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Kaiapoi - family fun

A list of things that families may like to do whilst in Kaiapoi - some free

Kaiapoi Food Forest – Corner of Cass and Meadow Streets, Kaiapoi

A community food forest provides an abundance of food for residents and those that wish to visit to gather – fruits, vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants by way of a layered permaculture companion planting system.
Come with family and friends to picnic and forage for food…
Kaiapoi’s food forest will be more than producing food for the community, we want to Connect, Nourish, Educate, and Inspire. Areas to congregate, areas to learn, areas to cook food an area of Inspiration. “food for mind and body”

Trousellot Park

This is the main park in Kaiapoi with a band rotunda, rose garden, skate park, playground, toilets and often home to most of the events in Kaiapoi.

Location – Charles Street, between Williams and Smith


Walk along the Kaiapoi river, easiest place to find a park is on Charles Street, near New World and walk onto the stop bank and walk in either direction.

Kaiapoi Lakes Reserve. Great place for a walk and feed the ducks have a picnic and maybe catch a fish Very good childrens playground. Plenty of parking and clean toilets. Location is Old North Road and Williams Street.

Kaiapoi BMX track

This is a new addition to Kaiapoi. An expert told me that the track is really well designed and a great training track, ideal for learning and for those advanced riders. The track is located near a lake and toilets are onsite.

Location you can either go down Charles Street or Cass Street heading South East

Kaiapoi Library “Ruataniwha”

The library is two stories of books, magazines, DVDs and lots of fun. The staff are great and helpful and ofte run events for children. if you eed to get of them call 327 3134

The library is also home to the museum, which is filled with all sorts to look.. well worth a visit on a cold winters day.

The library is also home to “Art on the Quay” which is the local art space

KORE sailing and hire – SUP and kayaking – will help you and your family develop skills associated with being confident in a water environment; skills and confidence that can be called on when facing other new or difficult situations.

KORE sailing – great options to get started in sailing or perhaps to get started again. Courses and options for all ages with our fantastic coaches who have years of experience getting people started in sailing. The best start in sailing anywhere.

Now at Kaiapoi, on the river – SUP Stand up Paddling and kayaking.

KORE holidays – Sailing and Water Activity programmes for groups at Lake Rua and along the Otukaikino Stream, while at Pegasus we have lots of scope for holiday activity with our kayaks, sail boats and SUP boards along with lots of water.

KORE for schools – KORE is carrying on a decades long tradition of introducing school groups to sailing. Each year we get over 3,000 students trying sailing – most for the first time. The sailing programme has been added to with Water Activities and River Crossing options now available, both of which build on our core interest in water safety.

https://www.kore.co.nz/ – info@kore.co.nz – 0800 724 554

We like to go for walks through the Red Zone.. its filled with trees and wide open spaces and we like to take our dog for a walk through there. If you look closely, you will find that there are lots of fruit trees, which has become very popular when the fruit is ripe. People seem to come from all over to help themselves to a free piece of fruit. Someone has even created a map of where all the trees are along with what type they are, click here and it will take you through to a link where all the fruit tree maps are.(note, you may need to move the map around to locate where you want to find the trees)

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