Rakaia Tourism

(For other uses, see Rakaia (disambiguation).) The town of Rakaia is seated close to the southern banks of the Rakaia River on the Canterbury Plains in New Zealand's South Island, approximately 57 km south of Christchurch on State Highway 1 and the Main South Line. Immediately north of the township are the country's longest road bridge and longest rail bridge, both of which cross the wide shingle beds of the braided river at this point. Both bridges are approximately 1750 metres in length. Rakaia was also the junction of the Methven Branch, a branch line railway to Methven that operated from 1880 until its closure in 1976. An accident at the railway station in 1899 killed four people. A township of under 1000 people, its most obvious feature is a large fibreglass salmon. The river from which the town takes its name is known for its salmon fishing and jetboating.


Unplug yourself and have a laid-back vacation at Rakaia, New Zealand. This city offers countless opportunities to click pictures for your travel journal. This city is located in the close proximity of a major city Christchurch, New Zealand. Take a short trip from Rakaia and set some time aside to explore the Christchurch. Dotted with places like Tranzalpine Ride, International Antarctic Centre, Canterbury Museum; it will definitely be a good idea. To get to this city, remember that the nearest major airport is Christchurch International Airport. A vacation to Rakaia can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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