Rangiora is the heart of the Waimakariri and is the districts largest town, with a strong sense of community and offering a high quality lifestyle only 20 minutes north of Christchurch.
Rangiora is home to the District Council, schools, sports grounds and parks, movie theatres and great shops. The large department stores of the Warehouse and the recently reopened Farmers is supported by wonderful boutique shops like Country Lane, So You, Oak & Feather, Niche and Sparks to name just a few.
There is always something on in Rangiora whether it be an event or activity. Choose from golf, visiting a museum or art gallery, catching a movie or show at the theatre, mountain biking on the Rakahuri River Track or let your taste buds be tempted with a full selection of eateries. Rangiora enjoys several organic or the latest trend "raw" cafes - Organic Food House, F.O.D and Reality Bites, or let the famous Winnie Bagoes blow your pizza mind.
Several venues also offer live music at the weekends.
The Dudley Park Aquatic Centre is a popular swimming pool for all ages with it's lazy river and speciality kids pool and you can also hire the entire complex for an evening. Right next door to the pool is the Rangiora Skate board park and the netball courts where on a winters Saturday you will find one of the more popular NZ sports being played.
There is a great range of Rangiora accommodation ranging from motels, bed and breakfast, farm stays to holiday parks.
Download a copy of the Rangiora Street Map.
Native bush attracted the first settlers to Rangiora during the early 1850s when timber was in big demand for building and fuel. The first dwelling, the site of which is marked with a memorial plaque, was erected by C. O. Torlesse in 1855. An 18,000-acre swamp lay east and west of the town in pre-colonial days, and the site of the pa of Kaiapohia. In 1860 Arthur Dudley Dobson was engaged in laying out roads from Christchurch to Rangiora, and in draining the swamp formed by the Eyre and Cust Rivers. Rangiora was constituted a borough on 14 May 1878.
For information on Rangiora for businesses development and support please refer to Enterprise North Canterbury