Kaiapoi used to be the seat of an important trading center of the Ngai Tahu tribe. You can visit the pa, which appears as a series of low mounds of grass.
This attractive village, north of the Waimakariri River, was an important commercial center in the 1850s and 1860s, when waterways allowed cutters, schooners and steamships to assist pioneer settlers with their needs. At the beginning, the largest settlement of the Ngai Tahu tribe was located there. The village had an approximate population of more than 5000 people and was the center of economic activities.
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