Rangiora is a rural town in the South Island of New Zealand. It is the largest town in north Canterbury and its located just over a 30 minute drive from Christchurch.
Rangiora has many interesting museums and magnificent heritage buildings, including one of Canterbury's oldest wooden churches. The beautiful beaches of Pegasus Bay are easily accessible and the nearby rivers are well-liked for fishing and scenic walks.
Rangiora's main industries in are lamb production, dairying, fruit growing and mixed farming and Southern hemisphere truffles are a new specialty crop. Being further inland than most of Christchurch, Rangiora has hotter summers and colder winters.
Rangiora was occupied by Maori for several hundred years before the arrival of Europeans. The stunning landscape of the area and the potential for grazing lands inspired a Canterbury surveyor, Charles Obins Torlesse, to build the first dwelling in the town in 1851.
Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region
Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region