• Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.
  • Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.
  • Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.
  • Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.

Greening our red zone

After the earthquakes of 2010-2011, Christchurch has a once-in-several-lifetimes opportunity to bring nature back into the  heart of the city. 

We can create a red zone forest and wetland park, that benefits not just a few, but ALL of the city. Just as our forebears left us Hagley Park so our legacy can be Avon-Otakaro Forest Park.

Watch the video and read the following pages to find out how creating a forest and wetland park in the Avon River red zone  will improve the health and wellbeing of our plants, animals, lands – and people.​

The whole city will benefit from returning the Avon River red zone to nature. Greening the Red Zone members explain their vision and hopes for a forest and wetland park for Christchurch

Get involved!

Join us on our campaign to green the Avon River red zone, to create a forest and wetland park that is our generation's ecological legacy for all of Christchurch.

Featured page: Avon River Red Zone ideas we like

Art trails, a dark sky park, an ecosanctuary, BMX courses, whitewater rafting – just how many cool things can fit inside (or just outside) Avon-Otakaro Forest Park? A lot, that's how many!  Find out more about them...

Milky Way banner photo: Fraser Gunn, Lake Tekapo

Submit on Regenerate Christchurch's 10
land-use options for the red zone

Regenerate Christchurch wants your opinion on the 10 land-use options for the red zone. We don't think any of them are right.

Read our explanation of the important points, then make a submission using our suggested text.  Make sure you do so before 5pm, Monday 6 November.

Greening the Red Zone proposal to Regenerate Christchurch

Greening the Red Zone has submitted its proposal  to Regenerate Christchurch. You can download the proposal, and a memo from Forest & Bird about options for governance. They are also available in one document on our Submissions & presentations page.