Kaiapoi i-site Visitor Centre

Kaiapoi Wharf, 57 Charles St, Kaiapoi
Kaiapoi South, Canterbury
Waimakariri Information Centre is now housed in the original, George Troup designed, Jacobean style Railway Station which was relocated to this riverside site after shifting on its foundations during the earthquakes.

Kaiapoi (population about 6000) was initially a significant Ngai Tahu Pa. After varous conflict and changes, it settled into it's 20th Century role as an agricultural service town.

Popular Labour Prime Minister Norman Kirk began his political career as mayor here before he entered Parliament.

As Kaiapoi transformed gradually into a lower budget Christchurch outer dormitory, the town was first bypassed by State Highway one, then shaken to bits in the earthquakes.

Its eastern zone was severely affected by subsidence in the earthquakes giving rise to a 'red zone' from which 1,000 houses were cleared.

An impressive renewal programme is underway, and lifestyle residences in Kaiapoi surrounds are proving popular. Please see the 'nearby places' for new attractions.

Here at the i-site you can find about the attractions of the Waimakariri towns of Cust,Kaiapoi, Ohoka, Oxford, Rangiora, Pegasus, Waikuku and Woodend.

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