Christchurch street and place names

Photograph of Colombo StThis resource aims to give the origins of Christchurch street and place names.

Please note

Definitive origins are not always possible and, as Christchurch evolved, the same street name was often used more than once. All known names and variants are listed.


Researched by Margaret Harper, Aotearoa New Zealand Centre, this information has come from published works, manuscripts, interviews and archives. All sources are acknowledged in the documents.

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