Christchurch's Avon Ōtākaro River. © Nancy Zhou

Discover another side of Christchurch City on the Avon Loop


Wind your way around the new pedestrian and cycle-friendly sections of the Avon Loop through Central Christchurch. 

The Māori name for Christchurch’s Avon River is Ōtākaro, which means ‘the place of games or sport.’ It’s a fitting moniker for this newly refurbished route that takes you 11km through the city. 

Alongside the Avon/Ōtākaro River, you can venture through parts of the Christchurch Red Zone on this 2.5-hour trail from the City Centre out to New Brighton. 

Recently upgraded to replace broken pavement and weeds, this new pathway has been enhanced with planting, lighting, public seating and kayak entry points to the river, to make recreation a pleasure. 

Along the way, stop and read the numerous storyboards that tell how the environment and the community have been affected by the Christchurch earthquakes.

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