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Top Birding Areas & Checklists


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1. Travis wetland Native Heritage Park


Sunset at Travis

Access: The main car park and access is located at the end of Beach Road. There is also a car park on Mairehau Road. Entrances to the walking tracks can be seen on the facilities map.

Nearest Bus: 60 Parklands. Check out metro info for more detailed information.

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2. Bexley Wetland



Access: Main access and car park from Wairoa Street.

Nearest Bus: Route # 5 – Southshore, 51 – Aranui, Check out metro info for more detailed information.

3. Brooklands lagoon

Access: 14 km northeast of Christchurch. Main access is off the Lower Styx Road and Heyders Road. Well sign posted.

For a map of the site visit: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/policy/dogcontrol/Map05-Brooklands-SpencerPark.pdf

Download info sheet (word) Download info sheets are the Copyright of Andrew Crossland

4. Estuary of the Avon and heathcote Rivers including Oxidation Ponds (Te Huingi Manu)

For a map of the site visit: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/policy/dogcontrol/Map13-CharlesworthReserve.pdf

For a map of the site visit: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/policy/dogcontrol/Map09-LowerAvonSaltMarshes-BexleyWetland.pdf

Download info sheet (word)

5. South New Brighton Spit reserve ( Dog control mesures in place)

For a map of the site visit: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/policy/dogcontrolpolicy/Map10-SouthshoreBeachParkAndSpitReserve.pdf)

6. Halswell Quarry

Access: 10 km from the square, via either Halswell Road, Sparks Road or Cashmere Road, then 1 km along Kennedy’s Bush Road.

For a map of the site visit: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/policy/dogcontrol/Map18-HalswellQuarry.pdf

Checklist to Birds of Halswell Quarry Reserve

7. Lake Ellesmere (Te waihora)

8. Conway River

9. Stax Mill Basin

Access: Entrances from Styx Mill Road and Husseys Road provide access to the reserve

10. The Groynes

Access: Groynes Drive, off Johns Road (State Highway 1).

For a map of the site visit: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/policy/dogcontrol/Map02-Groynes-WaimairiWalkway.pdf

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11. Horseshoe Lake

Access: Main car park and access is located at the corner of Lake Terrace Road and Horseshoe Lake road.

Nearest Bus: 41 Horseshoe Lake. Check out metro info for more detailed information.

For a map of the site visit: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/policy/dogcontrol/Map06-HorseshoeLakeReserve.pdf

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12. Waimakariri River (groine 8 area)

Waimakariri River

13. Ashley River Eastuary

14. Lake Forsyth (Wairewa)

Download info sheet (word)

For a map of the site visit: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/policy/dogcontrol/Map38-LakeForsythNorthEastEnd.pdf