A vision for the Avon River red zone

Welcome to our vision, changing Christchurch's Avon River red zone from a place of trauma and heartache to a land of fun and natural beauty!

We seek to turn the Avon-Ōtākaro red zone into:

A multipurpose city-to-sea River Park that meets diverse community needs eg for environmental regeneration and restoration; recognition of cultural & community heritage; play, recreation and sport; food production; arts and entertainment; learning, training, employment, small business and tourism.

And while allowing for multiple uses as above, the maximum possible restoration of native ecosystems, to enhance water quality, biodiversity and environmental resilience which in turn support mana whenua aspirations for restored mahinga kai values.

Latest News

GOVT SPENT $1.5B ACQUIRING CHCH RED ZONE - NOW WORTH JUST $21M

The value of Christchurch's residential red zone has shrunk to just $21 million after the Government spent $1.5 billion acquiring the land..... more

HORSESHOE LAKE AND OTHER UNSUNG HEROES OF DRAINING A FLAT CITY

Don't assume the languid shallow waters of Waikakariki or Horseshoe Lake make this an insignificant backwater.... more

SIGNS POINT THE WAY FOR RED ZONE RAMBLERS

Exploring the unique wilderness of the residential red zone just got a little bit easier... more

What's On

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For a list of our primary events in 2017 click here, you can also get up-to-date information on all our events on our Facebook page.


The most widely recognised Maori name for the Avon is Ōtākaro meaning place of the game, however it is also known as Ōtakaroro meaning home of the karoro, or black-backed gull.

We wish to acknowledge the generous funding support of the Rata Foundation and the Tindall Foundation

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Kereru were seen in Avonside the day the red zoning of large tracts of land along the lower Ōtākaro/Avon River was announced...