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Christchurch suburb lying in a valley on the western side of the Port Hills. At the foot of the Bridle Path and at the northern portals of the rail tunnel of 1867 and road tunnel of 1964, Heathcote became an industrial centre, with early brickworks and maltworks. Along with neighbouring ‘sun-trap’ valleys of Horotane and Avoca, the valley supported orchards.
Meaning of place name
Named by Captain Thomas after Sir William A. Heathcote, Bart, MP, a member of the Canterbury Association.

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