Swannanoa, New Zealand

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Swannanoa, New Zealand
Swannanoa is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 43°23′S 172°28′E / 43.383°S 172.467°E / -43.383; 172.467Coordinates: 43°23′S 172°28′E / 43.383°S 172.467°E / -43.383; 172.467
Country  New Zealand
Island South Island
Region Canterbury
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
The Swannanoa school pool and school gate

Swannanoa is a small originally farming village 35 kilometres northwest of Christchurch, New Zealand. The area has an estimated population of 1,000 with 287 pupils enrolled in the primary school, established in 1871. The population is slowly increasing due to new subdivisions being developed there and in neighbouring Mandeville North.


Swannanoa School is a state co-educational full primary school[1] with a decile rating of 10 and a roll of 287 students (as of February 2017).[2] The principal is Brian Price.[3] The school's country fair is held every March.

World land speed record[edit]

New Zealand motorcycle speed record holder Russell Wright gained the World Land Speed Record, reaching 184.83 miles per hour on a Vincent HRD motorcycle on 2 July 1955, on Tram Road. A plaque commemorates the achievement. Tram Road, the main road through Swannanoa, is an almost dead straight, ten-mile-long two-lane highway. It is a popular location for speed trial events. This World Record is unusual as most that were officially recognised were achieved in the United States, where presumably more financial incentives and space existed.


The name Swannanoa originated from American John Evans Brown (Yankee Brown), who named the land he settled after a Native American settlement. The Swannanoa Homestead has for many years been farmed by the Petrie Family.


  1. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Swannanoa School
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Brian Price - Principal". www.swannanoa.school.nz. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 

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