'Getting outdoors’ in the Hurunui could mean heading out on the river, up a mountain, along the beach, into native bush, ambling through forest or hitting one of the region’s many bike tracks.
Pitch a tent in one of the region’s accessible and affordable campgrounds or hit the ski slopes at either one of our two family-friendly fields, Mt Lyford and Hanmer Springs Ski Area. You can don your active wear and roll up the sleeves, or simply fold out a deck chair and open up that book you’ve been itching to get stuck into.
With rolling hills, big open spaces, coastal stretches and mountain ranges, great walks of every size are a key offering in the Hurunui. Take a stroll up Conical Hill for a view of Hanmer Springs or venture along Amberley Beach. Unearth the network of mountain lakes at the top of Mt Lyford or amble through Cheviot’s charming woodlands.
Combine camping and walking with the pristine Hurunui Lakes, set in a secluded inland wilderness. Lake Sumner, Loch Katrine, Lake Sheppard, Lake Taylor and Lake Mason are excellent fishing and hunting grounds and are popular for their walking tracks and for camping in this amazing high country landscape.
Hurunui also caters to all types of cycling enthusiasts, including the mountain biker, the cruiser, the speedster and the little ones. In Hanmer Springs, you’ll find a raft of mountain biking tracks to get you the ultimate in air and speed or a more chill thrill. Meanwhile, the St James Cycle Trail is an incredible ride that offers unforgettable 360-degree panoramic views.
Whatever you choose, prepare to have your senses reawakened.