Oxford is just 45 minutes drive west of Christchurch on Tram Road or the Inland Scenic Route 72. It is nestled near the foothills of the Southern Alps and offers many recreation and leisure activities.
There is a real sense of an English village atmosphere and genuine warmth about the people that you meet in Oxford.The very popular boutique shop of Emma's at Oxford will have you buying merino on even the hottest days and their selection of gift & home wares and books is second to none. Near by in an historic cottage is Masiy Blue specialising in tableware and fine china, dolls, teddy bears and little girl adorable dresses. Marmalade Clothing and Arts in Oxford is a must stop also
For a small rural village, you will find plenty of choices here. Cafe51 is a crowd please where you can sit on the verandah and watch the world go by. Just along from there is Cruisy Day Diner. The Diner is like stepping back into time to the 1950's. Sheffield Pie Shop and Bakery Cafe is the 5 star of pies! Bottom line is you can't go to Oxford and not stop at the Pie Shop and get a pie - a NZ classic!
The nearby mountains and river gorges are popular for bush walking, garden tours, golf, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, swimming and jet boating. The Waimakariri Gorge is the final transition point for the Speights Coast to Coast Multisport Event held in February each year.
Oxford like all the other towns in the Waimakariri is Motor-home friendly. If you want to wake up to bird song or a gentle river, then a stay at the Ashley Gorge Holiday Park is a well known and popular summertime destination for friends and families.
The Motel in the centre of Oxford, Oxford Village Motel, is a new and modern motel with full cooking facilities and is also affordable.
Be sure to book ahead if you can as it is popular. The B&B's near Oxford are also very popular. Known for the welcoming hospitality, warm and comfortable rooms in beautiful settings check out the garden stay at Ribblesdale, the Farmstay at Mingray or the beautiful country hosted Hielan House.
Oxford started in early 1850s as a saw milling town. In the 1870s, it was home to 11 timber mills which would be hauled by beast to Christchurch. A major fire in 1898 curtailed milling in the area with the last mill closing in 1912. The town is named after Samuel Wilberforce, bishop of Oxford, who was also a member of the Canterbury Association.
For information on Oxford for businesses development and support please refer to Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC). ENC is the economic development agency for North Canterbury and offers support and training for businesses in North Canterbury.
Oxford Promotions Action Committee (OPAC) is a local community organisation that works with their business members and partners to run visitor events that showcase the town and hosts local business functions. OPAC also advocates and promotes the town of Oxford.