Edgeware, Christchurch: A Must See for a Balance Between Suburban Charm and City Living!

Edgeware Christchurch NZ

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Imagine a cosy haven just a stone’s throw away from the bustling central city of Christchurch yet still offering a sense of community that makes you feel right at home. That’s Edgeware, a suburb that perfectly marries convenience, lifestyle, and residential charm.

The best part is, it’s just a short drive from our Lovoir Day Spa, making it a perfect side trip after a day of pampering and exploration! 

Here’s everything you need to know about Edgeware for the next time you find yourself in this side of the city.


Situated to the north of Christchurch central city, Edgeware is a suburb that offers the best of both worlds. 

Edgeware Landscape in Christchurch NZ

With its central location near Colombo Street’s northern end, you’re never far from the action. Yet, the suburb itself is a peaceful enclave, featuring a variety of shops that make up the charming Edgeware Village. 

Its proximity to Bealey Ave makes commuting to other parts of the city a breeze. The area is a blend of modern townhouses and character villas, offering architectural diversity that adds to its charm.


The Edgeware community thrives on diversity and inclusivity. The suburb has seen a steady growth in population over the years, making it a sought-after location for both locals and newcomers. As of the June 2022 report, Edgeware had an estimated population of 4,480 people. 

Here’s a closer look at the demographic makeup of this charming suburb:

Edgeware Community in Christchurch NZ

  • Gender Balance: The community has a well-balanced mix of males and females, mirroring the overall population profile of Christchurch city.

  • Ethnic Diversity: Edgeware is one of the more diverse suburbs in Christchurch. The residents are 69.1% European/Pākehā, 23.2% Asian, 8.8% Māori, and 2.6% Pacific peoples, adding to the character of the community. Moreover, it is reported that 37.5% of the community were born overseas versus 27% of overall New Zealand, pointing to a rich ethnic background of the area.

  • Religious Diversity: The suburb is respectful of different faiths and beliefs, including Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and those who do not associate with any specific religion.

  • Age Groups: The age groups in Edgeware include 45.7% aged 30 to 64 years old, 34.8% aged 15 to 29, 11.3% below 15 years old, and 8.3% aged 65 and above. While there is a good mix of ages and life stages, the median age of the suburb is 31.2 years old (versus 37.4 years old nationally, painting a youthful community where career and family take centre stage. 

  • Occupational Status: The suburb boasts a community of skilled, empowered and financially stable residents. 75% are reportedly employed either full-time or part-time, while only 4.3% of the working-age residents were unemployed. Additionally, the median income in the area is higher than the national average at $37,000 vs. $31,800. 


Like Christchurch city as a whole, one of the most compelling aspects of Edgeware is its strong sense of community. Local initiatives and community groups are active, making it a welcoming place for everyone.

For one, there’s the Packe Street Park, known for its volunteer-run community garden where you can pick your own vegetables and enjoy the greenery.

Packe Street Park and Community Garden in Edgeware Christchurch NZ

The Edgeware Business Association was formed to promote the area as a place for people to shop, dine, and enjoy. 

Whether you’re craving Thai food at Sema’s Thai Cuisine or looking for a hearty meal at Bailies Bar and Restaurant, Edgeware Village has something for everyone. For book lovers, The Paperback Centre, a secondhand book dealer, is a treasure trove that has been part of the community for nearly 35 years. 

The area also has a vibrant arts scene, with local artists displaying their work in various shops.


Edgeware’s strategic location provides easy access to various schools in the neighbouring areas, making it a convenient choice for families. 

It is within a reasonable distance from both primary and secondary schools like St Albans Primary School, St Albans Catholic School, Mairehau Primary School, Shirley Intermediate School, and St Mary’s School among many others.

Its central location also provides easy access to tertiary institutions like the University of Canterbury and the Ara Institute.


Edgeware is far from a traditional tourist hotspot in Christchurch, but its unique residential charm and local attractions are still worth a visit!

For starters, taking a stroll down its leafy streets will expose you to character villas that speak of its history. 

Edgeware Village in Christchurch NZ

Second, it is also home to Edgeware Village where you’ll find retail shops, diner bars and various restaurants that offer a global culinary experience.

Apart from this bustling commercial complex, the suburb is also sprawling with pockets of shops along random streets, from desserts to streetwear to local art. That said, a spontaneous walk around town is definitely a must!

For those interested in community activities or a simple day of relaxation and recreation, Edgeware has the Packe St Park and Petrie Park in the area. Packe St Park, in particular, is known for its community garden, a volunteer program where you can pick your own vegetables and enjoy the greenery. The suburb is also close to bigger parks like St Alban’s Park and Sullivan Park.

Whatever the case may be, Edgeware proves to be a suburb that should not be overlooked. Its quiet residential charm offers leisure, entertainment, and an appreciation for local, low-key living.