Rakaia- The Salmon Capital of New Zealand

If you are ever travelling south from Christchurch, the small rural town of Rakaia on the Main Highway is worth a visit.

To get to Rakaia (50km south of Christchurch) you first cross over the Rakaia River Bridge which, when constructed it was the longest bridge in the Southern Hemisphere spanning a whopping 1.8km.

The Rakaia River is a large braided river and is home to the best Salmon Fisheries New Zealand has to offer with the best fishing months between November and March.

The giant salmon statue stands 12 metres high and can’t be missed on the side of the Main Highway.

What is there to do in Rakaia?

The township of Rakaia is great for picnickers, jet-boaters, anglers and hikers. There is a range of accommodation including a Holiday Park, Historic Pub, B&B and Farmstays. A number of eateries are available such as a restaurant, café and pubs.

There is a BMX Track, Golf course and the Walkway that takes you alongside the scenic Rakaia River. In the Summer Months there is the Rakaia craft market to enjoy along with the Fishing Competition in February.

Salmon World

Salmon World is a new attraction to Rakaia and is located in the big salmon shaped building opposite the giant salmon. This attraction is all based on the scenic Rakaia River with a Freshwater Aquarium showcasing the lifecycle of the Chinook salmon and other local aquatics. The 4D Movie Ride lets you experience the best adventure activities the region has to offer. 

For more information on Rakaia check out the website http://www.rakaia.co.nz

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