Over 750 events

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


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The Waimakariri - North Canterbury

Only minutes north of Christchurch, the Waimakariri district is home to one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand with the towns of Rangiora, KaiapoiWoodend, Pegasus and Oxford.

Our natural unspoiled scenery, rivers, beaches, forests, mountains, foothills and natural wetlands easily accessible.

The Waimakairiri quite simply has it all ... and then some.

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Activities - what can you do?

Discover so close to Christchurch boutique shopping, dining and weekly farmers' markets. The popular Dudley Pool Aquatic Centre to Pegasus Lake, jet boating, walks for all levels numerous recreational activities.


 Christmas in the Park, Rangiora Events
Events for everyone

With over 750 annual 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.

Accommodation - where can you stay?

The Waimakariri district has a range of North Canterbury accommodation options to suit any budget - motels, bed & breakfastsfarmstay and holiday parks.

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Woodford Glen - Fireworks Extravaganza

A great nights entertainment for the family with racing and the ever popular Fireworks Extravaganza. A-Grade/Saloons, Modifieds, Superstocks, Stockcars and Streetstocks.




North Canterbury Triathlon

Duathlon and triathlon short and long courses catering to all abilities.




Oxford Country Fete

Wander through stunning gardens with over 70 quality stalls, food and beverage and family entertainment.

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.

143 Williams St, Kaiapoi
P: +64 3 327 3134
E: Info@visitwaimakariri.co.nz

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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