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Fly My Pretties at Waipara Hills Venue Change
Fly My Pretties, originally scheduled for Waipara Hills on Sunday 15th January, will now be held at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Thursday 12th February 2017
All tickets purchased for Fly My Pretties at Waipara Hills will be refunded by the event promoters. For all tickets booked online or by phone, the credit card used in the booking will automatically be refunded. Customers should allow up to 5 days to receive their refund. For bookings made through a Ticketmaster outlet, the customer should return to the original outlet where the booking was made with their ticket(s) and credit card used to obtain their refund.
Customers who have purchased  tickets at the Waipara Hills cellar door will be contacted by a staff member to arrange your refund.
Waipara Hills ticket holders will have a chance to purchase great seats held especially for them to the Isaac Theatre Royal show. These tickets will go on sale at Midday on Monday 14th November at the following link and will be available for purchase until Friday 25th November unless sold out earlier.

Purchase new tickets here
After 12 years of incredible collaborative performances, Kiwi icons Fly My Pretties are hitting the road this summer, with a brand new album String Theory.
Marking the first nationwide tour for Fly My Pretties since 2013’s Homeland Tour, the 14-strong cast and a number of special guests will take to the stage across the country. 
Due for release in November, String Theory explores the fabric of our existence through music, uncovering the cosmos and trying to unlock our place within it.  This tour will bring the album, the sixth outing from Fly My Pretties, to life in the way the songs were meant to be heard: live and at full power.
Sol3 Mio Christmas in the Vines returns to Waipara Hills

Sol3 Mio are pleased to announce their return to Waipara Hills, brightening the end of the year with their festive celebration Christmas in the Vines.
On Saturday December 17, Sol3 Mio’s signature mix of opera aria, traditional songs, selection of hits from the two albums, and everyone’s favourite Christmas carols, will echo from the stage and the surrounding vines.
Christmas In The Vines has become a seasonal highlight in Sol3 Mio fans’ calendars, creating memories that will last a lifetime – for the fans and the boys themselves! Pene, his tenor brother Amitai and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay will delight the audience with their trademark humour and incredible voices.
As an added bonus for families, one child under the age of 12 will be admitted free to the General Admission Field section when accompanied by one General Admission Field ticket-holding parent or guardian. All patrons will require a ticket in the General Admission Seated area.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online from Ticketmaster Ticketmaster.co.nz/Sol3-Mio or directly from Waipara Hills Cellar Door. Contact 03 314 6900 x2.
General Admission Field $85*
General Admission Seated $115*
VIP Package Upgrade $120*
*Plus booking fee
Waipara Hills Receives 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
Waipara Hills Trip Advisor

Waipara Hills winery and café in the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury has received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. This award celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.
Cellar Door and Café Manager, Jenny Anderson, said customer satisfaction is a priority for the team at Waipara Hills, who always strive to provide warm, southern hospitality.
“In the heart of the Waipara Valley is our operating winery, cellar door and bistro style café. Our customers can enjoy a relaxing lunch from our seasonal menu, paired with award-winning wines, all whilst enjoying the picturesque environs and vista of our vineyards.”
"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor.
“This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”
A short scenic drive 45 minutes north of Christchurch, Waipara Hills is set amongst vineyards in the Waipara Valley which is renowned for producing award winning aromatics that showcase rich, textural flavours.
The cellar door is open year round for wine tasting 10am – 5pm and restaurant lunch 10am – 3pm. The new Winter Menu is now available with hearty dishes including wild goat, shallot, mushroom, olive ragout with roast potatoes and carrot salad. 

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Waipara Hills Official Wine Sponsor of The Food Show 2016
The Whirlpool Cooking Theatre at The Food Show
Waipara Hills is thrilled once again to be the Official Wine Sponsor of The Whirlpool Cooking Theatre at The Food Show 2016 in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
The 2016 series kicks off with the Christchurch Food Show from 8-10 April at Horncastle Arena, providing a weekend of fabulous tasting experiences and inspirational kitchen ideas.
This includes The Whirlpool Cooking Theatre; featuring some of New Zealand’s top chefs demonstrating their flare in the kitchen, and showcasing our Waipara Hills wines which have been perfectly matched to each dish.
Waipara Hills’ very own cellar door Chef Dylan Amyes recently enjoyed re-creating some of the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre dishes so that our team could find their perfect wine match, balancing the texture and flavours in each dish with the characteristics of the wine.
Dylan has taken five minutes out from his morning kitchen prep to share a few of his own thoughts and his passion for food and wine.

What’s your favourite dish to eat?
I love a good steak, but sometimes there's nothing better than the simple things. Even home-grown tomatoes on freshly baked bread is pretty hard to beat.  But my all time favourite would have to be slow roasted lamb shoulder.
What was your favourite food as a child?
I think I would have had pancakes with golden syrup every night for dinner if I could have. Ironically though, I do not have a sweet tooth at all any more. 
What is your favourite time of the day at work?
I enjoy getting into the kitchen early before anyone else arrives, and having that time to plan how the day's going to go. It’s about enjoying the peace and quiet while you can!  
What are your hobbies?
When I'm not working with food and wine, there's nothing I love nothing more than relaxing with it; because when you have good wine, good food and good company, life's good. But there's always time for a beer and rugby! I also do enjoy a bit of quiet time in the garden, peaceful after a busy day in the kitchen. 
What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever eaten?
Nothing too crazy… kangaroo and crocodile; and offal, which I think we should all embrace a little more. 
What was your original inspiration to cook?
I didn’t pick up cooking until a bit later in life, although I've always enjoyed it. In my younger years I always fancied my baking skills, and like most budding cooks I put it down to mum’s tuition and patience! 
What is your favourite wine and food match?
I love a good Waipara Pinot Noir with a bit of our local duck or venison – you can't go wrong with that.

The beauty of being involved in the The Food Show is being able to share the passion our team at Waipara Hills has for food and wine, with like-minded people.
All of the wines featured during the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre at The Food Show can be sampled at the Waipara Hills stand (K10) alongside varietals from our three ranges Waipara Hills, Equinox and our cellar door exclusive, Soul by Waipara Hills. 
2013 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Gris is Recommended by Cuisine
2013 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Gris
The 2013 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Gris has received 4.5 Stars and the prized ‘Recommended by Cuisine’ sticker.
Waipara Hills Equinox wines are of limited edition and lovingly hand-crafted to capture the unique essence of the Waipara Valley.
Waipara Hills winemaker, Simon McGeorge said “2013 was a superb season, producing fruit with full flavour, so it really shouldn’t be a surprise to see the wines that came out of that year looking so good now.
Most winemakers will have to choose whether to preserve the freshness of the young wine or push for richness, with the risk of losing vibrancy. Waipara has this classy ability to deliver both without fuss or fanfare.”
The Cuisine panel described it as “a fascinating, distinctive wine. Attractive flavours – pear, spice and nuts come swathed in a robe of toast. There is plenty of richness and sweetness, but focus is maintained by the fine line of acidity”.
“Layers of intrigue,” noted Cuisine’s John Belsham, while Jane Boyle said she liked the fact “it is so different.”  
Cuisine is synonymous with its highly respected, independent wine tastings, and the results over the years have formed an invaluable buying guide, allowing readers to trust the familiar Recommended by Cuisine sticker.
This Cuisine recommended 2013 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Gris is available from all good fine wine retail stores.
UB40 Red Red Wine Tour at Waipara Hills
UB40 Red Red Wine Tour

UB40, featuring the original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will be at Waipara Hills this Saturday 16th January.

UB40’s chart hits include Red Red Wine, Cherry Oh Baby, Kingston Town, (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You, I Got You Babe, One in Ten, Rat in Mi Kitchen, If It Happens Again, Homely Girl…and the list goes on!

Visit our Concert page full details and FAQ's. 

2015 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Awarded 5 Stars by Cuisine
2015 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
The 2015 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been placed 9th in Cuisine Magazine’s recent NZ Sauvignon Blanc tasting. This fantastic wine was awarded five stars and the prized ‘Recommended by Cuisine’ sticker.
The team at Waipara Hills are delighted to be serving this award-winning Sauvignon Blanc at the Cellar Door and Café in the lead up to Christmas. Waipara Hills Head Chef, Dylan Amyes suggests matching it with fresh scallops, snow pea, tomato, fennel and almond with a coriander glaze – the perfect starter to enjoy on Boxing Day with friends.
Waipara Hills winemaker, Simon McGeorge said this year’s fruit was sourced predominantly from Marlborough’s Wairau Valley.
“We have created a powerfully aromatic Sauvignon Blanc, brimming with character and liveliness,” he said, adding it was a slight departure from the classic style of tropical notes and elegant and ripe greens.
“It’s vibrant and exuberant, combined with a nice mid palate richness and a long lingering finish.”
Cuisine is synonymous with its highly respected, independent wine tastings, and the results over the years have formed an invaluable buying guide, allowing readers to trust the familiar Recommended by Cuisine sticker.
“This is a lovely glass of wine. Flavour-wise, it’s a Christmas stocking full of different treats including jasmine, musk, minerality and lime. It has a seamless quality (“skilfully made,” noted John Belsham) and resolves in a long, dry finish.” – Cuisine Tasting Panel.
This Cuisine recommended 2015 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is available from all good wine retailers.
Waipara Hills Official Wine Partner for the Canterbury A&P Show
Waipara Hills at the Canterbury A&P Show
Waipara Hills was once again, proud to be the Official Wine Partner of the 2015 Canterbury A&P Show.
With this year’s event attracting over 90,000 attendees it is the largest Agricultural and Pastoral show in New Zealand. It is also one of the biggest events in Canterbury’s calendar, coinciding with Cup Week and Anniversary weekend.
Our partnership with the Canterbury A&P Show gave us a unique opportunity to talk to local people about our range of award winning wines that celebrate the South Island of New Zealand. 
Waipara Hills was the main wine supplier for the Members Marquee throughout the show and our Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir went down a treat at the President’s Cocktail Party on the Thursday evening.
At the Waipara Hills exhibitor stand we showcased a selection of wines from across our premium Waipara Hills range,  our limited edition Waipara Hills Equinox range and Cellar Door exclusive, Soul, by Waipara Hills. The star of the show was our newly released and Cellar Door exclusive 2015 Waipara Hills, Waipara Valley Pinot Noir Rosé, which sold out on the Friday. 
Consumers thoroughly enjoyed the experience of talking with our Waipara Hills team, learning about our home in the Waipara Valley – the land, its wine and our hospitality. Many people had a clear idea of their favourite style and were enthusiastic about trying new varieties from across our range. 
Our cellar door is a known landmark for both those driving the main highway and living in North Canterbury. We look forward to seeing the faces we met at the show, visiting us this summer at our cellar door and at our concerts to experience our Southern hospitality.
Our Waipara Hills team has been involved in the Canterbury A&P Show for four years. The show had entertainment from The Feelers at the main arena, a wide range of stock events, and exhibits and products from over 500 stall holders involved in the three days.  
Win a Pamper Weekend
Win a Pamper weekend
This competition is now closed. Thank you for your amazing entries. 


To celebrate the Christchurch Food Show we invite you to win a Pamper Weekend with Waipara Hills, Settlers Motel & Hanmer Springs.
The prize package for two includes:
• Lunch for two at Waipara Hills
• Winery experience tour with winemaker
• One nights accommodation at 5 star rated
Settlers Motel, in Hanmer Springs
• Massage for two at The Spa at Hanmer Springs
• Thermal Pool entry and steam or sauna for two
Simply like our Facebook page and comment on the promotional post by tagging the person you would you like to share this prize with. 


1.This Promotion is being run on behalf of  Accolade Wines New Zealand Limited, PO Box 126, Blenheim 7242 (the “Promoter”).

2.Entry to the Promotion constitutes acceptance of these conditions. All entry instructions and prize information published by the Promoter form part of these conditions.

3.The Promotion is only open to entrants who are individuals who: (i) are legal residents of New Zealand living in New Zealand; (ii) are 18 years of age or older; (iii) are not directors or employees of the Promoter or any of its related companies or any of their agencies associated with the Promotion (“Associated Person”); and (iv) are not a spouse, de facto spouse, parent, child or sibling (whether natural or by adoption) of an Associated Person.

4.The Promotion commences on Wednesday 29th April 2015 and closes 11 pm Sunday 3rd May, 2015 (“Entry Period”). No entries will be accepted outside of the Entry Period.


5.To enter a valid entry in the Promotion, entrants must, within the Entry Period like the Waipara Hills Facebook Page and tag the person they would like to win the Pamper Weekend prize with.

6.All entrants must ensure the Promoter receives their entry during the Entry Period. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any late, lost, incomplete, misdirected, incorrectly submitted, delayed or illegible entries or for any delays or failures in any online communications service or equipment.

7.The Promoter may, at its absolute discretion, declare any or all entries, made by an entrant, invalid if the entrant: (i) fails to establish that he or she is an eligible entrant (in accordance with clause 3 above); (ii) tampers with the entry process or benefits from such tampering; (iii) submits an entry which is not in accordance with these terms and conditions; or (iv) fails to comply with any of these terms and conditions.

8.Entrants may only enter the Promotion once and in their own name. 


9.There is a total of one prize pack to be won. The prize consists of lunch for two at Waipara Hills, winery experience tour with winemaker, one night's accommodation at the 5 star rated Settlers Motel in Hanmer Springs, massage for two at The Spa at Hanmer Springs and Thermal Pool entry and steam or sauna for two.

10.Prize draws will take place before midday Monday 4th May 2015.  
11.Winners will be drawn randomly from all valid entries received during the Entry Period, with the exclusion of previous winning entries.

12.All of the Promoter’s decisions are final and binding and no correspondence in respect of such decisions will be entered into.

13. Prizes are not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash. Prizes must be taken as offered and may not be varied.

14. In the event that any aspect of a prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond the Promoter's control, the Promoter may substitute that aspect of the prize with a prize of equal or greater value.

15. Each Winner takes the prize entirely at his/her own risk and indemnifies the Promoter in respect of any claim for any loss, damage, accident, injury, property damage or loss of life that may occur in connection with the prize. 


16.The announcement of the Winner will be made by notification from Facebook (or on Facebook), at white time the Winner will be asked to contact Waipara Hills privately to make prize collection.  

17.For the winning entry, the only person entitled to claim the prize is the entrant who registered their details within the Entry Period.

18. If any prize: (i) is not claimed by the winning entrant within 2 days of the relevant prize draw; or (ii) is forfeited for any reason, the subject prize will be re-drawn and awarded to another entrant.

19. By accepting these Terms and Conditions, the winning entrant agrees to the use of their full name by the Promoter on the Waipara Hills website or Facebook page, for the purpose of announcing and acknowledging prize winners. 


20.If for any reason the conduct or operation of the Promotion is interfered with or disrupted in any way (including by vandalism, power failures, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strikes, computer bugs or viruses, tampering or technical failures), the Promoter reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend or recommence the Promotion.

21.The Promoter assumes no responsibility for: (i) any error, omission, interruption, or delay in the operation or transmission of any communication including any internet or SMS communication sent to (or by) the Promoter or any entrant whether caused by problems with communication networks or lines, computer systems, software or internet service providers, congestion on any carrier network or otherwise; (ii) any theft, destruction or unauthorised access to, or alteration of, any such communications; or (iii) any problem with, or technical malfunction of, any computer system or other equipment used for the conduct of the Promotion.

22.Entrants agree to their name and/or photograph being used for the purpose of publicising the Promotion and its winner.

23.The Promoter and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable for any loss (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or loss of profits), expense, damage, personal injury (including, without limitation, allergies, skin conditions or other reactions), illness or death which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) in connection with this Promotion or accepting or using any prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (in which case that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law). 

24. Without limiting the previous paragraph, the Promoter and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable for any damage, loss or delay in transit to prizes.

25. The Promoter adheres to all applicable privacy laws and regulations.  All entries will be the property of the Promoter. The information entrants provide will be used by the Promoter for the purpose of conducting this Promotion. The Promoter may collect entrants’ personal information (including through its contractors or agents) or disclose entrants’ personal information to its contractors and agents to assist in conducting this Promotion or communicating with entrants. Each entrant consents to the storage of their personal information on the Promoter’s database and the Promoter may use this information for future promotional and marketing purposes regarding the Promoter’s products including contacting the entrant via electronic messaging (and entrants consent to receiving SMS or email messages from the Promoter that do not contain any functional unsubscribe facility).  Entrants can update their personal information or request access to the personal information the Promoter holds about them by contacting the Promoter. All correspondence should be to the attention of the Privacy Officer. A copy of the Promoter’s privacy policy can be obtained from the Promoter or from the Promoter’s website at www.accolade-wines.com. 

26.The Promoter may communicate or advertise this offer using Facebook.  However, the competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  Entrants are providing their information to the Promoter and not to Facebook.  Each entrant completely releases Facebook from any and all liability.

27.Any questions relating to this promotion should be referred to marketing@waiparahills.co.nz.

28.The laws of New Zealand apply to this Promotion to the exclusion of any other law. Entrants submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.
ANZAC Weekend Hours
ANZAC Weekend Hours
We’ll be taking a moment to celebrate and remember the Anzac’s of 100 years. Our cellar door will be closed Saturday 25th April.
Our ANZAC Weekend hours are as follows:

Saturday 25th April:    Closed
Sunday 26th April:      10am – 5pm
Monday 27th April:      10am – 5pm 


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State Highway 1, Waipara, North Canterbury, New Zealand

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