About Hurunui

The Hurunui District lies just 30 minutes north of Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand.

hurunui districtIt begins at Leithfield Beach and extends to the Conway River south of the Kaikoura Peninsula. It is bordered on the west by the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps and on the east by the rich oceanic waters of the Pacific.

It is predominantly rural with a population of 12,000  (2013 Census night population)

Hurunui offers lifestyle, adventure, and a chance to experience the rich history and culture of rural New Zealand. Its small towns offer a window into the rural heartland.

Seasons vary dramatically with searing summers and snowfalls in winter. Autumn temperatures are mild with stunning seasonal colours, while exotic flowers, green pastures and lambs dominate the spring landscape.

The towns of Amberley, Cheviot, Culverden and Hanmer Springs are the major urban areas.The district also has a number of villages and beach settlements.

In recent years more and more people have chosen to move to the district to enjoy all the benefits of living in the country.

You will find useful information on living and working in Hurunui here.


Some statistics:

Location North Canterbury,
East Coast of South Island, New Zealand
Use Predominantly Rural
Population 11,589  (2006 Census night population) 12,000  (2013 Census night population)
Main Centres Amberley, Cheviot, Culverden, Hanmer Springs
Total Area 864,640 ha
Km's Roads 1454 kms (601 kms sealed and 853 kms unsealed)
Parks & Reserves Hurunui District has over 274 hectares of passive and recreation reserves.