Linwood, New Zealand

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Linwood is located in New Zealand Christchurch
Coordinates: 43°31′53″S 172°40′21″E / 43.53139°S 172.67250°E / -43.53139; 172.67250Coordinates: 43°31′53″S 172°40′21″E / 43.53139°S 172.67250°E / -43.53139; 172.67250
 • Total 2.8345 km2 (1.0944 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 4,290
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)

Linwood is an inner suburb of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. It lies to the East of the city centre, mostly between Ferry Road and Linwood Avenue, two of the major arterial roads to the Eastern suburbs of Christchurch.


Linwood was given its name by Joseph Brittan, who purchased rural section 300 in Avonside and later added the adjacent rural section 301, in total 110 hectares (1.1 km2).[1] He called the farm Linwood, as he was from Linwood, Hampshire.[2] Brittan built Linwood House at 30 Linwood Avenue in 1857, which stood there until demolition following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.[1][3]

Christchurch lacked an accessible port before the construction of the Lyttelton rail tunnel in 1867. This posed a significant problem for the fledgling city. A barge service along what is now Linwood Avenue was mooted prior to this tunnel but was never completed.

Linwood was the location for the Edmonds (baking powder) factory that featured on the front of the Edmonds Cookbook.

Goods and services[edit]

Linwood's commercial area is concentrated around the intersection of Linwood Avenue and Aldwins Road / Buckleys Road. Eastgate Mall lies on the Eastern corner of this intersection.


Local schools include:

  • Linwood College
  • Linwood Intermediate
  • Linwood Avenue Primary School
  • Linwood North School


  1. ^ a b "Linwood House". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Greenaway, Richard L. N. (June 2007). "Avonside Anglican Parish Cemetery Tour" (PDF). Christchurch City Libraries. p. 9. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Cronshaw, Tim (5 March 2011). "Heritage heartbreak looms". The Press. Retrieved 13 August 2011.