Welcome to Waipara Valley

Of the region's 30 or so wineries, around a dozen have cellar doors to visit, four with restaurants. To explore the valley's bounty fully, pick up a copy of the North Canterbury Wine Region map (or download it from www.waiparavalleynz.com). Otherwise, you'll spot several of the big players from the highway. The area's main towns are tiny Waipara and slightly larger Amberley, but you're likely to spend most of your time in the countryside between the two.

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$93.07 Shore Excursions

Lyttelton Shore Excursion - Waipara Wine Tour With Lunch

This tour explores four of North Canterbury’s boutique vineyards. From the port at Lyttelton, we drive 45 minutes north of the city of Christchurch to the Waipara Valley in the North Canterbury countryside. Well known for its dry climate and rich alluvial soils, this valley is ideal for superior wine production. Over 40 vineyards and wineries pepper the landscape of the valley with Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominating local plantings. The first stop is at Waipara Springs Winery where both a tasting of their wines and lunch has been arranged for your enjoyment. You will also stop for tastings at Pegasus Bay, Waipara Hills and Greystone Winery. This tour is designed for cruise ship passengers. Departs Lyttelton at 11.30am and returns to Lyttelton by 5.30pm, this will ensure you arrive at the cruise ship before departure. Departure and return times can be adjusted according to your cruise ships arrival and departure times at Lyttelton Port. Please advise your Ship's name, docking time, disembarkation time and departure time when booking so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. (Should any of the above named wineries be unavailable on the day, an alternative winery in the Waipara area will be included).

$51.46 Private & Custom Tours

The Waipara Wineries - Half day with sampling

Waipara is approximately 1 hour drive from Christchurch so your visit to the area will likely be around 4-5 hours.Join us as we visit at least two of our most popular wineries in the Waipara Wine District of Canterbury New Zealand. The area is renowned for its red wines but also boasts some really nice whites.The soil in the area is unique, the hospitality amazing...what a perfect way to spend a few hoursUp to 5 adults in lambs wool comfort.Sampling included.Complimentary snacks includedA pleasant drive into the Waipara Valley wine district in our spacious hybrid people mover, complete with NZ Lamb’s Wool seat covers. Perfect!!75 vineyards in the Waipara Valley covering more than 1,200 hectares of plantings. A sub region of the Canterbury wine region, Waipara is renowned for producing unique richer, spicier Pinot Noirs and Rieslings.The terroir, combined with a long hot autumn, provides each vineyard with unique characters that contribute to a range of wine styles including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

$86.88 Tours & Sightseeing

The Wiapara Wineries FULL day Tour with Sampling

V.I.P Tour for Seasoned Tasters6-8 hours approxDeparts 9:00 am or as arranged - minimum 2 adultsUp to 5 people can travel in NZ lambs wool comfort.Visit some of the 'Mainlands' finest Cellar Doors, sample glorious reds and smooth whites from the South.Famous for its Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir wines.We'll leave your hotel and wind our way North through Kaiapoi and into the Waipara Valley, home of some of the South Islands finest wines.Minimum 2 adultsAdditional guests: NZ$125.00 per person*Includes tastings.Includes delicious lunch featuring local produce - as tastes vary, wines are additional.Age restrictions apply. Divine wines, local food and someone else driving. A perfect combination. About the RegionThe Teviotdale coastal hills provide protection from the cool easterly winds leaving the valley open to the warming north-west winds.  The soil types range from gravely deposits on flats and terraces in the central-west of the valley, limestone derived clay on the valley floor and eastern hillsides, and gravely loams over alluvial subsoil in the southern part of the region.

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