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Make a day of it

Southbank is a new route launched by the businesses perched on the Southbank of the Waipara River. The group have worked together to create a day trip destination that includes world-class wine, gourmet toasties, cheese, walkways and a sculpture park.



The Bone Line: provides an authentic wine tasting experience. Sit amongst the natives in a large garden with views of the hills after stretching your legs on the walkway (which would have just taken you 45 minutes and 22 history lesson signs to complete).

Terrace Edge: wanted to offer some different experiences, hence their Wine & Food Match Experience – five wines, matched with five small canapes. Another favourite is their gourmet toastie combo, matched with your wine of choice.

Georges Road Wines: offers a Tiny House experience. Nestled along among the vines, the Wine Pod has panoramic views across the vines to the hills, alps and beyond.

Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park: Sculptor Raymond Herber has transformed an old abandoned Limestone quarry into a huge stunning exhibition space like no other. On display are many different sculptures from amusing kinetic works through to giant steel and stainless-steel pieces that are sure to impress.

We’ve also got some other North Canterbury favourites:

Ataahua Wines are a much loved North Canterbury favourite. Purchase some of their amazing wines via their online store today.

Pegasus Bay Wines, situated on Stockgrove Road Waipara, is another notable mention. Pop in for a tasting and cellar door experience on the weekend.


Ataahua Wines

Fruit of the gods: Ataahua Wines

Amongst the many quatrains found in the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, these words, written in the 11th century, have achieved immortality: “A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou beside me, singing in the wilderness…”


Ataahua Wines


Omar certainly had the perfect recipe for a contented life sussed – food, wine and your significant other. How fortunate for us, then, that we’ve vineyards like the stunning Ataahua Wines, at 83 Church Road, Waipara, producing wines so quaffable that not only Omar, but Bacchus himself would surely applaud with a standing ovation. Ataahua grows grapes for their merlot, pinot noir (from which they also craft their rosé), and gewurtztraminer (from which they also craft a dessert wine) varietals, while their chardonnay, riesling and sauvignon blanc grapes are sourced from local vineyards within the Waipara valley.


Launched in 2008 by Andrew Grant and Stephanie Henderson-Grant, Ataahua (meaning beautiful, picturesque – a place of beauty) creates boutique, artisan style wines, which, as Stephanie proudly explains, are “Hand-crafted from point of fruit growth and maintenance of vines right through to point of ready for bottling (only the bottling is done offsite), using NZ made bottles. They’re fashioned with love and very tender care!”
The current wine vintages available are 2016 and 2017 Riesling, 2016 Gewurztraminer, 2017 Rosé, 2018 Rosé, 2016 Chardonnay, 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Pinot Noir, 2015 Merlot, 2014 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer.



For more information, phone 03 314 6961, or visit