Kaiapoi is known as the River Town of North Canterbury. Enjoy a stroll alongside the Kaiapoi River heading east or west either side, or jump on your bike and take that journey a little further. Alternatively stroll around and picnic at the Kaiapoi Lakes or head inland to Silverstream Reserve.
Access: Bridge Street, south carpark accessible from Smith Street, Kaiapoi. If biking from Kaiapoi township, take the stop bank along Charles Street to the footbridge. From Rangiora, use the on road facilities at Lineside Road to join up with track.
Duration: 30 minutes
Location: Northen end of Kaiapoi past Kaiapoi Golf Course
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Description of Walk: Kaiapoi Lakes is a perfect place for picnics, bird watching and walking. The immediate and surrounding areas are of high significance to Maori and European history.
Facilities: dogs not permitted, picnic friendly, tables and seats
A short driving distance from Kaiapoi is the Silverstream Reserve. The Reserve is split into two similar-sized areas, east and west, and is characterised by large pastoral landscapes and the clear, spring-fed Silver Stream that meanders through the landscape. There is an information board in the car park. There is no set track on the eastern side however follow your nose to the stream and make a loop back to the car park. The entrance to the western side is marked with a simple sign stating 'walkway' just after the bridge and is well worth the effort to find.
Kaiapoi Island is the most popular access point to the lower reaches of the Waimakariri River Regional Park.There are two entrances to the Kaiapoi Island, Raven Quay and Wrights road, off the old Main North Road Bridge. For full info.
If you have an hour up your sleeve you can walk the stop bank from Kaiapoi along Raven Quay to the Kaiapoi River Lookout, where the Kaiapoi River meets the Waimakariri River.