Location

Waipara Sleepers is located in a small country town called Waipara which is in the North Canterbury region of the South Island, New Zealand. We're located only 200 meters from the junction of State Highways one and seven. Waipara is said to be the fastest growing wine and olive area in New Zealand and this is largely due to the micro climate of the valley which offers ideal conditions.

The township of Waipara has its origins as a railway town, at the junction of the main trunk line and services heading west. Waipara led the way in rural irrigation schemes by opening its No. 1 Rural Reticulated Water Supply Scheme in 1986 - the first water harvesting scheme in New Zealand. By the turn of this century the area had become a significant wine production region, accommodating fourteen wineries.

Waipara is one of New Zealand’s most rapidly expanding wine areas, producing around 100,000 cases of award winning wines in an average year. The Waipara Wine Valley offers ideal conditions for growing premium quality grapes, the combination of hot summer temperatures, well drained soil and protection from the cool easterly wind makes for award winning wines. It is the fastest growing wine region in New Zealand with around 80 vineyards in the Waipara Wine Valley covers more than 1,200 hectares of plantings, including the extended Glasnevin area to the south. The north facing moderately sloping terrain provides an ideal sun trap for fruiting vines, with Pinot Noirs and Rieslings being regional specialities.

Offering daily wine tours, as well as personal excursions, the Waipara area features various attractions. The Glenmark railway recalls the era of rural train travel with a ride in vintage former NZR passenger carriages through scenic Weka Pass on the 17-kilometre-long railway from Waipara to Waikari, using vintage former steam and diesel locomotives. Fossil hunting has become popular in the region. In 2003 an amateur fossil hunter discovered the skull of a 65 million year old penguin in almost perfect condition.

Waipara Sleepers is located only 45 minutes drive from Christchurch International Airport. Hanmer Springs is also only one hours drive away and is one of the most popular attractions in the South Island. It's hot pools, Jet boat rides & bungy jump make it a popular place to stop.

Kaikoura is a popular stop over for backpackers and holiday makers and is located ninety minutes away. Kaikoura is well know for activities such as whale watching and swimming with dolphins or seals.

Ski Time

Hanmer Springs ski area is a club field located just 40 minutes drive from the famous Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa - the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation for your winter holiday. Mt Lyford Ski Area is also conveniently located - just 60kms from both Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura. This small commercial field is primed for families, with 30% of its terrain designed for beginner skiers.

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