Amberley and Waipara
Not to be mistaken for simply a place to pass through, North Canterbury has a few aces up its sleeve when it comes to places worth tallying a while.
Wine country in Waipara is home to a number of top-class vineyards and tasting rooms, where you can look out upon rolling hills of vines whilst sipping the results from a glass and hearing about the process from the talented wine makers themselves.
Vintage shopping or boutique beer anyone? Amberley has the best of both, and after meandering your way through thrift shop finds and filling up your takeaway rigger, there are cafés aplenty to rest your feet in and fill up on small town cheese scones.
01 Little Vintage Espresso
20 Markham Street, Canterbury
A jewel in the Amberley crown, Little Vintage Espresso offers delicious homemade food and good coffee.
02 Pegasus Bay
263 Stockgrove Road, Glasnevin
Pegasus Bay will blow you away with its beautiful setting and world-class wine.
03 Brew Moon Brewing Company
12 Markham Street, Amberley
An independent family run craft beer brewery and pizzeria, the Brew Moon is a much-loved hospitality spot.
04 Old School Collective
1429 Main North Road, Waikuku
This collective of lifestyle businesses in North Canterbury has turned a 140-year-old school into a dream destination just north of Christchurch.
05 Terrace Edge Wines
328 Georges Road, RD2, Waipara
The classy yet laid back winery atmosphere you’ve been looking for.
06 Black Estate
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.
07 Georges Road Wines
625 Mount Brown Road, RD2, Waipara
If you like great wine, stunning scenery and a quick escape from the city head to Georges Road Wines in Waipara.
08 Greystone Wines
376 Omihi Road, Waipara
A day exploring the magic being made by Greystone Wines is a day well spent.