Attractions & Dining

The cottage is just a short drive (5km) to the Oxford township. Enjoy a walk up Mount Oxford, local horse trek, kayak on the Ashley River or have a jetboat ride on the Waimakariri River. Why not have a lesson on NZ's only Dressage Simulator only 5 minutes away! There are lovely boutique shops, cafes & restaurants.
Pick up some great local products at the Oxford Farmers Market (9am-12) & Oxford Village Market every Sunday morning. Oxford has an Art Gallery with new exhibitions each month show casing New Zealand's Artists. 
Activities in Oxford
Walks & Tramps
Around the Oxford Township (free brochures available from various outlets around the town, link below). Map and start from Millstone, 70 Main Street. 
Experience the beauty, native flora and birds in the Oxford foothills and Puketeraki Range, Mt Oxford, Glentui, Mt Richardson, Ashley Gorge.The Ryde Falls is another popular walk.
Click here for a map showing numerous walks including Mears Track, Oxford Rural Walk, Eyre Walk, Oak Walk, Mountain View Walk, Millennium Lookout & Lookout Walk.
Oxford Farmers Market
Sunday mornings. Main Street
The Riding Workshop
Has NZ's only dressage simulator. All levels of riders can improve their skills & it provides an analytical approach to riding. Learn to canter or fine tune your position & performance.
Oxford Area School Observatory
Observation nights are organised, special events, night classes for adults and group visits also available.
Waimakariri Golf Course. 18 holes.Thongcaster Road, Oxford (03) 312 4339 Green fee players welcome
Oxford Speedway
Carleton Road, off South Eyre Road. 

Oxford Tennis Courts
A key can be picked up from the Oxford Service Centre 34 Main Street Oxford.

Oxford Community Swimming Pool
Burnett Street. Open November to March. Outdoor heated pool

Ashley Gorge River 
8km from Oxford township. Ideal for kayaking, fishing and picnic areas. Fun and activities for all the family

Kowhai - School of Riding
Horse Treks are available for beginners or advanced riders

Mountain bike riding
on the Wharfdale track


The Sheffield Pie Shop's Main Street Bakery & Cafe
Corner of Main Street & Bay Road. Open for breakfast and lunch. Great coffee and delicious pies!

Café 51
51 Main Street (03) 3121 751

Award Winning New Zealand cuisine.

Black Beech Wine Bar
Main Street
Craft beers, gourmet pizzas & desserts.

Village Foods Bakery, Takeaway and Café
48 Main Street, Oxford (03) 312 4893
For burgers, fish & chips, pies, sushi, sandwiches, bread, savouries, coffee

Oxford Workingmen's Club and Bistro
High Street, Oxford (03) 312 4411
Bistro open Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings.
Takeaways. TAB. Pool Tables, Pokies. Bottle store for members (of any Working Men's Club in NZ).

102 Main Street (03) 312 4509 Open 7 days. Indian meals, Chips, Burgers, Chicken, Pizzas, Muffins etc. Eat in or takeaway

Rustic Country
Main Street (ex The West Oxford Hotel/Pub)
Coffee, cold beers. Food to dine in or takeaway. Open through the day & evenings.

Route 72 Cafe, Bar Emporium
Cust Road, Cust - about 20 minutes away.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Open Tues - Sunday. Casual Dining on Fridays, a la Carte dining on Saturday E
Cruisy Days Diner
Main Street. 50's style diner with a NZ twist
Indian Hut
Main Street. Indian food to dine in or take away. Lunch and dinner

Shopping in Oxford

Marmalade Clothing & Curiosities
Stockists of Men's & Women's Clothing & Accessories
49A Main Street

Oxford Pharmacy & Gift Shop
Main Street

Emma's at Oxford
53 Main Street. For Books, Gifts, Gourmet Essentials

Village Green Antiques

55a Main Street

Oxford Cottage Crafts
37 Main Street

Oxford Service Centre / Library
34 Main Street
Council Services, Oxford’s Information Centre, free Internet facilities & WiFi

Fresh Choice Supermarket
Main Street. 
NZ Post, Kiwi Bank & Lotto inside
Queenette Dairy
Main Street

Oxford Butchery
44 Main Street

Oxford Budget Boutique
Cnr Main Street and Burnt Hill Road (District Union Church Hall) 
1-4pm Mon- Fri Second Hand Clothing - Proceeds to help the community
Main Divide Hair Lounge
53a Main Street 03 312 3311
Daisy Lane
1457 Poyntzs Rd West Eyreton
Waxing, Pedicures, Brow Shaping & Tinting, Manicures Eyelash Tinting, Make-up, Facials, Electrolysis, Make-up.

The Oxford House of Beauty
Dermal peels, facials, mani, pedi, waxing. Debbie 03 312 4294

Massage Therapist
Marina Vermaat
Relaxation, neuromuscular therapy, swedish, indian head massage, chair massage 03 312 4731 / 027 311 1140

The Sunroom
Bay Road. Hairdressing, sunbed, ultrawave massage bed, spray tanning, tinting. Donna 03 312 3234

Always polished
10 Bay Rd. Mani, pedi, cnd shellac power polish 021 304 708
The town of Rangiora is about 35 minutes away. There are plenty shops to stock up & some lovely boutique shops along High St. Here are some of the top picks......
Artizan Bakery & Cafe is a good place to stop for a coffee/lunch. There's a children's play room upstairs with giant lego pieces to stack while you enjoy a sit down!
Couplands is a great little bakery shop (near The Warehouse) with good value packaged breads, biscuits, pies (their Neapolitan (cream) slice comes highly recommended!)
Victoria Seafood Bar. On Victoria Street, this is a great fish & chip shop. Enjoy your fish & chips at Victoria Park just down the road.
Dudley Park Aquatic Centre
Indoor 8 lane 25m lane pool, 19.5m long learners pool, spa pool, children's leisure pool with toddler area & "river".
Skate park - just next to the pool.
The Warehouse
Stocks a wide range of clothes, homewares, dvd's, music footwear, outdoors items, confectionery, toys etc.
Department Store on High St (clothing, homeware, toys etc)
Town Hall Cinemas
Recently refurbished, two boutique cinemas (only 23 seats!) & a 93 seat cinema.
There are three supermarkets - New World, Pak n Save & Countdown.
Day Trips....
Castle Hill
Is only 45 minutes away - explore the ancient limestone formations, breathtaking scenery and mountain range. The rocks take on many shapes from tabletops to pillars and with imagination some appear as familiar animal shapes. You can wander around the rocks, and crawl through mini tunnels and arches probably chiseled by glaciers millions of years ago.
Take the TranzAlpine Train trip to Arthur's Pass or on to Greymouth. Or the Coastal Pacific train to Waipara, Kaikoura Blenheim & Picton.
Hot Air Ballooning
Experience the magic of hot air ballooning over the Canterbury plains with Aoraki Balloon Safaris, Methven. NZ Ballooning.
Some Christchurch Activities (50 minutes away)..........
Margaret Mahy Playground
This newly built multimillion-dollar playground is a must for children! It's the largest in the Southern Hemisphere (3500 square meters) & jam-packed with fun equipment. There are flying foxes, interactive water play area (take spare clothes!), big slide, tall spiral slide, sand pit, trampolines, swings, see-saws, climbing net/web to name a few!!! Free entry.
International Antarctic Centre
Experience an arctic storm, see the Little Blue Penguins, ride in a Hagglund, 4D simulated cinema (Cruise & Happy Feet). Learn about life in modern day Antarctica & Scott Base.
Christchurch Tram
A good introduction/tour around the city centre combining history & sightseeing. See the changing face of Christchurch. The day ticket allows you to get on & off as much as you like (17 stops) - a great way to see the city. The knowledgeable drivers inform you about the city, its landmarks & local sights. (Children are free with a paying adult).
Canterbury Museum
A great rainy day activity with lots to see & do.
Botanic Gardens
Have a stroll around the gardens - a great picnic spot & free to enter. Shuttle Tours available (see website for tour cost).
Punting on the Avon
A relaxing way to see Christchurch from a different perspective.
Orana Wildlife Park 
(40 mins away via Old West Coast Rd & Chattertons Rd)
Feed the giraffes. See the lions, tigers, NZ's only gorillas, zebras, cheetahs, rhinos, Tasmanian Devils, kiwi, farm animals, birds etc. (70 different species, refer to website). Hop on & off the free shuttle.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
5 minutes from the airport. Kiwi, birds, farm animals, deer, wallabies, monkeys, gibbons, lemurs etc. See website for more info.
Ski Fields
Six Ski Fields including Mount Hutt, Porter Heights/Porters (approx one hour drive) & Temple Basin
Akaroa is a day trip away.  Cruise on the Black Cat Cruises  & swim with the dolphins. 
Hanmer is approximately 2 hours away. Enjoy a relaxing soak at the Hanmer Springs hot pools.