The fifth wonder of the wine world

New Zealand is the fifth best country in the world for wine-loving travellers, according to a new study. The study, by Bounce, analyses factors such as wine consumption and production, number of vineyards and wine tours, and the average cost of a bottle of wine, to reveal the best location for wine-lovers to visit on […]

Winter weekends in North Canterbury

Close enough to the city makes it ideal for a day trip, a couple of nights away, or just a relaxing Sunday drive. Whether you’re after a relaxing, indulgent break of wineries, award-winning eateries, day spas, adventure or shopping for a new wardrobe, North Canterbury has it all. Here are a few of suggestions from […]

Full steam ahead

A day trip to North Canterbury, or even a weekend away, offers plenty of scope for exciting, adventurous and relaxing activities. Most people know about the wine and food options that abound in the Waipara Valley and beyond, yet there are numerous other ways to spend your time in this vibrant area. Here are some […]

Stay awhile

North Canterbury is full of hidden delights and local treasures. For a leisurely weekend, make a day or two out of exploring the sights, indulging in the cuisine, and discovering the beauty of the wider Canterbury region. Morning Start your journey at one of the local farmers’ markets that often occur on a Saturday or […]

The wines of Waipara

North Canterbury is abundant with award-winning wineries, and beautiful cellar doors and vineyards. The area is a haven for winemaking, with the perfect climate for grape growing; long sunshine hours, hot dry summers, and long autumns. The sheltered Waipara area is close to the sea, and the warm days and cool nights provide a prolonged […]

Check out our Northern sights

Amazing wine, arts, shopping and sculpture are all within 20 to 60 minutes drive from Christchurch City. North Canterbury is well known to many for the wide range of recreational opportunities it offers, its winery cellar doors and restaurants and its welcoming heartland towns. Visitors are welcome whether just passing though or staying a while. […]