Waipara is a small town on the banks of the Waipara River in the Canterbury region of the South Island, New Zealand; it is located 60 kilometres north of Christchurch.

Waipara is one of New Zealand's most rapidly expanding wine areas, Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes do very well there. Have a romantic or relaxing dining experience at the wineries restaurants. Waipara Valley has become a very admired stop for travellers who appreciate good wine.

Fascinating types of accommodation can be found in the area you can even stay in a converted railway carriage. To add to your gourmet experience, there are olive groves, nut farms and fields of lavender. Waipara is home to the historic Weka Pass Railway, which operates on specified Sundays. The train travels over 14 kilometres of the original Hurunui-Bluff Main Trunk line, built in 1882.

Waipara History

In 1855 George Henry Moore established Glenmark Estate that had over 90,000 sheep and covered 150,000 acres. He became the richest farmer in New Zealand and made headlines for many reasons such as for building a lavish mansion on Glenmark Estate (destroyed by fire in 1890); and for New Zealand's biggest moa bone find, on his property in 1857. Today Glenmark Estate is much smaller and is surrounded by successful vineyards.

Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region

Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region