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Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered 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
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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

Departure Point

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.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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
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." 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-5
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.
icon 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
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star-5
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
icon 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.
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star-3
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.
icon 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.
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star-5
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.
icon 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.
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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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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
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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