Merivale is a very picturesque suburb that was once home to many of the city’s large estates. This has created a mix of large historic homes and smaller cottages, now intertwined with modern executive homes, townhouses and apartments.
This is a sought after part of Christchurch, due partly to its character, great boutique shopping and cafe/bar scene, but also because of its close proximity to the central city. Papanui Road runs through the centre of Merivale and is another main arterial route which includes many motels and hotels both north and south of Merivale Mall.
Location: Inner North West Christchurch
Distance from Cathedral Square (straight line): 2km.
Buses: Metrostar, Routes 10 (Harewood), 11 (Styx Mill), 12 (Northwood), 13 (Redwood), 15 (Bishopdale).
Amenities: Elmwood Park, Elmwood Tennis Courts, Abberley Park, Millbrook Reserve
Cafes and Restaurants: Ivy, Savoire Cafe, Ace Wasabi Japanese Restaurant, Salsa Salsa, Coffee Culture, Bridgettes Espresso Bar, The Brewers Arms, No. 4 Bar, Tutte Bene, Aikmans Restaurant, Leinster Rd Restaurant, Bologna, Merry Thai Restaurant, Little India, JDV
Shopping: Merivale Mall, shopping on Papanui Road, Northlands Mall, Holmwood shops, Carlton Corner shops
Schools & Institutions: Elmwood Normal School, Selwyn House, Ferndale, Heaton Intermediate, St Margarets College, Rangi Ruru Girls School, Christchurch Girls’ High, Christchurch Boys’ High.
Housing Type: Houses range in age from late 19th century cottages, villas and large character homes through to newly built houses, townhouses and units.
Sections: Few available, mainly infill where houses have been removed, or properties subdivided.
Neighbouring Suburbs: St Albans, Bryndwr, Fendalton, Papanui