The major urban towns of the Waimakariri District are Rangiora and Kaiapoi, with OxfordWoodend and Pegasus adding to the district’s population and services. Each of these towns have their own distinctive attributes. 

In terms of customer reach, major businesses in Waimakariri can attract a population of 60,700 from the District, a population of 12,850 from the Hurunui District, and some businesses attract customers from northern Christchurch (with a total population of 388,400) - Data Source

Waimakariri is the gateway to North Canterbury and only a short 15 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport. State Highway 1 and the rail network run through Waimakariri and the provision of fibre broadband in our towns is excellent. Find out more about the towns and infrastructure in the Waimakariri District below.


The urban hub of the Waimakariri District, Rangiora is a thriving, fast-growing town with an increasing range of excellent businesses and facilities. Rangiora has a population of 20,280 (rising to a projection of 22,100 by 2023) and hosts a range of business types including retail, hospitality, big box, commercial and industrial.

Find out more about Rangiora >>


Port Eagle copyright 2Kaiapoi

Kaiapoi is a beautiful river town undergoing significant redevelopment following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Kaiapoi has a population of 13,650 and is expected to grow to 15,340 by 2028. A short drive from the city of Christchurch, Kaiapoi is well placed for business growth. There are 8 hectares of land designated for mixed use business overlooking the river and exciting plans to grow Kaiapoi as a tourist destination. The new Silverstream estate also provides good commercial opportunities.

Find out more about Kaiapoi >>

flat WhiteWoodend & Pegasus

To the north of the District at the gateway to the Waipara Valley are the two small towns of Woodend and Pegasus. These two adjacent towns provide a wealth of recreational activities, where you'll find a lake, natural wetlands and a nearby beach. This is the fastest growing community in Waimakariri with a population of 8,840 projected to grow to 16,900 by 2023. This community sits on State Highway 1 which brings 17,400 vehicles per day. This is a beautiful community and a great place to work where you play.

Find out more about Woodend & Pegasus >>


Oxford Signage smallOxford

Located in the west of the District, at the foothills of the Southern Alps, is the welcoming settlement of Oxford. This is a beautiful town with a strong community. With a base of existing businesses, a scenic location and availability of business land, Oxford presents opportunities for investors, developers and new businesses. Wider Oxford has a population of 4,180 which is projected to rise to 5,360 by 2043.

Find out more about Oxford >>


Waimakariri has excellent infrastructure for business. Its proximity to the country's third largest city, along with low land prices makes it an attractive option for those that want the advantages of a nearby city with the lifestyle of a natural setting.

With the opening of the Western Belfast Bypass and the current construction of the Christchurch Northern Corridor, the Waimakariri District will have even faster connection to the city and to the world. 

Live Where you Play

Living in Waimakariri is very pleasant, with 83% of inhabitants rating their quality of life as good or extremely good. Waimakariri combines a semi-rural lifestyle with the convenience of well-resourced local towns and a bustling city within a few minutes' drive. The natural resources, the strong communities and the interesting events combine to make Waimakariri an enjoyable and welcoming environment. 


The information on this page was last updated in August 2020. For additional information or further assistance, please contact Miles Dalton at Enterprise North Canterbury.