Guide12 Hours Amberley & Waipara
Excellent coffee, excellent wine, and excellent food abound in North Canterbury's Amberley and Waipara. Add breathtaking views, easy driving, and friendly people to the mix and 12 hours in this region will fly by.
The best things to see, eat, and do.
Start your day in Amberley with a coffee and some shopping, then leisurely roll into feasting and wine at some of the country's top wineries in Waipara.
Little Vintage Espresso
20 Markham Street, Canterbury
Amberley isn’t normally a town that springs to mind when you’re looking for a decent coffee. However, prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the little gem that is Little Vintage Espresso. Little Vintage is simple, stylish, and inviting. The light, open space is filled with communal tables and happy customers. What more could you want?
Old School Collective
1429 Main North Road, Waikuku
A day trip to the rural township of Waikuku is now a whole lot more interesting with the opening of the Old School Collective - a boutique retail and lifestyle destination in a 140-year-old school.
Nine retail and lifestyle businesses make up the collective, operating out of renovated old classrooms. The spaces include The Yoga Club, The Health Project - which offers health coaching and tailor-made health programmes, Twine Antiques, Room Six gift shop, clothing boutique Louis Who, Good Dirt Flowers florist and gift store, and Woven Verandah outdoor furniture store share a space.
Finally, The Office Cafe is the perfect spot to rewind and nourish your body on some hearty, healthy kai and delicious coffee.
376 Omihi Road, Waipara
Greystone is passionate about their organic wine and educating others about their unique practices. Visitors to the cellar door can enjoy tasting and learning about special releases and aged wines, or sit in the sunshine with a delicious platter - featuring Karikaas leyden and gouda cheese, honeycomb, pickle, charcuterie, and Rachel Scott ciabatta - and a glass of their favourite drop.
For those wanting to see first-hand the true essence of Greystone, guided tours of the winery and vineyard offer a fascinating snapshot of the exciting things going on in the vines and in the wines.
614 Omihi Road, Waipara
A winery, tasting room, and restaurant, Black Estate is famous not only for its organic and biodynamic wines but its refreshing approach to food. Locally sourced and organic produce creates seasonal lunches that beg to be lingered over with a bottle. Minimalism is the aesthetic at this Waipara winery, and Black Estate's laid back atmosphere hits a stylish note.
263 Stockgrove Road, Glasnevin
Pegasus Bay is a true gem in the Waipara crown and an extremely memorable place to visit. Family owned and operated, the beautiful winery and restaurant reflect the passion and energy the Donaldson family pour into the Pegasus Bay empire. The striking castle-like terracotta building is surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens full of beautiful trees, flowers, ponds, and red footbridges which add to the magic of the place.
Terrace Edge Wines
328 Georges Road, RD2, Waipara
With rolling North Canterbury hills in the background, rows of grapevines in the foreground, and a glass of wine in your hand, Terrace Edge is the classy yet laid back winery atmosphere you’ve been looking for.
With delicious wines and homegrown olives, you can feast on special varietals here while sampling some of the winery's finest in olives.
Brew Moon Brewing Company
12 Markham Street, Amberley
The home of beer in Amberley, the Brew Moon Brewing Company is an independent family-run craft brewery and pizzeria. Residing at premises on the historic Markham Street in Amberley, Brew Moon provides locals and travellers alike with a relaxed spot to enjoy some locally crafted beer and gourmet pizza.