Anyone can apply to use some of the land in the residential red zone (RRZ) on a temporary basis. This could include short, one-off events, or projects running for up to 5 years.

During the COVID-19 Alert 4 period, we are working with Christchurch City Council, and with applicants, to consider all transitional land use requests as quickly as possible.

LINZ manages Crown-owned land in the RRZ, and can enter into short-term leases of this land under section 91(1)(b) of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016.

In the past few years, community gardens, native plant restoration projects, walking trails and bee hives have emerged in the RRZ, as well as community events such as the Polyfest, Children’s Day, the Colour Zone Run and the Red Zone 6 Bike Race.

Short-term projects and events help support regeneration by encouraging people back to the RRZ while decisions are being made about how this land is to be used in the long-term.

Recent activities

Projects – Up to 5 years

Radio controlled trucks

A group has built a temporary track for their radio controlled trucks and diggers.

Community Gardens

Community groups have successfully established community gardens for the locals to plant and harvest vegetables and meet for social events.


Beekeepers are using the RRZ with its abundance of fruit trees to strengthen the local bee population.


Events - One or two-day activities


The Christchurch City Council, sports clubs and community groups use the RRZ for festivals, concerts and other community events.

Sports events

The RRZ is used by sports groups for events like bike races and orienteering. 

Eco sourcing

Environmental groups use the RRZ to source native plant seeds to regenerate native vegetation in the RRZ.


List of current uses

Map of current approved uses

When will decisions be made about permanent land use?

The Regeneration Plan for the Ōtākaro/Avon River Corridor sets out the long-term land uses for this area.

A regeneration strategy for Southshore and South New Brighton is being developed. Permanent land use decisions for Brooklands and the Port Hills will take longer.

More information is available on the Regenerate Christchurch website

Access options

LINZ grants three types of access in the RRZ –

  • Access authorities - grant access to red zone land, e.g. if you’re carrying out works on a neighbouring private property and you need to cross the red zone.
  • Licences - typically granted to use the land for one-off events.
  • Leases - tend to be granted for projects.

Express your interest

Have an idea? Here’s what you’ll need to tell us about your event or project, as well as conditions on using the land.

Provide feedback

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Last Updated: 26 March 2020