Location of the Hurunui District within the South Island
The Hurunui District is a political district on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, north of Christchurch, New Zealand. It forms part of the Canterbury region and stretches from the east coast to the main divide. Its land area is 8,660.43 square kilometres (3,343.81 sq mi).
The district had a usually resident population of 12,000 as of the 2013 census. 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.