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90 Minutes North of Christchurch

A drive north of Christchurch through the beautiful Waipara valley will not leave you disappointed. The area has a lot to offer, from scenic landscapes to delicious food and wine. Fossil Point in the Greta Valley is the place to stop for morning tea before heading to the spectacular Cathedral Cliffs en route to Gore Bay. Make sure you have the camera ready for a photo at the cliffs. Gore Bay is the place to watch surfers, go for a quick dip or to explore the smooth round rocks under the cliffs. For lunch head to Two Rivers Café in Cheviot with fantastic wine tasting at the onsite Mt Beautiful.

South-west of Cheviot is Waikari, a small farming town. The Waikari Pass Walkway is the perfect way to experience the amazing limestone landscapes and to see the Maori rock art. If gardening is your thing, then a visit to the stunning Flaxmere Gardens is a must do (bookings essential). If there is time, make sure to stop for another wine tasting at one of the many wineries in North Canterbury on your way home.

Photo Opportunities

  • A photo at the Cathedral Cliffs with the Pacific Ocean in the background is the perfect holiday souvenir.
  • Ever seen a rock that looks like a frog? Frog Rock in Waikari is the place to go.
  • For all nostalgia fans: The Weka Pass Railway steam train is certainly a blast from the past.
  • After an epic landscape shot? The rolling hills of Waipara Valley are picture perfect.

Insider Tips

  • The Red Post Café in Culverden is a great afternoon tea spot.
  • Jump aboard the Weka Pass Railway (it operates between Waikari and Waipara on the first and third Sundays of the month).

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