Popular yet affordable, Beckenham is a family orientated suburb neighbouring the more expensive suburb Cashmere, but within easy reach of Christchurch’s city centre. Within easy reach of recreation on the Port Hills, including walking and mountain biking, as well as the port town of Lyttelton and the bays of Banks Peninsula.
Location: South Christchurch, towards Cashmere and the Port Hills
Distance from Cathedral Square (direct line): 3.5km down Colombo Street.
Buses: Routes 15 (Bowenvale) 66 (Murray Aynsley) 67 (Dyers Pass) 10 (Cashmere) Orbiter
Landscape: The area has a flat contour. The picturesque Heathcote River winds through this predominantly residential suburb, which is referred to locally as the Beckenham Loop.
Amenities: Recreation – Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre, Beckenham Park, Waimea Reserve, riverbank reserves,
Shopping: Colombo Street strip shops, corner shops
Cafes, Bars and Restaurants: The Cup Cafe (Hackthorne Rd),Coffee Culture, Cortado Restaurant, Nando’s, Filadelfio’s.
Gourmet Pizza: Blue Jean Cuisine; Cafe Mano;
Schools & Institutions: Cherry’s Early Learning Centre, Beckenham Primary, Thorrington Primary, St Peter’s Primary, Christchurch South Intermediate, Cashmere High School South Christchurch Library
Housing type: Beckenham features houses ranging from weatherboard Victorian villas, Californian bungalows and cottages to contemporary houses, townhouses and units. Streets are wide and leafy, with many established trees and plenty of character.
Neighbouring suburbs: Cashmere, Sydenham, Hoon Hay, Huntsbury, Somerfield, St Martins, Barrington