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Waipara Valley

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Waipara Tourism

Located just 60 kilometres north of the city of Christchurch, the small valley town of Waipara boasts of having the most flavourful and well-made wines in this part of the country. With vineyards that stretch into the distance, surrounded by gentle hills, Waipara is great for a weekend trip, away from the hustle and bustle of Christchurch.

The weather is more or less perfect throughout the year for winemaking, with plenty of sunshine and a long autumn. Regional specialties include Pinor Noir and Riesling, but the production of other kinds of wines is also of top quality. 

If you’re a wine enthusiast, your trip to southern New Zealand would be incomplete without a visit to this small town. You can go on wine tasting tours, visit wineries, and even explore vineyards on a cycle! Moreover, the town also has some scrumptious eating options available to go with all the wine. There are also several walking tours that take you around the valley and to the Waipara river. You can relax by the riverside, maybe even have a little midday picnic in the sun!

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Things to Do

  • Wine tasting tours – There are multiple wineries in this small town, and most of them offer great tastings of the locally made wines. At least one tasting tour should be on your to-do list when you visit Waipara!
  • Explore vineyards – You can walk around or borrow a bicycle from the vineyard owner and explore the vineyards that stretch into the hills, and maybe even get a chance to see grapes getting harvested for the produce!
  • Waipara Valley tours – There are multiple walking tours that take you around the small town, vineyards and to the Waipara River. It is a beautiful landscape to witness, especially at sunrise or sunset.

Regional Specialities

The small town of Waipara is known for its intensely flavoured Pinot Noir and Riesling, which make a perfect gift for loved ones back home, or for a Saturday night in. The region also has a great reputation for producing great quality Chardonnay. Don’t miss out on these wines while you’re there!

Who Should Go

Anyone who is fond of either wines, winemaking or wine tasting should have a good time here. Children and non-drinkers might not have a lot to do here.

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What is the best time to visit Waipara?

The best time to visit Waipara is during the autumn months, from March to May, when the weather is ideal and the temperature is between 8 and 18.  Even the summer at Christchurch isn’t too harsh, with temperatures ranging between 12 and 22 between the months of December to February. June to August are the winter months, when temperatures fluctuate between 3 and 12 degrees. September to May is spring and the temperatures are between 7 and 17 degrees. 
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What are the places near Waipara?

The top places near to Waipara are Queenstown which is 394 km from Waipara, Akaroa which is located 85 km from Waipara, Auckland which is located 711 km from Waipara, Kaikoura which is located 104 km from Waipara, Gisborne which is located 658 km from Waipara

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