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Loburn
Rural Area
Welcome sign to Loburn, looking east towards Loburn School (2013).
Welcome sign to Loburn, looking east towards Loburn School (2013).
Country  New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Territorial authority Waimakariri District
Elevation  (Loburn Abbey Airfield) 116 m (380 ft)
Population (2013 Census)
 • Rural 2,184
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode 7472
Area code(s) 03

Loburn is a rural community in North Canterbury, New Zealand. It is located ten kilometres northwest of Rangiora and nearly 50 kilometres north of Christchurch.

Loburn is a small community, with no shops. Local industries include a cheese factory and orchards. Farms in the community include those raising sheep, cattle and emu.

Geography

Loburn is located close to the northern most extreme of the Canterbury Plains. It is bounded to the south and west by the Ashley and Okuku rivers, respectively. To the north it is bounded by the foothills, Mount Grey / Maukatere (933m) and Mt Karetu (972m) and bounded to the east by the Ashley forest.

The Loburn-Ashley fault zone is located from the northern banks of the Ashley River through to about Hodgsons road in the north, it runs parallel to the Ashley river. The Loburn fault, which runs along the south side of Hodgsons Road, is responsible for various terraced abandoned stream channels, wedge structures and scarps, notably Round Hill. The topography in Loburn is generally flat with gently rolling hills, altitude gradually decreases southwards from the foothills.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop. ±%
1901 537 —    
1996 1,032 +92.2%
2001 1,197 +16.0%
2006 1,584 +32.3%
2013 2,184 +37.9%

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