Top ChoiceWinery in Waipara Valley

Pegasus Bay

It's fitting that Waipara Valley's premier winery should have the loveliest setting and one of Canterbury's best restaurants (mains $36 to $43). Verdant manicured gardens set the scene, but it's the contemporary...

Forest in Lewis Pass

Marble Hill

Located within Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve, Marble Hill is home to one of NZ's most beautiful DOC camping grounds – a row of sites tucked into beech forest, overlooking a grassy meadow and encircled by snow-capped...

Modern NZ in Hanmer Springs

No. 31

Substantial servings of good-quality, albeit conservative, cuisine are on offer in this pretty wooden cottage. The upmarket ambience befits the prices, though you're also paying for the location, directly...

Winery in Waipara Valley

Black Estate

Perched on a hillside overlooking the valley, this striking black barn is home to some excellent drops – try the pinot noirs from the winery's three nearby vineyards, each of which have a distinctive terroir of...

Brewery in Waipara Valley

Brew Moon

The variety of craft beers available to taste at this wee brewery never wanes. Stop in to fill a rigger (flagon) to take away, or sup an ale alongside a tasty woodfired pizza in the cosy bar (pizzas $16 to $22)....

Indian in Hanmer Springs

Coriander Leaf

Spice up your life at this brightly painted North Indian restaurant complete with bhangra-beats soundtrack. There are plenty of tasty lamb, chicken and seafood dishes to choose from, plus a fine vegetarian...

Cafe in Hanmer Springs

Powerhouse Cafe

Delicious cakes and good-quality coffee are on the menu at this local favourite, tucked away off the main street. Power up with a huge High Country breakfast or try the Highland Fling – caramelised,...

Cafe in Waipara Valley

Pukeko Junction

A deservedly popular roadside stop, this bright, friendly cafe in Leithfield (south of Amberley) serves delicious bakery fare, like gourmet sausage rolls and tarts filled with goat's cheese, leek and walnut. The...

Cafe in Waipara Valley

Waipara Springs

Slightly north of Waipara township, one of the valley's oldest vineyards has a fine line in righteous rieslings. The casual cafe serves platters and bistro fare in the lovely family-friendly garden on sunny days,...

Cafe in Waipara Valley

Little Vintage Espresso

This petite whitewashed cottage just off SH1 has the best coffee in town, with food to match. All-day breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches and delectable homemade cakes are all on offer.

Farm in Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs Animal Park

With more animals than Dr Dolittle's, this farm park is great for kids. Llamas, Tibetan yak, deer, goats, guinea pigs and chinchillas all feature, and many of the critters can be hand-fed; pony rides are also...

Asian in Hanmer Springs


This cheery restaurant on the main drag presents Asian cuisine from Beijing to Bangalore, although the emphasis is more on the Indian. All dishes are designed to be shared; a limited takeaway menu is also available.

Pub in Hanmer Springs

Monteith’s Brewery Bar

This large, slightly worn pub is the town's busiest watering hole. The kitchen serves decent pub-style meals all day (mains $22 to $35). Live musicians kick off from 4pm Sundays.

Supermarket in Hanmer Springs

Four Square

The town's only supermarket, this is the place for self-caterers and campers to stock up on essentials.