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The Waimakariri in New Zealand is only 15mins north of Christchurch.

Gateway to the heart of North Canterbury and home to Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Pegasus, Ohoka, Oxford and a host of friendly towns, there are numerous accommodation options and activities available.

Quite simply,
Waimakariri has it all
- and then some


Click here for a map of the Waimakariri

Welcome to the Waimakariri in North Canterbury

Only 15minutes north of Christchurch, New Zealand the Waimakariri district is home to the major and fast growing towns of Rangiora, KaiapoiWoodend and Oxford and also New Zealand's newest town Pegasus.

With our natural unspoiled scenery, rivers, beaches, forests, mountains, foothills and natural wetlands easily accessible, the Waimakairiri is the biggest and closest playground to Christchurch.

 Oakhampton Lodge B & B
Accommodation in the Waimakariri and North Canterbury

The Waimakariri district has a range of North Canterbury accommodation options to suit any budget.  Kaiapoi and Rangiora accommodation includes motels, bed & breakfasts, guest houses and holiday parks

Further afield our towns offer wonderful and clean B&B, farmstay and camping accommodation.

Activities in the Waimakariri and North Canterbury

One of the South Island's best kept secrets, visit for a spot of shopping, dining or a garden tour. Our towns hold hidden treasures like art and crafts, farmers' markets, museum's and Maori historical sites.

The Waimakariri District is home to numerous recreational activities from the popular Dudley Pool Aquatic Centre to Pegasus Lake, jet boating, hikes and horse riding in the North Canterbury foothills.

Local fun Events for everyone

The Waimakariri District hosts many annual popular North Canterbury events including Famers and Craft Markets, Triathlons, Running and Multi Sport Competitions, Car and Horse Racing, Fete's & Fairs, and arts and cultural festivals and exhibitions

Download your copy of the Waimakariri Events Guide.

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Come and talk to our team at the Kaiapoi i-SITE Visitor Centre on what to do and where to stay in the Waimakariri or New Zealand.

57 Charles St, Kaiapoi
P: +64 3 327 3134




Chamber Gallery Exhibition

"Rakahuri Manu, Birds of the Ashley River" A photographic exhibition by Steve Attwood.




Ashgrove School PTA's Santa's Grotto

A TRUE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE complete with nativity. New and improved interactive play zone while you wait for your photo to be taken.




Ashgrove Twilight Gala

Opening night of Santa's Grotto will be bigger and better than ever before!
Waimakariri is located just 20 minutes north of Christchurch - with a range of North Canterbury accommodation, activities, dining and events.  Encompassing Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Oxford and Pegasus Town there are activities and accommodation to suit any taste.
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