Draft OARC Regeneration Plan - 2: A destination for all

Children involved in nature play

Objectives: Develop the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area as a destination that attracts a wide range of domestic and international visitors.

Provide opportunities for enhanced community participation, recreation and leisure.


People are drawn to places that they feel a connection with. Past connections with the land and waterways or the stories, heritage and culture of a place entice people back to revisit these memories. Equally, new connections form with places through new experiences.

The Regeneration Area must provide a broad range of experiences for visitors, acknowledging and drawing from the past as well as establishing new attachments between people and place. These experiences, set within regenerating native ecosystems, will provide a unique destination that gives visitors many reasons to come and linger. The goal is for visitors to more deeply understand the culture, people and history of this place by connecting with it, rather than just visiting it.

The approach to creating these experiences must be supported by principles of inclusivity and diversity; the Regeneration Area should provide a welcoming destination for all.

The Regeneration Area is large and can support a diverse range of experiences from low-cost activities through to larger visitor attractions. An anchor visitor destination within the Regeneration Area could offer the opportunity to showcase our unique identity and sense of place. Over time, the Regeneration Area has the potential to make a significant difference to the visitor economy of the city.

Something for everyone

Potential activities to attract people and promote the Regeneration Area as a destination include:

  • Recreation and sports – walking, whitewater, bike skills, cycle trails, backyard cricket and adventure parks.
  • Ecotourism – opportunities for tourist attractions based on New Zealand’s unique culture and indigenous flora and fauna.
  • Learning and discovery – places where people can visit and get close to nature, learn about science first hand and gain an understanding of a unique environment.
  • Bird-watching – bringing bird-watchers from around the world to an internationally renowned wetland.
  • Free or low-cost activities such as outdoor yoga, bike parks, disc golf and playgrounds.
  • Art destination – space for environmental art pieces by local and international artists that sit within the regenerating native landscape.
  • Cultural identity – this is an opportunity to showcase our unique cultural history and narratives through design, art and authentic experiences.
  • Food and farm – areas of horticulture where visitors can dine on food grown on the land.

Objectives: Develop the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area as a destination that attracts a wide range of domestic and international visitors.

Provide opportunities for enhanced community participation, recreation and leisure.


People are drawn to places that they feel a connection with. Past connections with the land and waterways or the stories, heritage and culture of a place entice people back to revisit these memories. Equally, new connections form with places through new experiences.

The Regeneration Area must provide a broad range of experiences for visitors, acknowledging and drawing from the past as well as establishing new attachments between people and place. These experiences, set within regenerating native ecosystems, will provide a unique destination that gives visitors many reasons to come and linger. The goal is for visitors to more deeply understand the culture, people and history of this place by connecting with it, rather than just visiting it.

The approach to creating these experiences must be supported by principles of inclusivity and diversity; the Regeneration Area should provide a welcoming destination for all.

The Regeneration Area is large and can support a diverse range of experiences from low-cost activities through to larger visitor attractions. An anchor visitor destination within the Regeneration Area could offer the opportunity to showcase our unique identity and sense of place. Over time, the Regeneration Area has the potential to make a significant difference to the visitor economy of the city.

Something for everyone

Potential activities to attract people and promote the Regeneration Area as a destination include:

  • Recreation and sports – walking, whitewater, bike skills, cycle trails, backyard cricket and adventure parks.
  • Ecotourism – opportunities for tourist attractions based on New Zealand’s unique culture and indigenous flora and fauna.
  • Learning and discovery – places where people can visit and get close to nature, learn about science first hand and gain an understanding of a unique environment.
  • Bird-watching – bringing bird-watchers from around the world to an internationally renowned wetland.
  • Free or low-cost activities such as outdoor yoga, bike parks, disc golf and playgrounds.
  • Art destination – space for environmental art pieces by local and international artists that sit within the regenerating native landscape.
  • Cultural identity – this is an opportunity to showcase our unique cultural history and narratives through design, art and authentic experiences.
  • Food and farm – areas of horticulture where visitors can dine on food grown on the land.