Hurunui is known as one of New Zealand's adventure tourism hubs. With bungy jumping, jetboating, quad biking, four wheel driving and horse riding among the activities on offer, adrenalin junkies will definitely get their fix.
Highlights include the annual North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival in March, The Christmas Country Fete in Waipara (October), Art in a Garden (Hawarden) in October, and a fantastic array of running & mountain bike events in Hanmer Springs.
The Hurunui is a family friendly destination... the perfect place to hang out and simply have fun.
Whether its making friends at the Hanmer Springs Animal Park, having a mini golf tournament with your family or relaxing at the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools you would be hard pressed not to enjoy yourself.
The Hurunui is lucky to have a wide range of day spa operators located across the district.
There's an extensive menu of body treatments available, suitable for all budgets - from a traditional massage to increasingly popular treatments like aromatherapry, reflexology and Thai massage - the list is almost endless.
The Hurunui has an incredible range of restaurants - from fine dining to family friendly and everything in between. You'll find award-winning modern cuisine to gorgeous homemade dishes that make the most of the incredible ingredients this region produces.
The Hurunui produces some of New Zealand's best wine, beef, venison, seafood, organic fruit and vegetables, olive oils, breads, cheese and honey. The Amberley Farmers Market is a great place to see, taste and buy all that the region has to offer. Held every Saturday (9am – 12pm).
Anytime is a great time to visit the dozens of wineries across the North Canterbury Wine region but summer is perfect. The days are longer, the weather warmer and you’ll be able to linger and enjoy alfresco tasting and dining amid stunning scenery.
There are plenty of places where you can grab some takeaways across the Hurunui. New Zealand is famous for its fish and chips and there are plenty of fresh, quality options if you want to indulge in them. You'll also find a range of places offering ethnic takeaways.
Nestled in the east of New Zealand’s South Island is a boutique wine region that is proving you don’t have to be the biggest to be the best. North Canterbury is located on the back doorstep of Christchurch, just a 40-minute drive from the city.
With the huge amount of activities on offer and the stunning setting, the Hurunui is a great place to get away from it all and focus on your meeting or conference. We have a range of venues on offer too - with staff happy to make all your arrangements.
A range of campgrounds are scattered across the Hurunui - they make exceptional, welcoming and cost-effective places to stay. You'll find many have everything you need onhand - bathrooms, kitchens, laundrys...even play equipment for the kids!
Who doesn't want a stunning backdrop for their wedding day? The Hurunui has many to offer...dramatic alpine vistas, rows of grapes in award winning vineyards, rolling green hills, crisp rivers and lush green forests. With a range of venues and activities for your guests to enjoy, your wedding will be an unforgettable event.