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Kick it in Kaiapoi


Just a 20-minute drive north of Christchurch, Kaiapoi is a picturesque town on the banks of the mighty Waimakariri river and just waiting to be explored. Here’s Metropol’s picks of what to do in Kaiapoi.

 

ON THE WATER
Get amongst Kaiapoi’s aquatic activities. Try a river cruise on the replica paddle steamer, go at your own pace with a kayak or paddleboard hire, or, get the adrenaline pumping with a jet boat ride. If a slower pace is what you’re after, take or hire a fishing rod and park up on the riverbank for your chance to snag a trout or salmon.

RIVERSIDE DINING
The quaint town’s dining precinct has many hospitality offerings along the riverbank. Grab a coffee and bite to eat from hidden gem Red Eight café, or Park up at popular The Port and Eagle Brewpub for some craft beers brewed onsite – often accompanied by live music.

SUPPORT LOCAL
Peruse the local retail precinct and browse the local boutiques and stores stocking a wide range of apparel, gifts and more – many from local makers. Or, absorb some culture and learn about the area’s history at the Kaiapoi Museum and community art gallery, Art on the Quay.


 

A hop, skip and jump away


Less than half an hour drive away from Christchurch is the lovely river town of Kaiapoi. The location has a real water theme around its most popular activities. We look at all of the reasons you should check out this little town that’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away.

 

 

I’M LIKE A BIRD: If you’re a thrill seeker that prefers to be strapped into a seat instead of by your feet; Alpine Jet Thrills is the perfect activity for you. Soar down the Waimakariri River with a smile and the wind on your face.

DIVE ON IN: The Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre is open year-round, making it a great family friendly activity. The learners’ pool even features a waterfall into the toddlers’ pool.

PERCH UP: At Port & Eagle Brewpub you can enjoy great food, brews and company on the banks of the Kaiapoi River. The variety in the drinks list, not to mention their own Eagle Brewery tap beers, are reason enough to check this place out.

ART ON THE QUAY: Kaiapoi’s premium artspace showcases a new exhibition every six weeks from mostly local Waimakariri artists. So, if you’re into art, photography, ceramics, photography or anything in between; then this ever changing art space is for you.


 

Exceptional events: North Canterbury


North of the Waimak is a happening hotspot with a range of exciting events set to hit the streets in the coming weeks. We’ve picked out our faves.

 

 

  1. Derelict Brewing Tap Takeover
    Head along to craft beer and cider fillery The Good Drop on 27 April for a pint courtesy of micro brewing company Derelict Brewing and a gourmet burger served up by Alt Kitchen. From 12pm to 10pm, the pop-up bar at 7 Durham Street, Rangiora will see local folks enjoy a taste of burgers and beers made right here in little North Canterbury.


  2. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Musical
    Take a trip to the French Riviera with North Canterbury Musicals’ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. A hysterical storyline, a jazzy score and two mischievous con-artists combine for several uproarious evenings (2-18 May). A musical guaranteed to add some spice to your life!


  3. Cake Tasting Arvo
    A beautiful, tasty range of cakes all in one place – what could be better? If you’re looking for a delicious cake for a wedding, birthday, baby shower or even Mother’s Day, then head down to Gather + You – your one-stop shop for event information, inspiration and giftware at 91 Ivory Street, Rangiora on 5 May for an afternoon of cake tasting. Tickets include a free tasting with each vendor and a goodie bag. Head to www.gatherandyou.co.nz for more information.


  4. ABBA Heaven! All the Hits with The Mermaids Dance Band
    Following a sell out last time The Mermaids Dance Band hit the Kaiapoi Club, the crew will treat audiences to an updated repertoire of ABBA’s top hits while donning dazzling new costumes. Dress to the nines, slip on your dancing shoes and join the band on 17 May as they belt out top tunes like Waterloo, Super Trooper and Dancing Queen.