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Hurunui District
Territorial authority
Hurunui District Offices in Amberley
Hurunui District Offices in Amberley
Location of the Hurunui District within the South Island
Location of the Hurunui District within the South Island
Country New Zealand
Region Canterbury
  • West
  • East
  • South
Formed 1989
Seat Amberley
 • Total 8,640.96 km2 (3,336.29 sq mi)
 (June 2023)
 • Total 13,800
 • Density 1.597/km2 (4.136/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)
Map of postcodes
Website Hurunui District Council

Hurunui District is a territorial local government district within the Canterbury Region on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, north of Christchurch. It stretches from the east coast to the Main Divide. Its land area is 8,640.96 square kilometres (3,336.29 sq mi).


The district had a usually resident population of 12,950 as of June 2018. It also shares with the Waitaki District with the distinction of having the least number of non-European populations anywhere in New Zealand in both raw numbers and proportion, with over 95% of population recorded in the 2006 census as "European" or "New Zealanders" (which could be interpreted as mostly European according to antedocal evidence). Local populations could even recognise the identities of every local Maori or Asian recorded in the census.

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