Northwood is a new community/subdivision created and named in 2000 by developers RD Hughes. Northwood includes the Styx River, and has been designed along current urban design principles to include green areas, waterways and shared space. Features of this suburb include wide streets and reticulated gas to every section – a rarity in Christchurch. Northwood is also well located for access to Christchurch International Airport via Johns Road.
Location: North of Christchurch, on southern boundaries of Belfast
Distance from Cathedral Square (straight line): 8km
Buses: Routes 12 (Northwood), 11 (Styx Mill), 16 (Belfast), 8 (Casebrook/Hoon Hay)
Landscape: Flat, newly developed.
Amenities: Close to Waimakariri River for jetboating, fishing, swimming, walking and cycling; Styx Mill Reserve; Spencerville Beach; Pro-Fitness gym; Willowbank Wildlife Reserve; Clearwater Golf Resort; The Groynes Recreation Reserve
Cafes and Restaurants: Barracouta Restaurant and Bar, Esquires Coffee House, Caesars Family Restaurant/Bar, Rosebank Estate, Ko Tane at Willowbank, Chardonnay Motor Lodge, Peppers Clearwater
Shopping: Northwood Supa Centre, Northlands Mall,
Schools & Institutions: St Bede’s College, Papanui High School, Belfast Primary, Redwood Primary, Casebrook Intermediate, Emmanuel Christian School, Northwood Preschool
Housing type: Modern executive homes and apartments built from 2005 onwards.
Sections: Available as new areas of the subdivision are opened up
Neighbouring Suburbs: Redwood, Casebrook, Marshlands, Belfast, Ouruhia