Gore Bay, where our lodge is situated, is a popular North Canterbury surfing beach, and is safe for swimming, especially at the southern end. Check the surf forecast
for Gore Bay.
There are great walks in this area. The New Zealand Tramper
website describes some. Or relax by strolling on the beach — take time to investigate the rock pools.
From the rocks you can dive for paua (New Zealand Abalone) and crayfish. Gore Bay, and other beaches in the area offer good surf-casting.
Cheviot is a small North Canterbury town conveniently situated on State Highway One between Kaikoura and Christchurch. It is only ten minutes from Gore Bay.
This is home to the Cheviot Golf Course, and several eating places.
Hurunui and Waiau Rivers
The Hurunui and Waiau Rivers offer excellent freshwater fishing with sea-run salmon and brown trout being the primary targets. Check the Fish and Game
Council's website for more information, and the regulations for North Canterbury fishing.
Pinot Noir Grapes
Waipara is Canterbury's most flourishing wine region
. The area is known for it's cooler climate varieties with Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris being among the varieties grown in the area.
Many wineries have tasting rooms, where you may sample and purchase their products. Several also have cafés or restaurants where you can relax and enjoy a glass or two of wine teamed with good food. The area holds a Wine and Food Celebration each year in March.
Waipara is also home to the Weka Pass Railway
, an historic railway restoration group.
Avon River, Christchurch
Gore Bay is just 1 1/4 hours from Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand's South Island, and home to Christchurch international Airport which serves as the South Island's gateway to the world.
Christchurch is a charming garden city which blends its English heritage with a uniquely New Zealand flavour.