Mairehau is one of the city’s newer suburbs, bounded by Christchurch’s “green belt” which means a number of properties have rural or semi-rural outlooks onto paddocks and market gardens. The recently constructed QE11 Drive motorway takes traffic from the Northwest of the city out towards the coast, and can be joined from the top end of Philpotts Road or Innes Road, while Marshlands Road is the major route to the North.
Location: Inner North-East Christchurch.
Distance from Cathedral Square (direct): 4km.
Amenities: MacFarlane Park and smaller reserves, Shirley Golf Course, Edgeware Tennis Club, Horseshoe Lake Reserve, close to QE11 Leisure Centre, Kerr’s Reach (rowing), Mairehau Library
Buses: Orbiter, Metrostar, Routes ???
Schools & Institutions: Shirley Intermediate, Mairehau Primary, Shirley Boys’ High, Mairehau High, Marian College, Avonside Girls’ High, Mairehau Primary School, Heaton Intermediate, Paparoa Street Primary, Glenmoor Primary School
Shopping: Shops at Innes Road, Briggs Road, Marshlands Road and The Palms shopping Mall, as well as Warrington Street
Cafes and Restaurants: Euro Deli Meats, BB’s Cafe, Providence Cafe, Hammersley’s, Hell Pizza, Kiwi Roasts, Papas Pizza, Kidds Cakes and Bakery
Housing Type: Mostly 1950 – 1970s houses. Wide range of ages and types of housing, mostly free-standing houses, with pockets of new development.
Neighbouring Suburbs: St Albans, Edgeware, Northcote, Burwood, Marshland