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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.

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

Waipara Wine Trail Tour from Christchurch

Waipara Wine Trail from Christchurch

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

Customer Reviews

Taz N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Did four wineries option: we ended up being the only two on the tour! Hank our guide was very informative (and patient). Definitely get some generous pours in -- especially at Waipara Hills which was my favorite! More white than red options.

john.bewley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a very good visit I found out a lot about wine and I highly recommend this visit.

Claire S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour and lots of fine wines. Beautiful lunch and John was very accommodating for our tour - And patience! Thank you

Bob O Mexico

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I recall we visited 3 wineries. All the assistants were knowledgeable and informative. A good selection of wines

chef.monty1330

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great day awesome guide lots of knowlage

Jillian M B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Lovely wines and delicious lunch and 4 different wineries. Well worth the cost.

George K New Caledonia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Ian was an excellent tour guide - very knowledgeable about not just wine, but also Christchurch history.
We visited 4 wineries, had great tastings. Definitely recommend.

Eileen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very enjoyable tour, the wineries visited were lovely and the wines delicious

Emma M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Nice wines and lunch

Charles R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Good half day trip while in Christchurch, opportunity to try many different wines from 4 places. Lunch was very good if you choose that option. Nice trip and recommended

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