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‘Meet in the Middle’ on Sunday 07 October 2018 celebrates Te Ara Ōtākaro, the transitional city-to-sea Avon River Trail and its role in the regeneration of the east.

It is an invitation to the people of Christchurch to come along the trail on foot or bike from either direction (city or sea) and ‘meet in the middle’ at Kerrs Reach at 12 noon for a family fun day with kids activities, food, beverage and info stands, a multi-code exhibition regatta with waka, kayaking, rowing, and dragon boats, as well as free live entertainment on the riverside stage with Tiki Taane headlining at 2pm.
It will be a great day along the river in the red zone - experience the new buzz in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor!

At the main venue there will be opportunities for organisations to have stalls or run activities for kids.  If you wish to register an interest in becoming involved in any way, contact:

You can also join the Facebook event here

Where to join the rides or walks:

You can make your own way along the trail from either end at any time, or you can choose to join parties of people leaving together from two points along the way from 11am (cyclists before pedestrians):

From the east: From Avondale Park near the playground on Mervyn Drive
From the west:  From Richmond Community Garden cnr Eveleyn Couzins Ave and River Road

At intersections follow the road rules and the instructions of marshalls.

What to bring:

•    Your whanau / family - please keep all dogs on a lead and under control at all times.
•    Waterproof blanket to sit on.
•    Your own water bottle - there is a drinking water tap on site at Kerrs Reach.
•    Your own mug for hot drinks.
•    There is a bike park for cyclists: please bring your own bike lock.
•    Event takes place rain or shine!  So pack appropriate clothing, hats, sunblock.

The Artists:


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