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The Waimakariri District is the gateway to North Canterbury and only a short drive from Christchurch International Airport.
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 18,100 (rising to a projection of 19,600 by 2023) and hosts a range of business types including retail, hospitality, big box, commercial and industrial.
Kaiapoi is a beautiful river town undergoing significant redevelopment following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Kaiapoi has a population of 13,600 and is expected to grow to 14,700 by 2023. 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.
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 7,140 projected to grow to 16,900 by 2023. This community sits on State Highway 1 which brings 18,000 vehicles per day. This is a beautiful community and a great place to work where you play.
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.
The Hurunui District lies about 45 minutes north of Christchurch and to the north of the Waimakariri.
The main urban town of the Hurunui District, Amberley is a thriving township of around 1100 people and it is currently experiencing rapid growth. The Hurunui District Council is based in Amberley.
Hanmer Springs is a hugely popular tourist destination. Home to the famous hot pools, Hanmer Springs also has extensive river and forest tracks ready to be explored by bike or on foot.
Located in the Amuri basin on SH7, Culverden has remained one of the largest traditional farming areas in the country. Culverden now boasts free wi-fi in the main street thanks to an Enterprise North Canterbury initiative.
A bright service town supporting the local farming community, Cheviot also attracts visitors to the nearby Hurunui and Waiau rivers and beach destination of Gore Bay. Like Culverden, Cheviot also provides free wi-fi in the main street, thanks to an ENC initiative.
A real jewel in the Hurunui District is the Waipara Valley, which is home to international award winning wineries. The townships of Waipara and Waikari both offer basic services for the surrounding population.