Rangiora is a very prosperous satellite town of the Christchurch city and wider environs. Rangiora’s recent growth has been stymied by the rapid growth of Kiapoi some six kilometers to Christchurch. Over the last decade primarily owing to an ‘old’ town culture Rangiora is once more on a growth pass.
Rangiora has convenient commercial structure where all business is for the most part carried out in the cbd.
The highest official temperature ever recorded in New Zealand was 42.4°C (108.3°F) at Rangiora on 7 February 1973, and is generally one to two degrees warmer than other Canterbury towns.
Rangiora has become a gateway for local wineries, and also boasts New Zealand's first and only commercial meadery. Rangiora produces mead made from pure New Zealand honey and this is exported to many countries.
Rangiora is a town where a visitor should allow at least half a day to absorb and enjoy.