Travis Wetland is the last large freshwater wetland in Christchurch.
|Start||The main car park is on Beach Road. You can also access the path via an alternative entrance on Mairehau Road|
|Finish||Same as the starting point|
|Time||1 hour return|
|Access||Bikes, scooters (electric and manual) and skateboards are prohibited from Travis Wetland so as not to scare wildlife|
|Toilets||Located near the information kiosk|
|Dogs||To protect wildlife, dogs are prohibited from anywhere in Travis Wetland|
From the main car park at Beach Road turn right past the attractive information kiosk. A good gravelled path winds along the edge of the wetland [JPG, 66 KB] and reaches an alternative entrance off Mairehau Road.
The next section of the track is named Anne Flanagan Walkway after a local personality who campaigned to preserve the wetland. This track offers sweeping views of the wetland and reaches a car park beside Mairehau Road.
From here the circuit track continues on an easy boardwalk and turns south to wind through groves of trees to reach the observation tower.
The track continues into Clarevale Reserve with its large Children's playground then closely follows the pretty Angela Stream to the footbridge with its predator gate.
The gravel track comes to a junction with the bird hide track, which is a two-minute walk to a lookout over the ponds. It is a short walk back to the starting point along the main track from here.
Get ready for this track using Plan My Walk(external link)(external link) by the NZ Mountain Safety Council. You can find track alerts, weather forecasts, trip reviews and a packing list, so you are set for your adventure.