Guide12 hours Amberley & Waipara
Excellent coffee, excellent wine and excellent food. There’s little more that needs to be said to encourage one to spend 12 hours in this special slice of North Canterbury. Add breathtaking views, easy driving and friendly people to the mix and the deal will be well and truly sealed.
The best things to see, eat and do.
Starting with coffee and a spot of shopping in Amberley and moving through to feasting and wine sampling at some of the country’s top wineries, Waipara has a lot to offer visitors and makes for a day very well spent.
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. But prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the little gem that is Little Vintage Espresso. Little Vintage is simple, stylish and extremely 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 individual retail and lifestyle businesses make up the collective, operating out of completely renovated old classrooms, including The Yoga Club, The Health Project (offering 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, nourish your body on some hearty, healthy kai and delicious coffee.
376 Omihi Road, Waipara
Greystone is really all about their organic wine and helping people become as passionate as they are about it. 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 (we’re talking Karikaas leyden and gouda cheese, honeycomb, pickle, charcuterie, Rachel Scott ciabatta) and a glass or two of their favourite drop.
And 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 gets turned into seasonal lunches every day of the week at this Waipara eatery. Cool minimalism is the order of the day here. Unconventional for a North Canterbury winery, Black Estate is laid back and hits a rather stylish note.
263 Stockgrove Road, Glasnevin
Pegasus Bay is a true gem in the North Canterbury crown and an extremely memorable place to visit. Entirely family owned and operated, the beautiful winery and restaurant are a reflection of the passion and energy the Donaldson family have poured into the Pegasus Bay empire. The building and garden alone are enough to inspire awe. 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.
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.