Expanding Horizons and Links

  • Whale Watching, Kaikoura
  • Snow skiing Mount Lyford
  • Salmon and trout fishing in the Hurunui River
  • Hunting for deer and wild pigs
  • Golf
  • Adventure – Bungy Jumping, Rafting, Helicopter Flights
  • Weka Pass Vintage Railway
  • Local produce at the Farmers market every Saturday
  • Walking tracks in the Lake Sumner district
  • Horse trekking
  • Wineries and Wine Tasting
  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Mineral Pools
  • Mountain biking
  • Hawarden Tavern for meals and beverages
  • Various shops and Countdown Supermarket in Amberley

Things To Do / What’s On

Many people living in Canterbury come to the area in the weekend or holidays to unwind and relax.
Get your brochure of the Alpine Pacific Triangle from your local I-site or look at the website for more information.

Here a some examples of what to do in the area (in alphabetical order):

  • Abundant marine life
  • Adventure: bungy jumping, rafting, helicopter flights
  • Alpine Pacific Scenic drive though the inland and along the coast with stunning views and geological features with fossils
  • Beaches
  • Canoeing
  • Golf
  • Garden visits
  • Horse riding
  • Hot water pools
  • Hunting
  • Local produce at the farmers market on Saturday
  • Tramping in the Lake Sumner area (restricted access area)
  • Vintage Steamtrain (every other Sunday)
  • Walks (brochures available at the DOC office in Rangiora, sometimes at the start of the walk):
    Mount Cass Walkway (reasonable fitness required, closed in August / September)
    Tiromoana Bush Walkway, 1- 4 hours, closed in August / September
    Greta Valley walkway – DOC
    Motunau Beach Cliff Top Coastal Reserve – walking tracks; viewing seats
    Mount Grey
  • Farmers Market in Amberley held weekly on a Saturday
  • Wineries and Wine Tasting

Hawarden / Waikari

  • Hawarden Domain: tennis, bowling, rugby, squash, cricket, playground, flying fox
  • Waikari Old Railway Walkway / Maori Rock Art
  • Weka Pass Vintage Railway
  • Frog Rock (in the Weka Pass)
  • Horse tracking
  • Flaxmere Gardens (03 314 4504 – by appointment)
  • Gota Peaks Garden (03 314 4367)
  • Kingsmead Garden 449 Medbury Road (03 314 4309 – by appointment)
  • Limestone formations
  • Hawarden golf club (03 314 4048)
  • Hawarden Museum (03 314 4403)
  • McDonald Downs Gardens – 10 am – 4.30 pm (03 314 4272)

Culverden

  • Golf Club (03 315 8189)
  • Monte Alto – Garden visit (03 315 8044)
  • Waipuna – Garden visit (03 315 8041)

Yearly events in Hawarden, Culverden and Waikari

  • Waikari fun run – Anzac Day (25 April)
  • Hawarden A&P show – 3rd Saturday in March
  • Hawarden Hall– Spring flower festival – September
  • Hawarden – Flaxmere Gardens – Art in the Garden – 3 ½ days from the last Thursday afternoon in October
  • Culverden – Christmas Fete – last Thursday in October

Hurunui district

(where Hawarden is located)

Waimakariri district

(located between Hawarden & Christchurch)

Christchurch

Hanmer Springs

Kaikoura

Nelson

Waipara

Food