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Located in the centre of the South Island of New Zealand, the North Canterbury region is made up of the Waimakariri and Hurunui districts. The region enjoys a temperate climate, with dramatic variations in temperatures and conditions throughout the year.
Slightly further north, at the gateway to the Waipara Valley, is Woodend and Pegasus. Pegasus is a relatively new town, with a recreational lake, natural wetlands and a wonderful beach close by.
To the west and at the foothills of the Southern Alps is Oxford - a welcoming English-style settlement.
The Hurunui District lies about 45 minutes north of Christchurch and to the north of the Waimakariri.
Amberley is the main urban town and where the Hurunui District Council can be found.
Hanmer Springs is a hugely popular tourist destination. Home to the famous hot pools, Hanmer Springs also has extensive river and forest tracks ready to be explored by bike or on foot.
A real jewel in the district is the Waipara Valley, which is home to international award winning wineries.
The seasons in North Canterbury vary dramatically, with the climate heavily influenced by the Southern Alps to the west. Long dry spells can occur in summer with temperatures highest when hot dry northwesterlies blow over the plains. Summer temperatures are often cooled by a north-easterly sea breeze, and the typical maximum daytime summer air temperature ranges from 21°C to 32°C.
Snow is common in the mountain ranges during winter and the typical maximum daytime winter air temperature ranges from 7°C to 14°C.
An indication of North Canterbury’s climate can be obtained from the weather stations in the area. However, the climate may be considerably different from these recorded values only a few kilometres away from the weather stations, due to the number of microclimates in the Canterbury area.