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History of Silverstream

Silverstream is a vibrant community with a rich history and a deep connection to its surroundings. From its role in the post-earthquake recovery to the iconic Butcher’s Bridge and tranquil Silverstream River, this area offers a unique blend of heritage and natural beauty that adds to its strong sense of place.

Drone shot of Silverstream site in 2013 showing stages in progress

Earthquake Recovery

Silverstream Subdivision was granted consent as part of the earthquake recovery effort after the September 2010 earthquake that significantly damaged Kaiapoi. Stage 1 was officially opened a few years later in 2012 by former Prime Minister John Key, along with former Earthquake Recovery Minister, Gerry Brownlee and former Minister Kate Wilkinson. The land was blessed by local iwi Ngāi Tūāhuriri at the official opening ceremony.


Silverstream has a rich agricultural history, with the land originally being a dairy farm. The land, once home to grazing cows, has now transformed into a thriving community. The thoughtfully chosen street names in Silverstream pay homage to the area’s heritage, featuring prominent individuals who have shaped the community, including the former farm owners. These street names celebrate Silverstream’s heritage and the stories behind the land, connecting the present community with its roots.

Dairy cows in a paddock
Silverstream river looking towards the mountains

Silverstream River

The Silverstream River, a tributary of the Waimakariri River, meanders through Silverstream Subdivision and is known for its crystal-clear, spring-fed waters.

A group of dedicated local volunteers from our community devote their Thursday mornings to planting native plants along the Silverstream River and their efforts help maintain the river’s natural beauty for all to enjoy!

Butcher’s Bridge

Butcher’s Bridge is a historic suspension bridge that dates back to 1890. After falling into disrepair in the 1980s, the bridge was restored by the Kaiapoi Promotion Association in 2001, reopening for everyone to enjoy. Despite facing damage from Christchurch earthquakes in 2011, it was restored once again and today Butcher’s Bridge stands as a cherished icon in Silverstream!

Butcher's Bridge over the the river at sunset looking towards Silverstream Subdivision

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