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Explore Hurunui

Explore The Hurunui District

Rugged coastlines, breathtaking clifftop views, lush forests and alpine retreats. Get ready to explore the Hurunui.

90 Minutes North Of Christchurch

A drive north of Christchurch through the beautiful Waipara valley will not leave you disappointed. The area has a lot to offer, from scenic landscapes to delicious food and wine. Fossil Point in the Greta Valley is the place to stop for morning tea before heading to the spectacular Cathedral Cliffs en route to Gore Bay. Gore Bay is the place to watch surfers, go for a quick dip or to explore the smooth round rocks under the cliffs. 

South-west of Cheviot is Waikari, a small farming town. The Weka Pass Walkway is the perfect way to experience the amazing limestone landscapes and to see the Maori rock art. If there is time, make sure to stop for a wine tasting at one of the many wineries in North Canterbury on your way home.

Photo Opportunities

  • A photo at the Cathedral Cliffs with the Pacific Ocean in the background is the perfect holiday souvenir.
  • Ever seen a rock that looks like a frog? Frog Rock in Waikari is the place to go.
  • After an epic landscape shot? The rolling hills of Waipara Valley are picture perfect.
  • Lake Taylor is a stunningly scenic lake if you can cope with the gravel road getting there.
  • Balmoral Fire Lookout sits above the Hurunui River and is a fantastic place to picnic or snap a pic of the all-round views.

Insider Tips

  • The Red Post Café in Culverden is a great afternoon tea spot.
  • Jump aboard the Weka Pass Railway (it operates between Waikari and Waipara on the first and third Sundays of the month).
  • The Amberley Farmers Market is worth a stop if you are passing by on a Saturday morning.
  • Head to the rugged landscape of MacKintosh Beach, where you will find many fossils.