Just north of Christchurch City and the International Airport, you can visit country lifestyle destinations that are easily accessible by road in just 20 minutes. Bus, rail, transport and tour operators also service the Waimakariri district.
Only 20 minutes north of Christchurch - Visit Waimakariri and stay for a while ...
The Inland Scenic Route 72 is a self drive tour that takes you through some of heartland North Canterbury's friendliest rural towns and as you travel through Waimakariri, you will discover Rangiora, Cust and Oxford and the spectacular Waimakariri Gorge.
State Highway One passes through the Waimakariri and provides access to Kaiapoi, Woodend and Waikuku. From this route you can travel to the beachside settlements of Kairaki, Pines, Woodend and Waikuku, or venture inland to explore the Ohoka, Rangiora or out west to Oxford. Travelling north will take you to the vineyards of the Waipara Valley, the thermal pools of Hanmer Springs, the eco tourism of Kaikoura or Picton as one of many destinations.
The Coastal Pacific is a daily train between Christchurch and Picton, which stops at Rangiora around 7.30am to pick up and 6pm to set down passengers and connects at Picton with the Interislander ferry linking the North and South Islands.
For the independent traveller to the touring party, there are many transport options to get around the Waimakariri or for venturing further afield; rental vehicles, luxury coaches, shuttle services, limousines, taxis, touring motorcycles and eco efficient coaches.
If you are driving in and around Christchurch www.transportforchch.govt.nz gives you up to date information about the routes and road conditions in the city.