Woodend is a small town on State Highway One that is surrounded by farmed land and lifestyle blocks. Located 25 minutes from Christchurch and bordering the new towns of Pegasus and Ravenswood, Woodend has a number of food outlets, school, community centre and motels.

The nearby 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 being close to the beaches, exploring the Waimakariri district, visiting Christchurch or the Waipara Valley Vineyards. 

Popular Parks and Walks

History of Woodend

Woodend is named after an early New Zealand settler, Thomas Woodend and once boasted flour and flax milling, brick making and bacon curing. Not far from Woodend is Tuahiwi which was home to Te Wai Pounamu College, a school for Maori girls before moving into Christchurch. Tuahiwi is the main settlement of the Ngai Tuahuriri hapu (a sub tribe of Ngai Tahu) and has a newly built Marae. 

For information on Woodend for businesses development and support please refer to Enterprise North Canterbury