Waipara Vineyard Trail

Our final walk for 2019 was on the Waipara Vineyard Trail, about an hour’s drive north of Christchurch.  The trail has been developed by the Hurunui Trails Trust to encourage walking and cycling in the Waipara Valley. Depite a strong gusty wind our group of 18 walkers  enjoyed the undulating trail which took us through lovely scenes with vines of brilliant green covering the hillsides.  The out-and-back trail was 12.5km (return) including a deviation for our morning tea at Waipara Springs Café.

Follow the red line (click to enlarge)

The large red dot marks our beginning and finishing point, at Sherwood Estate.  The small red dot is our morning tea spot.

 

A sore hand under that Michael Jackson glove

 

Arriving at Waipara Springs Café and Winery

 

 

Morning tea

 

 

Friands on the menu

 

Under State Highway One

 

Greystone Vineyard

The Waipara Valley is known for its production of Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.  On the trail we passed through just a few of the more than 75 vineyards in the Waipara Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

Mechanical vine trimmer

 

 

 

A spot named Muddy Water

 

Lunch at Black Estate Winery

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