Town on the northern bank of the Kowai River, 47 km north of Christchurch. It owed its early growth to the railway line and its stockyards. Nearby Amberley Beach has holiday cottages. In Amberley there is a memorial to Second World War hero Charles Upham, who for many years had a farm at the mouth of the Conway River.

Meaning of place name
Named by Mrs Carter, the first owner and subdivider of the land in Canterbury, after her birthplace in Oxfordshire, England. The settlement was first known as 'Brown's Bridge', after the name of the owner of an accomodation house located alongside the bridge.