Waikuku is only 30 minutes from Christchurch. It spreads from the main road to an idyllic beach settlement. This is where the Ashley Rakahuri River meets the sea and has the largest, least modified estuary in Canterbury. 

  • Shop and explore the boutique shops and cafes housed in the Old Primary School and Old Mill centres, situated on the main road
  • Visit the Lavender fields for the colour purple and treat your senses as you enter the beach settlement
  • Stroll, swim or surf at the beach – life guards operating in summer, and great fossicking in the winter
  • Explore the Ashley Salt Water Creek Estuary, learn about and view rare and endangered birdlife from information platform. Catch some action of paddle boarding and kite surfing
  • Grab an ice cream at the local store and enjoy the fantastic local playground complete with toddlers splash pool, flying fox, picnic tables and tennis court
  • Cycle or walk the Tūtaepatu Trail in the Tūhaitara Coastal Park to Woodend
  • Cycle the Rakahuri Trail to Rangiora and enjoy views of the braided Ashley River
  • Take a short walk on the Taranaki Walkway for great views of the estuary
  • Camp a night, or longer at the Waikuku Beach Holiday Park. Enjoy a moonlight or star-studded sky, night walk on the beach and fall asleep to the sound of the sea.
  • Discover the Kaiapoi Pa, the historic trading ground of Ngāi Tahu in the 1700’s.

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Further Information on Waikuku

For information on Waikuku for businesses development and support please refer to Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC). ENC is the economic development agency for North Canterbury and offers support and training for businesses in North Canterbury.

Location Map of Waikuku