Amberley, Hurunui district of Canterbury features as a Hurunui Day Trip From Christchurch – Pacific. Country hospitality and plenty to do and see in North Canterbury from vintage train trips to delightful places to while away the day in glorious cafe settings. Amberley is smack bang in the North Canterbury wine trail district adding another reason to pop the town on your bucket list. Check out North Canterbury, Hurunui wine and food trail.
Excellent coffee, award winning wine, a craft brewery, windswept beach walks and heritage gardens wrap up your Amberley experience with panache.
WHAT TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS
- Foodie scene that would not be out of place in Auckland or Sydney
- North Canterbury wine trail
- Well known weekend market
- Weka Pass vintage train is nearby
LITTLE VINTAGE ESPRESSO
Superb coffee, quirky upcycled furniture and good food have the making of an excellent reason to stop a while in Amberley.
OLD SCHOOL COLLECTIVE
Check out the boutique, retail and cafe scene at Old School Collective. The retro logo of a soaring dove over a rising sun (the original school logo) is a clear signal you have arrived. Nine individual retail and lifestyle businesses make up the collective, operating out of completely renovated old classrooms. It is very easy for families with kids as there is plenty of space outdoors for the kids to get water hoses going (bring a change of clothing) and explore boxes and swing from trees.
BREW MOON BREWING COMPANY
The home of beer in Amberley, the Brew Moon Brewing Company is an independent family run craft brewery and pizzeria. For craft beer buffs this is a definite stop.
The shingle beach is oddly appealing and a favourite with the local surfers. There are picnic tables for visitors to watch the surfers or cast fishing. There is a walkway suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.
Mature trees provide shady corners for picnics. There is a small aviary, a playground and historic information plaques describing former activities that took place in the area. The park is home to a cob cottage and a chinese garden.
Open for private tours and celebrations Amberley House is a historic homestead with a strong tradition of horse breeding. There are over 2500 specimen trees – a large number still bearing their nameplate at their base. The ponds are fed by natural springs, sourced from aquifers that flow down from the slopes of Mount Grey.
TEVIOTDALE WAIPARA RIVER AREA
An area where native fish spawn and nesting grounds for birds among the braided river bed. Parts of the area are under private ownership with public access on the north side of Teviotdale Bridge.
WHAT TO DO WITH THE KIDS
- Enjoy a leisurely brunch at the Old School Collective and pack a change of clothes
- Beach walk fossicking on a surf beach
WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE
- Your delicious lunch and/or craft beer
- Goodies from the Amberley market
- 1,800 (2020)
WHO TURNED UP AND NAMED THE PLACE?
- “Amberley came into being in 1864, when Mrs Frederica Josephin Carter, one of the earliest freehold settlers north of the Kowai, subdivided her pastoral run, and put it up for sale – at eight pounds a quarter acre, among the cheapest sections of any Canterbury town under the name Amberley. (Website trivia: This site uses the font Fredericka the Great for it’s headings!)” source History – Amberley.co.nz
WHAT KEEPS THE PLACE TICKING?
- Agribusiness service centre, visitors on state highway 1
- 1,800 (2019)
- Why did you not take a break in your journey on state highway 1 in Amberley?