Ōruapaeroa/Travis Wetland

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

Travis wetlandsThe 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. 

The Travis Wetland Trust (external link)is very active in organising workdays and community plantings. Read their monthly newsletter.(external link)

Education programmes are available for schools through Learning Through Action to promote ecological values.

Families can also earn a Kiwi Guardian (external link)medal here! Find out more on the Department of Conservation (external link)website.

For organised groups or picnic bookings contact the Customer Call Centre on (03) 941 8999.


To protect birdlife, Travis Wetland is a dog-free zone.

Gates and opening hours

Beach Road gates open from 8am to 8pm.

Travis Wetland Walk Field Guide

This guide 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.

Available from all Christchurch City Council Service Centres  for $10 and Travis Wetland Trust; PO Box 2750 for $10 plus $2 postage.

Walks and Tracks