Travis Wetland


Travis Visitor Centre. Photo: Sarah Mankelow.
Travis Visitor Centre

With only 2% of wetlands remaining in the Christchurch area, the Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park is a special place to view wildlife, with over 50 species of birds, indigenous skinks, native shortfin eels/tuna and the Canterbury mudfish/kowaro.

White herons/kōtuku, Australasian bitterns/matuku and black stilts/kakī have been seen in this lowland freshwater wetland, and there is a large population of the quizzical pūkeko.

This site is managed by the Christchurch City Council with support from the Travis Wetland Trust.


Wildlife identification panels in bird hide.


  • Main track is wheelchair and pushchair accessible
  • Bird hide
  • Education centre (used for school programmes)
  • Information kiosk
  • Viewing tower and seating


Located near Christchurch.

Getting there

The main car park and access is at the end of Beach Road, between Burwood and North New Brighton.

There is also a car park on Mairehau Road.


Bird and wildlife watching Bird and wildlife watching
Mountain biking and cycling Mountain biking and cycling

Bird and wildlife watching

A great place to go bird watching.  Take your binoculars and make the most of the bird hide and information kiosk.

Mountain biking and cycling

A combined walkway/cycleway goes along the edge of the wetland.

Tracks and walks

The main loop track of 3.5 km is wheelchair and pushchair accessible and takes 1 hr 25 min.

Plan and prepare

Other places to visit

Ōtukaikino - a track/boardwalk through a small wetland being restored as a ‘living memorial’ with the planting of trees to commemorate the passing of a loved one; Mau Mahara - remembering you.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Canterbury places


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 379 4082
Address:   Botanic Gardens Information Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Armagh Street Carpark
Christchurch 8013
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