The Hurunui District of North Canterbury comprises approximately 866,000ha between the South Island’s east coast and the Main Divide. Positioned north of the Waimakariri District, the Hurunui District boundaries reach from Leithfield Beach in the south to the Conway River (near Kaikoura) in the north. 

The major urban settlements of the Hurunui District are Amberley, Cheviot and Hanmer SpringsCulverden and the Waipara Valley wine region are among the many smaller populated areas in the district.

Latest statistics put the Hurunui District population at 12,800 residents (Statistics NZ 2017 population estimate).

For more statistics on the Hurunui District, take a look at the Statistics New Zealand Hurunui QuickStats from 2013 >>

Hurunui District Council

The Hurunui District Council (HDC) is based in Amberley. Winton Dalley is the district mayor, heading up a team of 10 councillors. 

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Hurunui District Reports & Plans

The HDC produces regular reports and plans based around business, community and infrastructure in the district. These include:

To view more Hurunui District Council documents, please visit their website: