We headed east, and inspected the old railway station, only to find out that it is exactly the place to go to if you want to cruise the river – because the Visitor Centre is located in this historic building. The Railway Station was built by an architect named George Troup and was opened on 5 February 1904. It replaced an older building from 1872....more
Some of the cafés we had passed earlier were still closed, another one did not look too terribly appealing. So the choice was not big yet when we were up for a coffee. But Jacob’s Bakery looked very appealing, so we popped in there.We did not only buy coffees which were very nice, but also gave some of the bakeware a try. Funnily enough, the shop...more
Next to the Fellowship you find a place you might really be looking for, and I think it is a great idea to combine a laundry with an internet site. While your clothes are washed or dried, you can check your email or write your VT tips about Kaiapoi ;-))) As of October 2010, 28.5 minutes (yes, really!) broadband internet access cost NZ$ 2.You need...more
I have photographed this building at the corner of Charles and Williams Street – just some steps from the kindergarten – because of its architecture, not because it is a church named Riverside Christian Fellowship (more info here: http://www.rcf.org.nz/).The church was founded in 1997.The building is one of quite some Art Déco constructions in...more
One thing I found very strange in Kaiapoi was that many buildings that look like churches are no churches, and buildings that do not look like churches are in fact home to church congregations.This one in Charles Street, on the way from Trousselot Park back to the main river bridge and the Old Railway Station, for example, houses a...more
As you can imagine, this wooden pergola features in many photos. It is located next to the Rose Garden, in Trousselot Park.The original pergola – a so-called Band Rotunda – once sat on the other side of the river, on Raven Street. It was restored in 2004 and relocated to the place where it is sitting now. When this was done, also a fence between...more
You automatically get to Scott Rose Garden if you once are in Trousselot Park, as it is located right next to it.It was established shortly before Trousselot Park, in about 1923, by the Beautifying and Burgesses Association. At the time this area was a swamp and used as a rubbish dump!The rose garden is named after Reverend W. B. Scott, a Methodist...more
On the other side of the river you walk down the stopbank and straight into a reserve named Trousselot Park. It is named after H. W. Trousselot, the first Chairman of the KaiapoiBeautifying and Burgesses Association, formed in 1922. The ground was fenced, cleared, ploughed and first sown in 1926. In 1946, the park was handed over to the Kaiapoi...more
… and watched another whitebaiter, this time a lady standing in the water. This is a classic way of whitebaiting, more common than sitting high above a river bank. Holding those nets with a pole can be rather tiring. Many whitebaiters have nets in wooden or metal frames which they can ram into the ground, called set nets. The whitebaiters sit on...more
After a short walk we reached Bridge # 548c, which is the Mandeville Bridge. This is strictly pedestrians only, as it is a very old wooden construction.It was constructed in 1874 to allow school children to walk to the nearby Kaiapoi School.The Mandeville footbridge in the background was constructed in 1874 to allow school children to walk to the...more
From the little reserve where the War Memorial stands, we carried on to the west along the Kaiapoi river. You would not have thought that this narrow path was a proper walkway – but it was :-) On one side were high shrubs that were hanging into the walkway, on the other side the track was bordered by a low wall, and behind the wall was lawn, beds...more
After coffee we went back towards the river. Before crossing the river, on the left side of Williams Street, you come to Kaiapoi’s War Memorial. It looks like some others in New Zealand, with the sculpture of a soldier on top. It reminds me a lot of the one in Glenorchy (at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu), just to name one.The Memorial was...more
When we arrived in the “real” town centre, business was just starting. However, the Flower Shop and the Camera Shop were still closed.I think they might be collaborating, as you can guess from the colourful display over the window of the flower shop.Please do not rate this tip!more
nothing special, the Locals have a Coffee and scone, friendly faces and when you're chatty they respond. while I was ordering a Cafe latte with a Cheesescone, the owner wondered what I was doing with my Camera, after I explained and talked about doing a webpage on VT...he said, the Latte is on me...
Favorite Dish: so I paid my scone ate and went on taking pictures
Although there is a railway line, it is no option to travel to Kaiapoi by train. The line is only used for freight trains and the scenic tourist train TranzCoastal. However, if you stay in Kaiapoi and want to travel on the TranzCoastal, you can board it in the neighbouring town of Rangiora. So you would not have to drive into central...more
the Waimakariri gives willingly..unwillingly, who know, its natural recources for roading. the River bed is full of stones and pebbles from down the Mountains and used for all sorts of things. Driveways, Gardenpath and of course roading. the stony stuff gets into the NZ roads as first layer and the tar gets on top. makes NZ roads a bit different...more
Blackwell's build 1909, the oldest Departmentstore in the Region
What to buy: everything a Departmentstore stocks, from Housholdgoods, Clothing, Gardentools, weet weather gear etc...
What to pay: everything is a little cheaper then in the nearby City of Christchurch
and of course for all Art Deco Lovers.....like me will have a ball.
what good does it do, destroy our heritage and replace it with concret blocks
and one other thing I always wondered about. we have quite often shakes, the earth moves and it is always the new buildings who get knocked about...somehow the old builders must have known what they where doing
in Kaiapoi are very narrow and the Pedestrian have always right of passage crossing the street..can get tricky sometimes if you are not used to a Roundabout...which actually makes traffic free flowing....much better then traffic lights ever can, click on the pic and you know what I mean
walking and fishing around Kaiapoi is Bliss. lovely walkways have been prepared along the River, a pasttime and easy sporting activity for the whole family.
the old bridge over the Kaiapoi River, takes only 50 person at the time...click on the pic please.
Rosie and I walked over and she was ver wary of the semi Swing Bridge, softly swinging but the crackling sound made her a little nervous I think. Belly lowered and very carefully she crossed the Bridge...I actually should have taken a pic of her, didn't think about it, just watching her was fun
Now I have written so much about the friendly people in this friendly town that you might think it is paradise within paradise... No, be aware, not every single person is friendly!I remember a big story from last year when Kaiapoi got into the national spotlight for some grandmothers being thrown out of a cinema for refusing their handbags being...more
-I have not visited the Maori Pa site yet, so let me just post some words here before I can give you an account of my personal impressions.For a start: The Kaiapoi Pa site – a pa is a historic fortified Maori village – is not located in Kaiapoi but north of Woodend, which is the next town north of Kaiapoi. About 2 km north of Woodend (or if you...more
-For a century Kaiapoi was a household name for the excellence of its woollen mill. It closed in August 1978.You can see what is left of the mill at the western edge of Kaiapoi Park, on the northern bank of the river. The former mill is home to many local businesses today, so in another way gives employment to many people. New Zealand has always...more