Since 2016 more than 2,800 short-term projects and events have occurred across the regeneration areas. If you're interested in using this land for a short or one-off event, or for projects up to five years, you're welcome to apply.

Apply to use the regeneration areas

You can apply to temporarily use any of the regeneration areas in Southshore, South New Brighton or Brooklands.

We'll then help get your project or temporary land use up and running.

Land ownership

Ownership of all of the former residential red zones is gradually being transferred from the Crown to the Christchurch City Council.

We can approve short-term leases and licences for the land that we own and manage.

We’re now responsible for the Southshore, South New Brighton and Brooklands regeneration areas, while ownership and management of the Port Hills regeneration areas will transfer to the Council at the end of May 2021.

The 602-hectare Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (OARC) will be delivered in tranches once Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has configured the land titles in each area - a process that is now under way.

We can grant three types of access to the regeneration areas:

  • Access authorities - grant access to land, such as if you need to carry out works on a neighbouring private property and you need to cross the former residential red zone.
  • Licences – these are typically granted if you want to use the land for one-off events.
  • Leases – we tend to grant leases for projects and initiatives.

Examples of activities

  • Community gardens: Community groups have successfully established community gardens for the locals to plant and harvest vegetables and meet for social events.
  • Beehives: Beekeepers are using the RRZ with its abundance of fruit trees to strengthen the local bee population.
  • Radio-controlled trucks: A group has built a temporary track for their radio-controlled trucks and diggers.
  • Festivals: The Council, sports clubs and community groups use the regeneration areas for festivals, concerts and other community events.
  • Sports events: The regeneration areas are used by sports groups for events such as mountain bike races and orienteering.
  • Eco-sourcing: Environmental groups use the regeneration areas to source native plant seeds to regenerate native vegetation.

This map shows an up-to-date overview of the public land uses in the regeneration areas.(external link)

What about permanent land uses?

Enquiries or requests to use the land permanently are subject to a different process. It’s important to point out that decisions on short-term activities don’t signal any intentions or decisions about permanent land use.

For enquiries or requests about permanent use contact

All transitional or transformative projects should create vibrancy and support regeneration by improving the environment, experience and activity in the area, or address sustainability or ecological issues.

Who to approach

As the regeneration areas are gradually transferring from the Crown to the Council, we’re now responsible for determining how the land is used in the future.

Depending on the length of time and location of the site you wish to use, you need to either apply through the Council or through LINZ. The below table outlines who you should direct your application to.

Regeneration area location Temporary use up to 6 months, or until Council takes land ownership Permanent land use
Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Land Information New Zealand(external link) Christchurch City Council
Southshore, South New Brighton Christchurch City Council
Brooklands Christchurch City Council
Port Hills Christchurch City Council

The Council is working to establish a co-governance group to oversee future land uses in the regeneration areas.

Discussions are underway with manawhenua. Details of the model, including key dates and opportunities for community feedback, will be made public as soon as they’re finalised.

We also work closely with Te Tira Kāhikuhiku(external link) – the Red Zones Transformative Land Use Group – which provides us with advice and recommendations on applications for transitional land-use initiatives.

LINZ has created a handy guide to applying to use regeneration areas on a temporary basis [PDF, 1.3 MB].

For more information contact Brenden Winder, Residential Red Zone Manager on 03 941 6462 or

19 November 2021

The Council is reviewing applications for:

  • 96 Bridal Path Road 
    Horse grazing for two animals living in the adjacent paddock and use this property as an access way. 
  • 16 to 24 Avoca Valley Road 
    Horse grazing for one or two animals. If a smaller lease area is granted, additional fencing will need to be installed between the properties. 
  • 66 Avoca Valley Road 
    Apiary and free-range chickens (non-commercial use). The applicant has requested to use the land for 2 to 3 beehives and 6 to 12 free-range chickens. Minor fencing will be required to contain the chickens.

If you have any feedback on these applications, email before 5pm 3 December 2021.