Rakaia - New Zealand's best salmon fishing
Salmon statue in Rakaia Township

Rakaia is the first township in the Mid Canterbury region as you travel South from Christchurch, after crossing the longest bridge in the Southern Hemisphere, (try and hold your breathe the whole way across the bridge, but not if you're the driver) you'll have plenty of opportunity to stretch the legs. Take a short walk up the Rakaia walkway, which follows the banks of the river. 

Spend some time in Rakaia, discover the painted murals on the walls of buildings and the historic old town. If you have time head west along the Methven-Barrhill highway and take a stroll through Barrhill's historic village.

Looking for some adrenalin pumping action, head further west to the stunning Rakaia Gorge and ride up the river by jet boat, it's a fun and enjoyable adventure for all the family.

Rakaia, it's a fascinating place to visit.