50 kms south of Christchurch in the Canterbury region, after crossing the longest bridge in the southern hemisphere, you’ll be welcomed by a striking salmon landmark heralding some of the best salmon fishing in New Zealand in one of the world's best examples of a braided river. Fishing season is October to April and the annual Rakaia Fishing Competition attracts anglers from all over the world.
Stop and look around. West off SH1 is the rest of the town. Take a wander around and you’ll be amazed at what there is. Yes Rakaia is much bigger than the drive down SH1 indicates. more
Stretch your legs and take a walk along the Rakaia River Walkway, following the banks of the river. Feeling parched? Then pop over to Salmon and sample some local salmon and quench your thirst.
If you’ve got the time, head west and have a look at Barrhill – Where early land owner John Cathcart Wason tried to create a typical British village. It’s a fascinating place.
Several gardens are open to the public. The domain on the western edge of the town and the reserve by the Salmon Statue provide attractive, landscaped picnic areas, playgrounds and toilet facilities.
Take a moment to send a Canterbury related E-Postcard to your friends.
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Mobile-friendly - Located above the magnificent Rakaia Gorge in Canterbury High Country facing Mt Hutt. Seven premium quality, self-contained villas of two and three bedroom configuration. Five villas adjacent to each other, two a short walk away. Perfect for groups. 1 hour from Christchurch International airport. Access to Terrace Downs Resort with restaurant and café, golfshop and championship 18 hole golf course.
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Rakaia River Holiday Park & Motels, located beside the Rakaia River, one of the best salmon fishing rivers in New Zealand. We are a family friendly holiday park and assure you of a relaxed holiday for all in our sheltered riverside location. Our accommodation facilities include - motels, tourist flats, fishermans cottage, backpacker cabin, powered sites and tent sites.
Mobile-friendly - Terrace Downs Resort offers in-house and casual visitors a unique one-stop NZ getaway destination nestled in the foothills of Mt Hutt, within an easy hour's scenic drive of Christchurch International Airport. Featuring deluxe 1-7 bedroom accommodation, fine and casual dining options, a championship 18-hole golf course, Day Spa and a wide selection of other resort-operated activities to choose from.
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