Food & Wine
Indulge in a food and wine lover's paradise

Beautiful landscapes produce beautiful flavours. In these parts you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s finest wineries, eateries and producers.

Start your journey in Christchurch, sampling artisan treats and fresh produce at the South Island’s favourite farmers’ market, or in the vibrant inner-city café scene. Take in lunch in the picturesque Waipara Valley, with its stunning wineries and restaurants.

On ocean’s edge, fresh seafood is Kaikōura’s star delicacy. You’ll never forget that first taste of freshly-caught ocean bounty straight from the wharf—nor the view that accompanies it. Then top off your holiday with a swim and a soak in Hanmer Springs—and maybe a slice of gas-fired pizza or two.

Day 1

Christchurch to Kaikōura

It’s only a leisurely two-and-a-half hour drive north to Kaikōura, but why rush? Take some time to explore Christchurch’s exciting food scene and relax in the sunshine of the stunning Waipara Valley wine region.

Transport Busing Driving Walking
Distance 150 kms
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Christchurch Farmers Market

Start your Saturday the way the locals do, strolling the beautiful and historic grounds of Riccarton House, a fresh coffee or juice in hand. It’s the perfect introduction to the region’s flavours, in the company of the local growers and artisan producers that congregate here every week.

“A beautiful setting and stalls that look and smell wonderful with gourmet creations not available elsewhere. What's not to love?"

"Great market for foodies with a wide variety to choose from – no matter what your taste.”

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Christchurch Central City Food Scene

Hungry for more? A 12-minute cycle or drive east will take you to Christchurch’s vibrant inner-city community of new and trendy cafes and restaurants, which explore fresh concepts with even fresher local ingredients.

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North Canterbury Wine Region (Waipara)

A short drive north and you’re in a relaxing oasis of world-renowned vineyards and wineries. Sit back and soak in the sunshine and scenery, taste a variety of rich and textural wines, lunch at critically-acclaimed restaurants, and pick up a bottle or two of the region’s finest to enjoy later.

Best known for exquisitely spicy Pinot Noirs and rich Rieslings, the region has a great reputation for other aromatic varieties such as Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer as well as its own distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

“Chill out amongst the vines and soak in the incredible views.”


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The Pier Hotel (Kaikōura)

Where better to try fresh seafood than right on the ocean’s edge? This circa-1885 bar and restaurant was built for the area’s fishermen and whalers, and they used their local knowledge to good effect: its sweeping views of the bay and the Kaikōura Ranges must be the best in town.

Its cosy open fire and yesteryear charm pairs beautifully with a delicious seasonal menu. And while there are a lot of great menu options, you can’t go pass what the town is renowned for: crayfish (lobster). Baked with garlic butter, you’ll be telling people about that meal long after you’re back home.

“You expect great seafood in Kaikōura and this is it! Unconditionally recommend this place”

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Day 2

Kaikōura to Hanmer Springs

As the sun rises on day 2, you’re waking in one of the world’s great culinary meccas. This is your opportunity to sample a unique menu of seafood delicacies—so make the most of it! Grouper, cod, mussels, paua (abalone) are all exceptional here. You’re going to be spoiled for choice.

From Kaikōura, indulge your other senses on the scenic inland route to charming alpine village Hanmer Springs. Nestled amongst mountains and forests, with crisp alpine air and award-winning natural thermal pools, it’s a magical place straight out of a fairytale.

Transport Busing Driving
Distance 130 kms
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Take to the Water

You’ve enjoyed the food, now see where it came from. The waters off the Kaikōura coast exist above a unique near-shore canyon, which has created a marine ecosystem you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Meet it up close! Skilled, friendly and knowledgeable locals provide tours introducing visitors to the local whale, dolphin, seal and bird populations. Simply delightful!

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Hop on Over to a Craft Brewery

Day 1 was all about the wine. Today, make it beer. Kaikōura’s Emporium Brewing is a great place to enjoy some local brews.

The folks there won three medals at the 2018 Annual Brewer’s Guild Awards, so rest assured, Emporium has something for the casual beer drinker and the connoisseur alike. Buy a bottle or two, or fill up a flagon or rigger for the road.

“Pure hoppiness!”

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MK Restaurant (Hanmer Springs)

You’ve taken a one-of-a-kind drive. End it with a one-of-a-kind experience. There’s not many places you could expect to dine on exquisite dumplings from around the world in an alpine village high in the mountains.

MK Restaurants aims to give their guests "the most delicious dumplings known throughout the world by using a modern way of cooking, including molecular and traditional technques". Pierogies, gyoza, pasties, pelmeni, calzone, empanadas--it's a trip around the world in one of its most beautiful spots.

Customers rave about the exquisite service and attention to detail. This is one place that will take pride of place in your conversations, and your Instagram feed.

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No.31 (Hanmer Springs)

You’ll love Hanmer’s cosy and welcoming vibe. And one of the best places to enjoy that is No.31 Restaurant Bar, housed in a quaint character cottage with open fire, wooden floors, candle-lit tables and French doors opening on to a private courtyard.

No.31 is an award-winning à la carte restaurant specialising in modern European/New Zealand cuisine. Its carefully-crafted menu is the perfect way to cap off your day—particularly if you try the venison. Everyone raves about it!

"High class in Hanmer Springs"

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Day 3

Hanmer Springs to Christchurch

Your journey is drawing to an end, but there’s still plenty to savour and enjoy. Whether you're after a quick bite to eat or five-course fine dining, Hanmer’s friendly locals have you covered. The village has a variety of cafes, takeaway shops and casual dining options, as well as high-end restaurants which pair tremendous use of local produce with tremendous world-class service.

Transport Busing Driving
Distance 130 kms
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Hot Pizza and Hot Pools

When people visit Hanmer, a visit to the famous Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is always top of the must-visit list. Its mineral-filled water, indulgent experiences and tranquil surroundings make for a rare kind of joy. Once you’re there, you’ll want to stay as long as possible.

But you don’t need to choose between relaxation and lunch. The Tea Kiosk and Café, overlooking the pools, is famous for its outstanding handmade pizzas, cooked to order in a gas-fired pizza oven. Enjoy one with a glass of local wine or beer while watching the waters, the redwoods or the mountains, before spending a blissful afternoon soaking in the pools.

“Handmade with heart.”

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Fable Christchurch

Capturing the vibrant energy of the city centre, contrasted with the natural beauty of the Alps and River, Fable Christchurch boasts 171 well-appointed guest rooms. Located in the beating heart of Christchurch, everything the city has to offer is right on your doorstep. 

The landmark hotel features a decadent restaurant and bar, serving fresh, locally-sourced and undeniably delicious cuisine. Showcasing a tailored menu from award-winning Chef Jinu Ambraham, find yourself indulging in a relaxed bistro atmosphere. The Gin Bar features artisanal cocktails designed to enhance the menu offering, an extensive wine list and the perfect spot to unwind. 

Guests can take advantage of the gym and sauna, along with meeting and event facilities that include AV, bespoke catering services and attention to detail that ensures the seamless execution of your event.       

Emerging in 2022 as a 5-star jewel in Christchurch’s CBD, Fable Christchurch will set the new standard in luxury accommodation and dining, with exceptional customer experience at every turn.

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Other Points of Interest

North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival

Set under the oaks in Glenmark Domain is the coolest little wine festival in the country. 

Enjoy an eclectic range of food stalls, a diverse selection of North Canterbury wine, quality live music and family friendly entertainment. 

Whether you're 5 or 85, whether you fancy a drop of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, whether you're in it for the dancing or the picnicking… you’ll love this day out.

Bond with the locals and celebrate the bounty of this year's harvest.

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Nin's Bin

The iconic Nin's Bin caravan has been a favourite stop for Kiwis heading up the coast from Christchurch to Kaikōura for many generations.

The ultimate seafood treat, this gem is sure to exceed your expectations.  

Enjoy crayfish freshly caught that morning right on the beach and watch the fur seals play in the ocean.

“Sweet, juicy and full of flavour - every bit as good as the crays that my Dad used to catch.”

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Christchurch's Gelato Scene

It wouldn't be a real Kiwi summer without great gelato, especially on those scorching hot days. Luckily in Christchurch, it's pretty easy to get your cravings sorted as there’s no shortage of talented traders serving up the perfect treat.

Rollickin' Gelato is a local favourite, serving up house made organic gelato & sorbet creations. For all of those who like it a bit more classy, the dark chocolate gelato is irresistible. And when you're there, don't forget to check out their Chocolate Tap!

"Heaven in a cone"

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The Bone Line Walkway

The Bone Line Walkway is a pleasant stroll for all walking levels.

The 2.1 kilometres walk takes you through the Bone Line vineyard with beautiful views of Waipara valley.

Allow 50 mins to complete the walk. Then book for a wine tasting to finish.



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