Woodend, New Zealand

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Minor urban area
Woodend in 2010
Woodend in 2010
Woodend is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 43°19′S 172°40′E / 43.317°S 172.667°E / -43.317; 172.667Coordinates: 43°19′S 172°40′E / 43.317°S 172.667°E / -43.317; 172.667
Country New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Territorial authority Waimakariri District
 • Total 5.09 km2 (1.97 sq mi)
Population (June 2014 estimate)[1]
 • Total 2,940
 • Density 580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Postcode 7610

Woodend is a town in the Waimakariri District, in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand's South Island. It is named after one of New Zealand's early settlers, Thomas Woodend.

The town has a population of 2,940 (June 2014 estimate).[1] It is 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of central Christchurch, and is a satellite town of the city; at the 2006 Census, 63% of employed Woodend residents worked in Christchurch.[2]

Woodend is in the Waimakariri District with both the Waimakariri and Ashley Rivers running either side. Close by Pegasus Bay and a new town currently under construction called Pegasus Town. There are planned subdivisions at Ravenswood and Tuahiwi[citation needed] with a Catholic primary and high schools[citation needed] to be named after Pope Benedict XVI and a shopping centre planned on Wards Road.[citation needed] The State Highway 1 speed limit will be set at 60 km/h.[citation needed]


Woodend School is Woodend's only school. It is a state co-educational full primary school[3] with a decile rating of 8 and a roll of 366 students (as of October 2014).[4] The principal is Graeme Barber.