Te Ara Ōtākaro Avon River Trail

A transitional shared-use trail along the Avon/Ōtākaro River.

Avon Trail

Start: Cambridge Village Green, corner of Barbadoes Street and Cambridge Terrace.

Finish: Pages Road.

Distance: 11 km.

Time: 2.5 hours one way.

Dogs: On leash in central city until over Fitzgerald Avenue and again between Wainoni and Pages Roads. Prohibited in Cockayne Reserve everywhere except walkway. Effective control everywhere else.


This shared-use trail is a transitional walking and biking track along the Avon/Ōtākaro River. While the future of the area is still being decided, take the opportunity to explore parts of the Red Zone on this trail.

The trail is not a dedicated recreation track. It's a mix of shingle, normal roads, and closed roads unrepaired since the earthquakes, which have been utilised to create a trail from the city centre out to New Brighton. Although most of the trail is on closed roads, there is one small section between Gloucester and Torlesse Streets that is on a normal road. There are also a number of occasions that require pedestrians and cyclists to cross roads. Where possible, recommended crossings are indicated but care should be taken at all times.

Along the route, the Avon Ōtākaro Network has installed story boards to tell the tale of how the environment and the community have been affected by the earthquakes.