Kaiapoi is a satellite suburb of Christchurch. Kaiapoi is also an historic river town of the Canterbury region is now a rapidly growing suburb of Christchurch. But the town, up until two decades ago a quiet village backwater.
Kaiapoi is also known as the 'River Town' after the Kaiapoi River, a tributary of the Waimak Rive4 that flows through the center of the town. This was originally the main arm of the Waimakariri River. The river used to have a port before the construction of the Waimakariri River Bridge, and in a bygone era was an important point for the transport of goods to and from Christchurch.
Today Kaiapoi is a rapidly growing suburb without a soul, which may in fact be a reflection of Christchurch itself.
Over recent years Kaiapoi has seen rapid growth that has tested the community ability to provide the necessary services.
Kaiapoi no longer has the ‘old’ traditional heritage. It was either not their or has been demolished to provide the new.
Kaiapoi is now a by-passed town and for most travelers either north or south bound will continue to by-pass Kaiapoi.