Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park
Christchurch was built on a swamp. Travis Wetland is the largest freshwater wetland remnant on the Canterbury Plains. The wetland is inhabited by increasing numbers of wildlife including pukeko, scaup, pied stilt and paradise duck. There is a walking track around the wetland perimeter including boardwalks and a viewing tower and bird hide to watch wading birds.
The distance around the Travis Wetland loop walk is approximately 3.5km including visiting the bird-hide.
Allow about 1.25hrs.
Not strictly a mainland island the Travis Wetland is important as annually tens of thousands of birds migrate through Christchurch from as far away as Asia and the Arctic. Christchurch has become the best monitored bird life area in Australasia. Related to this is the possibility, following the earthquakes, that Christchurch's red-zone could become a nature park.
The Information Kiosk (designer: Peter Kent), and the Bird Hide (Crispin Schurr) are not without architectural merit.
You can get here on the no 60 (Parklands) bus.
The main car park and access is located at the end of Beach Road. There is also a car park on Mairehau Road.
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Note: Location is approximate.
Travis Wetland Location