Kaiapoi is a picturesque river town which won the NZ Most Beautiful Town Award in 2009. It is easily accessed from the Northern Motorway, State Highway One, just 10 minutes north of Christchurch.

In 2010 Kaiapoi was affected by the Canterbury Earthquakes but proving her resilience, Kaiapoi has stood true and is now a hive of activity as daily life resumes with new developments and buildings taking shape. One difference is the acre's of land that adorns the eastern side of the town and along the Kaiapoi River. Once the area was home to residents of Kaiapoi but is now to be developed into a number of attractions and activities. 

Kaiapoi has the flagship Blackwell's Department Store which is North Canterbury's oldest department store leading the way for many other boutique shops and eateries. 

In Kaiapoi you will find all the staples, a stunning museum and art gallery, a distillery, Aquatic centre with Bumper Boats some days, schools, golf, river walks and events most weekends including the Woodford Glen Speedway

Kaiapoi accommodation includes bed and breakfasts, motels and holiday parks. 

Download a copy of the Kaiapoi Street Map.

Kaiapoi is also home to the districts i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

Popular Parks and Walks

History of Kaiapoi

Kaiapoi is steeped Maori tradition once being the main location for the Nga Tahu Pa in the 1700's until it was besieged by Te Rauparaha in 1832. Today a monument stands in the spot of this once mighty and significant spot. In the 1850's Kaiapoi was settled by Europeans and it became a busy port settlement in the 1860's. In the 1870's Kaiapoi housed a flax mill before coming the Kaiapoi Woollen Mill and along with the Kaiapoi Freezing works they were the back bone of the economy of the town through wars and depression until their closure in the 1970's. 

For information on Kaiapoi for businesses development and support please refer to Enterprise North Canterbury