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Bishopdale is located in New Zealand
Location in New Zealand
Country New Zealand
Local authority Christchurch
Electoral ward Harewood
 • Land 320 ha (790 acre)
 (June 2021)
 • Total 9,590
Burnside Bryndwr Papanui

Bishopdale is a residential suburb located in the north of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Bishopdale lies close to Christchurch International Airport at Harewood and Christchurch's zoo, Orana Wildlife Park.


The suburb is named after the three Bishop brothers, James (1826–1910), Robert (1827–1909) and William (1829–1903), who bought land in the area in 1858 or 1859 and established pipfruit orchards. Initially, the area was called Bishopsdale, but the second 's' was dropped from the name. Part of Greers Road (the section between Harewood Road and Sawyers Arms Road) was formerly called Bishop's Road. It was renamed in 1948 to avoid confusion with Bishops Road in Papanui and Bishop Street in St Albans.

Location and services

Bishopdale lies close to Christchurch International Airport at Harewood and Christchurch's zoo, Orana Wildlife Park.

Bishopdale is overall a middleclass suburb, with a wide range of people living in the area. Most of the houses were built in the 1960s, and are either brick or wood, single storey designs. The area boasts a lot of parks and recreational areas, and a small shopping mall. The main schools in the area are Bishopdale Primary, Isleworth Primary, Harewood Primary, Cotswold Primary, and Breens Intermediate. All have generous areas of landscaped park ground.

Bishopdale has a library and many churches, including Presbyterian, Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholic.

In popular culture

Margaret Mahy has set her book The Changeover in Bishopdale; it is called Gardendale in that popular book, and production of a film of the same name is to begin later in 2016.



Bishopdale Village Mall was established in Bishopdale in the 1960s. It has 600 carparks and 80 retailers, including a New World supermarket.


Bishopdale, comprising the statistical areas of Bishopdale North, Bishopdale West and Bishopdale South, covers 3.20 km2 (1.24 sq mi). It had an estimated population of 9590 as of June 2021, with a population density of 2997 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 8,952 —    
2013 9,057 +0.17%
2018 9,306 +0.54%

Bishopdale had a population of 9,306 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 249 people (2.7%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 354 people (4.0%) since the 2006 census. There were 3,504 households. There were 4,569 males and 4,734 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.97 males per female, with 1,788 people (19.2%) aged under 15 years, 1,839 (19.8%) aged 15 to 29, 4,092 (44.0%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,590 (17.1%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 79.8% European/Pākehā, 8.9% Māori, 4.3% Pacific peoples, 13.1% Asian, and 2.8% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 22.9%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 49.9% had no religion, 38.3% were Christian, 0.8% were Hindu, 0.9% were Muslim, 1.0% were Buddhist and 2.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,575 (20.9%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 1,425 (19.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 3,795 (50.5%) people were employed full-time, 1,116 (14.8%) were part-time, and 249 (3.3%) were unemployed.

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Households Median age Median income
Bishopdale North 4,203 1,614 38.6 years $35,200
Bishopdale West 2,862 1,086 37.3 years $31,700
Bishopdale South 2,241 804 36.3 years $30,200
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800


Breens Intermediate is an intermediate school catering for years 7 to 8. It has a roll of 116. The school, initially named Fendalton Intermediate, opened in 1976.

Bishopdale School, Cotswold School and Isleworth School are contributing primary schools catering for years 1 to 6. They have rolls of 116, 520 and 304, respectively. Bishopdale School opened in 1957, Cotswold in 1968 and Isleworth in 1962.

Emmanuel Christian School is a state-integrated interdenominational school for years 1 to 10. It has a roll of 162.

All these schools are coeducational, and all except Emmanuel Christian School are state schools. Rolls are as of July 2016.

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