The Waipara wine region is wonderfully compact, yet surprisingly diverse, and makes a great base to explore North Canterbury with a few accommodation within the wine region itself and the nearby town of Amberley. From Waipara it is an easy day trip to Hamner Springs (hot pools), Christchurch, or to visit one of the many small country towns.
If you are looking for something totally quirky and out there, and you are on a budget, then this could be the perfect place to stay. It is very much a back-packers, and as such, comes with a shared communal kitchen and a shared shower and toilet block, however the rooms are all private, in fact they are individual railway carriages. Each carriage has a desk, TV, double bed, fridge and kettle to make hot drinks. Quite basic but for the right traveller, a fun place to stay.
Website: Waipara Sleepers • Ph: +64 3 3146003
Aisling Quoy offers an authentic farm stay experience and a chance to get up close and friendly with a herd of milking goats and farm dogs. From Aisling Quoy it is about 15 minutes drive to the Waipara Vineyards and 5 minutes to the nearby town of Amberley. There is one large double guest room in the main house with private access and deck overlooking lovely rural views. Rates include a country, home cooked breakfast and a two course evening meal is also available if requested in advance.
Website: Aisling Quoy • Ph: +64 21 987 812