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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
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Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

I cannot tell you how much this place stood out from the rest. The last stop of 3 on a wine tour we were greeted and looked after by 'Suzanne' I believe her name was. Now being a group of majority 19-25 year olds I...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 10 May 2016

Visited here as a group for our daughters 30th birthday. Not a big restaurant but comfortable and a lovely setting. We had a gorgeous day which was an extra bonus as we two littlies could totter about the lawn outside. The staff were delightful and...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Called in after a long drive from Nelson to Christchurch for lunch on Tuesday. Was browsing the menu when a staff member interrupted us to offer us a table. When I asked if there were any salads she very rudely said "JUST WHATS ON THE...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

Stopped here en-route to Christchurch for one last wine tasting. And not disappointed either. The tastings are free for 3 wines and NZD5 if you want more. But free if you have lunch. Tasting before eating is best as this allows you to chose the...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank KentishCloggy
Jenny A, Manager at Waipara Hills, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2016

Hi KentishCloggy, Thanks for taking the time to write your welcome review, much appreciated. Pleased you chose to walk through our doors and have your experience of the last wine tasting with us. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip.

Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our way around the South Island. The building is impressive and the atmosphere inside is lovely. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. They let us try whatever we wanted and we then purchased a number of bottles of...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Jacob15
Jenny A, Manager at Waipara Hills, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2016

Hi Jacob15, We are very glad you stopped in as well as we do really enjoy looking after all our visitors as if they were in their own home. Hope your entire South Island trip was just as enjoyable and your feedback is much appreciated....More

Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Travelling between Christchurch and Kaikoura an absolutely delightful place is the Waipara winery and cafe. The meals are superb as are the wines. The girls at the front line are very friendly and lovely. The meal was out to us quick smart. This place ticks...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank organix12
Jenny A, Manager at Waipara Hills, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2016

Hi organix12, Thank you for your very appreciative review. Our visitors to the Waipara Valley are most fortunate to be able to experience a number of wonderful wineries and it is always great, for not only the venue, but for the Valley in general, to...More

Reviewed 6 April 2016

Service in the coffee shop was okay but the coffee was powdery and bitter. The service at the wine-tasting counter was disgraceful and based on that, I would never return to this site. I was treated with contempt and disdain.More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Jenny A, Manager at Waipara Hills, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2016

Hi Deb, Thank you for taking the time to pen your feedback on your, what appears to be, most disappointing experience with us, which in turn disappoints us to hear. We do pride ourselves on our service and are complimented regularly, particularly from those who...More

Reviewed 4 April 2016

We were on our way to Akaroa and in need of lunch. We started with a tasting to establish what we liked and proceeded to a lunch table in the garden but although it was sunny the wind was cool so we moved indoors. We...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

I stopped in at Waipara Hills today for wine tasting. Dennis was brilliant - he asked all the right questions to find out what styles of wine I like, which made the experience more personal. The wines were lovely, and I've found a couple of...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

The service we got was disappointing as I have been there 3 times and it was good . The waitstaff was unhelpful and unfriendly the young lady told us we could have a table outside if we wanted to have a meal . As we...More

Date of experience: January 2016
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29 April 2018|
Response from foodthatsings | Reviewed this property |
Because it’s a fabulous place to be 😎