Welcome to Wigram

Christchurch has numerous suburban treasures within easy travelling distance, and Wigram is one of them.

Just seven kilometres southwest of central Christchurch, this vibrant area is home to select shops, cafes, artisan breweries, day spas, and much more. Resident, commercial, and industrial properties abound, while historically Wigram has an interesting aviation background.

Recreational parks are plentiful, and the Heathcote River offers even more opportunity for fun and water activities. While mainly regarded as an emerging residential area, its aviation history affords it a special place in local and national annals.

Named after Sir Henry Wigram, a former mayor of Christchurch and key figure in the establishment of an aviation school in the area, in 1928 Wigram hosted the landing of the first trans-Tasman flight. More than 30,000 people turned up to applaud the occasion.

It continued to be a major Royal New Zealand Air Force base until closed in 2009, and is now home to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Other attractions worth visiting include:
• Ngā Puna Wai and Canterbury Agricultural Park, both home to nature trails, and numerous sports and recreational venues.
• Te Kahu Park.
• Bendrose Reserve.
• Harvard Park.
• Mackinder Park.
• West Broken Run Reserve.

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