North Canterbury Foraging & Wine Tour NZ


North Canterbury wine region is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Southern Alps, among braided rivers and vineyards. This region is famous for the abundance of food and wine produced. Spend the day exploring the area with a local, sampling the goods.

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North Canterbury wine region is less than a fifty-minute drive from Christchurch city or the airport. Despite this you’ll find yourself in the rolling foothills of the Southern Alps, amongst braided rivers, vineyards and only minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. The uniqueness of this mediterranean inspired landscape means that there’s an abundance of food and wine produced. There is a long history here of collecting wild foods in this region. There are also grapes growing, which make wines of outstanding quality. Often referred to as the hidden secret of the New Zealand wine industry, this tiny region only makes 4% of the national crush, but has a high percentage of organic and biodynamic producers specialising in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a range of aromatic white wines.
Within walking distance of the vineyards is The Food Farm. It’s a permaculture small farm, where all of their food is grown, from fruit & vegetables to milking cows and Pekin ducks. It is also the HQ for wine brand, Tongue in Groove Wines. Spend a day foraging as you get taken around the property, sampling organic produce, to finding wild delicacies, spending time in the vineyards and sampling delicious wine.
The tour starts at 9.30am arriving at The Food Farm, in Waipara, and depending on the time of year this may include mushrooming, learning more about wild greens and weeds, fruit picking or sea shore wandering. If you’re interested in learning even more about wild food, there’s local professional foragers you can spend an hour with for an extra fee. If it’s truffle season and you’re interested in seeing how a dog finds these underground, highly-prized fungi, there’s the only truffiere in New Zealand which produces four different types of truffles in our community. Lunch will be at Black Estate Vineyard, which has won one hat in the Cuisine Good Food Awards. Here you’ll learn more about the local food and wine. Finishing at 4.30pm, after spending the rest of the afternoon exploring vineyards, providing a unique opportunity to get beyond the cellar door, and further than most visitors ever get. The day is designed as more than just a tour, but rather a day with the locals and a unique glimpse into this unique food and wine lifestyle.
  • Minimum 2 people
  • Bookings October-May
  • Enjoy an hour with a professional local forager is an extra $120 per tour group
  • Truffiere tour, including truffle hunt, when in season is an extra $150 per tour group

Photo Credit: Dean McKenzie Photography and Nay Hauss Photography


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