Secluded B&B in Waipara Valley, North Canterbury
Welcome to the secluded, peaceful, retreat of Annie’s Loft, Studio & Homestead, our luxury vineyard accommodation in a charming renovated 1920s homestead in the heart of the Waipara Valley. Annie’s Loft bed & breakfast has stunning panoramic views of the surrounding hills, vineyards, farms and olive grove and overlooks our farm and historic vineyard where John McCaskey planted the first vines in Waipara in 1981.
The Studio and Homestead are set amongst spacious lawns, mature gardens and trees. Waipara River Estate produces award winning hand crafted boutique wines. Altogether the ideal place to escape crowds and stay a while.
Waipara & Nearby
We are at Waipara River Estate, 169 Mackenzies Road, Waipara; one of several vineyards bounding the Weka River, a tributary of the Waipara River.
There are fabulous 360 degree landscape panoramas to Mt Cass, Mt Grey, the Three Deans Range and the start of the Weka Gorge.
– Amberley with great cafes and shops is only 10 minutes away.
– Christchurch airport is approx 45 mins drive.
– Hanmer Springs is approx 45mins drive
– Kaikoura is approx 1.5 hrs drive.
Who is Annie?
Annie’s Loft is named after Tina’s great-great-great grandmother, Ann Manry (‘Irish Annie’, 1825-1860) who was brought to NZ from Ballarat, Australia with their daughter Rebecca, by husband Sam Williams (‘Yankee Sam’, 1817-1888).
Sam was an American whaler who worked as a boat steerer for Harry Weller around Banks Peninsula & Timaru in the 1830s. He stayed on after the whaling station closed and became the first permanent resident in Timaru. The Ballarat gold rush began in 1851 and Sam no doubt went to try his luck. Annie is not in any Australian records that we can find, so how did an Irish woman get to Australia in the mid 1800s? What was her real name? The information seems to be well buried!
Sam & Annie ran the first accommodation house on the beach in Timaru, one of a handful of buildings in 1859 when the Strathallan settlers arrived. Sam later ran the Timaru and Club Hotels.