Located one hour north of Otahuna Lodge is the Waipara wine region and has some of the best wineries in the country. Waipara translates from the Maori language as "troubled waters" because of rivers that carry glacial silt from the mountains to the sea Waipara vineyards are perhaps best known for the excellent Pinot Black, often sought after for their rich notes licorice caused by the large amount of limestone in the soil. The Zingy Rieslings are also popular in Waipara, with numerous national awards winners. The cellar doors are open for tastings, Waipara Springs, Green Fiddler, Torlesse and others, including Pegasus Bay which also houses one of the finest restaurants and wineries in New Zealand. Wine tours such as Pyramid Valley and Mountford are available with reservation.
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