Kaiapoi River

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Kaiapoi River
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Kaiapoi River through Kaiapoi, with the Courtenay Stream on the top right
Country New Zealand
Basin features
River mouth Waimakariri River
Basin size 430 km2 (170 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 16 km (9.9 mi)

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 river is 16 kilometres (10 mi) long, and its drainage area is about 430 square kilometres (170 sq mi).[2]

The towns of Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Woodend are situated on the banks of the river.[2]

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. 
  2. ^ a b Kaiapoi River Rehabilitation and Enhancement Waimakariri District Council

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