Draft OARC Regeneration Plan - 3: The Greenprint

A detailed Green Print of the Regeneration Area

Where are these opportunities?

The Green Spine and the three Reaches each have different characters, constraints and attributes that influence where land uses and activities could be best located.

The opportunities for land uses and activities in the Green Spine and three Reaches are set out in the Spatial Plans on the following pages. The Spatial Plans identify the general characteristics sought for each area and give an indication of the anticipated emphasis of uses and activities in each area. They also identify proposed locations of key infrastructure, and particularly stormwater facilities, stopbanks and transport linkages to show how these major elements can best support the overall regeneration of the area.

The Spatial Plans are intended to provide guidance to both decision-makers and members of the community about where projects and proposals might best be suited within the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor – streamlining the process for consideration and engagement. On a community level, the Spatial Plans also give an indication of how the area could evolve over time.

Because the regeneration of this area is a long-term project, it is likely that alternative spatial allocation of ideas and proposals will emerge as well as new or unanticipated uses and activities that are not indicated on the Spatial Plans. A dynamic and responsive approach to decision-making will be required to ensure the overall Regeneration Area continues to develop in a coherent and integrated fashion.

A detailed look at the entire Green Print of the Regeneration Area with annotations throughout

The Green Spine - Connecting people and place

The Green Spine forms the core of the Regeneration Area. About eleven kilometres long and 345 hectares in size, it extends along both sides of the river and provides the thread that brings the area together. The Green Spine guarantees enduring public access to the river, which in turn will stimulate community ownership of and identity with the area. Seating, picnic and BBQ areas will encourage families and friends to meet up and enjoy time near the river.

Ōtākaro Loop Reach - A place of activity and play

The Ōtākaro Loop Reach is the ideal location for recreational family activities, such as walking, biking, nature playgrounds and backyard sports. Other opportunities could include ecotourism, cultural experiences, pay-to-play recreational activities and food destinations.

Horseshoe Lake Reach - A place of food and culture

Significant ecological restoration opportunities in the Horseshoe Lake Reach include 30 hectares of stormwater management, wetlands and ponds. The land could support community gardens, urban and sustainable farming, and education and cultural experiences focused around mahinga kai. It has potential for a water-based adventure park (whitewater, surf or cable).


Eastern Reaches - Experiencing nature

The saltmarsh and wetland environments of the Eastern Reaches provide ecological restoration opportunities. Away from the naturalised area, opportunities include a water-based adventure park, ecotourism, sustainable farming and recreational activities that appeal to families.

The Green Print also includes:

  • Landings at Avon Loop, Richmond, Avonside, Wainoni, Avondale, Travis, Rawhiti and Bexley.
  • A new east-west road bridge link
  • A festival-style flatwater sports short course
  • Widening of the river to 80m for 1000m north of Kerrs Reach to provide for training, regattas and festivals
  • Stormwater management areas
  • Potential realignment of SH74
  • Extended mahinga kai exemplar
  • Improvements of river environment to enable training and navigation from Kerrs Reach to the Ihutai/Avon Heathcote Estuary
  • Raised/terraced embankments extending the full length of the corridor to protect houses from flooding and create attractive riparian margins
  • Network of trails and walkways
  • Ecological restoration of natural habitats
  • New footbridges
  • Community spaces, shared gardens and orchards that provide seasonal fruit harvests
  • Events/gathering spaces
  • Trial areas for floating houses.

Where are these opportunities?

The Green Spine and the three Reaches each have different characters, constraints and attributes that influence where land uses and activities could be best located.

The opportunities for land uses and activities in the Green Spine and three Reaches are set out in the Spatial Plans on the following pages. The Spatial Plans identify the general characteristics sought for each area and give an indication of the anticipated emphasis of uses and activities in each area. They also identify proposed locations of key infrastructure, and particularly stormwater facilities, stopbanks and transport linkages to show how these major elements can best support the overall regeneration of the area.

The Spatial Plans are intended to provide guidance to both decision-makers and members of the community about where projects and proposals might best be suited within the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor – streamlining the process for consideration and engagement. On a community level, the Spatial Plans also give an indication of how the area could evolve over time.

Because the regeneration of this area is a long-term project, it is likely that alternative spatial allocation of ideas and proposals will emerge as well as new or unanticipated uses and activities that are not indicated on the Spatial Plans. A dynamic and responsive approach to decision-making will be required to ensure the overall Regeneration Area continues to develop in a coherent and integrated fashion.

A detailed look at the entire Green Print of the Regeneration Area with annotations throughout

The Green Spine - Connecting people and place

The Green Spine forms the core of the Regeneration Area. About eleven kilometres long and 345 hectares in size, it extends along both sides of the river and provides the thread that brings the area together. The Green Spine guarantees enduring public access to the river, which in turn will stimulate community ownership of and identity with the area. Seating, picnic and BBQ areas will encourage families and friends to meet up and enjoy time near the river.

Ōtākaro Loop Reach - A place of activity and play

The Ōtākaro Loop Reach is the ideal location for recreational family activities, such as walking, biking, nature playgrounds and backyard sports. Other opportunities could include ecotourism, cultural experiences, pay-to-play recreational activities and food destinations.

Horseshoe Lake Reach - A place of food and culture

Significant ecological restoration opportunities in the Horseshoe Lake Reach include 30 hectares of stormwater management, wetlands and ponds. The land could support community gardens, urban and sustainable farming, and education and cultural experiences focused around mahinga kai. It has potential for a water-based adventure park (whitewater, surf or cable).


Eastern Reaches - Experiencing nature

The saltmarsh and wetland environments of the Eastern Reaches provide ecological restoration opportunities. Away from the naturalised area, opportunities include a water-based adventure park, ecotourism, sustainable farming and recreational activities that appeal to families.

The Green Print also includes:

  • Landings at Avon Loop, Richmond, Avonside, Wainoni, Avondale, Travis, Rawhiti and Bexley.
  • A new east-west road bridge link
  • A festival-style flatwater sports short course
  • Widening of the river to 80m for 1000m north of Kerrs Reach to provide for training, regattas and festivals
  • Stormwater management areas
  • Potential realignment of SH74
  • Extended mahinga kai exemplar
  • Improvements of river environment to enable training and navigation from Kerrs Reach to the Ihutai/Avon Heathcote Estuary
  • Raised/terraced embankments extending the full length of the corridor to protect houses from flooding and create attractive riparian margins
  • Network of trails and walkways
  • Ecological restoration of natural habitats
  • New footbridges
  • Community spaces, shared gardens and orchards that provide seasonal fruit harvests
  • Events/gathering spaces
  • Trial areas for floating houses.