Hurunui Heartland

Old Country Charm

Down to earth relaxed living.

The townships and rural settlements within the Hurunui emanate authenticity and relaxed living. They’re full of down-to-earth locals who love to share the hidden gems, local crafts and food and wine of the region with visitors. This is old country New Zealand charm at its best. 

The Hurunui is a treasure trove of wonderfully unique rural townships each with their own personality. But one thing they share is down to earth country charm and friendly hospitality which is hard to find anywhere else.

But don't just take our word for it; read all about the wonders of Waiau here.

Hideaway and unwind in North Canterbury's best kept secret, Waiau.


The small township enjoys fantastic 360° mountain views, amazing stargazing, fishing on the Waiau and Mason Rivers, short walks including a lovely Riverside walk by the river, and a great near new swimming pool complex (available during selected summer months).

Let us introduce you to:


Long coast, high hills, strong heart...

At the top of the region, the township of Cheviot is the ideal place to indulge in a wine tasting at the distinctive Mt Beautiful and peruse the eclectic mix of shops.

Stop off at the holiday settlement of Gore Bay, which has one of the safest surf and swimming beaches in New Zealand. No trip to this part of the Hurunui is complete without casting your eyes upon the majestic Cathedral Cliffs. Seriously, they’re incredible…

Gore Bay

One of our best kept secrets! A hidden bay with no shops and limited mobile phone reception; a destination where you can truly escape away from it all.

Mt Lyford

Experience the charm and character of the mountain village of Mt Lyford. The perfect active or relaxation holiday, there truly is something for everyone in Mt Lyford. Enjoy relaxing and soaking in the view, hit the slopes in winter (or mountain bike tracks in summer) or take a dip in the crystal clear mountain lake.

With a range of accommodation options, plus an adventure park and ski field, Mt Lyford is the perfect place to escape and get away from it all.

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42 Amuri Avenue
Hanmer Springs
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 315 0000
Free phone : 0800 442 663 (NZ only)