Kaiapoi Heritage Weekend

The historic Canterbury town of Kaiapoi was an important trading centre in the 1850s and 60s when the Kaiapoi River, running through the centre of town and a tributary of the Waimakariri River, provided a means to service the needs of the pioneering settlers. The area was also an important trading post for the principal Maori tribe of the South Island, Ngai Tahu, who in earlier times had its largest settlement in Kaiapoi.

To celebrate the rich heritage of this river town, Kaiapoi Heritage Week provides a feast of events for visitors (Christchurch is just 20 minutes’ drive from Kaiapoi) as well as the local community.

Join in the fun and add to the atmosphere by being dressed in period costume. Be a gentleman of distinction, a lady of wealth or a simple colonial settler!

Kaiapoi Promotions Association and Real NZ presents Kaiapoi Heritage Weekend

FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER

From River to Sea, 7pm

Riverview Function Centre, Working Men’s Club, 113 Raven Quay

Kaiapoi Museum

Gold coin donation

Dale Brown will give an informative talk and PowerPoint presentation on a period when the Kaiapoi Port was the main highway into the North Canterbury hinterland.

SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER

Antique Roadshow, 9am – 4pm

Kaiapoi Borough School, 20 Hilton Street

Kaiapoi & District Lions Club

$2 per item, spectators free, qualified valuer.

Trash and Treasure Sale, 9am – 4pm

Kaiapoi Borough School, 20 Hilton Street

Kaiapoi & District Lions Club

Discover tomorrow’s heritage today. Sausage sizzles, chocolate wheel, raffles and more.

Farmers Market, 9am – 12pm

Morgan Williams Reserve, Charles Street

Come and gather locally grown or produced food in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Don’t miss out on traditionally made European breads and pastries and Oma’s famous capsicum sauce.

Parish Spring Fair, 9.30am–12.30pm

St Bartholomew’s, Cass Street

St Bartholomew’s Parish of Kaiapoi

Fair includes white elephant, jewellery, cakes and sweets, craft, plants, books plus lots more.

Trace Your Ancestors, 10am – 1pm

Riverview Lounge, Kaiapoi Working Mens Club, 113 Raven Quay

Waimakariri Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Find out more about your family’s early history. Club members will show you how to trace your ancestors.

National Scout Museum, 12pm – 3pm

Blue Skies, 12 Williams Street

Gold coin donation

Kaiapoi had the first registered Scout Patrol in NZ. Come and learn about the Kaiapoi identities involved and how the NZ Scout Movement was organised from the school at Tuahiwi and of the local sites that have a special place in Scouting history.

MV Tuhoe Presentation, 1.30pm

Riverview Lounge, Kaiapoi Working Men’s Club, 113 Raven Quay

Gold coin donation

Listen as John Thompson tells you the fascinating history of this iconic schooner which still sails on the Kaiapoi river today.

MV Tuhoe Open Day, 2pm – 4pm

Kaiapoi Wharf, off Charles Street

Gold coin donation

Take a look aboard this wonderful Kaiapoi vessel.

SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER

National Scout Museum, 1pm – 4pm

Blue Skies, 12 Williams Street

Gold coin donation

MV Tuhoe Open Day, 2pm – 4pm

Kaiapoi Wharf, off Charles Street

Gold coin donation

Sunday Bandstand Concert, 1pm – 3.30pm

Kaiapoi Band Rotunda, Charles Street

Bring a picnic and a deck chair and enjoy entertainment from McAlpines North Canterbury Pipe Band and Kaiapoi Brass Band, with a special appearance from His Majesty King Arthur III of New Albion.

Heritage Service, 5pm 

St Bartholomew’s, Cass Street

St Bartholomew’s is one of the most significant heritage buildings in Canterbury built in 1856, the oldest surviving church in Canterbury. Enjoy an old-fashioned Book of Common Prayer Evensong, with hymns to match.

Fuller Street Grandstand, 8pm – 10.30pm

Kaiapoi Baptist, 67 Fuller Street

Community rugby – bring the whole family and watch the second semi final live on the big screen. Alcohol free.

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