Oxford is a Canterbury town that is on the Inland scenic inland travel route. You will travel through Oxford from the Rangiora direction if making for the West Coast or the lMount Hutt and adjacent Ski Fields.
Oxford is a long but small town that has two claims to fame; firstly Oxford is the town famous chef Jo Seager set up her café, shop and kitchen. This business is a very busy enterprise and at this time very successful. The café draws the café set and regular patrons from Christchurch and the surrounding areas.
The other claim to fame was pipping Tirau in the central Nth Island to claim the name Oxford for the town name. Unlike the very wealthy Cambridge in the Nth Island Oxford is a struggling Sth Island town.
Oxford was originally a logging town: trees were felled from forests in the area, and then hauled by beast to Christchurch. A mural depicting life from that era is painted on the side wall of the butchers shop.
Oxford's excellent historical museum is housed in a building that was built by the community from more than 20,000 hand-made bricks.
A visit to Jo Seager's for coffee determines a stop and browse at Oxford.