“Waimakariri Doesn’t have Anything”

When it comes to attracting visitors, I’ve heard it said that “Waimakariri doesn’t have an icon.”  Sure, we don’t have a Hanmer or a Mount Hutt or an Akaroa – but we are only a short drive from Christchurch so we do have something going for us.

We have, for instance, a number of places that encourage the appreciation of Canterbury’s natural environment.  How’s this list for starters?

  • Kaiapoi Lakes (Williams Street, north of Kaiapoi)
  • The Ashley / Rakahuri mouth at Waikuku
  • Ashley Gorge
  • The braided rivers of the Waimakariri and Ashley / Rakahuri (including the regional park being established along the Waimakariri)
  • Matawai Park (King Street, Rangiora)
  • Glen Tui and Mount Richardson
  • Northbrook Wetlands (Northbrook Road, Rangiora)
  • The Pegasus Bay Walkway between Kaiapoi and Waikuku (somewhat in need of doing-up, but hopefully soon ….)
  • Any of our beaches.

A winter view of Kaiapoi Lakes


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