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About Kaiapoi Info

I Brent Cairns am shamelessly passionate about Kaiapoi, We moved here some years ago and fell in love with the place and in the main it was because of the friendly people, I am reminded of the program on TV called Cheers and the title song “where you go to the bar and everyone knows your name”… I believe Kaiapoi has that type of feel to it, people are friendly and welcoming and there are lots of things happening for you to get involved.
From a pragmatic point of view, our business and home phone number have been listed for years in the whitepages, this year all of that disappeared, why, they cant tell me, but it did…so from my passion for Kaiapoi and my experience with the white pages, I decided to create a comprehensive directory of all the shops and businesses in Kaiapoi, so people whether they live in Kaiapoi or are visiting they will find everything in one place.

Have you tried to look up Kaiapoi shops and businesses on google? I found some Kaiapoi shops that appeared but many did not, this must be so frustrating if you are trying to find a service in and around Kaiapoi. Again another reason why a comprehensive directory will be so much easier for locals to support local businesses.

In addition:
Talking to some business owners, they felt that Kaiapoi is not being promoted in a way that truly reflects all of the businesses and the opportunites and events in Kaiapoi.

This I hope will be a website, that when someone searches for Kaiapoi, especially someone looking for a service or a business type and what is happening in Kaiapoi, they will find everything in one location. That in short is why I have started this directory service. It is a free service, you can place your business listing here, you can tell us about your event, or any news you wanted reported.

The simple Ethos of Kaiapoi Info:

Support & Shop Local Kaiapoi

There is lots to tell about Kaiapoi of old and new, I am not going to go into detail here as others have done it way better than I ever could…

On this website they will give you an audio introduction to Kaiapoi (Village)

How does the directory work

We have entered every Kaiapoi shop, business, service, club and group for free, and in addition we have Kaiapoi events on the front page.

The listings are free, however If you want your business to be at the top of the category you can pay a small fee, plus we will place your business into advertorials (more credible for the reader) and from time to time we shall place an advert on the front page of the site.. for a minimal cost…

More details of how to advertise you business

In order for me to support the website, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this website and facebook page.

I found the best description of Kaiapoi


Kaiapoi, North Canterbury’s top river town, is located on S.H.1 just over the broad, shingle-strewn Waimakariri River from Christchurch.

This principal town of the Waimakariri District occupies a strategic position, flanked by the river and fertile farm flats to the west and the great expanse of Pegasus Bay to the east. Few small towns can offer the range of sporting and leisure activities that are available in Kaiapoi.

Fishing is a popular pastime here and it is no idle boast that 8-kilo salmon can be caught in season from the main street. Whitebaiting, kayaking, walking, rowing, water-skiing, golf and bowls are all catered for. Charter boats cruise the Kaiapoi and Waimakariri rivers year round and jet boating on the Waimakariri is legendary. The Beautiful Towns Committee is very active in Kaiapoi and their efforts are reflected in the beautiful parks and gardens. There are riverside pathways, cycling tracks and picnic reserves.

Kaiapoi was named as a misspelling of the Maori word Kaiapohia meaning ‘food depot.’ The Ngai Tahu Pa of Tuarakautahi, known as Kaiapoi, is the most important Maori occupation site in the history of the Waimakariri District. The first European farmers occupied the area in the 1850’s and soon after vast sheep runs were opened up in the inland high country.

The nearby beaches are a wonderful asset for the town. The Pines and Kairaki Beach offer vast stretches of sand and ideal conditions for swimming, surfing, fishing and walking. The nearby Waimakariri River and the extensive tidal flats of the Kaiapoi River, are among the most important natural breeding grounds for fish and wildlife in the South Island.

A top attraction in Kaiapoi is a leisurely chug down the Kaiapoi River to the sea on the MV Tuhoe, a twin-masted, steam-powered schooner. A distillery tour with tastings of fine spirits and liqueurs also finds favour with visitors.

Kaiapoi was once a flourishing port with a reputation for producing high quality woollen goods. It has now developed as a satellite town of Christchurch and commuters make up more than 50% of the town’s population. It is a great place to visit and experience the varied activities on offer.