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Top Choice Winery 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 $44, serving noon to 4pm Thursday to Monday). Beautiful gardens set the scen…
Top Choice Cafe in Waipara Valley

Little Vintage Espresso

This little cracker of a cafe just off SH1 serves up the best coffee in town with food to match. High-quality, contemporary sandwiches, slices and cakes are gobbled up by locals and tourists alike.
Winery in Waipara Valley

Black Estate

The sharpest of Waipara's wineries architecturally, this striking black barn overlooking the valley is home to some excellent wine, and food that champions local producers (mains $25 to $40). As well as the region's…
Cafe in Waipara Valley

Pukeko Junction

A deservedly popular roadside pit stop, this cafe in Leithfield (south of Amberley) serves delicious baked goods including gourmet sausage rolls and lamb shank pies. As well as arts and crafts, the shop next door st…
Indian in Hanmer Springs


Spice up your life at this brightly painted North Indian restaurant complete with bhangra-beats soundtrack. It's a beef-free zone, but there are plenty of tasty lamb, chicken and seafood dishes to choose from, plus …
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.
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 with a platter or a pizza (food from 3pm).
Farm in Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs Animal Park

With more animals than Dr Dolittle's Facebook page, 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 a…
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; the paper napkins and chunky glasses don't. Good beer list, and…
Asian in Hanmer Springs


This elegant eatery 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 (5pm onwards) is also available.