Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch

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Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch
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Enjoy an afternoon Wine Trail tour exploring four of North Canterbury's boutique vineyards including Waipara Hills, Greystone, Pegasus Bay and Waipara Springs, all producing a fine selection of both white and red wines for tastings. Afternoon tour also includes the option of a delicious lunch at Waipara Springs.
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In Brief

Location:
Christchurch, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Operates:

Daily

Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Free drinks included
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Itinerary
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Pass By: Waipara, Waipara, Canterbury Region, South Island

From your accommodation in Christchurch, travel 45 minutes north to the picture-esque Waipara Region - famous for its dry climate and rich soils, making it ideal for superior wine production. This beautiful area of Canterbury hosts over 40 vineyards and wineries, with Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominating the valley. It is here where your wine tour will begin!

(Please note that this schedule may change depending on the availability of the wineries)

Stop At: Waipara Springs Winery, State Highway 1 North, Waipara New Zealand

Your first stop is Waipara Springs, a founding winery in the Waipara Wine region which remains an entirely owned and operated Family Estate. Here you can sample a range of their famous Waipara Springs wine collection and even pick up a bottle or two for home. For those doing the lunch option, your stay here will be extended to an hour which gives you time to enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Greystone Wines, 376 Omihi Road, Waipara 7483 New Zealand

Your next stop is Greystone for tastings of their popular organic, handcrafted, exceptional wines.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Waipara Hills, 780 Glasnevin Road, Waipara 7473 New Zealand

Your third stop is the stunning property of Waipara Hills who offer a premium selection of wines that showcases the very best varietals of the South Island regions of New Zealand.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pegasus Bay Winery, 263 Stockgrove Road RD2, Amberley, Christchurch 7482 New Zealand

Finally make a stop at Pegasus Bay, owned by the Donaldson Family who have been seriously involved in wine production since the 1970s and were one of the pioneers of wine making in the region. Enjoy some unique wine from this winery.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Christchurch, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island

Upon completing your wine trail, your driver will return you to your Christchurch accommodation after your 4 hour to 5.5 hour tour (depending on whether lunch is included).

Inclusions

  • Wine tasting
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Live commentary on board
  • Explore four of North Canterbury's boutique vineyards
  • Lunch (if option selected at time of booking)
  • Entry/Admission - Waipara Springs Winery
  • Entry/Admission - Greystone Wines
  • Entry/Admission - Waipara Hills
  • Entry/Admission - Pegasus Bay Winery

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Christchurch, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
We pickup from most Hotel's, Motels & Backpackers in Christchurch, If you are staying elsewhere we will suggest a suitable pickup place.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years of age to consume alcohol in New Zealand
  • Should any of the named wineries be unavailable on the day of travel, an alternative winery in the Waipara area will be included
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We had a great time on the tour! Our guide Graham was great - very knowledgeable, had some good dad jokes and trivia, and our fellow wine tasters (all from Australia) were fun to get to know! Bought a bottle of Riesling which I plan to have at Christmas.
• Submitted 28 Nov 2019
Superb views, superb wine and expertise. We thoroughly enjoyed the day, with the humour and the expertise displayed by the owner and producer at Torlesse. We also had the privilege to meet Dennis at Waipara Hills who took the time to Educate us a little about wine tasting and transmit his expertise. In all four locations, the surroundings were superb however, as it was a rainy day, we could not enjoy the views as we would have liked to. The lunch at waipara springs was excellent and copious.
• Submitted 10 Apr 2019
Sue, Our driver, was excellent, She was informative, and her stories were great......too bad it was her last day, you lost a good employee.
• Submitted 30 Nov 2018
Great tour and definitely a fun way to spend your afternoon in Christchurch.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2018
Sue was amazing! On a Saturday during the summer, it was only me and another lovely gal that were able to experience the Waipara region. It was a blast. Sue was very helpful in telling us to be sure to stay hydrated and be eating snacks along the way. Highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 21 Mar 2018
Loads of variety and lovely wineries to visit.
• Submitted 09 Feb 2018
i really enjoyed this wine tour! Especially the winery at pegasus bay was exceptional!
• Submitted 19 Jan 2018
Wonderful afternoon with a well versed driver. Our start with a most delicious lunch and amazing wine pairings, then three more wineries sampling delightful wines. Each winery had its own special appeal and the hosts were extremely welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly. Recommend it highly!
• Submitted 18 Jan 2018
Pick up was right on time from Christchurch City Center. Wineries in the region specialize in white wines and lighter reds like Pinot Noir, so expect a lot of these on your tasting menu. Definitely bring some cheese and crackers for a snack, as the tour doesn't stay long enough at any winery to order food or even a charcuterie plate. Would have liked to have a little more time to linger at some of the vineyards. The last one - Pegasus Bay - definitely the nicest on the tour with the best quality wines. I would definitely recommend going just to see their grounds!
• Submitted 18 Dec 2017
We had a wonderful afternoon on this wine tour with our driver Scotty. He gave out great info on Christchurch as we picked up others on the tour. The four places we tried wine at were great: Waipara Hills, Greystone Muddy Water, Torlesse, and Pegasus Bay. We had a nice cold platter lunch and wine before leaving Waipara Hills. The grounds at Pegasus Bay are just as worthwhile as the wine. Thanks again Scotty for a lovely day.
• Submitted 26 Oct 2017
Excellent Tour - Greystone, Waipara Hills, and Pegasus Bay were excellent in regard wines and tasting process. The first winery Waipara Springs where we had lunch the tasting process was poor, just refilled glasses no discussion. The problem may be trying to do the tasting with lunch? Ed
• Submitted 09 Oct 2017
Great experience and the wineries were lovely
• Submitted 01 Oct 2017
This was a lovely tour learnt a lot about the wines produced in the area The wineries were brilliant with some beautiful wines great tour director nothing was rushed
• Submitted 12 Aug 2017
We had a great day from pickup to drop off. Our guide was extremely friendly with a great sense of humour. Tasting plate lunch was delicious and very generous. Wines were plentiful and varied at all four wineries. We needed to take this tour on arrival so we could purchase wines to drink while we were in NZ!!! No pressure to purchase was appreciated. Certainly recommended
• Submitted 11 Jun 2017
We had arrived back in Christchurch and the end of our holiday, we decided to have a wine tour, we got in touch with Canterbury Leisure day tours. they picked us up from where we were staying, Sue our tour guide/ driver was very good in her knowledge of the area and of the vineries we were going to visit, we had a very good tour with her as we were traveling with four other people who were in Christchurch for the Rugby match, I think that she may have thought that we may not enjoy ourselves but we did as she put everyone at ease. I would recommend both Canterbury Day tours and Sue who also described herself as a selfie stick so that we could get better pictures of the places we visited.
• Submitted 12 Jun 2017
Excellent value for money, so many wines,.... so little time!!! Lunch was superb and a great idea to have it as the first stop and tasting, so we all got to sit around a table, introduce ourselves and chat. The wineries were lovely, informative and very friendly, no rushing you out the door for the next group. Our group was 9 and we certainly had the full attention of the hosts, without the pressure to buy.
• Submitted 21 Apr 2017
Pina was exceptional. So informed and willing to go the extra mile. Wineries were all very nice. Definitely worth the time
• Submitted 05 Apr 2017
We had a fabulous day visiting four vineyards. The lunch provided at Waipara Springs Vineyard was awesome. Our tour guide Sue was so knowledgeable and friendly.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2017
This was one of the best wine tours I've taken in my life, and made for a nice half day afternoon tour, and there were only three other people on the excursion that day. Our tour guide, Sue, was very knowledgeable of the different wines as well as sharing info about the varieties, general history of the area, and the growing of the wine grapes. We made a trip to a total of four different wineries and some of the grounds, like the last one we visited, Pegasus Bay, were just beautiful and this particular winery had what I think was one of the best tasting wines of the day, and was called 'Finale'. It was VERY sweet and tasty but only wished they would sell this wine overseas. I think near the end of the tour I consumed close to twenty glasses of wine from all the wineries but had a lot of fun and the weather was just great with a nice temperature and a light breeze. I also liked how with most of the Viator tours, they keep the groups small and thus, it feels more personalized versus a big group of 20. If you like wine tours, and are in Christchurch, I highly recommend taking this tour! A great day and alof of fun!
• Submitted 03 Jan 2017
Nice little tour of four Vineyards. We opted to not go for the lunch although I probably wish we had, but all the Vineyards we visited were excellent. Each one we were supposed to try five different wines, but in each one we went to they ended up giving us more and tailored the choices around our individual tastes. My friend and I are definitely not wine connoisseurs, but we were treated respectfully and told a lot of interesting facts about the vineyards, the wines and the wine making processes. One of the Vineyards Waipara Hills we had an exceptional guide, who I think was called Dennis. He was very knowledgeable and friendly and he helped discover our own tastes and despite being in a group, show us each different wines dependant on what we liked. None of the places we visited pressurised us into buying anything, but we all bought various different wines anyway. The wines were very good. I would definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 19 Oct 2016
Did four wineries option: we ended up being the only two on the tour! Hank our guide was very informative (and patient). Definitely get some generous pours in -- especially at Waipara Hills which was my favorite! More white than red options.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2016
This was a very good visit I found out a lot about wine and I highly recommend this visit.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2016
I recall we visited 3 wineries. All the assistants were knowledgeable and informative. A good selection of wines
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
Great tour and lots of fine wines. Beautiful lunch and John was very accommodating for our tour - And patience! Thank you
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016

In Brief

Location:
Christchurch, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Operates:

Daily

Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Free drinks included