Woodend is a town in the Waimakariri District of Canterbury, South Island of New Zealand. The town has a population of approximately 3,080 (as at June 2017).  It is located on State Highway 1, 25 kilometres north of central Christchurch  We are generally surrounded by farmland and our neighbours are Kaiapoi, Tuahiwi, Pegasus, Rangiora and Waikuku.

Surveyors first arrived to the Woodend area in the mid 1800’s. Woodend was named around 1862 and received it’s name by being ‘at the end of the wood‘, which was the edge of the Tuahiwi bushland.  In the late 1800’s, saw milling was a primary occupation and by the year 1900, Woodend had a population of 350. The first school in the area was built in 1859, the first hotel several years earlier and the Anglican Church was built in 1862.

Woodend Beach is popular and safe for swimming, surfing, walking, running, horse riding, and the playground area is a favourite location for picnics at any time of the year.  Woodend is a great base for exploring the Waimakariri district, visiting Christchurch or the Waipara Valley Vineyards

Woodend is a family friendly community with many features including:

Child care friendly parks

Child care facilities

Gladstone Park Sports Fields

Walking Tracks

Woodend Beach

Many playgrounds

Tuhaitara Coastal Park

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