There are lots of stuff to do in and around Waipara and this section outlines what we hope will help you in your planning. Our description is mostly from our own experience.

 

Weka Pass vintage steam train. Operates 1st & 3rd Sunday's and holidays. Fantastic trip up the Weka Pass to picturest Waikari, on the way you can leave the train while it does a spectacular 'drive by' a great photo shoot. Take in the mountain views and lunch then return on a later train

Iron Ridge Sculpture Park open Sunday's only but worth a visit if your here. Allow half a day to give time to view all the exhibits and a coffee. A very unique place

Wine tours that take you to the smaller family wineries and vineyards, meet the people, taste and buy their amazing wines, made with love and natural ingrediance. Walk through the vinyard, see and learn about the grapes up close. Organised by arrangement.

Whale and Dolphin watch at Kaikora is less than 2hrs drive North through spectacular scenary and along the amazing coastline. Also colonies of Fur seals are common in this region but must be approached with caution, they may be cute but are wild animals. This is a great day out or can be part of your trip around the SI.

Thermal Hot Pools at Hanmer is a must. Less than 1hr drive on Hiway 7 to the alpine village of 'Hanmer Springs' natural hot spring water is now used in the many pools constructed in a natural type way. A group of pools remain using the natural sulpher water while the others are more filtered. There is also a large kids area with hydro slides and fun pools. Again this is a great day out or stopover on your trip.

Farmers market held every Saturday morning at Amberley, worth a visit if your here on the day. Lot of stalls selling fresh local products. It's where we go for our produce. A craft market is held at the same time on the next piece of lawn.

There are a number of local winery cafes open for lunches and coffees as well as tastings. Each one has its own style and they are all a bit different to each other. 'Pegasus Bay' has won many awards both for its wine and the resturant, it comes at the upper end but it certainly lives up to its reputation. Booking is advised. Waipara Hills resturant is located in a spectacular building that incorperates the winery and set amongst the vineyard. They offer an extensive menu and tastings from their award winning wines. Waipara Springs cafe is also one of our established lunch destinations and offers a tasty menu. The pizzas are wonderful! Blacks winery also have a lovely coffee/lunch menu and the resturant is situated at an elevated level and offers a great view over the vineyard and surrounding valley. A short drive along Hiway 7 takes you to the Hurunui Winery Viiage Cafe, a fabulous cafe created from the old hotel stables and decorated in old relics and bric a brac from a bygone era. Country style menu and local wines are the speciality.

A local project is the construction of a cycle trail through the vinyards passing close to various wineries and in places offering stunning views over the Waipara valley. Although the track is not complete it is very usable and becoming quite popular.

Depending on the time of year