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Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch

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  • 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered 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

What's Included

  • Wine tasting of at least 20 different wines.
  • 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

Departure & Return

This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.

Departure Point

  • Canterbury Museum, 11 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

    Meet outside the Canterbury Museum. There are temporary parking spaces for tour buses, so your driver will meet you there.

Pickup Details

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Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

Please Note

We pickup from most Hotel's, Motels & Backpackers in Christchurch, If you are staying elsewhere we will suggest a suitable pickup place.

What To Expect

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

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).

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

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.

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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
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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Traveler Tips


Pegasus Bay is worth the trip alone, great wine and awesome atmosphere.
Slight problem with pickup from ship but no big deal.
Only one thing I would recommend - an option for a lighter lunch or none at all if so desired.
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Wine lovers
Zak_W, May 2022
The wineries were amazing and the staff were so informative about everything and the history of the wineries was so interesting all in all a 10/10 experience
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the experience and the wines. I hope you have the opportunity yo travel with us again on some future occasion.
Half good half bad
Jonathan_E, Mar 2022
The first and last stops were by far the best, really nice and the hosts were so nice. Our second stop was not nice at all, couldn’t understand the host, we’re seated inside a room with no windows, the flys were unreal, told to speed it up when we’re not taking long at all. The van driver was nice.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. The second winery was Torlesse a winery we have used on all of our wine tours for the past 30 years and have never has a poor review regarding their wines, facliities or staff until now. However, in these difficuilt times with staffing becoming an issue due to Omicron operations are far from normal for everyone. The room with no windows you refer to was actually a marque extension, again being used due to social distancing and attempting to keep everyone safe, There are window flaps which can be opened.
Girls with Stamina...lol!!!
Elnieke_G, Jan 2022
We are not wine people but we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our host Mr Ian was awesome and very knowledgeable. We learnt so much from each winery and Mr Ian!! Highly Recommended!!!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you for the review and it is pleasing to learn that you had such a great day. It is great to hear that Ian was a good representative of our business. I do hope you have the opportunity to travel with us again on some future occasion.
This tour was such a fun...
Elana_T, Jan 2022
This tour was such a fun experience. We chose it as it was a rainy day but you barely notice little things like weather when drinking delicious wines.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thanks for your review and pleased to hear that the tour was such a fund expereince.
Our driver was great....
Nikki_T, Jan 2022
Our driver was great. Very personable and accommodating. The wineries were very professional and fun. Learnt a lot. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Pleased to learn you had such a great day and that Graham was a good representative of the business. I hope you are able to join us again on some future occassion.
Fun day, great wines
Helen_M, Nov 2021
Great lunch, all 4 winery's were different but good. Waipua Hills had a great variety. Guide Ian was great, lot's of local knowledge.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you for your review. Great to hear that you enjoyed the lunch and wines and that you had a fun day. Pleased to learn that our guide Ian represented the company well. Thanks
Fun day out
Johannes_J, Aug 2021
We were picked up at our house, exactly on time, and had beautiful individual platters for lunch. All the presenters werknowleagable as well as in touch with the group. Th variety of wines we tasted was impressive. Our driver was a real delight with a great sense of humour. Really commendable experience, thanks so much
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review and it is great to hear that you had such an enjoyable day, the lunch and the wines. Thank you for travelling with us and allowing us to arrange this experience for you.
Nice but rushed
Lisa_G, Jul 2021
I felt that this wine tour was very rushed and we would have enjoyed it more if there was some more time including some time for a nice cheese platter.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thank you for your review and I am sorry to learn that you thought the wine tour was rushed. We conduct this tour daily and over the years have refined this tour to ensure it meets everyone's expectations and from the reviews you can see that it normally always does. We allow 45 minutes at each winery for the tastings which is normally more than enough time even for the larger groups to enjoy the experience. I do hope you have the opportunity to travel with us again and would recommend our wine tour with the platter lunch option which is a longer tour and includes some fine cheeses.
Awesome experience
Harley_F, May 2021
Amazing wine tour. Great tour of the 3 vineyards. We had the lunch included in the waipara winery and that was very nice. Learnt quite a bit about wines! Tour guide Scott was awesome. Highly recommended.
Response from Host, May 2021
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Pleased to hear that you had a great experience and that Scott was awesome. I do hope you have the opportunity to experience this region of New Zealand again on some future occasion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Christchurch wine experience
Dianne_R, 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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Fun trip
Lorraine_B, 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.
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!
Relaxing Afternoon in Waipara
Jana_G, 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!
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!
A brilliant day
Jacinta_P, 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.
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!
Nice wine tasting trip
wendell_h, Jan 2020
Slight problem with pickup from ship but no big deal. Tom, our tour guide, was very personable and gave a lot background info on the area. The countryside driving to wineries was interesting--a lot of agriculture. All the wineries had nice grounds. One in particular, Pegasus, was extraordinary. The grounds were large, beautiful, and meticulously maintained. The tastings left a little to be desired. The portions were tiny and the tastings did not have as full an explanation about the wines. Also, none of the wineries had anything to eat, like small crackers or cheese
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you very much for the nice review. I'm glad you had a nice time and get to join us again soon!
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