Named after Amberley in Derbyshire, Amberley was originally established as a result of the arrival of the railway in 1876. The township continued to grow and became an important farming service centre. Amberley has grown significantly since the 1950s and was the first township in the Hurunui District with a water supply scheme undertaken by a county council (1957). The Amberley Beach settlement developed as a residential suburb between 1950 and 1990 over which time its population has grown dramatically.
Located on State Highway 1, Amberley Township is a busy rural service centre with an impressive range of cafes and shops. The area is renowned for its impressive country gardens and offers a variety of accommodation options for visitors. There are very handy beach walks, rivers,lakes and mountains to explore - including the Mt Grey scenic walkways. Several parks and reserves can be found in the township, and the local Amberley Domain is always popular for sport and recreation events, agricultural shows, and leisure activities. Amberley is ideal as a country retreat with its nearby beach golf course and the award winning wines and restaurants in the neighbouring Waipara Valley Wine Region.