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Salmon Capital of New Zealand

Rakaia is a rural community set on the Canterbury Plains 50 kilometers south of Christchurch. The township of over 1000 people was established on the southern side of the Rakaia River at its major crossing. The original road and rail bridge was built in 1873. The present road bridge was opened in 1939 and spans 1.8 kilometers of one of the world’s best examples of a ‘braided’ river. When constructed it was the longest bridge in the Southern Hemisphere. The bridge is the gateway to Mid-Canterbury and southbound travelers often turn westward over the bridge to explore the Southern Alps

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Rakaia News
Latest Issue of Rakaia News
What: Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition
Where: Rakaia River
When: 23rd - 25th February 2018

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