Yesterday was the first of the Red Zone Treks that are part of The Breeze Walking Festival. A group of 50 met by the Barbadoes Street Bridge, where we heard about O-Tautahi history, then The Bricks, then round the Avon Loop, to Englefield Lodge.
This house was built in 1852, and it’s sad to see how it has been allowed to deteriorate since the earthquakes. Our trek led us around River Road, through the red zoned area, and the beginnings of the hoped-for Avon-Otakaro Forest Park.
Our final stop was Di Madgin’s Riverside Heritage Garden at 373 River Road North. It was heartbreaking to see this carefully preserved garden in the midst of the red zone. Di and others worked hard to persuade CERA to keep the area as a heritage park, but CERA never adopted a heritage policy and the future of this area is unknown.
After our 6km trek it was good to have a bus to transport us back to our starting point. There are five more Red Zone Treks planned for the Walking Festival, and all would be interesting and worthwhile.
“We walked the river’s red-zoned sides
and learned its history from our guides.”