Boat Ramp Pontoon

The Kaiapoi River is sporting a brand new pontoon.

Located outside the Coastguard and near the town centre, the new pontoon is the first installation in an area of the river soon to be known as the ‘Marine Precinct.’ This zone, which includes the wharf, will service boaties and encourage more river users.

Image of pontoon on Kaiapoi River outside CoastguardA second, larger pontoon will be installed between the wharf and bridge once dredging of the area and river navigation channels has been carried out. Boaties will then be able to tie up at either pontoon and go shopping or enjoy a meal at one Kaiapoi’s cafes.

Councillor Al Blackie says, “the pontoons are the finale, the icing on the cake; they are the fruition of a lengthy river rehabilitation project. It’s great the focus on the river is firmly back where it should be.”

It is anticipated this work will be completed by September 2019.

The community enjoyed putting the new boat ramp pontoon to use at the recent Kaiapoi River Carnival. The pontoon is for temporary moorings such as pick-ups and drop-offs and, at this stage, fishing is allowed as long as it is kept clean. Overnight stays are not permitted.