Redcliffs Residents Association

Information for Redcliffs residents

Redcliffs, Christchurch, New Zealand

Welcome to Redcliffs

Welcome to Redcliffs Te Rae Kura, on the edge of Te Ihutai - the Avon-Heathcote Estuary. This was originally named by tangata whenua "the red-glowing headland" and is a unique part of Christchurch nestling between the estuary and the hills. The area was one of the earliest sites for settlement by Maori, for whom it was an important mahinga kai or food gathering resource, and a place of shelter in the caves along the cliffs for Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe and Ngāi Tahu peoples. Ngāi Tūāhuriri are the kaitiaki (traditional caretakers) of the area. Much later, it was the first part of Canterbury settled by European colonists as they arrived by sea, and braved the bar of the estuary. After European settlement the low lying part was known as Fisherman's Flat and was renamed Redcliffs in 1898, when there were only a few dwellings by the beach; but the area is now the site of an attractive urban village, with a wide variety of facilities and easy access to the sea, the hills and the city. It has been termed a "happy mecca" for fishermen, cyclists, yachties, water sports enthusiasts, walkers, birdwatchers and all who enjoy the estuary and the sea.

This website is provided by the Redcliffs Residents Association to offer information and support to all who live, work, run a business or just have an interest in the area. Please browse and enjoy.

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