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Waimakariri Country Music Festival

Waimakariri Country Music Festival had its launch in 2023, with over 300 people attending the Showcase and festival sessions. The 2024 Festival was another successful venture, with support by country music clubs in the Waimakariri area and by the Waimakariri District Council. 


The event brings interested country music people together, and invites people to visit the area and enjoy a blend of entertainment, fellowship, and explore the many features and places of interest in the Rangiora, and wider Waimakariri area.

The name Waimakariri comes from the Māori words wai, meaning water, and makariri, meaning cold. It is one of the largest, braided rivers in Canterbury, flowing 151 kilometres from the Southern Alps, across the Canterbury Plains to the eastern seaboard. 

Many activities take place on the "Waimak", and many people cross over this river every day, travelling south to Christchurch, or travelling north to Rangiora, Woodend, Kaiapoi, or further afield to Kaikoura, Blenheim, Picton, Nelson, and through the Lewis Pass to the West Coast.

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