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Burnside & Bryndwr Suburb Profile

Burnside/Bryndwr at a glance ...

Burnside and Bryndwr are a suburbs of Christchurch, New Zealand, located southeast of Christchurch International Airport. As with most suburbs in Christchurch, they have no defined boundaries and is a general area. 


Most of the land in northwest Christchurch which developed into Burnside and Bryndwr was farmed for the first hundred years of European settlement in small blocks given over to sheep, cattle, market gardening and orchards. When it was built in 1878, the Greer homestead (now 302 Greers Road) was a landmark visible for miles.


It was surrounded by a farm which originally covered an area of about 99 acres from Wairakei Road through to Condell Avenue and south to Jennifer Street when roads were just dirt or gravel tracks.


Burnside is a popular area as it is close to good schools, with plenty of green spaces and recreational opportunities. Burnside High School is one of the largest secondary schools in New Zealand, with about 2,600 students and 200 staff. The school also has a large purpose-built performing arts centre. Other schools in the area are Burnside Primary, Christ the King, Wairakei, Cobham Intermediate and Westburn. Also in this area is Allenvale School, aspecial school for young people with disabilities.

Burnside High School - Aurora centre for performing arts

Burnside/Bryndwr is a diverse community with a high percentage of people of Asian ethnicity at 17.9 per cent compared with Christchurch city at 9.4 percent. Developed during the 1950s and 1960s, Bryndwr has a concentration of state houses and a low socio-economic ranking, contrasting with the neighbouring suburbs that are among the city's more affluent. According to 2013 Census data, the median age for the area is 36 years, slightly lower than the Christchurch City median of 38.


The area also boasts the Christchurch City Council-owned Jellie Park Recreation and Sport Centre which has two 25 metre indoor lane swimming pools and a fitness centre with state of the art equipment. During the summer residents can use the 50 metre heated outdoor pool, diving boards and hydroslides.



Schools in the area

  • Burnside Primary School
  • Burnside High School
  • Kendal School
  • Isleworth School
  • Cobham Intermediate
  • Roydvale School
  • Christ the King Primary School

Census information for Burnside and Bryndwr suburbs
















Information care of: Christchurch City Council

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