A special feature of Janet Stewart Reserve is a pā harakeke - a flax garden for cultural harvest.
Janet Stewart Reserve is one of the earliest examples in Christchurch where a ‘values-based’ approach to restoration was used, incorporating cultural and natural values. The reserve features well established forest plantings, a pā harakeke (flax garden for cultural harvest) and large areas of open water.
Historically, this landscape formed part of the Styx River floodplain and was covered in native ferns, tussock and raupo. Middens found here indicate that the area was used by early Māori. As farming developed, the land was converted into grassy paddocks.
Edward Stewart donated the land to the Christchurch City Council in 1993, on the condition that it became a reserve named in honour of his mother, Margaret Jane Stewart, or Janet as she was commonly called.
Janet Stewart Reserve covers 1.9 hectares on the corner of Marshland Road and Lower Styx Road. Entry to the car park is off Lower Styx Road.
Take the 150 The Palms/ Spencerville bus; exiting at bus stop 51628. Metroinfo has up-to-date bus information.
Dogs are allowed in the reserve if they're under effective control.