The Moa neighbourhood is located in the north-east corner of the Central City between Bealey and Fitzgerald Avenues, the Ōtākaro-Avon River and Colombo Street

Otakaro River

The Moa neighbourhood has a distinctly suburban feel with tree-lined quiet streets and a community park (Moa reserve) at the heart of the neighbourhood. It is also within walking distance to all the amenities of the Central City core including a wide range of cultural attractions and employment options.

The great outdoors

Moa Reserve is a lovely place to let the kids run around or tend to the community garden.

The Ōtākaro Orchard(external link) on Cambridge Terrace is a large community garden and orchard right on the Ōtākaro-Avon River. Anyone can join in on Saturday working bees. The river also creates a strong connection from the Moa neighbourhood to the heart of the Central City.

The Margaret Mahy Family Playground is the neighbourhood’s backyard. It is an easy walk to the Ōtākaro-Avon River

Culture and community

The Moa neighbourhood is a family-friendly neighbourhood in Central City. Top family attractions are the nearby Margaret Mahy Family Playground and the giant swings, pump track and basketball court in the East Frame’s Rauora Park, and its walking distance to Christchurch East and Ao Tawhiti School.

The small streets feel friendly and many properties back on to the local Moa reserve. 

The neighbourhood has strong heritage character and links to Christchurch history, including McLeans Mansion on Manchester Street and Tautahi Pā on the Avon Ōtākaro River. The city’s earliest European settlers are buried at the Barbadoes Street Cemetery.

The Moa Neighbourhood Group(external link) meets regularly to discuss neighbourhood matters and to socialise with other residents.

The Peterborough Village(external link) is a group of residents, businesses, and property owners interested in the area around Colombo, Salisbury, Barbadoes and the Ōtākaro-Avon River.

A pocket neighbourhood on Peterborough Street demonstrates the benefits of a strong sense of community. Watch a video(external link) on the Peterborough housing co-op.

Local spots

Take a short walk along the City Promenade to The Terraces or along Victoria Street to the many bars and restaurants.

Moa neighbourhood


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Business and community


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