The relaxed North Canterbury town of Amberley is an idyllic place to call home. It’s easy living the way it used to be, but with a modern twist. 150 years old, Amberley traditionally provided support to the surrounding rural sector and that continues today, but it’s now a thriving destination town - with a vibrant cafe scene, boutique shops and all the amenities you need.

Located just 40 Minutes North of Christchurch City CBD, Amberley is in the heart of North Canterbury’s Hurunui District. Local farms, vineyards and the beautiful Waipara Hills provide a serene backdrop, with mountain views enjoyed to the North and the South, and Amberley Beach with its seemingly endless coastline just a minute down the road. 

With plentiful health and wellbeing services and excellent schools, Amberley is a fantastic choice to either downsize and retire, or bring up a family.  You’re less than 40 minutes’ drive to Christchurch (our second largest city), with its international airport, beautifully re-developed CBD and city amenities, but yet right on the doorstep of beaches, multiple ski fields, mighty rivers, and at the gateway to the renowned Waipara Wine Valley and the alpine village of Hanmer Springs. This really is the best of both worlds. Explore what this fantastic region has to offer for your retirement, or for your young family at North Canterbury's website

Explore Amberley below. The first image (click and zoom in) has the locational map, followed by just a few of the local gems: the legendary farmers market, a boutique brewery, to french pastries, designer clothing and homeware , some very, very good coffee and a brand new local complete with deli. Visit for an overview too.