Not only does Hurunui offer lifestyle, adventure, and a chance to experience the rich history and culture of rural New Zealand, it‘s also a great place to live and work.
In recent years more and more people have chosen to move to the district to enjoy all the benefits of living in the country.
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Founded during the 1860's, today Amberley is a rural service town with access to both coastal and inland areas while being on the edge of the Waipara Valley wine region.
A classic rural town, Cheviot is the centre of a pastoral farming area. In the township there are several cafes, shops, galleries and a museum.
Set in the middle of the wide Amuri Basin, it’s a delightful country town and a common stopping point for travellers seeking a rural New Zealand experience.
Greta Valley & Motunau Beach
Greta Valley was created in the late 1970s, while Motunau Beach is a popular coastal holiday settlement and a focal point for the local crayfish industry.
Situated in a high country basin the alpine village of Hanmer Springs is a natural place to unwind amidst clear mountain air and tall trees
Hawarden is home to the well-known Flaxmere Gardens and is the gateway to the secluded wilderness and pristine Lake Sumner Forest Park area offering excellent fishing and hunting grounds.
Leithfield village is one of the oldest towns in Canterbury; it was founded in 1857 by John Leith as an important coach stop and to provide services to the surrounding farming and milling area.
Rotherham & Waiau
The town of Waiau originated in the 1860s and runs alongside the Waiau River, where the village green marks the town’s centre.
Waikari offers panoramic views of the Puketeraki and Kaikoura ranges and is the final stopping point for the Weka Pass Vintage Railway.
At the southern gateway to the Hurunui District is one of New Zealand’s finest and most rapidly expanding wine regions, known as Waipara