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Waipara is a small town in North Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand.

Get in[edit]

Waipara is on State Highway 1 between Christchurch and Kaikoura. The Coastal Pacific train stops here from Oct to Apr on its daily run from Christchurch to Picton and back.

Get around[edit]



  • Weka Pass Railway +64 3 962 2999, e-mail: . Train excursions on a 14-km track between Glenmark Station in Waipara and Waikari Station every 1st and 3rd Su of the month, every Su in Jan and most public holidays. Trains are usually hauled by an "A" Class "Pacific" steam locomotive built in 1909. Adult $18 one way, $30 return; child $10 and $12.
  • Wine tours. Pinot Noir and Riesling are the specialties here.


  • Waipara Fuelstop 24/7cnr SH1 & Mount Cass Rd. Automated petrol and diesel pumps.
  • Waipara Gardens & Post Office63 Glenmark Dr. M-F 8-10:30am. This dairy is the only staffed retail outlet in town these days.




  • Waipara Sleepers12 Glenmark Dr +64 3 314 6003. Sleep in converted historic railway wagons, each on its wheels on a piece of railway track. Tent site $20, van site $25, bunk $25, huts and wagons $35–45 sgl, $55–65 for two.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Waipara
BlenheimKaikoura  N State Highway 1 NZ.svg S  KaiapoiChristchurch
GreymouthHanmer Springs  W State Highway 7 NZ.svg E  END

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