About Rolleston

Rolleston is the largest town in the Selwyn District, in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand's South Island. It is located on the Canterbury Plains 22 kilometres south-west of Christchurch.The town has a population of 11,800 (June 2015 estimate) making it New Zealand's 30th largest urban area.


Rolleston originated as a railway terminus in 1866, and is named after the Canterbury statesman William Rolleston. Rolleston, who was born in Yorkshire in 1831 and died in 1903, served as Superintendent of the Province of Canterbury from 1868 until 1876 (when central government abolished the New Zealand provinces). He also served as a Member of Parliament, holding various Cabinet portfolios.


Rolleston has a large community centre and library, two supermarkets, two medical centres, three community pharmacies, a dental surgery, physiotherapy and acupuncture, veterinary service, an aquatic centre, coffee shops and restaurants and various other service industries befitting a rapidly growing, but still rural, community.Rolleston currently has two primary schools, however due to the dramatic growth that the area has been experiencing a third full primary school and a secondary school are under construction.


At property brokers Rolleston we focus on servicing the Residential, Rural, Commercial and Property Management markets across the Selwyn District.

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