Draft OARC Regeneration Plan - 3: The Ōtākaro Loop Reach

Band performing at a music festival

Within walking distance of Cathedral Square, the Ōtākaro Loop Reach is almost entirely enclosed within the Avonside Loop of the river.

It is expected that the spatial character of the Reach will focus on recreation and leisure including ecotourism and cultural experiences, food, education, camping and other land uses. These activities would require groups of buildings set within a predominantly natural landscape.

Two new footbridges located in the Green Spine would improve connectivity in the Ōtākaro Loop Reach between Avonside and Dallington. Small-scale trial housing could be located in the area.

A diagram showing the key linkages, landings and activity areas in the Otakaro Loop Reach

Use of the former site of Avonside Girls’ High School as an educational facility is likely to continue for several years. In the future, portions of land from the site could be used for residential development and integrated into the new surrounding residential areas.

New community spaces would enable seasonal food harvests from orchards and areas for shared growing.

An activity area has been identified to provide more intensive, clustered development than would occur within the balance of the Reach while integrating with surrounding, predominantly natural landscape. Buildings outside the activity area would sit within a largely open space and a park-like landscaped setting. Larger buildings that dominate or do not integrate with the landscape setting would not be appropriate.

A detailed map of the Otakaro Loop Reach area


Summary of the concept for the area

  • Character: Activity and Play
  • Opportunities: recreation and leisure, ecotourism and cultural experiences, food, education, camping and trial housing.
  • Change from residential character (pre-earthquakes) to open parkland (existing post-earthquakes) to recreational activity set within a natural environment.
  • 30-hectare area.
  • Close to the central city.
  • Connection through Linwood Avenue.
  • Less hazard-prone land.
  • Distinctive and attractive landscape character within the Avonside Loop.

Within walking distance of Cathedral Square, the Ōtākaro Loop Reach is almost entirely enclosed within the Avonside Loop of the river.

It is expected that the spatial character of the Reach will focus on recreation and leisure including ecotourism and cultural experiences, food, education, camping and other land uses. These activities would require groups of buildings set within a predominantly natural landscape.

Two new footbridges located in the Green Spine would improve connectivity in the Ōtākaro Loop Reach between Avonside and Dallington. Small-scale trial housing could be located in the area.

A diagram showing the key linkages, landings and activity areas in the Otakaro Loop Reach

Use of the former site of Avonside Girls’ High School as an educational facility is likely to continue for several years. In the future, portions of land from the site could be used for residential development and integrated into the new surrounding residential areas.

New community spaces would enable seasonal food harvests from orchards and areas for shared growing.

An activity area has been identified to provide more intensive, clustered development than would occur within the balance of the Reach while integrating with surrounding, predominantly natural landscape. Buildings outside the activity area would sit within a largely open space and a park-like landscaped setting. Larger buildings that dominate or do not integrate with the landscape setting would not be appropriate.

A detailed map of the Otakaro Loop Reach area


Summary of the concept for the area

  • Character: Activity and Play
  • Opportunities: recreation and leisure, ecotourism and cultural experiences, food, education, camping and trial housing.
  • Change from residential character (pre-earthquakes) to open parkland (existing post-earthquakes) to recreational activity set within a natural environment.
  • 30-hectare area.
  • Close to the central city.
  • Connection through Linwood Avenue.
  • Less hazard-prone land.
  • Distinctive and attractive landscape character within the Avonside Loop.