Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park was the ideal place to take visitors with an interest in native flora. This is the largest freshwater wetland in Chirstchurch and walking around it took us aboout an hour and a half. The park is typical of pre-Pakeha Christchurch swampland, with many native plants.
Along the path are fifteen numbered stopping sites. To understand what these indicate you need to buy a Travis Field Guide which is available from Council Service Centres for $10. I must be sure to get one before I next take anyone there. Travis is home to many birds, although the bird hide is currently closed.
There are signs asking people not to feed the birds, but I think some must because there are very friendly ducks near the information centre. We were disappointed to meet a couple walking a dog on the track. Although it was on a leash, there are signs at every entrance saying that dogs are forbidden to protect the birdlife. When I pointed this out to the dog owner he implied he hadn’t seen any signs – maybe he couldn’t read?
It was a perfect day for our walk, pleasantly warm with little wind. I even got a slight suntan.
“This wetland park is just the place
for birds and bush at gentle pace.”