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Garden Court Brasserie and Camelot Restaurants

Chateau on the Park,
189, Deans Avenue
Phone (03) 389 8999

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Mainstreet Vegetarian Cafe and Bar
840, Colombo Street,Christchurch,
Phone(03) 365 0421

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Aqua Gym
459, Cashel Street,
Phone (03) 381 0299

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The Lotus Heart
595, Colombo Street,
Phone(03) 379 0324

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Natures Organics
Opawa Mall, 4/124 Opawa Road
Ph (03) 337 0022

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Forget Me Not Cafe
12, Wakefield Avenue,
Phone (03) 326 6501

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Armstrong Prestige

Festival of Cycling

Harbour Ride

through Port Hills


Lyttelton Harbour

City Criterium

closed-circuit course around Christchurch's Oxford Terrace cafe strip

December 3-4 2005



Tuatara Peninsula Race


A two-day, 85km multi-sport event that includes running, mountain-biking and kayaking each day. Competitors can enter either as an individual or as part of a three-person team.



Chain Reaction Cycles


Canterbury Championship


Mountain Bike Winter Series


Ashley Forest

11 September 2005





40 km Road Cycle

24 km Mountain Run

30km  Road Cycle

9kmKayak+3.5km Run


(Social & Corporate Teams Option)

12.5 km Run

  19 November 2005

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            Le Race





25 March 2006

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Mount Cook to Christchurch


The Bloody Good


24, 25, 26 February



Postponed to

13 November 2005








Its pancake flat topography, a network of onroad cycle lanes reaching through the city and suburbs, and off road tracks ranging from easy to challenging make Christchurch an impressively cycle - friendly city. So if cycling is your workout choice you have plenty of options here, with the added bonus of stunning scenery,  all within easy reach of the central city. 

Major annual cycling events include "Le Race" - Christchurch to Akaroa, The Bloody Good Race - Mount Cook to Christchurch, the Armstrong Prestige Festival of Cycling and the Park to Pier Ride.

Your guide to Christchurch's network of tracks is the indispensable City Cycle Route Map available through any City Council office or the Tourist Information office.

 Major annual Multi Sport events                                                       

Tuatara Peninsula Race. Inaugurated in 2004. A two day 85km run, kayak, mountain bike event through spectacular Banks Peninsula scenery from Christchurch to Akaroa.

Big Day at the Office, a cycle, mountain bike, run and kayak event round the Methven foothills.

AMP City of Christchurch Multisport Race Run 17km, Cycle30km, Kayak 6km. "The athletes tour of Christchurch" - Steve Gurney (past winner)



Picture of People Mountain Biking in the Port Hills in Christchurch, New Zealand

Recommended Routes

Summit Road
Start at Cathedral Square, south down Colombo Street to Dyers Pass Road and uphill to the Sign of the Kiwi Tearoom. From there follow the Summit Road eastwards and enjoy spectacular views across Lyttelton Harbor and the Canterbury Plains.  Take Evans Pass Road down into Sumner with its popular beach, cafes and restaurants . Return to the city via the Causeway and Ferry Road . A reasonable standard of fitness is required but the only difficult part is the uphill leg on Dyers Pass Road. Distance 47 kms

Avon River
Start at the corner of Madras and Cambridge Terrace and follow the river westwards past Porritt Park, home of New Zealand hockey and then Cockayne Conservation Reserve, a fragment of pre - settlement fresh water vegetation, to the Avon and Heathcote River Estuary, a mecca for windsurfers, kayakers and yachtsmen. A short diversion down Anzac Avenue takes you to QE2 Park venue of the 1974 Commonwealth Games. Its stadium and Olympic size pool have been  recently renovated

Gardens and Parks
From the Square take Worcester Boulevard westwards to Rolleston Avenue, then across Hagley Park to Matai Street and Mona Vale with its imposing Victorian homestead, fernery and gardens.  From there Matai Street West takes you to Riccarton Bush, the last remnant of immense podocarp forests that once covered New Zealands South Island, and Riccarton House, the colonial homestead of the Deans family.  Leaving Riccarton cycle track, Ngahere and Hinau Streets take you to Clyde Road and then north toCanterbury University campus.

Cycle tracks around Hagley Parkare extremely popular with visitors and residents. Check them out in the free cycleway map available at any City Council office or library

Port Hills -Off Road

Worsleys Spur
Built as a fire break and 4 wheel drive access track. It's steep, very rutted and a hard climb when wet .You will find yourself walking in places unless you are very fit and skilled  There's 100 metres of steep pinch right at the top before you get onto the Summit Road

Rapaki Track
An easier route mostly used as an access to the Summit Road. Straight forward with no surprises.

Bowenvale Track

Picture of Bowenvale Track, A popular Cycling or Mountain Biking Area in Christchurch, New Zealand
A really enjoyable descent suitable for sport through to expert level riders.  Variable terrain - mud,  gravel, volcanic rock . Very slippery after rain. Another 4 wheel drive  access route but you are very unlikely to meet any traffic 

Bowenvale Traverse
A highly recommended single track. Exciting without being too dangerous. Takes you to Victoria Park and Bowenvale track.

Huntsbury Spur
An unremarkable gravel track until you turn off left onto the zig-zag connection to Bowenvale Track. The connection is steep and tests your skills at hairpins

Bridle Path 
100% rideable but not for amateurs. Very steep with a loose grit surface. Experts say its "entertaining". 


Sea Views from Scarborough, a Popular Area for Mountain Biking in Christchurch, NZ
A challenging  single track, very rocky in parts, it will test your skill and stamina but well worth it for the mind blowing views that make you feel you are falling off the edge of the world  Connects with Godley Head Track, which is very easy, and to Rotten Row. From Rotten Row you can follow Taylors Mistake Road up over Scarborough Hill  into Sumner

Suburban - Off Road

Bottle Lake Forest Park
15 Kms from the central city, Bottle Lake rates as a " wonderland" for cycling. A network of sign-posted tracks, varying from flat to undulating take you through the pines trees and over sandhills. Bottle Lake provides choices to suit everyone from recreational to expert level . Access from Waitakiri Drive. Map boards at the car park give track details.

For information phone (03) 383 0405

Inner City - Off Road

Hagley Park - Best in the Inner City

Join the early morning and evening cyclists and joggers on this popular network of tar sealed pathways. Entry via Rolleston Avenue at Armagh Street. See the Cycleways map.

Bike Hire
Ask at your hotel reception. Some have bikes for hire, others will arrange it for you. The Crown Plaza offers guests free use of bikes.

Also available from:

Cyclone Cycles,
245 -247 Colombo Street,
Sydenham, Christchurch
Phone (03) 332 9588

$40.00 Fullday  $30.00 Half day

City Cycle Hire
73 Wrights Road,
Ph 0800 343 848 

$35 Full day $25 Half day
Deliver and collect bikes free in Christchurch City.

Wheels 'n Deals
159 Gloucester Street,
Ph (03) 377 6655

Prices start from $18.00 Half day





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A travellers guide to keeping fit and healthy eating away from home.Whether you are visiting  on business or holiday,  back packer, corporate traveller or tourist, Christchurch offers you a wealth of easily accessible exercise and keep fit options.

From swimming pools and aquajogging, mountain biking and on road cycling, roller blading or in line skating, jogging, trail running, golf, yoga, pilates, through to gyms and health clubs.

If you're eating out there's a choice of  restaurants and cafes serving vegetarian and organic or "Smart Choice", Heart Foundation approved dishes. 

If you're self catering you will find a wide range of Heart Foundation approved  low fat, low salt products as well as certified organic produce in supermarkets and specialist health food shops.





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