Location: 35 minutes south-west of Christchurch via SH1 or via Leeston
Southbridge’s clean air, pure untreated water, numerous trees, beautiful gardens, spacious layout and sense of history result in an unsurpassed quality of life.
Much of the industry in Southbridge is focused on providing rural support for the surrounding, mainly agricultural, area. However, recently, because of its locality and charm the township has become increasingly popular as a 'home base' for families working in Christchurch.
Southbridge offers an extensive range of services and activities for both residents and the visitor. Features of the township include a full-sized swimming pool, the historic Town Hall, a children’s playground and the Domain with its rugby and cricket grounds.
Besides the popular hotel, dairy and petrol station, Southbridge boasts almost 70 small-to-medium-sized businesses.
Services available in the township include a primary school, playcentre, volunteer fire brigade, two churches, tennis and netball courts and the nearby Taumutu marae. There is also a huge choice of clubs and sports catering for a wide range of leisure activities.