Draft OARC Regeneration Plan - 3: The Eastern Reaches

Paradise ducks on the Otakaro Avon River

The natural environment will be the defining feature of the Eastern Reaches, which will preserve and restore local and regional habitat for native wetland plants and birds.

A restored natural environment and the creation of habitat will form the natural character of the area. Ecologically restored areas would replace remnants of residential properties and local roads in the northern parts of the Eastern Reaches, and salt marshes in Bexley would be restored from their relatively recent urbanised state, to create habitat for migratory birds.

Ecologically focused visitor attractions could require smaller structures such as boardwalks, viewing platforms for bird-watching, terraces for feeding eels and kayak hire for exploring wetlands. Larger-scale opportunities could include a water-based adventure park and/or ecotourism venture.

A diagram showing the key linkages and landings in the Eastern Reaches

Edge and small-scale trial housing could also be developed in different locations within this Reach.

As regeneration progresses, the spatial character of the Eastern Reaches will change from the current open-space lawn areas and planting of previous residential areas, to the recovery and renewal of natural ecosystems.

A map of the Eastern Reaches


Summary of the concept for the area

  • Character: Experiencing Nature
  • Opportunities: ecotourism experiences, bird-watching, aquaculture, recreation destinations, camping, trial and edge housing.
  • Extension of Bexley salt marsh and creation of predominantly natural environment connecting Ihutai/Estuary with Ōruapaeroa/Travis Wetland.
  • 70-hectare area.
  • Close to New Brighton.
  • Connection through Anzac Drive and Pages Road.
  • Potential for eco-sanctuaries – as an extension of Travis Wetland and/or in Bexley.
  • Potential SH74 realignment to improve connectivity between Aranui and the river.
  • Edge housing and extension of Bower Park into less flood-prone areas.

The natural environment will be the defining feature of the Eastern Reaches, which will preserve and restore local and regional habitat for native wetland plants and birds.

A restored natural environment and the creation of habitat will form the natural character of the area. Ecologically restored areas would replace remnants of residential properties and local roads in the northern parts of the Eastern Reaches, and salt marshes in Bexley would be restored from their relatively recent urbanised state, to create habitat for migratory birds.

Ecologically focused visitor attractions could require smaller structures such as boardwalks, viewing platforms for bird-watching, terraces for feeding eels and kayak hire for exploring wetlands. Larger-scale opportunities could include a water-based adventure park and/or ecotourism venture.

A diagram showing the key linkages and landings in the Eastern Reaches

Edge and small-scale trial housing could also be developed in different locations within this Reach.

As regeneration progresses, the spatial character of the Eastern Reaches will change from the current open-space lawn areas and planting of previous residential areas, to the recovery and renewal of natural ecosystems.

A map of the Eastern Reaches


Summary of the concept for the area

  • Character: Experiencing Nature
  • Opportunities: ecotourism experiences, bird-watching, aquaculture, recreation destinations, camping, trial and edge housing.
  • Extension of Bexley salt marsh and creation of predominantly natural environment connecting Ihutai/Estuary with Ōruapaeroa/Travis Wetland.
  • 70-hectare area.
  • Close to New Brighton.
  • Connection through Anzac Drive and Pages Road.
  • Potential for eco-sanctuaries – as an extension of Travis Wetland and/or in Bexley.
  • Potential SH74 realignment to improve connectivity between Aranui and the river.
  • Edge housing and extension of Bower Park into less flood-prone areas.