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Discover the Hidden Gems of Waimakariri

Only 20 minutes north of Christchurch’s hustle and bustle is a region of vast natural beauty, slower paced country towns and beach settlements all offering their own unique experience.

Take your time and explore the shops, view the art, taste the food and enjoy an event. Get active on the numerous walking and cycling trails in and around the local braided rivers, sandy beaches and native forest-covered foothills.

Expect a friendly local welcome whether you’re looking for a campground, a BnB or a luxury lodge, Waimakariri is the place to stay.

Discover Waimakariri District, where once is never enough.

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Waimakariri Wetlands

Vast Natural Beauty

Discover Waimakariri's lush countryside and vast coastlines. Swim, surf or walk the wide sandy beaches of Waikuku, Woodend and Pegasus.

Home to two braided rivers – the Waimakariri and the Ashley/Rakahuri – there is fun and adventure to be found on the waterways. Jump in a jet boat, try your hand at canyoning or paddle the rivers in a kayak.

Visit the regional parks and conservation areas of the Waimakariri District to get in touch with nature, whether it be through a picnic, a walk, or a ride.

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Waimakariri Steam Boat

Waimakariri Towns

Discover the laid back country towns of Oxford and Cust Village or the more urban landscapes of Rangiora and Kaiapoi.

Taste the array of cuisines on offer in the boutique cafes and restaurants, or peruse the art galleries and artisan shops.

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Waimakariri Family Cycling

Walking, Cycling and Horse Treks

Take in the views on your bike or on foot from one of Waimakariri’s many walking and cycling trails. Whether you're a fitness fanatic or an ambler there is a track for you. Alternatively, travel by horseback, with a trek through the Canterbury foothills.

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Waimakariri Festival of Colour


Waimakariri is a hive of activity most weekends, bustling with sports and cultural events. A range of festivals fill the year, as well as farmers' markets and fairs.


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Family on the Port Hills


This place is a vast treasure trove of landscapes and experiences. Towering mountains give way to endless coastlines, rugged bush and unique land formations. Character towns and vibrant cities are gathering places of culture and activity. Christchurch – it’s just the beginning.

Ashley Gorge River

The Waimakariri You Didn’t Know

Stacked with adrenalin adventure and serene escapes, natural wonders and character towns, Waimakariri is well worth the short jaunt up the road from the city.

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Waikuku Beach photo by Nic Oram

A Day in Waimakariri

With so much to explore in the Waimakariri District, why not make a day of it!

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