Living in the Ilam area

The beautiful suburb of Ilam, has been relatively unaffected by the earthquakes. Many parks and playgrounds are located in this leafy suburb and most of Christchurch’s centres and activities are within a close 10/15 minute car journey.


Ilam is located only 10 minutes from Christchurch Airport. Retail and supermarket shopping is close at hand at Riccarton Mall, the Bush Inn Centre and Tower Junction. Family visits to the lovely Hagley Park and Riccarton Bush are only minutes away by car. Jellie Park and Wharanui swimming pools, with their associated gymnasiums are close by.  The University of Canterbury is situated in the suburb of Ilam and is located next door to Ilam School. Christchurch’s beautiful beaches are only 20 minutes away by car or bus. The redeveloped city centre is easily accessible from Ilam, being only a short, 7 minute car journey.

Other schools in the Ilam area where older children attend include; Cobham and Kirkwood Intermediates, Burnside High School, Christchurch Boys High School, Christchurch Girls High School, Middleton Grange School, Riccarton High School, St Thomas’ of Canterbury and Villa Maria College.

Ilam School Grounds