Canterbury is beginning to establish itself as a wine region. Its vineyards are scattered around Christchurch, with wineries east on the Banks Peninsula, south, and north in the Waipara region, which is quickly making a name for itself. Exploring wine country calls for independent transport, which Hertz’s Christchurch Airport car hire options can help you with.
Less than an hour north of Christchurch, Waipara’s Mud House Winery is a jewel of the district. The tasting room is open daily, and the café continues to be a favourite spot with locals and visitors alike. Dine alfresco in the courtyard and feast on the scenery along with your meal, or head inside to make the most of the cosy family atmosphere.
Just 20 minutes from Christchurch City, Melton Estate’s restaurant and cellar are open for lunch and tastings from Thursday-Sunday. It hosts many events, including shows with popular entertainers, as well as private functions. The boutique winery was recently judged Best Wine Tourism Restaurant in the South Island for the past two years.
Pegasus Bay Winery has been awarded top honours in Cuisine Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year Awards for five years in a row. It’s open daily for wine tastings and sales, as is the onsite restaurant, which caters for lunches. Pegasus Bay aims to deliver a total wine and food experience, using fresh, local produce. The winery’s natural amphitheatre also makes it a popular venue for both local and international acts, particularly opera concerts.
Set against a picturesque country garden backdrop just 15 minutes drive from the Christchurch city centre, Rossendale offers award-winning wines and cuisine. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day. You’ll enjoy excellent service, peaceful indoor and outdoor dining and boutique varietals.