Located as close as a quick 30-minute drive from Christchurch the Hurunui district offers diverse landscape, a rich country lifestyle and award-winning attractions such as the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.
The Hurunui’s small towns offer a window into the rich culture of New Zealand’s rural lifestyle.
Boasting an abundance of beaches, forests, parks and rivers, including more than 274 hectares of recreation reserves the Hurunui is the perfect playground. The main beaches are at Leithfield, Amberley, Motunau and Gore Bay and there are recreational lakes at Lake Sumner, Lake Taylor and Lake Tennyson.
From walks to fishing, picnics to surfing – there truly is something to suit every taste and budget.
The easy and scenic drive around the entire region is 370 kilometres with the towns and villages being linked by the Alpine Pacific Triangle (APT) Touring Route.
The touring route is well signposted and can be combined with other destinations as part of a complete South Island self drive itinerary.