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Merivale is located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Coordinates: 43°31′01″S 172°36′59″E / 43.517031°S 172.616522°E / -43.517031; 172.616522Coordinates: 43°31′01″S 172°36′59″E / 43.517031°S 172.616522°E / -43.517031; 172.616522
 • Total0.9798 km2 (0.3783 sq mi)
 • Total3,012
 • Density3,100/km2 (8,000/sq mi)

Merivale is a suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, north of the city centre. Like all suburbs in Christchurch, it has no defined boundaries and is a general area, but for the purposes of statistical analysis only, Statistics New Zealand[1] defines it as being Heaton Street to the north, Papanui Road to the east, Harper and Bealey Avenues to the south and Rossall Street to the west, although Real Estate advertising often will claim residences outside this area, especially St Albans to the east of Papanui Road, as being Merivale due to the perceived desirability of the area.[citation needed]

Early history[edit]

Charlotte Jackson of Rugby arrived in 1851 for her two rural sections which went from Merivale Lane to Aikmans Road and from Papanui Road to Boundary Road. She named the 100 acres (0.40 km2) block Merevale. Her brother-in-law, the Rev. Thomas Jackson, was the vicar of Merevale, near Atherstone in Warwickshire. Charlotte Jackson later sold the sections. In December 1859 she sold the northern 50 acres (200,000 m2) to Capt. T. H. Withers of Deptford, and in 1862 the southern 50 acres (200,000 m2) to William Sefton Moorhouse. Moorhouse build a magnificent home on Merevale farm of which half still stands today at 31 Naseby Street.[2] Subsequent owners of the property included John Studholme, John Thomas Peacock and Alfred Louisson.[3]

Merivale Shopping Centre (1983)

A hotel has stood at the intersection of Papanui Road and Bealey Avenue since 1865. Carlton Hotel was built in its place in 1906 in time for the New Zealand International Exhibition.[4] The hotel was demolished in April 2011 and has since been rebuilt to a contemporary design.[5]


Merivale has retained much of the charm and graciousness of the early estates. There are still a few of the narrow streets and lanes and many of the original cottages have been restored. The Mall with supermarket, boutiques and upmarket shops is close to the city. The area is predominantly residential.

Rangi Ruru is located in Merivale. St Margaret's College is also located in Merivale.


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand.
  2. ^ St Albans, from Swamp to Suburbs, An Informal History. New Zealand Federation of University Women Canterbury Branch. 1989. pp. 10–18. ISBN 0-473-00693-6.
  3. ^ "Historic Christchurch House For Sale". Canterbury Heritage. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Carlton Hotel". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  5. ^ Davis, Joanna (9 April 2011). "Historic hotel for urgent demolition". The Press. Retrieved 10 April 2011.