Templeton is a small town on the outskirts of Christchurch. While the majority of Templeton is a part of Christchurch city, a small number of residents fall within Selwyn District. It lies on State Highway 1. It has been the centre of harness racing in Canterbury with many famous names such as Devine, Nyan, Butt, Jones and Carmichael among its people.
Its European history goes to over 140 years when it was a watering point for horses between Christchurch and the Selwyn River / Waikirikiri.
Templeton Hospital has had a major impact on the area, providing employment and controversy over many years.
More recently Ruapuna Park has created public debate regarding acceptable noise levels for residents near motor-sports venues.
Located to the west of Templeton, on Maddisons Road, is BrackenRidge Estate, an enclosed residential environment for special needs people, with a variety of houses suiting different personalities and disabilities.