Amberley House


The Garden

First established in 1876, Amberley House occupies a special place in the history of North Canterbury, New Zealand.

Amberley House includes an arboretum, with countless specimen trees and shrubs and endless walkways, glades and fairways contained in a park-like valley.  An extensive pond network in the valley is surrounded by around 2500 specimen trees – a large number still bearing their nameplate at their base. The rich earth from the excavation of the ponds was used to build the raised beds and banks for planting and landscaping, creating the forms and structures seen today. The ponds are fed by natural springs, sourced from aquifers that flow down from the slopes of Mount Grey.

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Garden Details

127 Ashworths Rd, Amberley
Just a 40-minute drive north of Christchurch
Contact Person
Angie Mason
Open throughout the year, by appointment only 9:00am - 4:00pm.
Garden Size
5 hectares, allow 1 to 2 hours.
Adults $30.00 pp Children $15.00pp Family & Group rates available
There is ample parking for buses coaches and cars.
Welcome to bring lunch and enjoy a picnic.
Wheelchair Access
Unfortunately given the nature of the terrain much of the garden is not practicle for wheelchair access.
Dogs Allowed
Dogs welcome on a leash.
Children Allowed
Children welcome but please supervise as we have ponds.
Amberley House offers an ideal venue for your special day, whether you are planning a small, intimate wedding or a large, joyous occasion.
Plants/Other Sales
The hardcover colour book; Amberley House - The Story of a North Canterbury Icon is available for purchase. Contact us for details.
Guided Tours
Private garden tours for groups (by arrangement).
Other Facilities
Amberley House is home to a Warmblood Sporthorse breeding stud as well as a working farm.