Walking to the top of Conical Hill is a must-do activity during your visit. Just one hour return walk through the Hanmer Forest to the top, where you will be greeted with views across the Hurunui district. There are many walking trails in the Hanmer Forest, ranging from easy family friendly, pram suitable walks right through to getting to the summit of Mount Isobel.
The Alpine Pacific Touring Route(opens in new window) is 450 kilometres long and spans from Kaikōura to Christchurch. Stopping at the small towns along the way is part of the charm. From Cheviot, Energy Jet can whisk you up the Hurunui River. You can surf the waves at Gore Bay and explore the nearby Cathedral Cliffs. Or, step back in time with a ride onboard a vintage steam train on the historic Weka Pass Railway. Visit Motunau Beach, a mecca for fishing, diving and seafood. Or, spend time in Amberley for boutique craft shops, garden tours and the golf course. Don't miss the Amberley Farmers Market(opens in new window) on Saturday mornings.