Amberley came into being in 1864, when Mrs. Carter, one of the earliest freehold settlers, put it up for sale – at eight pounds a quarter acre.
The original settlement included a handful of residents and businesses, including a blacksmith, a wheelwright and a carpenter and was named Amberley, after Mrs Carter’s family farm in Oxfordshire, England.
The town was originally established as a result of the arrival of the railway in 1876, from which the township continued to grow and became an important farming service centre.
Amberley has grown significantly since the 1950s and in 1957, was the first township in the Hurunui District with a water supply scheme undertaken by a county council.
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 now a busy rural service centre with an impressive range of cafes and shops.
Amberley is a destination town renowned for its vibrant cafe scene and boutique shopping, all delivered with warm country hospitality.
With a rich rural history, Amberley is also a service town supporting local food growers and producers, and is the gateway to the renowned Waipara Wine Valley, the jewel of the North Canterbury Wine Region, and home to some of the area’s best cafes, art, and craft shops.
There are mountain views to the north and south, with Amberley Beach just a minute down the road. The beach has a seemingly endless coastline and is an excellent place for a stroll.
Visitors also enjoy Amberley for its country pursuits, which include horse riding, wine tasting, surfcasting, fly fishing, farm visits and garden tours. While the Amberley Beach golf course delivers sweeping views of the sea.
The area is renowned for its impressive country gardens and offers a variety of accommodation options for visitors.
There are beautiful beach walks, rivers, lakes and mountains to explore – including the nearby 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.
Eat & Drink. Shop. Play. Stay. Live.
Amberley. Take your time.