Amberley and Waipara
Not to be mistaken for simply a place to pass through, North Canterbury's Amberley and Waipara have a few aces up their sleeves when it comes to places worth lingering a while.
Wine country in Waipara is home to a number of top-class vineyards and tasting rooms. Here, you'll look out upon rolling hills of vines and sip wide varieties of wine, while hearing about the process from the talented winemakers 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 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.
02 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.
03 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.
04 Pegasus Bay
263 Stockgrove Road, Glasnevin
Pegasus Bay will blow you away with its beautiful setting and world-class wine.
05 Little Vintage Espresso
20 Markham Street, Canterbury
A jewel in the Amberley crown, Little Vintage Espresso offers delicious homemade food and good coffee.
06 Greystone Wines
376 Omihi Road, Waipara
A day exploring the magic being made by Greystone Wines is a day well spent.
07 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.
08 Terrace Edge Wines
328 Georges Road, RD2, Waipara
The classy yet laid back winery atmosphere you’ve been looking for.