during the summer, it was only me and another lovely gal that were able to experience the Waipara region. It was a blast. Sue was very helpful in telling us to be sure to stay hydrated and be eating snacks along the way. Highly recommend this tour!

T
, Mar 2018

Visited four wineries and were able to taste a good selection of wines at each. Had a nicely balanced lunch platter at Waipara Springs. Informative commentary from our driver en route to Waipara but thought the staff at some wineries could have told us a bit about the history and wine production. Stand out for me was the guy and wines at Greystone/Muddy waters

R
, Feb 2018

Great way to spend an entire afternoon. Guide knew a fair bit, but at each stop, you had a true expert detailing their wine. Interesting people within the group, and it simply made for a great day.

R
, Feb 2018

Loads of variety and lovely wineries to visit.

A
, Jan 2018

i really enjoyed this wine tour! Especially the winery at pegasus bay was exceptional!


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