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Oxford  21Oxford is a small country town just 45 minutes west of Christchurch. It has a lovely mix of cafes, boutique shops, galleries, and historic buildings. There’s a Farmers Market every Sunday.

It’s easy to walk around the township, or you can go bush and explore further afield up in Mears Track (see below). Pearson Park has some good play equipment, picnic tables, tennis courts, and an overgrown bowling green, which is now better suited to Pokemon battles! The area between the Town Hall and pool has a skate park and more modern play equipment (rope climbing frame, swings, and circular zip-line thingee).

On Main Street there is a Fresh Choice supermarket, dairy, fish & chip shop, and public toilets.

We visited Oxford at Easter, March 2016 (autumn).

Mears Track

Oxford  16Mears Track is a little 20 minute loop bush walk about 4 km from the centre of Oxford.

This stand of native bush has beech trees with honey dew (watch out for bees!), native birds (we saw/heard fantails, wax-eyes, and bell birds), and the biggest picnic table I’ve ever seen. Some of the track is overgrown and the path splits a few times, but I don’t think you could get lost – keep an eye out for little signs low to the ground.

To get there drive along Main Street, turn right into Mill Road, left into Bush Road, and right into Crallans Drain Road. A lot of the drive is on gravel roads but it’s quite well signposted. There’s a small area beside the track to park.


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Oxford is about 45 minutes west of Christchurch.

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