Population: 474 [2013 Census]
Location: 25 mins south of Christchurch on State Highway 1
Dunsandel, which is an attractive township located on the main highway between Christchurch and Ashburton was named after the original sheep station owner's father, Lord Daly of Dunsandel.
It is a popular resting place for visitors keen to sample the area's food and crafts as well as being a service town for the fertile farmland surrounding it.
Lake Crichton, close to Dunsandel, is a purpose-built lake popular with waterskiers, dragon boaters and other watersport enthusiasts.
The Dunsandel community has grown considerably over recent years with the subdivision of land bordering the township, into small lifestyle blocks suitable for city workers who enjoy the fresh air of country life. In addition, a number of larger properties have recently been converted into large, efficient and modern dairy farms.