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!

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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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