Waipara is situated in North Canterbury, only 40 minutes drive north of Christchurch. Not far from the sea and sheltered from the mountains to the west, this region has warm days and cool nights. Thornbury's vineyards are north facing with a moderately sloping terrain — ideal for trapping the sun, resulting in wines with intense ripe flavours while retaining good natural acidity.
There are a raft of great things to do in the Canterbury region. Visit the seaside township of Kaikoura and go whale watching and see giant sperm whales, dolphins and seals. Don't miss Nin's Bin iconic caravan on the waterfront and grab a whole crayfish — just perfect with our delicious Thornbury Pinot Gris! Or relax and unwind in luxury at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa where you can soak in a stunning natural environment or enjoy being pampered with a massage.