The tranquil Avon Loop neighbourhood is a little pocket in the bend of the Ōtākaro-Avon River.
Residents are blessed with an abundance of green space in the neighbourhood, with much of the surrounding land being in the red zone post-earthquake.
The neighbourhood provides quieter places in the middle of the city, with a variety of housing types.
The Ōtākaro-Avon River Corridor connects this neighbourhood with the rest of the Central City and nearby suburbs, east of Fitzgerald Avenue. Walnut Park and Chesterfields are the local parks for residents to meet and for children to play.
There is a strong sense of community, influenced by an active residents’ association (Avon Loop Planning Association(external link)). This group works to preserve and enhance the physical environment and special characteristics of the Avon Loop by assisting in the redevelopment and/or restoration of the area, and in guiding and coordinating community activities.
The Avon Loop Community Cottage(external link) is available to other community groups for meetings, workshops and community events.
The area has a strong cultural heritage. The Bricks(external link) monument on Oxford Terrace symbolises the birthplace of Christchurch where Ngai Tahu and English settlers first did business, in the 1850s.
Christchurch East and Ao Tawhiti School are within walking distance.
New residential development is underway on some of the neighbourhood’s larger sites and a new childcare centre has recently opened on Bangor Street. A yoga and wellness centre is also currently under construction on the corner of Kilmore Street and Fitzgerald Avenue.
The Avon Loop neighbourhood is within walking distance of a number of restaurants, bars and shopping facilities within the Central City core.
Avon Loop neighbourhood
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