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Things to do in Waipara

Waipara is a picturesque valley just 45 minutes north of Christchurch. One of New Zealand's premier wine regions the area is know for superb pinot noir and riesling. 

 Visit one of the vineyard restaurants and the many tasty rooms. To add to your gourmet experience, there are olive groves, nut farms and fields of lavender. 

Wiapara is a great place to stretch your legs, either on the cycleway between the wineries, or on one of several beautiful walks. Enjoy wandering through Iron Ridge Quarry Park; this disused quarry has been converted into an art gallerty and enormous steel sculputres. 

Home to the historic Weka Pass Railway you can stay at the Waipara Sleepers and book your steam train experience which is just a 10 minute walk up the road. 


Historic vintage steam and diesel-electric train


Magical wonderland of graceful, strong sculptures set against a carefully curated native garden. Bring a picnic and explore.


The best place to indulge with a range of 22 outdoor thermal pools, relaxing rock pools, soothing Sulphur pools and and array of water jets and bubbles.

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Authenitc New Zealand family owned and operated winery and restaurant producing premium wines to compliment your culinary experience in the Waipara Valley.

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Experience the breath taking setting of vineyards and rolling hills from the perfect place to enjoy delicious food and great company.

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This 3 hour return walk leads to the remote beach where Kate Stream enters Pegasus bay. The walk traverses through the heart of the Tiromoana Bush and return to the Mt Cass Road car park via bush remnants and wetlands with spectacular views along the coast.

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The Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail gives riders and walkers the opportunity to experience close up world-class vineyards, historic farms and the beauty of the Waipara Valley. The trail weaves through the producing vineyards, accessing the cellar doors and cafe's of wineries that look out on the expansive views.

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