Located along the main arterial route to the north of Christchurch, Papanui Road, the suburb of Papanui is considered to be a mid-range socio economic area with extensive shopping along the main road. Papanui includes one of the city’s larger shopping malls, Northlands, a co-ed high school and a number of service businesses. Papanui neighbours the semi-rural suburb of Harewood and is close to horticultural areas (berryfruit) along Sawyers Arms Road.
Location: North West Christchurch.
Distance from Cathedral Square (straight line): 4km.
Buses: Orbiter, Routes 10 (Harewood), 11 (Styx Mill), 12 (Northwood), 13 (Redwood), 14 (Nunweek), 15 (Bishopdale), 16 (Belfast), 18 (Northlands)
Amenities: St James Park, Edgar McIntosh Park, Papanui Domain, Erica Reserve, Shearer Ave reserve, smaller reserves; Papanui Library on Langdons Road
Cafes and Restaurants: Flying Burrito Brothers, Robert Harris Cafe, Station Cafe Restaurant, Phoenix Bar & Cafe, Muffin Break, Garoma Fine Foods, Chipmunks Playland & Cafe, Subway, Hungry Wok Express, Sushi World, Indian Harvest Takeaways, Phuket Thai Resaurant.
Shopping: Northlands Mall, Countdown, Pak n Save. Shops on Papanui Road, Main North Road and Harewood Road
Schools & Institutions: Paparoa St Primary, Waimairi Primary, Papanui Primary, St Joseph’s Primary, Allenvale Special School, Papanui High, St Bedes College, St Andrews College, Christchurch Adventist School, St Margaret’s College
Housing Type: A diverse suburb with a wide range of styles and ages of houses, plus a number of retirement complexes and over 60s housing.
Neighbouring Suburbs: Harewood, Northcote, Casebrook, Bishopdale, Bryndwr, St Albans, Merivale