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