Kaiapoi River

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Kaiapoi River
Mouth Waimakariri River
Basin countries New Zealand

The Kaiapoi River is a minor river of north Canterbury, in New Zealand's South Island.[1] Originally called the Cam River, it is a tributary of the Waimakariri River, which it joins at the larger river's estuary.

The town of Kaiapoi is situated on the banks of the river.

The Kaiapoi River has several tributaries, including the Cam River, used for carting logs and wool in the 1890s and 1900s. There are also several streams that join the Kaiapoi River. Some hold a large population of salmon and trout - the Cam River was a fishing spot in the 1940s and still holds a large population of trout today.


  1. ^ "Place Name Detail: Kaiapoi River". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 

Coordinates: 43°23′24″S 172°40′42″E / 43.390004°S 172.678217°E / -43.390004; 172.678217