CHRISTCHURCH TO WAIPARA
Take the morning to explore Christchurch, New Zealand’s newest revitalised city and a perfect place to begin your journey. Whether you’re flying or driving here, it’s worth checking out the vibrant city centre. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture.
Take a stroll along the Avon River and head over the Bridge of Remembrance to the Riverside Market, a indoor farmers' market selling local produce, meat, baked goods, coffee and more. Alongside the market is Riverside Lanes, a destination boutique shopping experience with major fashion brands and even more dining options to add to those at the market.
Depart Christchurch and head your way north to the North Canterbury wine region known as Waipara Valley, one of New Zealand's premier wine regions. The coolest little wine region in the country is an internationally renowned destination for food and wine, home to 90 + vineyards. There are plenty of cellar doors to visit, wine to sample and food to forage here.
Enjoy some sharing platters at Greystone’s new cellar door, see why Black Estate wins so many awards for their pinot noir, visit the family owned Pegasus Bay and its unique sustainable vineyard or stroll just stop for a quick break to stretch your legs amongst the vines.
Cycling is one of the best way to get around the wineries. Weaving through the unique landscapes, the Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail gives you access to cellar doors and cafes of wineries that look out on the expansive valley views.