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Avonhead is located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Coordinates: 43°31′S 172°34′E / 43.517°S 172.567°E / -43.517; 172.567Coordinates: 43°31′S 172°34′E / 43.517°S 172.567°E / -43.517; 172.567

The suburb of Avonhead is located in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Avonhead has two primary schools (Avonhead Primary School[1] and Merrin School,[2] a shopping mall (Avonhead Mall), and several parks.


Engineer William Bayley Bray (1812–1885) arrived in Canterbury in January 1851 on the Duke of Bronte and built a homestead at the head of the Avon River in an area with many springs, and he thus called it Avonhead. The area itself was referred to as Avonwood in early records,[3] but Avonhead became the common term and this was formally adopted by the Waimairi County Council 1959.[4][5]

The former Avonhead homestead in the 1890s


Major parks include Avonhead Park, Crosbie Park, Hyde Park, Ferrier Park and Burnside Park. There are various smaller reserves such as Stewarts Bush, Cricklewood Reserve, Westgrove Park, Staverly Reserve, Brigadoon Reserve, Bullock Reserve and Strathean Reserve.


Avonhead School[edit]

Avonhead School
55 Avonhead Road, Avonhead, Christchurch
Motto'Growing Excellence Together'
Ministry of Education Institution no.3287
PrincipalCharles Levings
School roll658[6] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile7

Avonhead School is a primary school in Avonhead, Christchurch. Located adjacent Ferrier park to the West and Avonhead road to East. The school has typically between 500 and 600 students and is a decile 7 school. It has students from years 1 to 8, therefore covers intermediate schooling. Some people go to Cobham Intermediate. Most students from Avonhead School go on to secondary schooling at Riccarton High School or Burnside High School. The school has 22 classrooms and built a new school hall in 2010/2011. It has seen major refurbishment work done to the old classrooms and expansion of new classrooms into the old school field. It has also built two buildings on part of the field and junior basketball court. The school has also made a netball court and refurbished its old basketball court. This is to address the overcrowding that school was facing (122 percent capacity).[7]


  1. ^ "Our Vision". Avonhead School. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Merrin School". Merrin School. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  3. ^ Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling, ed. Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-14-320410-7.
  4. ^ "Avonhead". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  5. ^ Harper, Margaret (July 2011). "Christchurch Place Names" (PDF). Christchurch City Libraries. p. 15. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  7. ^ O'Callaghan, Jody; Redmond, Adele; Small, Jamie (23 May 2017). "Hundreds of schools over capacity or at risk of overcrowding". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 23 May 2017.