Discover the Hidden Gems of Waimakariri
Only 20 minutes north of Christchurch’s hustle and bustle is a region of vast natural beauty, slower paced country towns and beach settlements all offering their own unique experience.
Take your time and explore the shops, view the art, taste the food and enjoy an event. Get active on the numerous walking and cycling trails in and around the local braided rivers, sandy beaches and native forest-covered foothills.
Expect a friendly local welcome whether you’re looking for a campground, a BnB or a luxury lodge, Waimakariri is the place to stay.
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Vast Natural Beauty
Home to two braided rivers – the Waimakariri and the Ashley/Rakahuri – there is fun and adventure to be found on the waterways. Jump in a jet boat, try your hand at canyoning or paddle the rivers in a kayak.
Visit the regional parks and conservation areas of the Waimakariri District to get in touch with nature, whether it be through a picnic, a walk, or a ride.
Walking, Cycling and Horse Treks
Take in the views on your bike or on foot from one of Waimakariri’s many walking and cycling trails. Whether you're a fitness fanatic or an ambler there is a track for you. Alternatively, travel by horseback, with a trek through the Canterbury foothills.
This place is a vast treasure trove of landscapes and experiences. Towering mountains give way to endless coastlines, rugged bush and unique land formations. Character towns and vibrant cities are gathering places of culture and activity. Christchurch – it’s just the beginning.