Bexley, New Zealand

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Bexley is located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Coordinates: 43°30′50″S 172°42′50″E / 43.51389°S 172.71389°E / -43.51389; 172.71389Coordinates: 43°30′50″S 172°42′50″E / 43.51389°S 172.71389°E / -43.51389; 172.71389
CountryNew Zealand
Territorial authorityChristchurch City
 • Total2.7779 km2 (1.0726 sq mi)
Population (2006 census)[1]
 • Total4,134
 • Density1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)

The suburb of Bexley is situated in East Christchurch on the west bank of the Avon River approximately one kilometre from the Avon Heathcote Estuary. It is enclosed within a bend in the Avon River and borders the suburb of Aranui.


Bexley is one of the eastern suburbs. Its eastern boundary is the Avon River. Boundary roads are Pages Road in the north, Shuttle Drive in the west, and Cuthberts Road, Breezes Road and Bridge Street in the south. Bexley was substantially damaged in the February 2011 earthquake, with approximately 90% of homes in the area needing to be demolished, mostly due to the effects of liquefaction. Much of the suburb is now recreational open space.[2] Aranui is located to the north of Pages Road.[3]


Bexley is best known for its wetlands which in recent years have been developed for housing and also a wildlife preserve. There are a number of walkways along the Avon River and through the Bexley wetlands area.

Bexley is considered a High Risk Flood Zone. The Avon River can carry around 30% of Christchurch’s Storm water discharge and many parts of Bexley are threatened by the combination of high tides and flooding.[citation needed] New homes and significant changes to older homes require an increase to either the floor level and/or the ground level.

Housing in Bexley is a mix of styles mainly from the early 1960s onward. Recent developments around wetland areas have seen large growth in new medium-sized bungalow style houses since the late 1990s. And most usable property will be built on by late 2007. There has been consistent activity in subdividing larger older properties since the late 1970s which is expected to continue well in to the future.

Other recent changes include the linking of Anzac Drive and Bexley Road to complete the Christchurch East Ring Road to the port of Lyttelton.

Earthquake damage[edit]

Liquefaction has caused this house to sink after the Christchurch earthquakes.

In the earthquake of September 2010 over 100 houses in the suburb were rendered uninhabitable by silt and subsidence due to soil liquefaction.[4]

Flooding from soil liquefaction again caused serious flooding, and damaged roads and services in February 2011 from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.[5][6]

In June 2011 the government announced that for a number of areas in Christchurch "There is significant and extensive area wide land damage; The success of engineering solutions may be uncertain in terms of design, its success and possible commencement, given the ongoing seismic activity; and, Any repair would be disruptive and protracted for landowners." As a result, the government offered to purchase the properties owned in this and similar areas for their pre-quake rateable value. Bexley and other affected areas have been classified as a red zone.[7]


  1. ^ Population reported for Bexley from Quickstats about Bexley. Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Bexley Park Sports Field". Find:NZ. Christchurch NZ. 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Boundary Map of Aranui". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  4. ^ Dickison, Michael (6 September 2010). "They're going to bulldoze the whole street". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  5. ^ Dastgheib, Shabnam (25 February 2011). "Christchurch Earthquake: Quake last straw for Bexley widow with autistic son". Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  6. ^ Masters, Catherine (25 February 2011). "Christchurch earthquake: Bexley's heartache starts all over again". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  7. ^ NZGOVT, CERA (23 June 2011). "Welcome to LandCheck" (PDF). Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.