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Waitiri Creek

God-given Gibbston scenery and an ecclesiastical ambience await you at the Waitiri Creek cellar door. The tasting room occupies what was once the Wangaloa Presbyterian Church in Southland, built in 1893 and transported to this site in 2000.

The building has been lovingly restored, with wooden decking around its sunny sides. Open lawn takes over from there, and stretches out to become a cricket pitch. Huge old poplars date back to the 19th century. It’s a beautiful site and the outdoor pizza oven has caused many a quick taste to turn into a longer visit.

Waitiri Creek was established in 1993 and has been under the ownership of two families ever since. There are two estate-owned vineyards close to the cellar door, and fruit is also sourced from around the region.

The wines are made off-site by Jen Parr – all are high quality. Sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, riesling, chardonnay, rosé and pinot noir are on offer.

Our picks Try the pinot noir – it is a regular award-winner.

Plus The Gibbston River Trail is a walking and mountain-bike track that stretches 11km along the Kawarau River. You can walk the Waitiri loop from the Waitiri Creek cellar door.