Secluded Superior Accommodation in Waipara Valley, North Canterbury
Welcome to the secluded, peaceful, retreat of Annie’s Loft at Waipara River Estate — our superior vineyard bed & breakfast accommodation is set in a charming recently renovated 1920s homestead set amongst spacious lawns, mature gardens and trees in the heart of the Waipara Valley.
Waipara River Estate is the oldest vineyard in Waipara with our earliest vines planted in 1981. Waipara River Estate produces award winning boutique wines for you to enjoy when you stay if you so desire.
Annie’s Loft is the perfect place to escape crowds and stay a while to linger over local winery lunches, play golf at local courses, venture on the Hurunui Vineyard Cycle Trail and simply relax. Here in the country you will enjoy stunning panoramic views of the surrounding hills, vineyards, farms and olive grove. Savour fresh clean air, the beauty of the stars with a night sky free from light pollution and pure water from our own deep bore.
Waipara is at the intersection of SH1 & SH7, so we are an excellent location for anyone driving through the South Island. We are open all year round and have wonderful seasonal changes from hot dry summers to cool winters with clear blue skies following crisp frosty mornings. Snow is very rare.
Waipara & Nearby
Annie’s Loft is 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, along State Highway 7
– Amberley with great cafes and shops is only 10 minutes away.
– Christchurch airport is approx 45 mins drive
– Hanmer Springs is approx 45-60 mins drive
– Cheviot is approx 40 mins drive
– Kaikoura is approx 2 hrs drive
Children are most welcome at Annie’s Loft and Studio. They can run on the large open lawns and can even pick the fruit off the trees when in season — plums, apples, pears, apricots, peaches, figs, feijoas. The very pretty garden has flowers that they can pick to make a bouquet. Harold the hand-reared Merino sheep and his friends are happy to ‘chat’ with your children.
Who is Annie?
Annie’s Loft is named after 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.