Premier Golf and Wine tour operators Grant and Alison Elley live on the Pegasus Golf Course in North Canterbury. They have combined their love of golf and New Zealand wine in their latest business venture.
A blended golf and wine day trip
These days, multi motivated tourists are seeking a range of great experiences. Golf and wine tours are growing in popularity throughout the world and when you have one of New Zealand’s leading golf courses and wine regions on your back doorstep then why not join in on the fun!
We’re well-travelled and know that people are looking for memorable experiences that provide great value. We love meeting new travelers, and we aim to make your time with us enjoyable.
Often when we’ve played at a new course – especially when travelling internationally – we’ve thought how much greater the enjoyment would be if we had someone to guide us that knew the course, with some stories to tell. Allow one of our local hosts to do just that, and make your round an even more pleasurable experience.
Pegasus Golf & Sports Club
Just north of Christchurch and close to the centre of Pegasus town. Pegasus Golf & Sports Club is renowned as one of the best golf courses in New Zealand. It’s set against a diverse and breath-taking landscape of mountains, water features and natural wetlands that make up Pegasus Bay.
The club has been designed to create a fantastic experience for every level of golfer, and for non-golfers too. As well as a magnificent 18-hole championship course it features a range of excellent facilities including a driving range, practice greens, pro shop, tennis courts, and a well-equipped gymnasium. You’ll also find good food and a warm welcome at The Bunker Bar & Cafe.
Featured Waipara Valley wineries
The region is home to 90+ vineyards, most of them independently owned by a close-knit community of local families.
With some of the country’s most diversified land formations, from the volcanic Banks Peninsula to the clay and limestone soils of the Waipara Valley, the region lends itself to highly varied and interesting soil types.
Concentrated and expressive wines are grown here – particularly pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling.
The Donaldson family have been immersed in the wine industry since the early 1970s and were pioneers of local grape growing and winemaking. Associate professor and consultant neurologist, Ivan Donaldson, first became interested in wine when his girlfriend at the time, Christine, gave him a book simply called – ‘wine’.
The first vineyard was a hobby with Ivan making wine in the garage at home on the weekends, by the mid1980s Ivan and Chris had decided there was definitely a future for winemaking in canterbury. They went on to plant Pegasus Bay with the help of their four sons, who have all ended up working in key roles within the business. Pegasus Bay is proud to be entirely family-owned.
Waipara Springs estate is a family-owned business in its third generation. Our wines have been enjoyed both in New Zealand and internationally since the winery opened in 1989.
The vineyard of 26 hectares is planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.
Waipara Springs put a strong emphasis on careful vineyard management delivering fruit of quality for our wine styles. Waipara springs wines are made in the classic fruit-driven style that New Zealand wine is renowned for worldwide. With an emphasis on fruit characters, these wines are a vibrant expression of our vineyard.
Our three vineyards and business are family-owned and managed by Nicholas Brown and Pen Naish. Nicholas looks after the vineyards and wines with our team. Pen runs the business and looks over the restaurant and cellar door with more fun people.
Making wines true to our sites and inviting guests to enjoy them on our vineyards could never happen without our team. We’re surrounded by enthusiastic and talented people who appreciate our land, vines and wines. We’re learning from each other every day and grateful for what everyone brings to our vineyards and spaces.
Our winery first started its life as a farm woolshed. In 1987 it was converted into a winery for Glenmark wines and Torlesse wines moved to Waipara in 1991 and still share the production facilities.
The Torlesse cellar door was built and opened in March 2000 but Torlesse has produced wines from 1991 onwards making it one of the older wineries in Waipara. Most grapes are hand-harvested and all are batch-processed keeping different vineyard components separate for assessment until final blending.
The winemaking and cellar door team led by Kym and Maggie Rayner have been cultivating and producing excellent wine for over 30 years. They bring a passion and curiosity which drives the Torlesse brand and grows the quality and diversity of products.
Falaise and Lt. Commander Sydney John Hales R.N. settled and named Fiddler’s Green in 1981. Barry and Jennie Johns established the renowned wine vineyard a decade later winning multiple international awards. After a worldwide search at sea for two years, the Rath family sailed into New Zealand in 2016 to find and restore the property to an organic vineyard and bistro.
Fiddler’s Green is in 19th-century maritime folklore describing a kind of hereafter for sailors, where there is perpetual mirth, a fiddle that never stops playing, the wine never stops flowing and dancers never tire.
Fiddler’s Green lore states “a sailor can find this paradisiacal land by walking inland with an oar over his shoulder until he finds a place where people ask him what he’s carrying.” Fiddler’s Green is where the Rath family has found their heaven on earth to produce fine wines & dining for sailors and land lovers alike.
Waipara Hills cellar door and café is just 45 minutes north of Christchurch. An impressive architecturally designed building set amongst landscaped gardens with spectacular views across The Home Block vineyard to the picturesque Teviotdale Hills. Specialising in aromatics; visitors to the Cellar Door can sample award-winning Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.