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What’s so great about Dunsandel, where to go

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Selwyn District, Dunsandel is well known for its competitive water sports facilities at purpose built Lake Crichton.

Century-old Dunsandel Methodist church, New Zealand @Stuff
Century-old Dunsandel Methodist church @Stuff

WHAT TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearby Lake Crichton is a purpose-built lake popular with water skiers, dragon boaters and other water sport enthusiasts. Check out Selwyn Sport Trust for details.
  • A convenient rest and relaxation spot between Christchurch and Ashburton.

POPULATION

  • 472 (2020)

WHAT KEEPS THE PLACE TICKING?

  • A service town for the rural district as well as a convenient stopping point on State Highway 1. A commuting suburb for Christchurch with the development of lifestyle blocks for a taste of rural life.
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WHO TURNED UP AND NAMED THE PLACE?

  • Nineteenth century colonial history is summed up in the establishment of Dunsandel. ownship 40 km south-west of Christchurch. In the early 1870s a town was laid out just south of the Selwyn River, but when a railway station was built 5 km south in 1874, Dunsandel developed there instead. It is the main rural service town between Christchurch and Rakaia. Source Ellesmere district – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Meaning of place name: The sheep station was owned by Robert Daly, an absentee landowner who never visited New Zealand. Daly was the son of the first Lord Daly of Dunsandel and father of the last. J.R. Godley’s mother was a Miss Daly and this is probably why Daly invested in land in Canterbury.
Dunsandel store @Trip Advisor
Dunsandel store @Trip Advisor

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