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Top 10 Christchurch Vineyard Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 03 Mar 2020
Canterbury is known for more than just an incredible showing of the great outdoors. It’s also known for wines from local vineyards and is a region that is rated head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to wine-making. With fertile lands and pure waterways, Canterbury (Christchurch included, of course) is home to several wonderful wineries and vineyards that also serve venues. These Christchurch venues have so much to offer, from stunning views to fresh spaces that will act as ideal backdrops for your next event. Below is a list of 10 of the best Christchurch Vineyard and Winery Venues, with the greater Canterbury Region included. For more venues in Christchurch, check out our complete guide to Christchurch venues.
Waiau River Estate
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Waiau River Estate rests on the banks of the Waiau River. This venue is home to Hells Gate Wines and High Country Honey and has been producing award-winning wines since 2008. Although they’re over an hour outside of the centre of Christchurch, they are a venue well worth the trip. Surrounded by gorgeous views of the Southern Alps and breathtaking greenery, they can host up to 100 guests cocktail-style and are happy to tailor their services to your needs. They also provide on-site catering, with mouthwatering options to pick between and a bespoke menu for your event, and are available throughout the year. Waiau River Estate is a flexible venue, able to host any manner of event, from conferences and meetings to cocktail parties and weddings. Settled in the midst of some of the best natural views Canterbury has to offer, Waiau River Estate is a wonderful venue choice for those looking to explore a vineyard venue with restorative views and the welcome feeling of a getaway.
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A full-service venue on the outskirts of Christchurch, Larcomb Vineyard is an experienced and professional events venue that can do it all. Their space boasts expertly manicured gardens and a spacious barn with high ceilings and exposed beams. There are 2 venues available for hire at Larcomb Vineyard: the Small Barn, hosting up to 80 guests, filled with natural light and featuring an exposed timber ceiling; and the Big Barn, built in 2011 and with space for 200 guests, equipped with a grand dance floor to boot. They offering catering and a series of preferred vendors for your convenience. They also have a dedicated team that will help you with the running of your event, ensuring that your day goes exactly as planned. Larcomb Vineyard is comfortable with hosting weddings, conferences, meetings, cocktail parties and so much more. They are just over 20km from the centre of Christchurch.
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Rossendale Vineyard has come to be known as one of Christchurch’s loveliest vineyard venues. This function space features acres of natural beauty and a capacity of 200 guests. As a flexible venue, they are comfortable hosting several events and have a dedicated events team on hand to help with planning and organising. They also offer a unique list of local wines, in-house catering from award-winning chefs and over 100 car parks on-site (including wheelchair access). Rossendale Vineyard is also only 15 minutes from Christchurch. As a “working” vineyard, they make their own wines, thereby adding to the extraordinary selection available for your even. The venue is framed by picturesque vines and equipped with hard-working staff that pride themselves on bringing the very best to your Christchurch event.
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Established in 1891 and entirely family-owned, Waipara Springs is tucked away in rural and rustic beauty on the outskirts of Waipara Village, under an hour away from central Christchurch. Their venue is available for a host of events: casual dining, meetings, cocktail parties, corporate functions, wine tastings and so much more. They specialise in making your moments matter, with fun-loving and seasoned staff on hand to make this a reality. They offer outdoor spaces for your event, including the main law and pergola, as well as a ‘Secret Garden’ for more intimate events that require more ambience. Both these spaces include outdoor seating, and they have the option of an all-weather marquee (with a capacity of 120 guests) if required. With on-site catering and a fabulous wine list, it’s no wonder Waipara Springs is one of Canterbury’s favourite venues.
Trent’s Estate Vineyard
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Trent’s Estate Vineyard is nestled amongst grapevines and green paddocks, just outside the cusp of the city but private enough to feel a million miles away. The venue features a whitewashed Mediterranean-style historic building (carefully restored over the years to maintain its ambience and traditional feel), a sheltered lawn, bubbling fountain, conservatory, Victorian-style gazebo and a pond. They offer a series of event packages for you to choose between, as well as an extensive and varied menu courtesy of their on-site catering. Trent’s Estate Vineyard is a fully-licensed and fully-catered venue, but do have BYO options for flexibility. The hiring of Trent’s Estate Vineyard means exclusive use of the entire premises, which allows for utmost privacy and will bring any event an innate sense of relaxation. One acre of the property remains a vineyard for aesthetic purposes. Their grounds are expertly manicured and available for any kind of outdoor event, be it a cocktail party or more informal meeting.
Langdale Vineyard Restaurant
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A country restaurant, Langdale Vineyard Restaurant is barely 15 minutes from Christchurch and brings with it an earthy, fresh appeal. With French doors that allow for natural light to flood the space, and the Winery Hall adjacent to the restaurant, this Christchurch venue is a flexible option for any event. The blooming gardens feature sheltered spots to grant you an indoor/outdoor flow if desired. The main restaurant can host up to 130 guests, whereas the Winery Hall seats 60 and opens onto a verandah bordering the garden. Both spaces are available for exclusive hire and can be combined if required. Langdale Vineyard Restaurant offers a series of tailored menu options for your event, whether you’re looking for a buffet or set menu, with options to dine indoors or outdoors. Their wine list is available for perusal, with varied choices, and plenty of dedicated staff to help you make the best of their venue.
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Melton Estate is a boutique winery set on 12 acres of flourishing greenery. This Christchurch venue is conveniently 15 minutes from Christchurch Airport, making it one of the more easily accessible vineyard venues to choose from. Choose to have your function indoors or outdoors with Melton Estate, and take in the view from their expansive deck that overlooks the vineyard. They offer exclusive use of the estate, The Pavilion for your event, a private and seasoned events coordinator, a lighting and sound system for your convenience, and so much more. Melton Estate also happens to be an award-winning Christchurch venue, having netted the South Island “Best Wine Tourism Restaurant.” They’re also the only Canterbury winery venue with a Qualmark Venue 4-star plus rating. Melton Estate is an all-weather venue, so you won’t have to concern yourself with the whims of the weather; if it happens to rain, you’ll be snug as a bug inside The Pavilion or Banquet Room, soaking in majestic garden views and verdant lawns.
Hinton’s Vineyard Function Centre
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On the edge of Christchurch and moments away from the airport, Hinton’s Vineyard Function Centre combines convenience and class at their venue. They are a family-operated venue that can cater for several functions, from meetings to conferences. Up to 100 guests cake make themselves comfortable at Hinton’s with The Tasting Room and The Villa both available for hire. The Tasting Room is a light, airy space with an open plan, ideal for meetings and seminars, with the options of catering and a private courtyard to serve as a breakaway space. The Villa is an original 1920s homestead, restored over the years and providing a wonderful space for smaller gatherings of up to 50 delegates. Hinton’s Vineyard Function Centre also offers audiovisual equipment hire, as well as a varied wine list and bespoke menus from their on-site team of professional caterers.
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Cossars Wineshed is a boutique venue surrounded by rural beauty and offering a unique, cosy space for your Christchurch event. Their facilities include a beautiful, high-ceiling dining room with a capacity of 100 guests, a full commercial kitchen for your caterer’s use, a sun-soaked outdoor courtyard, sprawling lawns and rose gardens, as well as a lovely vineyard. Cossars Wineshed prides themselves on their personality and wholesome atmosphere. Their spaces boast wrought-iron chandeliers, terracotta tiled floors, plenty of natural light, a spacious mezzanine floor, a limestone chipped courtyard framed by olive trees, lavender, roses and wisteria, and a renovated barn with a rustic feel and recycled rimu floors. There are 3 separate choices for your function space with Cossars Wineshed, each as lovely as the last, from a French-styled reception hall to a spacious courtyard for an outdoor event.
Omarino Wine Park
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Just outside Christchurch is Omarino Wine Park: an award-winning vineyard that also doubles as a spacious and spectacular venue. This Christchurch vineyard venue spans across 20 acres of verdant grapevines and expertly maintained gardens, with a large, modern function space on-site. Omarino Park is the largest winery venue in Christchurch, with a seating capacity of 200 guests a cosy atmosphere as a result of their secluded location. Omarino Wine Park serves award-winning wines, features an elegant banquet room, hardwood deck overlooking the sprawling vineyard, as well as several catering options for your function. Their team is committed to making your event as special as you’d imagined it, with all the fine details taken care of. They’re happy to tailor functions to your tastes, from the menu to the styling of the venue.