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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.
www.ataahuawine.co.nz/Wines

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


 

Tiny house, big impact: George’s Road Winery and Vineyard


Nestled on George’s Road Winery and Vineyard, a purpose-built tiny house provides an intimate retreat with stunning views. Perfect for a romantic getaway in the North Canterbury wine region, guests staying at the stylish studio can enjoy beautiful panoramic views, an outdoor wood-fired hot tub and easy access to the vineyard’s winery and tasting room.

 

The Wine Pod was custom-designed and built by miHAUS, a family business specialising in micro homes and accommodation modules, primarily on wheels. From AirBnB accommodation, apartments and eco studios to cafés, baches or rental homes, miHAUS can provide the perfect solution. With a strong focus on contemporary European style and innovative design, the colour palette is light, bright and airy. Each tiny home is fully manufactured to the highest standard in a controlled environment at the miHAUS factory and delivered to the site, says Director Ken Warner.

With a spacious feel, the Wine Pod features a bathroom, kitchen, breakfast table behind a bi-fold window, and a triple-stacker door facing the spectacular mountain views. With increasing wine tourism and minimal accommodation options in Waipara, George’s Road Winery owners Kirk Bray and Alison Schroeder decided the tiny house concept was ideal. “We wanted something internally small but with big views. We looked at a number of tiny house builders but settled on miHaus as they are incredibly stylish and could accommodate our design needs. The process was easy and we are thrilled with the result.”

Visit www.mihaus.co.nz for more information and www.georgesroadwines.co.nz to book the Wine Pod or order from their range of delightful wines.