Unique food and beverage stops in the Hurunui

A short distance from the wineries of Waipara and en-route to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs you'll discover the Hurunui Hotel and Marble Point Winery. Take time to stretch the legs, sample locally produced cuisine and beverages, enjoy the vistas or unpack and stay for a while! Unique landscapes, great local personalities and fantastic hospilality form the tapestry of the Hurunui District.

Hurunui Hotel

Famous in New Zealand for having continuously held a liquor licence since 1 July 1860 - the oldest licensed premises in New Zealand. Original owner John Hastie was granted a conditional licence for the Hurunui Accommodation House based on the condition that he provided 8 beds in 4 bedrooms, shelter for 6 horses, stock yards for cattle and horses and directions for travellers to be able to ford the river.

In 1982 a small group of local farmers banded together to save the hotel after it had fallen into disrepair. The community along with The Historic Places Trust worked together to ensure it was restored.

Nowadays the hotel offers accommodation and restaurant facilities and is a great place to stop for a quiet beverage in idyllic surroundings. It is also the perfect location for avid Trout and Salmon anglers who come from all over the world to try their luck on the Hurunui's flourishing waterways.

Marble Point Winery

Sheryl Dennis and Richard Campbell met in Hanmer Springs in 2000. Both wanting to try a new venture they began looking at the opportunities of a vineyard in the Hanmer area. Marble Point was born with the first Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc grapes planted in 2004.

The small boutique tourism vineyard has gained recognition for many award winning wines. Nowadays the vineyard is operated by Sheryl and her son Conrad and his partner Olivia. The unique location (situated near the river) provides frost-free growing conditions and a breath-taking backdrop for wine tasting! Open six days a week (closed on Tuesdays) the delicious menu showcases the region with all produce locally hand-made and sourced. There is also a fantastic selection of preserves, chutneys and honey that can be purchased on-site.

Grape production

Grapes are grown on the old alluvial terraces of the Waiau River. Once harvested the grapes are transported to Waipara where the team at Southern Boundary Wines (Waipara Springs & Waipara Downs) turn the fruit into delicious wine.

Where does the name 'Marble Point' come from?

Marble Hill is situated nearby and was once part of the historic Marble Point Station owned by the Rutherford family in 1875. The Marble Point quarry is fully functional today and produces pink to white marble used in commercial flooring and stone bench tops.