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