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456 Papanui Road, Christchurch, NZ, 8542

  • Phone: (64) 3 3553577
  • Fax: (64) 3 3520290
4.4 out of 5 (84 reviews)
92% of guests recommend this hotel


Travis Wetland

Travis Road
Christchurch, 8083
+64 3 941 8999 (City Park Council)

Mo to Su from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Submerge yourself in this wild, swampy wetland which was once an estuary similar to the Avon/Heathcote Estuary. Around 1600 years ago the coastline shifted allowing fresh water to replace the brackish estuarine water. Maori from the nearby Oruapaeroa settlement used the area as a food-gathering site for hundreds of years before Europeans occupied and drained the land in the 1850s. The Travis Wetland is home to 53 species of birds, including half of Christchurch's population of pukeko. These inquisitive birds, with deep blue plumage, are especially common during winter. Several walking tracks lead you deep into the marshy wilderness.
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