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Waipara is within easy driving distance of a number of attractions in North Canterbury. Or you can explore the Waipara region itself. The Waipara river is known for it's Fossils & is a great place to walk or mountain bike. Ride on a horse drawn wagon sit back as they take you across the land or tour the Vineyards. Waipara is fast becoming one of the most important wine producing areas in New Zealand. With a number of award winning wines already on the market. Some of the vineyards operate very good restaurants and cafe's.   

Ride on the Weka Pass Railway from Waipara to Waikari and back. This attraction will take you back in time whilst giving you a chance to capture the Canterbury Plains. 

Take a hike in native bush at Lake Janet a mountain tarn.9this is the real thing)

Visit the famous Maori cave paintings in Waikari.

Spend a day in Hanmer the hot pools is the place to rest sore muscles, enjoy the thrill of the Bungy jump or the heart thumping jet boat ride.

Take a horse for a ride explore the country side the natural way. If you bring your own horses. We can offer a fully fenced paddock to keep them in.

Swim at one of the local Beaches Go fishing in one of the many rivers in the region or cast a line out at a beach.

Play Golf there are Five country golf clubs in the region from nine holes to the full 18. All the country clubs welcome visitors and are very affordable with most costing between $10 & $15

Drive up to Kaikoura take in some Whale watching , swim with the Dolphins & Seals or even try feeding the Sharks if your game.

Or Just sit back and relax




Swimming Hole

It can get really hot here however In the Winter it's not hard to find snow in 20 minutes & the Ski field is only 1 hr away

This is the country animals fresh air , great food & wine + good friendly people

From Waipara you can go to & fro to many of the attractions in Canterbury including Christchurch the garden city. All of which can be easily taken in within a day. Then you can rest your weary body in the friendly unique atmosphere of the Waipara Sleepers.



Natural horseman-ship is a common theme within the area. 

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Lake Janet a Mountain Tarn

weka pass steam train
 Steam Train

Horse Riding

Snows not Hard to find in the Winter

          Contact us email: waipara.sleepers@inet.net.nz or ph/fax (03)314-6003

                          Looking forward to hearing from you

                                      Fiona and Paul

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