Ōruapaeroa/Travis Wetland

Travis Wetland is the last large freshwater wetland in Christchurch - an important habitat for native wetland plants and birds.

Travis wetlands

Beach Road gates open from 8am to 8pm. To protect birdlife, Travis Wetland is a dog-free zone.

The main car park and access point for Travis Wetland is at the end of Beach Road. There is also a car park on Mairehau Road. There is an information kiosk and the nearby education centre provides a laboratory, educational facility and meeting space for groups.

Travis Wetland offers easy walkways and viewing areas with opportunities to see many bird species and plant communities. These tracks are wheelchair and pushchair accessible in dry weather conditions. 

Workdays and educational programmes

Travis Wetland Walk Field Guide

This field guide(external link) explains how 15 numbered stopping sites fit into the restoration efforts. It lists what to look out for with identification clues for some birds, plants or insects you might see.

How to order:

  • available from all Council service centres  for $10
  • Travis Wetland Trust, PO Box 2750, Christchurch for $10 plus $2 postage
  • fill out the online order form(external link).