Play

There are plenty of things to do when you are in Amberley – from wine touring, biking, star gazing, fishing, golfing and even a bit of dancing… so much to explore!

Amberley Agricultural & Pastoral Association logo

Amberley A&P Show

The Amberley A & P Show is a one day show and includes classes for Horses, farm animals, pet dogs, homecraft, art, cooking, local produce & much much more! We have wood chopping, Pet Tent, the fairground rides and food stalls galore.
A sign in Leithfield that shows information and the directions of the trail. It has signs pointing to the beach and townships and a purple painted bike attached to the side.

Amberley Area Cycle Trail

Staring near the Old Leithfield Hotel the trail route to Amberley involves a crossing of the Kowai riverbed, normally dry …. unless wet! The trail then passes through a scenic farm, popping you out at the south end of Stockdills Rd. Continue on this unsealed road, turning right onto Grays Rd, then past the New Recycling /Transfer Station, ending your journey at the corner of State Highway 1 and Grays Rd.
Amberley Beach

Amberley Beach

A great place to fish, stroll or simply chill with mountain views to the north and south. The beach has a seemingly endless coastline!
Amberley Craft Market logo has a monogram of A C & M, each letter sitting on top of a different patch of fabric or paint

Amberley Craft Market

A great little market with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and a great range of crafts with something for everyone. Operating every Saturday morning throughout the year, 9am-12.30pm. You’ll find us nestled under the trees beside the Hurunui District Council buildings on SH1
The logo of Amberley Farmers Market has a drawing of farmers paddocks in front of hills in the centre of the wording Amberley Farmers Market, and a green circle encasing it all.

Amberley Farmers Market

Amberley Farmers Market is an authentic farmers market with a superb range of locally grown, fresh, seasonal, quality produce and artisan products. You’ll find us nestled under the trees in front of the Hurunui District Council buildings on SH1, with easy parking available. Operating every Saturday morning throughout the year, 9am-12.30pm, it is well worth visiting regularly for your household supplies, making a leisurely social visit for a catchup with friends over coffee and treats, or a quick stop on your way through North Canterbury visiting other destinations.
Amberley Golf Club Logo

Amberley Golf Club

Amberley Golf Club has an 18-hole high quality course, alongside pituresque Amberley Beach, just 35 minutes’ drive north of Christchurch. It features competitive membership packages for all levels of golfers and some of the best greens in North Canterbury and only $25 green fees!
The entrance to Amberley Recreation Reserve with Welcome to Amberley Recreation Reserve sign

Amberley Recreation Reserve

Amberley Recreation Reserve is Amberley’s main recreation area with it’s large Pavilion (also known as the Tin Shed) and grounds for tennis, netball, rugby, squash and bowls. The Amberley Swimming Pool is situated in the Reserve, plus has a 1.3km loop trail, perfect for walking and running. The reserve also has a large dog friendly area.
Fisherman taking part in the Amberley Surfcasting Competition

Amberley Surfcasting Competition

This is a Family friendly day at the Beach where Contestants have the opportunity to win a host of great prizes including $1000 Cash for first place in the Senior Category. Children are encouraged to enter and will all receive a prize for their participation. Tickets go on sale at 3 outlets – Arthur Burke (Amberley), North Canterbury Hunting & Fishing (Rangiora), Fishermans’ Loft (Christchurch) on Thursday 5th of January. Or, register on the day from 7am at Amberley Beach Domain Hall.
The Amberley War Memorial

Amberley War Memorial

The Amberley First World War Memorial is situated on Carters Road, Amberley. It sits outside the Hurunui District Library, which was built on the previous RSA site and the war memorial was moved to where it now sits.
The Amberley Beach Walkway

Amberley Wetlands Walkway

Head out on this 6.0-km out-and-back trail near Amberley, Canterbury. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 17 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking and walking, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. 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.
The Cob Cottage in Chamberlain Park in Amberley

Chamberlain Park & Cob Cottage

Chamberlain Park is is an historical park in the middle of Amberley, but away from the main road, including an original cob cottage which was moved here from a farm after the storms of 1975 damaged it so much that the upstairs had to be removed. It was rebuilt by the Amberley Historical Society on this site. There is a collection inside of original settler furnishings and clothing and it is all managed by the Kowai Archives Society which has lost its premises due to earthquake concerns. There is also a bird aviary and playground, as part of the park.
The Charles Upham statue that stands outside the Hurunui District Council buildings in Amberley

Charles Upham Statue

This bronze sculpture was crafted by Mark Whyte of Christchurch in 1997. It stands outside the Hurunui District Council buildings in Amberley. The statue was unveiled on 10 December 1997 by the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Hon. Jenny Shipley. The statue depicts Charles Upham ‘the observer’, using the skill he practised in peace and war learnt while shepherding and mustering on the hill and high country properties of Island Hills, Glynn Wye, St Helens and Rata Downs.
Hurunui Garden Festival logo

Hurunui Garden Festival

From the intimate and whimsical, to the grand and formal, we can show you sweeping views, lush over spilling herbaceous borders, naturalist planting, dry gardens, grand avenues, cosy seating areas, cool shade gardens… there is something to inspire every gardener.
Iron Ridge Quarry on the South Bank of the Waipara

Iron Ridge Quarry

Discover the captivating wonders of Iron Ridge Quarry’s Sculpture Trail. Immerse yourself in a harmonious blend of artistry and natural beauty, as you embark on an extraordinary journey through a curated collection of breathtaking sculptures. Our renowned local and international artists have created awe-inspiring artworks that will leave you in awe.
The Kowai River Walk in Leithfield

Kowai River Walk

An attractive and locally made walk leading from Leithfield down the Kowai River to the coastal lagoon and beach spit.
Leithfield Beach at sun rise

Leithfield Beach

Leithfield Beach is about 20 minutes drive north of Christchurch. It is one of those wild and wind swept places but quite beautiful and is a popular for surfing and fishing all year round. The beach has great facilities such as public toilets, playground and a Holiday Park with small shop.
Leithfield village sign at entrance to village

Leithfield Village

Leithfield, is one of the oldest townships in Canterbury. Leithfield was founded in 1857 by John Leith as an important coach stop and to provide services to the surrounding farming and milling area. In 1863 Leithfield boasted one of the first flour mills in North Canterbury and the only one to be powered by wind. The village flourished in the 1870s when it was the only business centre at the time, between Kaiapoi and Kaikoura. Today Leithfield village offers a fabulous walk, known as the Kowai Walkway, a well maintained track from the historic Old Leithfield Hotel to the coastal settlement of Leithfield Beach.
The exterior of the Amberley Pool with Mainpower logo and Amberley Pool signage

MainPower Amberley Swimming Pool

The Amberley Swimming Pool is a 5 lane, public swimming pool situated at the entrance of the Amberley Reserve, on Douglas Road. Although the pool is not heated, it does have a polyethylene roof. The pool is located next to the Amberley Domain and tennis courts. Our swimming school offers swimming lessons for people of all ages and abilities. Our close knit team of staff are highly trained by swimming New Zealand and are all up to date with industry qualifications. We understand the importance that swimming has on every New Zealander. At the Amberley swimming school we feel that swimming is a skill that needs to be acquired by all to ensure that everyone is safe in the water.
Poster advertising the Markham Street Summer Festival with Live Music, Market Stalls, Food, Drink and Family Fun

Markham St Festival

Join us on Amberley’s Historic Markham street for a festival like no other! We are closing the road for a street party that will be THE Summer festival of the Hurunui. You don’t want to miss this! ☀️ Live Music ☀️Craft Beer ☀️Market Stalls ☀️Food Stalls ☀️Local Wine ☀️Loads more
View from the Mount Grey lookout

Mt Grey & Lake Janet

Discover this 5.1-km out-and-back trail near Amberley, Canterbury. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 hours 6 minutes to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking and walking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a lead.
North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival - The Coolest Little Wine Festival

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival

Set Under the Oaks in Glenmark Domain is the Coolest Little Wine Festival! Ahead of the local wine harvest taking place, the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival sees over 4,000 fine folk join us in the heart of Waipara. We look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand’s most-loved wine and food region for a celebration like no other. Under the Oaks you will find pockets of entertainment, immerse yourselves in conversations with other lovers of local produce and fall in love with everything North Canterbury has to offer!
Pegasus Bay Vine Run in support of the New Zealand Brain Research Institute

Pegasus Bay Vine Run

The Vine Run — join in the fun and run or walk amongst the picturesque hills, valleys and vineyards of Pegasus Bay to support the New Zealand Brain Research Institute.
Rock 'n' Wheels Wheels Show & Swap Meet

Rock ‘n’ Wheels Wheels Show & Swap Meet

If it’s wheels and you love it bring it along! Held on fathers day every year, this event is open to anyone with any type of wheels to put on display for the public to enjoy. There are public choice prizes for best ‘wheels’ as well as live music, food, swap meet and craft stalls and entertainment. We are a small group and run as a charitable trust – all profits go back to the local community groups that run the food stalls and assist with the running of this fantastic day.
Rolling Meadows Festival logo

Rolling Meadows Festival

Set amongst the rolling meadows in sunny Waipara, The Rolling Meadows Festival is practically a rite of passage. Each year two-day festival has a jam-packed line-up with more talent than you can shake a musical stick at. This year will be no different—it’s going to be an absolute summer scorcher filled with an epic mash-up of beats, good vibes, and is the perfect place to let your hair down.
Sculpture. North Canterbury.

Sculpture North Canterbury

Art in a Garden proudly presents this exciting two-week outdoor exhibition, featuring talented sculpture artists from all over New Zealand, including Oriah Rapley, Jacqui Gibbs-Chamberlain, Moira Crossman, and more. Explore the stunning grounds of Pegasus Bay Winery and feast your eyes on the sprawling exhibit of installations. All the art is available for sale, so you might find something you love! Lose yourself in the beautiful fusion of art and nature. Come, join the fun as we celebrate creativity and beauty, and experience an unforgettable artistic journey with us. See you there!
South Bank of the Waipara includes Terrace Edge, Georges Road, The Boneline and Sculpture Park

South Bank of the Waipara

Come and discover a little known secret – a road in North Canterbury just south of the Waipara river, where three family-owned wineries and a sculpture park sit within 6 minutes drive of each other.

South Island Tours NZ

We would love to show you around on our small group South Island Tours. Quality accommodation, meals and experiences are part of our guided tour packages showcasing different regions of the South Island. Your friendly tour guide will ensure you have a safe and memorable tour. When you purchase a tour from us you are supporting multiple small kiwi businesses at the same time. Your guided tour options include small group tours for seniors to discover the hidden gems of our regions. A range of guided cycle tours, or fabulous guided 4WD Tagalong Tours where you bring your own 4WD to explore off the beaten track destinations. Since 1992 people have enjoyed experiencing tours with us and we think you will as well, we have 30 years’ experience.
Tiramoana Walkway in Teviotdale

Tiromoana Bush Walkway

The Tiromoana Bush Walkway is a great way to experience being in a regenerating native forest complete with ponds, wetlands, and native birds as your companions. The Walkway travels through open farmland with sweeping views over the forest and the coastline to Pegasus Bay, Motunau Island and the Pacific Ocean. Walking the complete loop track takes approximately 3 hours.
Waipara Fireworks

Waipara Fireworks Festival

Bring a blanket and watch the amazing fireworks overhead at this family friendly show. Grab a coffee or some food from our amazing stall holders. Hot dogs, chips, bacon sandwiches, donuts and Mr Whippy. There’s face painting, a bouncy castle, a lolly scramble for the kids and a live band playing till dark.
A couple enjoy a bicycle ride through a vineyard in Waipara

Waipara Valley

Wine is the reason to stay a while in Waipara. The area is known for superb pinot noir and riesling. You’ll also find some wonderful food experiences.
Two women enjoy a cycle ride along the Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail

Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail

The Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail gives riders and walkers the opportunity to experience close up world-class vineyards, historic farms and the beauty that is the Waipara Valley. The trail weaves through the producing vineyards, accessing the cellar doors and cafe’s of wineries that look out on the expansive views.
The Grandmothers Sculpture in Amberley

Waitaha Statues 

“The Grandmothers” A celebration of the ancient Waitaha people. In ancient times this land was inhabited by a people known as Waitaha. Their presence is recorded in the drawings, which adorn the many rock overhangs along their old trails through the Hurunui District. These three figures are a contemporary manifestation of the principal of the constellation, which the Waitaha people used to explain their creation as a people.
The Wekapass Railway

Weka Pass Railway

The volunteers who form the historic rural railway Weka Pass Railway, warmly welcome you aboard! We operate excursion trains, hauled by both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives over 12.8km of scenic lime through the unique limestone beauty of the Weka Pass out of Waipara, where superior weather patterns provide crystal clear air and high sunshine hours. The Weka Pass Railway is a totally voluntary organization, whose members are dedicated to the preservation of New Zealand’s rail heritage.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, queries, suggestions, or would like a business added, please send us a message or feel free to phone on 027 69 66 391 or email info@amberleynz.nz.