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, we expect this will be towards the end of next year.

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 will open in stages from mid October, with the full trail is expected to open in early 2018.

Meet in the middle

‘Meet in the Middle’ on Sunday 15 October 2017 is an event to celebrate the partial opening of the trail.

It is an invitation to the people of Christchurch to join treks on foot or bike from either end of the trail and meet in the middle at Kerrs Reach for a family fun day with kids activities, a multi-code regatta with kayak, waka, rowing, and dragon boat racing, as well as live entertainment on stage.

It will be a great day along the river in the red zone - its time to start experiencing what could be!

Treks start at 10:30 from New Brighton Clock Tower or Cambridge Terrace (Opp Margaret Mahy playground) arriving at Kerrs Reach at noon for 3 hours of entertainment. Free return buses for walkers.

The event is part of the Breeze Walking Festival and Biketober.

For more: www.middle.nz

About the trail

Avon-Ōtākaro Network is leading this project and community volunteers will help 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, we expect this will be towards the end of next year.

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 will open in stages from mid October, with the full trail is expected to open in early 2018.

Meet in the middle

‘Meet in the Middle’ on Sunday 15 October 2017 is an event to celebrate the partial opening of the trail.

It is an invitation to the people of Christchurch to join treks on foot or bike from either end of the trail and meet in the middle at Kerrs Reach for a family fun day with kids activities, a multi-code regatta with kayak, waka, rowing, and dragon boat racing, as well as live entertainment on stage.

It will be a great day along the river in the red zone - its time to start experiencing what could be!

Treks start at 10:30 from New Brighton Clock Tower or Cambridge Terrace (Opp Margaret Mahy playground) arriving at Kerrs Reach at noon for 3 hours of entertainment. Free return buses for walkers.

The event is part of the Breeze Walking Festival and Biketober.

For more: www.middle.nz

About the trail

Avon-Ōtākaro Network is leading this project and community volunteers will help 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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    The Avon-Ōtākaro Network is running a logo design competition for the Avon Trail.

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


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