Te Ara Ōtākaro Avon River Trail

A transitional shared-use trail along the Avon/Ōtākaro River.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Avon Trail

Start: Cambridge Village Green, corner of Barbadoes Street and Cambridge Terrace.

Finish: Pages Road.

Distance: 11 km.

Time: 2.5 hours one way.

Dogs: On leash in central city until over Fitzgerald Avenue and again between Wainoni and Pages Roads. Prohibited in Cockayne Reserve everywhere except walkway. Effective control everywhere else.

Description

This shared-use trail is a transitional walking and biking track along the Avon/Ōtākaro River. While the future of the area is still being decided, take the opportunity to explore parts of the Red Zone on this trail.

The trail is not a dedicated recreation track. It's a mix of shingle, normal roads, and closed roads unrepaired since the earthquakes, which have been utilised to create a trail from the city centre out to New Brighton. Although most of the trail is on closed roads, there is one small section between Gloucester and Torlesse Streets that is on a normal road. There are also a number of occasions that require pedestrians and cyclists to cross roads. Where possible, recommended crossings are indicated but care should be taken at all times.

Along the route, the Avon Ōtākaro Network has installed story boards to tell the tale of how the environment and the community have been affected by the earthquakes.

Map Listing