My wife Sophia has worked opposite Travis Wetland in the Christchurch suburb of Burwood for a few months, but this was our first time to visit it. I didn’t expect all that much, but it is in fact a very pleasant stroll. The majority of the area is grassy wetland, but various iconic native plants are planted along the track, many of them labelled. And there are pleasant lakes, lots of birdlife, and a viewing tower so you can get a proper look at the area.
This land was previously drained for use as grazing paddocks, but was re-purchased and is now something like Christchurch used to be prior to European settlement. The track is fine for street shoes and pushing a pram. Track notes at the end.
Travis Wetland: The Scenery
This is on a flat and constructed track (gravel and boardwalks) the whole way, and will take an hour if you are dawdling. On a sunny day it would be pretty exposed to the sun. There’s more information on the Christchurch City Council website. You can start at a few places – we parked at a car park at the northern end and walked anti-clockwise.