Amberley and Waipara

A boy swimming in a lake.

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.