About Rakaia

Rakaia is located on the south bank of the Rakaia River and is the northern gateway to Ashburton District. With a population of 1,200, Rakaia is a quickly developing region.

A rural servicing town, Rakaia has a growing industrial commercial base with innovative engineering firms specialising in agricultural and marine products. Rakaia is widely known as the 'Salmon Capital' of New Zealand due to the salmon and trout able to be caught in the Rakaia River.

The wide braided river bed offers some of the best jet boating opportunities in the world. Its surrounding farm land is known as being fertile and productive.

Rakaia Community Strategic Plan

The Rakaia Community Strategic Plan has been developed by the Rakaia community through a process facilitated by the Ashburton District Council. The Plan provides Rakaia with a 'roadmap' for the community's direction and development for the next ten years.

The 2009 strategy builds on the success of the previous plan, developed in 2001. The original plan proved to be a resounding success with most of the actions achieved.

View the Rakaia Strategic Plan

For further information please contact Council by email or phone (03) 307 7700.