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Rangiora is the largest town and seat of the Waimakariri District, in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand's South Island. It is 29km north of Christchurch, and is considered a satellite town of the city. With a population of Rangiora is the 25th largest urban area in New Zealand, and the fourth-largest in the Canterbury Region (behind Christchurch, Timaru and Ashburton).GeographyRangiora is 29km north of Christchurch's Cathedral Square or 20 minutes drive north of the Christchurch International Airport. It is close to the northern end of Canterbury's Inland Scenic Route (formerly State Highway 72), which skirts the inner edge of the Canterbury Plains, running southwest to Timaru via Oxford and Geraldine. The Ashley River is just to the north of the town.PopulationAs of the 2006 census the population of the urban area was 11,871. There were approximately 4,500 more people living in the surrounding rural area. The urban area has seen a growth rate of over 10% in the last five years, while the rural areas have seen population growth in excess of 25%.
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