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Transitional projects

We support the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor being used for transitional projects. These temporary projects offer a great opportunity for people to reconnect with this land and the river and understand the importance of this area’s regeneration to Christchurch’s future.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) manages interim use of this land.

While the focus is on the transitional and future use of this land, we also are mindful that for many past and present residents and surrounding communities the experiences of loss and upheaval are still being felt today. There are about 30 private land owners in the red zone and when we are talk about the residential red zone we are talking about the areas immediately around their properties.

Life in Vacant Spaces - Burwood transitional project

Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS) is currently working with LINZ to identify transitional projects for 90,000 square metres of land on Brooker Avenue in Burwood. Contact LiVS if you'd like to pitch an idea to them.

Decisions about the area’s future use take place through Regenerate Christchurch’s regeneration planning process. We expect the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor will be available for transitional uses until at least the time the Regeneration Plan is approved, most likely in early 2019.

Te Ara Ōtākaro - a transitional trail

Te Ara Ōtākaro is an exciting 12 kilometre walking and cycling trail running along the Ōtākaro Avon River from city to sea. It is opening in stages from mid October 2017, with the full trail is expected to open in early 2018.

About the trail

Avon-Ōtākaro Network is leading this project and community volunteers are helping prepare some sections of the trail.

Christchurch City Council contractors will prepare most of the trail at the same time as the upgrade of the temporary stopbanks. The first section of work started in April 2017 from Retreat Road/Avonside Drive through to the Gayhurst Road Bridge.

The top of the stopbanks were smoothed and a fine gravel surface added that will be suitable for a wide range of uses.

It is expected the transitional trail will remain in use for at least two years, as the largest regeneration opportunity in New Zealand’s history unfolds around it and opportunities for a permanent connection from the city to the sea are explored.

Regenerate Christchurch has helped coordinate and promote this work, while the Ministry of Social Development has provided some funding.


We support the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor being used for transitional projects. These temporary projects offer a great opportunity for people to reconnect with this land and the river and understand the importance of this area’s regeneration to Christchurch’s future.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) manages interim use of this land.

While the focus is on the transitional and future use of this land, we also are mindful that for many past and present residents and surrounding communities the experiences of loss and upheaval are still being felt today. There are about 30 private land owners in the red zone and when we are talk about the residential red zone we are talking about the areas immediately around their properties.

Life in Vacant Spaces - Burwood transitional project

Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS) is currently working with LINZ to identify transitional projects for 90,000 square metres of land on Brooker Avenue in Burwood. Contact LiVS if you'd like to pitch an idea to them.

Decisions about the area’s future use take place through Regenerate Christchurch’s regeneration planning process. We expect the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor will be available for transitional uses until at least the time the Regeneration Plan is approved, most likely in early 2019.

Te Ara Ōtākaro - a transitional trail

Te Ara Ōtākaro is an exciting 12 kilometre walking and cycling trail running along the Ōtākaro Avon River from city to sea. It is opening in stages from mid October 2017, with the full trail is expected to open in early 2018.

About the trail

Avon-Ōtākaro Network is leading this project and community volunteers are helping prepare some sections of the trail.

Christchurch City Council contractors will prepare most of the trail at the same time as the upgrade of the temporary stopbanks. The first section of work started in April 2017 from Retreat Road/Avonside Drive through to the Gayhurst Road Bridge.

The top of the stopbanks were smoothed and a fine gravel surface added that will be suitable for a wide range of uses.

It is expected the transitional trail will remain in use for at least two years, as the largest regeneration opportunity in New Zealand’s history unfolds around it and opportunities for a permanent connection from the city to the sea are explored.

Regenerate Christchurch has helped coordinate and promote this work, while the Ministry of Social Development has provided some funding.


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    Enter your logo design for the Avon Trail

    The Avon-Ōtākaro Network is running a logo design competition for the Avon Trail.

    Entries close on Sunday 21 May 2017, and the winner will be announced on 29 May 2017.


    The Avon-Ōtākaro Network is running a logo design competition for the Avon Trail.

    Entries close on Sunday 21 May 2017, and the winner will be announced on 29 May 2017.


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