Where once is never enough

The Waimakariri Word

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When it comes to your wedding - you want to make sure it's a as good as it gets. With world class venues and stunning garden settings, highly skilled and professional caterers and a choice of luxury lodges, our district has everything you need for your big day.

i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

i-SITE Visitor Information Centre in Kaiapoi has trained, friendly staff and are the Waimakariri local experts. We offer a FREE booking service for local and nationwide accommodation, transport and attractions, maps and brochures, Dept, of Conservation Hut Tickets and fishing rod hire and licenses.

Freedom Camping

Campers are encouraged to use camping grounds and other accommodation facilities wherever possible while visiting our district however the only prohibited zones are at Waikuku Beach. The Wooded Gully campsite at Mt Thomas is very popular and the starting point for a number of walks.

Discover Waimakariri

Discover the hidden gems of Waimakariri. Nestled on the doorstep of Christchurch’s hustle and bustle is a region of vast natural beauty, braided rivers, wide sandy beaches and native forest-covered foothills. Enjoy a slower pace as you explore small country towns, friendly beach villages and thriving urban centres with the latest in fashion, homewares, curios and art. Take your time and taste the array of cuisines on offer in the many cafes, restaurants and farmers’ markets. Or get out into nature, exploring the numerous walking and cycling trails, regional parks, conservation areas, aquatic activities and picnic spots that abound here.


Named for the mighty braided river that forms one of its boundaries, Waimakariri translates from Mᾱori to ‘cold rushing water’. A place of rich Maori and European history, here you can expect a friendly welcome from the proud local people who invite you to stay a while. Whether you’re seeking a campground, bed and breakfast style accommodation or a luxury lodge, Waimakariri can accommodate your stay. 

So come and discover the Waimakariri District, where once is never enough.

Snapshots of Waimakariri

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