What you notice when you arrive at Amberley that is a town in state highway 1 from the inland scenic route is the traffic. From nothing much too significant, but we are only 40k’s from Christchurch.
Amberley’s most famous citizen Charles Upham VC. The monument to the Victoria Cross winner is great profile in Amberley.
Amberley is town of some significance and is a provider of the majority of services to a primary rural sector.
The rural township of Amberley is a great stop off point between Christchurch and Kaikoura. Amberley is the hub of the wider farming region and offer excellent walking tracks and picnic spots - ideal for whiling away a few relaxing hours particularly at the increasing number of wineries in the area.
Amberley is a pretty town that is sort of in two parts. The main highway and the Hanmer Springs route.
Amberley effectively has three War Memorials. The first is the Boer War Monument; secondly the Charles Upham Monument and thirdly the Monument by the RSA that fails to make the grade given the size of the community.