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Settlement and district, 58 km north-east of Christchurch. Extensive plantings of vineyards have made Waipara the main wine-making area in Canterbury. Grapes were first planted in the Waipara valley in the 1980s. Some 14 wineries produce award-winning wines, noted for their intense flavours. Waipara has an ideal climate for grape growing, with high sunshine hours, hot dry summers and long autumns.

Meaning of place name
Wai: water; para: mud, silt, or sediment.