The wide open Waimakariri beaches fronting Waimakariri, might just be our best kept secrets.

Great for a forage, a perfect reprise from the nor west wind, a walk, run, swim or surf.

Kairaki Beach is located at the Waimakariri River mouth, an area popular for fishing, particularly salmon fishing and whitebaiting in season, as well as sailing at the local club.

Pines Beach is minutes from Kaiapoi and offers a large children’s playground as well as swimming, surfing, fishing and coastal walking.

Woodend Beach has camping, picnicking and children’s playground facilities. The broad, flat beach is safe for swimming and has life saving patrols in summer.

Waikuku Beach, at the northern extremity of the Waimakariri District, is an established settlement. The Ashley River estuary is the largest in Canterbury and is home to many migratory wading birds. The beach and river mouth is always popular for summer camping, fishing, picnics, surfing and swimming. The Kaiapohia Maori monument and nearby lavender farm are worth a visit.