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Travis Wetlands Walk

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The Travis Wetlands Walk is a very easy 3.5k round trip walk. It will take you around 1.5 hours to walk. Travis Wetland is a 116 hectare Nature Heritage Park. There are over fifty species of birds. Pukeko, five native ducks, Scaup, Grey Teal, Shoveler Paradise, Shelduck, the Grey duck and the rear White heron.

Quick Facts

        • Location: South Island NZ
        • Distance: 3.50 km
        • Time needed: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Very Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: Yes
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park is a lowland freshwater wetland, located in the midst of an urban environment. It offers a number of easy walkways and viewing areas, with opportunities to see many bird species and plant communities. There is an information kiosk and the nearby education centre, a laboratory, educational facility and meeting space for large groups. There are over fifty species of birds. Over 700 Pukeko, five native ducks, Scaup, Grey Teal, Shoveler Paradise, Shelduck, the Grey duck and the rear White heron. Take some time out and sit in the bird hide to watch the native birds. Over 800 species of insects, Skinks, eels and tree frogs. On occasion sheep and beef cattle graze in close proximity.

  • Track Quality

    Very good walking track, some sections are good for wheelchairs.

  • Hazards


  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    From downtown Christchurch: Drive north along Colombo St for 1.3 Km, turn right in to Bealey Ave, Sherborne St is only 134 Mt up on the left. Drive north alone Sherborne St at 2.5 Km turn right on to Brewick St, drive along Warrington St, Sheryl Rd and New Brighton Rd. At 8.1 Km Anzac Dr, Highway 74 roundabout will be in front of you. Turn to the left, drive 720 Mt to the next traffic lights on Travis Rd; drive straight through the intersection and on to Frosts Rd. Beach Rd is 730 Mt up ahead on the left. Drive down the gravel Rd to the car park.

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  • Area & Track History

    The Travis Wetland covers 116 hectares of recently retired land surrounded by urban subdivision, and was purchased by the Christchurch City Council in 1996 in response to public demand. Previously farmed and drained, the area is now being managed as a Nature Heritage.

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  • Map location of Travis Wetlands Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Travis Wetland Carpark

From the car park, walk over to the information kiosk. From inside the kiosk you can watch the ducks etc feeding in the lagoon.

Point 2: Ann Flanagan Dell

We walked the track in a clock wise direction along the gravel track and out on to Mairhau Rd foot path. From there it is another 4 minute walk to Ann Flanagan Dell.

Point 3: Travis Wetlands Tower

20 minutes. From the dell you cut back onto the main board walk and on to an excellent place to take a rest. There are a few ponds along this section of walk so keep an eye out for the grey teal and the rear Heron. To the viewing tower is only another 4 minutes from the rustic wooden seats. If you do this walk on the weekend, you might have to wait in a very long line of people waiting to climb the tower.

Point 4: Predator fence

6 minutes walk from the tower, you walk back in to the residential area and on to a sealed path, take the path to the left. This section of the walk is about all you need to really walk, the small channels running along the walk are great for sneaking along to spot the ducks and Pukeko. The Hereford cattle were watching us with interest. The next turn off is to the right and though the predator fence. From the predator gate back to the car is only a short 20 minute walk. The rangers don’t encourage the feeding of the wild birds. It attracts a number of common exotic birds not good for our native birds. Look for the sign and the turn off to the bird hide, well worth the 50m walk. From the hide to the car is a 4 minute walk.

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Contact info

Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park 280 Beach Road, Burwood, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand

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