Next up, we’re off to Waipara, a stunning valley just a short 45-minute drive north of Christchurch. Now, if you’re a wine lover, you’re in for a treat. This place is known for its top-notch pinot noir and riesling. But don’t worry, there’s more to Waipara than just wine – there’s a whole host of things to do. You could check out an olive grove, swing by a nut farm, or even meander through fields of lavender.
Want a bit of a workout? There’s a cycleway that links the wineries together, or you could go for a leisurely walk at the Iron Ridge Quarry Park, home to an art gallery filled with steel sculptures. For something a bit different, why not spend the night in a revamped railway carriage or hop on board the historic Weka Pass Railway? Waipara really does pack a punch.”
Sightseeing #1: Weka Pass Railway
The Weka Pass Railway is more than just your typical train ride – it’s a trip down memory lane through New Zealand’s rich history. You’ll be cruising through the striking limestone landscapes of the Weka Pass, catching sight of ancient Maori rock art, and maybe even discovering hidden fossils in the cliffs. And Frog Rock and the chorus of bird species you’ll come across on the journey? Just the cherry on top! Trust us, this railway adventure is one for the memory books!
Sightseeing #2: Torlesse Wines
Named after Charles Torlesse, an early resident of Canterbury, Torlesse Wines is one of Waipara’s oldest wineries that really does honour his legacy. Here, most grapes are hand-harvested, and they don’t mix the different vineyard components until the final blend. So grab a glass, take a sip, and soak up the history.