Anyone can apply to LINZ to use Crown-owned red zone land in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor on a temporary basis, including for short, one-off events, or for projects running for up to six months (or until the land transfers to Christchurch City Council).

Temporary land uses have proven an important regeneration tool in Christchurch and since 2016 we have made red zone land available to community groups and organisations for more than 2,800 short-term projects, events or land uses.

Te Tira Kāhikuhiku has been established to provide advice and recommendations to us and the Council on applications for temporary land-use initiatives.

Applying for a short-term lease or licence

On Crown-owned red zone land in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (OARC), LINZ is able to receive applications for leases and licences for one-off or short-term initiatives for up to six months – or until the land transfers to Christchurch City Council.

Decisions on short-term activities do not signal any intentions or decisions about permanent land use, which is the responsibility of Christchurch City Council.

Email or call 0800 665 463.

Once it owns the land, the Council is responsible for determining whether existing leases or licences expire, or whether transitional land-use agreements will be carried over.

Types of transitional land uses

We grant 2 types of red zone access to Crown-owned land:

  • Licences - typically granted to use the land for one-off events.
  • Leases - tend to be granted for projects.

Email or call 0800 665 463.

Christchurch City Council is responsible for granting access authorities to red zone land. For example if you’re carrying out works on a neighbouring private property and you need to cross the red zone.


Enquiries about permanent land uses

Any enquiries or requests to use the land on a permanent basis go through a different process, led by Christchurch City Council.

For permanent land-use enquiries email

Recent activities

Projects - up to six months

Radio controlled trucks in the red zone

Radio controlled trucks

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

Two children riding bikes on a bike track, with a give way sign in the foreground

East x East

This 9ha area in Burwood features a range of public activities including a Learn to Ride track (pictured), sports fields, pump track, and a nine-hole frisbee golf course.



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

Events - one or two day activities

Festivals in the RRZ


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

Sports events in the RRZ

Sports events

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

Eco sourcing

Eco sourcing

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

Last Updated: 1 July 2021