Waipara is best known for the world-class wines that are grown and produced here. Home to over 25 vineyards, the Waipara region turns out award-winning wines in almost every varietal. Food and beverage production is a booming industry here in Waipara along with tourism and hospitality. The surrounding area is also home to numerous farms, with agricultural opportunities aplenty.
Waipara township is home to a small number of residents as well as a local primary school that was established in 1917.
Residents enjoy the tranquility of a rural settlement with easy access to nearby Amberley for key services as well as tourism hotspots Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura both within a few hours' drive.