One hour north of Otahuna Lodge lies the North Canterbury wine district, New Zealand’s hottest wine region and home to some excellent boutique vineyards. Waipara translates from the Maori language as "muddy water" due to the braided rivers that carry glacial silt from the mountains to the sea.
Waipara vineyards are perhaps best known for excellent Pinot Noirs—often sought after for their rich notes of licorice caused by the high amount of limestone in the soil. Zingy Rieslings are also popular in North Canterbury, with many winning national awards.
Cellar doors are open for tasting at Greystone Wines/Muddy Water, Pegasus Bay, The Boneline Wines, Torlesse Wines and a range of others including Black Estate which also boasts one of New Zealand’s finest winery restaurants.
Nearer to the Lodge a visit to Tussock Hill combined with a hike in Christchurch's stunning Port Hills makes for a delightful--and delicious--excursion.