cashmere hills

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The oldest suburb on the lower flanks of Christchurch’s Port Hills. The first houses were built in the 1890s. It flourished after trams reached The Sign of the Takahe rest house. Cashmere became fashionable, with a slightly bohemian reputation.

Meaning of place name
The name came from the Kashmir estate owned by early settler John Cracroft Wilson, who was born in India.

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