gate sales 


Online tickets have sold out, but limited gate sales still available today at the festival!

Message us on FB or Instagram if you want to check if there are still tickets available

Prices are as follows... 



Under 18 years

No tickets required.

Under 18's are still required to enter through the official entry gate at the festival.

We will have plenty for the little ones to do at the festival, including face-painting and bouncy castles.

See Kids for more details.  



Sober Drivers will be wrist-banded on arrival to the festival and are not permitted to drink any alcohol at the site – but don't worry, Karma Kola has your back with a free beverage! The sober driver wristband will still give you access to all the fun – with great food and non-alcoholic drinks available to purchase across the day, as well as entry to all events in the Lincoln University 'Talks Tent' and entertainment! 



general admission*

General Admission Adult tickets include a festival wine tasting glass, entry to all events on the day in the  Lincoln University 'Talks Tent' and entertainment throughout the day.


The Festival

Set under the oaks in Glenmark Domain is the coolest little wine festival in the country. 

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival 2018 will be one to remember.


Join us this Sunday 11 March to enjoy an eclectic range of food stalls, a diverse selection of North Canterbury wine, quality live music and family friendly entertainment. 

Whether you're 5 or 85, whether you fancy a drop of chardonnay or pinot noir, whether you're in it for the dancing or the picnicking… Come step out into our tūrangawaewae this March to bond with the locals and celebrate the bounty of this year's harvest.



North Canterbury kai is always in abundance at the festival.

Stalls from local producers, chefs and restaurants are featured every year to offer delicious, fresh and seasonal food that go wonderfully with the selection of wines.


The Paella Fella
Authentic Spanish paella served in three varieties, all gluten free, healthy and fit for a king. 


Bearlion Foods
A whole range of delicious salads and wholesome food, enlivened with new flavours and exciting old favourites with a healthy spin.


Cakes By Anna
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The hottest bakers in town are tag teaming it again, with a variety of cakes showcasing seasonal produce & locally made ingredients, as well as bagel sandwiches hot off the grill & freshly filled donuts.


Japanese Karaage Chicken, sweet soy glazed pork belly bao's and delightful dumplings. 


Fritz Wiener
New Zealand's favourite award winning German style Bratwursts, served on a fresh baguette with onion, sauerkraut and a range of condiments. Oh, ja!


The Chippy
Traditional British themed fish & chips with mushy peas and curry sauce.


Jonny BBQ
One of our longest standing foodies!  Serving up his favourite meats and oysters!


Pic's Peanut Butter
Bringing their infamous toaster caravan to the fest! Making some delicious peanut buttery treats and sampling their nut butters! 

Kaikoura Cheese
Dreamy cheese platters for sharing with friends or enjoying alone - the perfect pairing with the regional wines. 


Cannon Hill Gourmet
A range of kebabs and falafels, fresh salads, ciabatta sandwiches, toasted breads with chicken liver pate & onion jam, and creme brûlée for dessert – what a smorgasbord!


Lovat Downs Venison
Venison pita pockets, burgers, sausages and the 'tender bambi sammie' - all made with diced venison, onion & plum sauce.


Utopia Ice
Classic and plant based ice cream made with just a handful of fresh ingredients, perfected by nature... and sometimes even a little wine.  


Horse Shack Food
Mouth watering beef cheeks, Manuka smoked pork, kumara and chickpea hash and more legendary hand pulled meats and veggies.


The Whitebait People
Serving up a range of quintessential Kiwi grub, including Westcoast whitebait patties, pan-fried salads or omelettes and pāua patties. 


Maison de Crêpes
Holy Crepe! This one will satisfy both sweet tooths and savoury fiends. Using an age old recipe and delicious ingredients, these will take you right to the foot of the Eiffel Tower.


Steam Punk
Bringing their famous Korean Cupbob to spice up the festival! Succulent marinaded BBQ meat, crunchy veg and rice topped with their signature sauce.


The Vagabond Chefs
48hr braised beef loaded fries, crispy tofu Vagabowls, Korean style chicken bao's and much much more!


Bespoke Platters
Is there really anything better than an aesthetically 'gram-able platter? Get ready to pick away at a beautiful array of only the finest produce from across the region!


Kung Fu Dumplings
Kathmandu style momo dumplings with a bit of kapow! Funky rooster, buffalow style beef and vegan kale and kumara. 


A range of tasty insect based snacks featuring their famous lemongrass ants which are wild harvested right here in Canterbury! 


Sweet & Savage
Coffee & the trendiest 'Instagram worthy' donuts you'll find under the oaks. 


Herba Gourmet Ltd
Classic dishes, beautiful garden herbs and locally sourced ingredients to bring you real homemade food, 
suiting all dietary needs.


Smoke n Barrel
Texas BBQ slow smoked meats Yeehaw!! Accompanied with fresh salad or in a wrap, bap or sandwich.


The Burger Joint
Real Food, Real Local is their mantra! You won't need extras on the side with these gourmet buns!


Rice & Paper
The ultimate gramable sushi!  Beautifully decorated and seriously fresh. 




Our headline chef | sam Mannering



Auckland-based chef and food writer Sam Mannering is returning to where he grew up to cook us all a mighty fine North Canterbury feast, featuring bruschetta topped with everything local. And get this – he’ll be donating 100% of his proceeds to our festival charity partner Māia Health Foundation


Amberley Farmers Market Pop-Up

Make it a real picnic party and take a bit of North Canterbury home with you. Here's who'll be there
to provide a glorious spread...

Fricker's Bread     |      Little Farm Goats Cheese     |     Homestyle baking from Completely Nuts     

The Herb Garden Preserves     |     Sandy Mac's Lemonade and Toffee Suckers      |     Grown Juice and Strawberries     

Kev's Pickles      |      Beatriz's Spanish Omelette      |      The Market Lunch



North Canterbury is just 40 minutes north of Christchurch and is fast establishing itself as one of the premium wine producing regions of New Zealand, particularly in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.  According to Bob Campbell, the region is ”one of the unsung heroes of the wine industry”.

The region has 2 main sub-regions, Waipara Valley & Waikari. 
There are also a few vineyards 20 minutes north of the Waipara Valley close to Cheviot.



The WINE & BEER producers hosting stalls at the 2018 Festival:



Ataahua Wines

Black Estate

Brew Moon Brewery

Dallington Downs

Fancrest Estate

George's Road Wines

Greystone Wines

Harris Estate

Lone Goat Vineyard

Main Divide

Melton Estate



Mon Cheval Wines

Mount Brown Estates

Mountford Estate

Mt. Beautiful Wines

Muddy Water

Omarino Wine Park

Pegasus Bay

Sherwood Estate Wines

Silver Wing Wines

Small Theory



Straight 8 Winery

Terrace Edge

The Boneline

The Crater Rim

The Old Glenmark Vicarage

The Winemaker's Wife

Third Man Wines

Torlesse Wines

Valmont Wines

Waipara Hills

Waipara River Estate






Karma Cola

A range of organic craft sodas from 'The Worlds Fairest Fairtrader'. 

All sober drivers will receive a complimentary Karma Cola beverage for taking one for the team. 


The Kvas Company

Bring a traditional Slavic drink to the festival.  Brewed by a lactic fermentation process using a starter made from rye bread! A beautiful and tasty probiotic beverage.

Waipara School

The Waipara School will be keeping you hydrated with bottled water and sodas at this year's festival, with all proceeds going back to Waipara School.

Coffee Supreme

Supreme filter station hydrating you with chilled coffee made from Ethiopian sede beans with naughty sweetened milk.

Allpress Coffee

The Allpress coffee cart is parking up under the oaks to serve up their specialist coffee - including a refreshing cold brew.

Talk Tent



For the last two years, Lincoln University have brought fascinating conversations to the festival, hosting discussions by duos made up of some of the best wine producers of the region, matched with chefs and food producers.

Hosting Talk Tent is a movement initiated by chefs and people in the food industry with the aim of highlighting the quality and vast array of edible resources available in New Zealand. 



Pockets of music feature in every nook of Glenmark Domain's picturesque setting. The 2018 festival line up includes a Musicians' Corner with jazz, folk, and singer/songwriter vibes including Chris William, Bryony, The Goldonies, The Swan Sisters and more.

We also like to chuck in a couple of more bangers on the other end of the park with the laid back 'Beats and Tunes' area featuring Simon Kong and other featured DJs spinning Sunday tunes all day long. Oh yeah!





Thrillingly the rolling, rambling, spirit raising atmospheres they project in their
live shows have endeared them to the hearts of many. It’s obvious they care
about the audience as much as the songs.



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Chris William

Chris William wears his heart on his sleeve. He blends his love of jazz, soul and electronica into a swirl of synthesisers, thumping drum machines and stirring vocal harmonies. His music is both ripe with emotion and tension – warped piano sounds collide with swampy guitar noise. He has self-released two lauded singles, and is currently recording an EP to be released mid 2017.

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Bryony Matthews

Picking up a guitar at 14, Bryony has been writing and performing,  shedding fears, gaining confidence and honing her skills, plus acquiring a collection of talented musicians to back her. Matthews writes unique, considered, lyrics-focused folk-pop offerings, with her band lending an upbeat ambiance to the songs.

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Swan Sisters

The Swan Sisters are Amiria Grenell and Amy Grace. They sing heart filled songs throughout Aotearoa, including the 2017 WOMAD music festival. Amiria and Amy have been writing music together for many years.  Their sound is a delicate blend of styles: alt. folk with beautiful harmonies, a touch of country & a dash of dreamy pop.  These songbirds encapsulte their friendship and joy of storytelling with an uplifting, acoustic set.


On the decks...

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The Goldonies

The Goldonies have been winning over audiences with their mix of rock ‘n’ roll classics performed with high energy and humour in the skiffle band setting.  A typical set list will usually find the boys tipping their hats to the three B’s of rock ‘n’ roll – Buddy, Berry and Beatles, as well as numerous other classics from the 1950’s and 60’s.

          Daniel Veitch           |            Pepe Le Pew           |              Plantgril                |        Sheldon Williams        |            Simon Kong




The kids are always welcomed with open arms - and we've got lots to keep them chipper. The picnic areas and music can be enjoyed by all of the family, as well as bouncy castles, petting zoo, face painting, ice-creams, hilarious entertainment and everything else that makes being a kid the best.

In for the win...

Man, do we have a few treats for you leading up to the coolest little wine festival in the country.

Thanks to a whole heap of our generous local mates, we've got some giveaways that are
nothing short of rad.

Check 'em out below...




There’s a reason QANTAS are our favourite peeps to fly with. No matter which seat or ticket you've purchased with them, everyone gets a full plate of food and a full glass of their favourite bevy when they're in the air
(which is very important for folk like us who love our chow).

On the day of the festival, we're giving one of you very snap-happy festival attendees a flight for two across the ditch to your choice of either Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, so you can experience QANTAS' high-flying hospitality services.

Here's all you've got to do to be into win...

1. Snap a photo of your favourite wine and food match during the day of the festival

2. Upload it to Instagram and tag @ncwineandfood and @qantas

3. Hashtag #ncwineandfood and #qantas

Winner announced via our Facebook page on Monday 12 March.

Click here to read the full competition Terms and Conditions.

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With so many great things happening throughout every pocket of North Canterbury, why come out for just one day? We’re extending the fun during the festival weekend, treating you to concerts, accommodation, an thrilling jet boat rides – and of course tickets to our coolest little wine festival in the country. 

Fill in the form below, and you’ll go in the draw to win a fun-filled weekend away to experience some of the delights this region has to offer, including… 

– Lunch for two at Waipara Hills Winery to start the weekend off

– A double pass to Jason Kerrison performing in Hanmer on Saturday night

– A ride for two on the Hanmer Springs Attraction Jet Boat

– One night’s accommodation for two at Heritage Hanmer Springs

– A double pass to the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival



Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa   I   Hurunui Tourism   I   Hanmer Springs Attractions  

Heritage Hanmer Springs I  Waipara Hills


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Name *
Date of Birth
Date of Birth

* By entering this competition, you agree to opting into North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival / Hurunui District eNewsletters



Pick of the Picnic!

What’s more perfect than a picnic under the picturesque oak trees of North Canterbury?

Kathmandu really know their stuff when it comes to dining alfresco with their offering of gazebos, portable bbqs, bowls, tables and even wooden croquet sets – and they’ve got the perfect prize for those who love to celebrate the timeless pleasure of picnicking with friends and family…

So, simply snap your lush picnic set up at the festival, upload it to Instagram and tag #myfestivalpicnic to be in to win all of this from Kathmandu…

A Retreat 80 three person tent
A picnic cooler bag, big enough for 6 peeps
A Harness picnic rug
And two Retreat recliner chairs

Click here to read the full competition Terms and Conditions.



Want more ways to win with Kathmandu..? 

Kathmandu have given us a SECOND prize pack to giveaway (identical to the one above) that will go to one lucky ticket buyer who grabs their festival tickets online at iTicket before Sunday 4 March, 10pm. 

Too easy!


Click here to read the full competition Terms and Conditions.




Here's something that'll have your wine stock looking healthy as.

Muster up some mates, family, work colleagues, blind dates and order 10 or more tickets to the festival...

Not only will this get you a nifty 10% discount but you'll also go in the draw to win a case of wine from some of North Canterbury's finest winegrowers and makers.

Now that's something to toast to. 


Winner will be randomly selected on Monday 12th March 2018 and notified via email. Prize will be available
to be collected from a central Christchurch location from Tuesday 13th March. Photo ID will be required upon collection.



Getting There

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival is set under the picturesque oak trees of the Glenmark Domain (corner of Church Road & Glenmark Drive), Waipara Valley, North Canterbury - just 45 minutes drive north of Christchurch.

The festival begins at 10.30am and finishes 5.00pm. 



  • Take SH1 to Amberley
  • Continue north on SH1 a further 10 minutes
  • Turn left at the Hamner Springs turn off (Waipara Flat Rd)
  • Follow this by a quick right into Glenmark Drive
  • Follow Glenmark Drive through the Waipara Township
  • Glenmark Domain is 300m north of Waipara Township on your right, on the corner of Glenmark Dr & Church Rd

PLEASE NOTE: There is a discounted ticket option available for Sober Drivers. See Tickets for more information.




Bus transport is available to and
from the Festival from Christchurch
(as far south as Lincoln)

Adult - $30
Group (10+) - $25 pp





Bus transport is available to and
from the Festival from Hanmer Springs
thanks to Hanmer Adventure. The bus will leave for the Festival from Hanmer Adventure Centre at 9.30am.

Adult - $45



Where to Stay

You can stay in the Waipara township, Amberley or anywhere close by in the Waipara region. B&B’s, lodges, Motels and backpackers or camping ground options can be found at
Visit Hurunui.


Campers galore! There is plenty of site availability for all motorhomes at the festival, free of charge with clearly marked directions from the Glenmark Domain.

There is also a lot of accomodation in Hanmer Springs, one hour north of Waipara. It has an enormous range of accomodation on offer, from luxurious 5-star plus retreat to a cost-efficient, self-catering place to call home.


Our Charity Partner

Donate To Māia health AND FLY
to the festival in style...


When purchasing your tickets to this year's festival online, we welcome you to add a few extra dollars as a donation to our charity partner, Māia Health Foundation – not only will you be making a difference, but you could be into win a pretty epic experience.



Anyone who makes a donation to Māia Health Foundation (big or small!) will go in
the draw to win a helicopter ride from Christchurch for you and a friend out to
this year's festival! We'll even chauffeur you back home at the end of the day.


All proceeds will go to one of Māia's key projects: an enhanced rooftop helipad
and clinical support unit on the new Christchurch Hospital – a cause
close to our hearts.

Any accidents that happen in our North Canterbury community - through farming, road accidents, or even in our homes - may require the services of this essential and often lifesaving service. Landing on the new Hospital rooftop (instead of the current helipad in Hagley Park!) will take 13 critical minutes off this journey.

So, let’s help Māia on their mission to take the new helipad from good - to great! 

Here's a sneak peak of the new helipad you'll be helping to make a reality for our city...




A huge thank you to these generous businesses who make the
North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival possible...

He waka eke noa. We're all in this together.




For any general festival enquiries, please email


More details for the 2018 festival will be released soon... 

Don't miss any updates by following North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival on Facebook and Instagram now. 


Want to become a stallholder at the upcoming festival?

Click here to download an application form: