Amberley is where I grew up...
Named after Amberley in Derbyshire in England, Amberley was founded during the 1860’s. The township has continued to grow and is now a substantial service town for agriculture and viticulture.
Amberley is an ideal country retreat with an 18hole golf course, beach and forest walks and the nearby Waipara Valley wine region all on its doorstep. You can find a bed to fit any budget - B&B’s, motels, campgrounds and self contained units.
Amberley is also one for the foodie’s. There is an extensive range of restaurants and cafes, including the award winning Nor'Wester Cafe, providing a variety of choices for everyone’s taste buds. Shhh... don't tell anyone but one of my favourites is the caramel oat slice from Pukeko Junction Cafe. #yum
On a Saturday be sure to check out the Waipara Valley Farmers Market, held outside the Hurunui District Council, and includes producers from all over the Hurunui district. Bring your own shopping bag and plenty of cash (sorry no EFTPOS). Check it out sun, rain, snow or wind.
Amberley is a great base if you are looking for a change of scene. It’s about an hour to Hanmer Springs, about 2 hours to Kaikoura, and only 45 minutes to Christchurch.
Why not use Amberley as your base for day trips or as your first/last night of your holiday.