Burnside, Christchurch

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Burnside is located in New Zealand
Burnside is located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Coordinates: 43°29′59″S 172°34′07″E / 43.499857°S 172.568658°E / -43.499857; 172.568658Coordinates: 43°29′59″S 172°34′07″E / 43.499857°S 172.568658°E / -43.499857; 172.568658
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityChristchurch
 • Land112.9 ha (279.0 acres)
 • Total2,325
Harewood Bishopdale

Burnside is a suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, located southeast of Christchurch International Airport. As with most suburbs in Christchurch, it has no defined boundaries and is a general area.


Burnside was originally part of a farm, approximately 1,700 acres (6.9 km2) in size, owned by the early settler William Boag (1828-1904), who arrived in 1851 from Perthshire. It was named for the small creeks that formed the headwaters of the Waimairi Stream.[2][3] The name Burnside was made official by the Waimairi County Council in 1959,[4] although Burnside Road had been renamed Memorial Avenue in 1950.[5]

For the first hundred years of European settlement, the area in and around Burnside was farmland, with sheep, cattle and orchards occupying the land.[citation needed]


  • Burnside Primary School opened in 1956.
  • Burnside High School opened in February 1960.
  • Kendal School opened in 1961.
  • Isleworth School opened at the beginning of 1962.
  • Cobham Intermediate, named initially Fendalton Intermediate, opened in 1963.
  • Roydvale School opened in 1967.
  • Christ the King Primary School.


Burnside contains a central park (Burnside Park), and its two central roads are Memorial Avenue and Greers Road. It contains a smaller park (Jellie Park) opposite Burnside High School on Greers Road.


  1. ^ "2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Burnside". archive.stats.govt.nz. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Bryndwr and Burnside". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  3. ^ Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling (ed.). Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-14-320410-7.
  4. ^ Harper, Margaret (July 2011). "Christchurch Place Names" (HTML). Christchurch City Libraries. p. 36. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  5. ^ O’Connor, Paul (2009). Choosing the Right Path: Burnside High School 1960-2010. Christchurch: Silver Fox Publishing. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-473-15685-5.

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