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Mountainview Road (New Zealand State Highway 7) in Culverden
Mountainview Road (New Zealand State Highway 7) in Culverden
Culverden is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 42°46′S 172°51′E / 42.767°S 172.850°E / -42.767; 172.850
Country New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Territorial authority Hurunui District
 • Total 22.85 km2 (8.82 sq mi)
Elevation 179 m (587 ft)
Population (2013 census)[2]
 • Total 426
 • Density 19/km2 (48/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+12 (New Zealand Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (New Zealand Daylight Time)
Postcode 7392
Area code(s) 03
Local iwi Ngāi Tahu

Culverden is a small town in the northern Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island. In the 2013 New Zealand census, the town had a usually resident population of 426.[2]

Local government[edit]

When provincial government was abolished in 1876, Culverden became the main centre for the newly established Amuri County. Counties were abolished in the 1989 local government reforms, and since then, Culverden has belonged to the Hurunui District.[3]


State Highway 7 passes through Culverden, forming the town's main street.

Culvenden was also once an important railway terminus, with the railway line extended from Medbury across the Hurunui River to Culverden on 8 February 1886. It was envisaged that this route would become the Main North Line to Nelson and Blenheim, but a coastal route via Parnassus and Kaikoura was chosen instead. Nonetheless, the branch line to Culverden was extended beyond the town to Waiau in 1919 and it became known as the Waiau Branch. At the line's peak, when it was considered to be part of the Main North Line, multiple trains ran daily between Culverden and Christchurch, including the Culverden Express and a number of slower mixed trains that carried both freight and passengers. However, regular passenger services were replaced by buses on 29 January 1939 and after becoming uneconomic, the railway through Culverden was closed entirely on 15 January 1978. Little now remains of the town's railway except a loading bank at the site of the old station.


Amuri Area School is the sole school in Culverden, catering for Year 1 to 13 students (ages 5 to 18), with a roll of approximately 339 students.[4]

Notable people[edit]

Cricketer Amy Satterthwaite (born 1986) grew up in Culverden.[5]


  1. ^ "2006 Census Meshblock Dataset". 
  2. ^ a b 2013 Census QuickStats about a place:Culverden
  3. ^ Wilson, John. "Canterbury places - Amuri district". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018. 
  5. ^ "Amy Satterthwaite". blackcaps. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 

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