You’ll find what you’re looking for in the Hurunui region. Set in picturesque rolling hills, the region offers indulgence and relaxation as well as action-packed adventures.
The Hurunui Hotel is just a 30 minute drive north from the award-winning wineries of the Waipara Valley, and continuing en-route to Kaikoura, Nelson, Picton and the West Coast, just 35 minutes from the resort town of Hanmer Springs. Indulge with a soak in the thermal springs and treat yourself to a spa treatment or go bungy jumping or jet boat with a group.
The Hurunui is famous for salmon and trout fishing and anglers from all over the world come to try their luck on the region’s rivers – most of them stay at the Hurunui Hotel from where they can walk to the water.
Golf is also a hugely popular activity, and the Hurunui Hotel is close to a number of golf courses at Scargill Golf Club – challenging 9-hole course with tree-lined fairways. Amuri Golf Club, in Culverden is a 9-hole course on undulating terrain surrounded by mountains. Hanmer Springs Golf Course – one of the most popular country courses in New Zealand, 18 hole course surrounded by some of North Canterbury’s finest scenery.
If you’re looking for other activities to enjoy during your stay, we suggest you try:
The Weka Pass Railway – this historic rural railway uses a vintage steam locomotive and travels through the unique limestone beauty of the Weka Pass.
The Waipara Valley Farmers Market in Amberley every Saturday morning.
Balmoral Reserve – situated 5km down the road by the Hurunui River, this is the largest camping reserve in the Hurunui and is a favourite spot for locals and travellers alike. Enjoy swimming at the river inlet at Balmoral.
High country walking – there are many hill station and highland walking tracks nearby with incredible views to enjoy.