The Waimakariri District lies just north of the Waimakariri River in North Canterbury, not far from the centre of Christchurch City. It features a number of urban areas, villages and beach settlements - each worth a look as you journey through this scenic region of New Zealand. Here are just a few of the highlights, all of which can also be found on the Waimakariri District website: www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz.
Pegasus Town - www.pegasustown.com
Located just 25km north of Christchurch, this rapidly-growing town is quickly becoming a popular place to live or visit. You'll find a golf course, driving range, lake, the general store, and the Bunker Bar Café & Restaurant and Flat White Café. Make sure you check it out and take advantage of swimming bay, hot pools and aquatic centre during summer.
Rangiora - www.rangiora.com
This busy rural town serves the local agricultural and horticultural community. While you're stopping by, make sure you sample the local specialty - Canterbury lamb.
Oxford - www.oxfordnewzealand.co.nz
This small, scenic farming town is just 55km north east of Christchurch and is a popular stop for those on their way to go skiing, jet boating, tramping and climbing.
Okuku Country Estate - www.okukucountryestate.co.nz
Located just 58km north of Christchurch City, Okuku Country Estate offers luxurious accommodation in a country setting. When not relaxing in the homestead or cosy cottage, you can enjoy exploring 100 acres of parkland, make use of the indoor swimming pool, and sample the local specialties in their restaurant.
The Waimakariri Farmer's Markets
The Waimakariri District has a variety of country markets including authentic farmers markets where you can purchase fresh, local produce, and arts and crafts. On weekends, you can visit markets in Oxford, Kapoi and Ohoka - keep an eye out when you're driving through!
Kaipoi - New Zealand's most beautiful town - www.kaiapoi.org.nz
As the gateway to the Waimakariri district, there's no excuse for not stopping to have a look around this small rural town. Voted New Zealand's most beautiful town in 2009, it remains a popular tourist destination with a range of activities to choose from including fishing, white baiting, cycling, and tramping. You'll find Kaipoi just 20km north of Christchurch.
Transport and accommodation
The best way to experience the Waimakariri District at your own pace is with Christchurch Campervan hire. See the sights as you drive, and stop and go as you please - so you don't miss any of the views, attractions or activities along the way.
We've got a full range of Christchurch campervan hire options to choose from - so you can travel and stay in comfort, no matter your budget. If you're planning a holiday in Christchurch or Waimakariri, just contact us now to make a booking.