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 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.
02 Mumma T Trading Lounge
86 Carters Road, Amberley
Housed in an original grain store, there's treasures both old and new at Mumma T's.
03 Pegasus Bay
Stockgrove Road, Glasnevin
Pegasus Bay will blow you away with its stunning food, beautiful setting and world-class wine.
04 Little Vintage Espresso
20 Markham St
A jewel in the Amberley crown, Little Vintage Espresso offers delicious homemade food and good coffee.
05 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.
06 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.
07 Terrace Edge Wines
328 Georges Rd, RD2, Waipara
The classy yet laid back winery atmosphere you’ve been looking for.