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On State Highway 1, set amongst the vines is the iconic stone building that is home to Waipara Hills. Here you'll discover an operating winery, cellar door and seasonal cafe. Just 45 minutes drive north of Christchurch.
780 Glasnevin Road, Waipara 7473, New Zealand
+64 3-314 6900
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped at Waipara Hills as part of a longer wine tasting tour and were introduced to Dennis, who took us through the wines. My friend an I aren't experts with wine, but we do enjoy drinking it. Dennis could clearly see this, but was...More

2  Thank wehttamuk
Jenny A, Manager at Waipara Hills, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2016

It is wonderful to know that Dennis was able to help you learn more wine and the processes involved. There is in fact much to learn and our cellar door team all thoroughly enjoy passing on their knowledge to our customers. Enjoy the remainder of...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Popped in to enjoy the wine tasting. We were treated rudely and laughed at on one occasion when remarking about the wine. The wine itself was enjoyable however the snooty atmosphere left a sour taste. I don’t think this is a reflection of the premises...More

7  Thank hayleye89
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

After visiting The Mud House Winery and Cafe a handful of times, I am extremley dissapointed with the attitude and rudeness of the staff employed here. From my personal expereince and hearing feedback from other friends and family and feel inclined to write this. I...More

1  Thank travelwithwine
Reviewed 3 June 2012

We stopped at the Mud House to break a long road trip from Blenheim to ChCh airport. The warm fire was appreciated and I did some wine tasting whilst my wife did the gift shopping - which resulted in some lovely gifts being found for...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2012 via mobile

I ordered the venison, and the waitress explained that as the menu suggested, it is best cooked medium. I asked if she's sure about it because most grilled venison is served medium rare or rare. She said yes she's sure. Lo and behold the venison...More

1  Thank j_hedonist
Reviewed 1 April 2012

We had been looking forward to visiting Mud House as it is one of the wines we can get in the States. We stopped in and went to the tasting counter. It wasn't busy, but the two staff seemed very engaged with a couple small...More

1  Thank Tech805
Reviewed 22 February 2012

We stopped there at the recommendation of a friend for a tasting and were pleasantly surprised. The gentleman who led our tasting did a phenomenal job of explaining the tasting process, quizzed on comparable grapes on what we liked, and did the perfect amount of...More

Thank eprugh
Reviewed 6 February 2012

Saw a sign for a cafe and we were wanting to eat so stopped here. Didn't do any wine tasting due to driving but did have a light meal and the outdoor patio is a wonderful setting. Views of the vines and mountains are wonderful.

Thank linda_hagwortz
Reviewed 27 January 2012

We had a good session of tasting the extensive Mud House wine list. The restaurant was full when we arrived, but slackened off by the time we were ready to eat. Unfortunately the food was ordinary and overpriced. Nice location. Wouldn't recommend.

Thank Liz B
Reviewed 13 January 2012

31.12.11' we went Mud House lunch for farewell overseas family. Our guest found a feather in her mouth which was then discovered from the salad and there's more... When we went to pay the account, the waiter asked how our meal was like. We told...More

Thank 215WATSON
Reviewed 29 November 2011

Two options avasilable, free tasting of two wines from two varietals or $5 for an expanded tasting of two wines from each varietal (20 wines in all). Fantastic service and a great activity in a lovely setting among the vineyards.

Thank TraveladdictMadrid
Reviewed 12 January 2011

Stopped at The Mudhouse Winery & Cafe for a wine tasting on our recnt trip south. Both the wine counters had two or three people at them. We walked up and were ignored, repeatedly, by both hosts. Wont be stopping there again!!

Thank DavidU26
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29 April 2018|
Response from foodthatsings | Reviewed this property |
Because it’s a fabulous place to be 😎