Matthew Brosnahan, Lamb & Hayward Reserve Development Ranger, in consultation and with support of the Department of Conservation has invested time and funds to raise and widen the level of the tracks at the Ōtukaikino Reserve.

This was needed as after the earthquake the water table had risen in the reserve which meant in periods of high rain and the winter months the tracks were closed due to flooding.

The upgrade also included two additional items to improve the experience for visitors.

  • Widening of the track to improve access for disabled visitors.
  • The construction of a new bridge which links the carpark to the back south western path of the reserve.

For over 25 years, Lamb & Hayward Funeral Directors and the Department of Conservation have operated as a joint venture to develop the Otukaikino Reserve.

Ōtukaikino is a 13 ha freshwater wetland reserve to the north of Christchurch that is being wonderfully restored.  It is one of the few remaining original wetlands that were once common around Christchurch.