Oxford is a small rural town, 55 km from Christchurch. It is situated on the Inland Scenic Route – Route 72 – near the Waimakariri Gorge bridge. The Waimakariri offers salmon fishing, trout fishing and jet boating.
Oxford was named and grew from the original plans of the Canterbury Association settlement of the province. It was named by Captain Joseph Thomas, agent for the Canterbury Association, after the Bishop of Oxford one of the Associations founders.
Oxford began in 1854 with the establishment of the first sawmill. The Canterbury plains were almost devoid of trees, but at Oxford the Harewood and Mt Oxford forests provided much needed timber supplies.
Today the town is the center of a prosperous farming district – and home to Seagars at Oxford, cook school & café.
Seagars at Oxford 78 Main Street Oxford
From Christchurch Airport
From the rental car park, keep in the left lane following the signs to Christchurch.
Turn left into Russley Road [State Highway 1 – North to Picton]. Follow this road as it joins Main North Road [State Highway 1 – North to Picton].
Keep in the left lane. Take the first exit over the Waimakiriri bridge – Oxford Exit. Turn left to Oxford. Continue on this road – it becomes Tram Road, 27 km without a corner. On July 2 1955 Russell Wright achieved a World Motorcycle Speed record of 298 kph (185 mph) and Bob Burns set the record for sidecars at 261 kph (162 mph) – on Tram Road. Both were riding 1000 cc V-twin Vincent Black Lightening motorcycles – racing versions of the Black Shadow.
At the end of Tram Road, turn Left at the ‘T’ intersection to Oxford.
Seagars at Oxford is at 78 Main Street on the corner of Bay Road.