VIDEO: Kaiapoi River - Waimakariri’s Riviera?

Riviera may be a bit of a stretch, but the enhancement of Kaiapoi’s riverbank is progressing well and looking good.

Kaiapoi Riverbank EnhancementsThe old, damaged wooden wharf has been demolished and replaced with a rock wall, the new Maritime Rescue building has completed and contractors are almost at the planting stage of the development.

On the south side of the river, a walkway connecting Ruataniwha to the river is under construction, picnic seating is being installed and an area dedicated to fishing - complete with fish cleaning facilities is underway.

On the north side of the river, development is in two parts.  The vacant land currently being used for car parking is earmarked for a restaurant/café development that will extend out towards the river.  The stop-bank below will be modified with steps built all the way down, for sitting in the sun, eating lunch and looking out over the river.

In the river itself, 90 metres of pontoon will be installed.  Councillor Al Blackie says, “You'll be able to literally drive up in your fizz-boat, park there, come ashore and have a latte, just like the Riviera.”

Work is nearing completion, with contractors putting on the finishing touches and according to Al Blackie by spring it should be looking fantastic.