Christchurch - Canterbury


  • Historic trading centre
  • Maori Pa


  • by car:

    20 min from Christchurch

Kaiapoi was once the site of a major Ngāi Tahu trading settlement. You can visit the pā, which appears as a series of low grassy mounds.

Kaiapoi is a charming town located by the riverside in the Waimakariri District, only 20 minutes away from Christchurch. This lovely destination is rich in history and surrounded by beautiful natural scenery.

You can discover its rich history through historical landmarks and museums. The Kaiapoi Pā Historic Reserve and Kaiapoi Museum highlight its past as an important Ngāi Tahu trading post and the early Maori history in the area. For valuable insights and local tips, visit the Kaiapoi isite visitor information centre(opens in new window) during your stay.

Enjoy the beautiful riverside setting of Kaiapoi, situated along the Kaiapoi and Waimakariri Rivers, where you can take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque riverbanks and have the chance to spot the abundant birdlife in the area. For a more immersive experience, try a peaceful kayak or canoe excursion, where you can glide through the waterways and soak in the breathtaking views.

There are various boutiques and art galleries which will provide you unique shopping experience. Don’t miss out local eateries with delicious treats and diverse flavors.

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