Gateway to the Hurunui

Activities in Amberley

Amberley Beach

Head to the beach to walk, swim, surf or fish!  Amberley Beach is a shingle beach. There are several picnic tables to rest by and enjoy the views as you watch the world go by. The beach is down the road from Countdown in case you need to stock up on essentials. For surfers there are a variety of peaks along the beach, with waves being punchy and fun. Suitable for all levels of surfers. It's also ideal for surf casting.  There is also a camping ground close by which is reasonably priced. For more information on the camping ground check out the Hurunui council website by clicking here.


Chamberlain Park

Chamberlain park is fantastic for picnics and relaxing under tall trees. You can check out the local bird aviary. Kids can have fun on the playground. Historic plaques provide information about the Hurunui's history and heritage. Chamberlain park also has Cob Cottage, an historic heritage building made from Cob a mix of clay and sand when timber was scarce.  There is also a Chinese garden section with it's own masterfully crafted chinese style foot bridge.

Cob Cottage
Amberley Garden2
Amberley Footbridge 2

Shop and Indulge

Why not shop around and indulge yourself around the Amberley township? There's delicious food on offer and the unique boutique shops to pique your interest. Amberley's township is very walkable with fresh air as well as plenty of parking.


Amberley Golf Club

If you like views of green hills, native bush and the sea, then this is the golf course for you. Situated at Amberley Beach, only 45 minutes north of Christchurch, this is a top 18 hole par 72 links course. Green fees are $20 per player with concession rates available on application for groups of 40 or more. Check out the Amberley Golf Club website by clicking here for more information.


Amberley House

Amberley House is a gracious historic homestead and is surrounded by magnificent gardens and beautiful rural grounds. It offers an opportunity to experience the stunning location through private garden tours for groups (by arrangement) or as a truly memorable wedding venue.  The extensive pond network in the valley was created before the mammoth undertaking of planting around 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. You can learn more and get in contact with the team at Amberley House through the Amberley House website:


Amberley Beach Walkway

Enjoy nature next to the sea breeze of Amberley Beach. This walkway offers a 20 minute walk of lush surroundings and water features. The Amberley Lions helped to build this walkway, stages 1 & 2 of 3 are now completed. The walkway is wheelchair and pushchair friendly as the ground is flat and easy to walk.

Directions: Turn down Amberley Beach Road, off State Highway 1 (opposite Delhaven Motels). Drive until you reach the houses at Amberley Beach. Take your first left Grierson Ave and follow this road until it merges into Golf Links Road. The walkway is then on your left, not far from the Amberley Golf Course.


Teviotdale Waipara River Area

Shhh can you keep a secret? The Waipara River at Teviotdale is a sight to behold! You'll need to go down Double Corner Road, off Amberley Beach Road to get here. Keep going down the road until you go past the Teviotdale Bridge. The stoney river bed is surrounded by beautiful trees and shrub. Access is from the north side of the bridge. Parts of the riverbed are in private ownership, and also provide crucial spawning habitats for native fish and nesting grounds for birds - please respect this. Please be aware that pedestrians, bicycles, motorised vehicles and wildlife share this environment, so please use common sense. Vehicles and Motorbikes must be road licensed. Dogs should be leashed. Fishing should be inline with North Canterbury Fish and Game rules. Camping, hunting and fires are not permitted.