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.

The Kaiapoi War Memorial has a strong presence.

The Kaiapoi churches are, with exception of the Catholic Church approchingnthe100 year anniversary.

The Kaiapoi Museum opens at the weekend.

There are no old or historic hotels remaining in  

Kaiapoi is now a by-passed town and for most travelers either north or south bound will continue to by-pass Kaiapoi.




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans   Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course