Rakaia - Salmon Capital of New Zealand
Rakaia is a rural community set on the Canterbury Plains 50 kilometers south of Christchurch. The township of over 1000 people was established on the southern side of the Rakaia River at its major crossing. The original road and rail bridge was built in 1873. The present road bridge was opened in 1939 and spans 1.8 kilometers of one of the world’s best examples of a ‘braided’ river. When constructed it was the longest bridge in the Southern Hemisphere. The bridge is the gateway to Mid-Canterbury and southbound travelers often turn westward over the bridge to explore the Southern Alps
Salmon Capital of New Zealand
Welcome to Rakaia
Mid Canterbury - New Zealand
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Rakaia News
Issue 409
Now available online
What: Rakaia Toy Library
Where: St Andews Presbyterian Church
When: Every Saturday 10:30am to 12pm
Rakaia ANZAC Services

Saturday 1st March
Ride the Rakaia

Friday 28th Feb - Sunday 2nd March
Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition