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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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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.





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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Running and jogging are part of the Kiwi lifetyle.  At any time of day in Christchurch and in all seasons you will see runners on the streets, in the hills or circuiting parks. The city hosts several enthusiasticly supported marathons catering for a range of fitness levels and has numerous active running clubs, so you wont attract attention or transgress any cultural shibboleths if you take to the streets in your running gear.

Major annual running and walking events in and around Christchurch

Star City to Surf - Very popular 12kms Run, Walk and In line Skating.
SBS Marathon - Full and Half marathons, 10km Fun Run & Walk, 18km Social Walk and a kids 2.5km Mara'fun. A community event not just a race, held every Queens Birthday weekend. It follows the historic down town course set for the 1974 Commonwealth Games.

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. This event is held annually on the last weekend in November.

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)


Speights Coast to Coast Traverses the South Island  from Kumara to      Sumner - 243kms. Cycle, run, kayak. Next Race - 28th Anniversary Race on February the 12th and 13th 2010.





Christchurch's Port Hills are laced with a network of trails conveniently accessed from Victoria Park 6.5 kms from the Square.   Enter the park from just above the Sign of the Takahe which can be reached by bus from the Square or by travelling south on Colombo Street to Dyers Pass Road which takes you directly to the Takahe. Two favourite tracks accessed from the park and recommended by seasoned runners are the Harry Ell and Crater Rim Walkways.  You will find any number of tracks on the hills ranging from challenging to easy.  Maps are available at the Port Hills Visitor Centre in Victoria Park

Harry Ell Walkway

Starting from Victoria Park or  any one of several signposted access points on Dyers Pass Road, this well maintained shingle track rises gently for 3.5 kms.  The track takes you most of the way through mixed and native bush where you can hear the lilting call of the bellbird.  An occasional stretch of open tussocky hillside gives stunning panoramas across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. Connect with Crater Rim at the Sign of the Kiwi.

Crater Rim Walkway

From the Kiwi you can either turn right, or left and eastwards towards Evans pass and Sumner, the preferred direction.  In both directions the track is well formed with some ups and downs and a few grunty bits.  The track runs parallel to the Summit Road so if the going gets tough you can drop  down to the road's smooth tarred surface.  The views are unforgettable - you're on the rim of a volcanic crater.  On one side you look down on the jutting heads and and inlets of Lyttelton harbour once a crater of the immense volcano which formed Banks Peninsula, and on the other you look out across the city and Canterbury Plains to the distant Southern Alps

Bottle Lake Forest Park

This 1000 hectare forest 15 kms from the central city offers a well sign posted network of walking, running, horse trekking and mountain bike tracks. The 10 km Blue Track, one of four tracks limited to runners and walkers is recommended by runners.  You can also access the multi - use Southern Pegasus Bay Track running through sand dunes, past New Brighton and along almost the entire length of shoreline from the Waimakiriri River mouth to South Shore.

Enter the park from Waitikiri Drive. Mapboards at the carpark give details of tracks. For information phone (03) 383 0405


Hagley park - Best in the Inner City
Christchurch's numerous parks provide ample opportunities for jogging, and wherever you are in this city you are not far from a park. But the most popular choice if you are city centre based is Hagley Park and the "Big M" Fitness Track.

This 3.75 km track with eighteen exercise stations starts at the park's Armagh Street entrance off Rolleston Avenue. You will find it clearly sign-posted with instructions on how to use exercise stations along the way.Showers and lockers are available for $2.00 at the nearby Central YMCA in Rolleston Avenue.






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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.





Running Training

Monday Night Running:

QEII Sports Stadium
Mondays 5.30 - 7.00pm
5.30 - 6.00pm strength, stability 6.00 - 7.00pm technique, conditioning, pace, drills
For Who: Triathletes, multisporters, all levels

John Newsom, Glen Robertson, Nat Anglem, Kristina Anglem & others

Costs -
$8 single session, $70 for 10 runs




Rossendale 15km Road Race & 8km Social Walk


15km Road Race and 8km Social Walk for all abilities

6 May 2006



Venue Rossendale Winery 150 Tai Tapu Road Christchurch

Contact (03) 352 3594




Lyttelton Harbour Bays Multi Sport Race+Duathlon

& childrens duathlon (ages 8-13 years)

Kayak 8kms Cycle 25kms Run 10kms

Prizegiving with heaps spot prizes, live music, bbqs drinks, and for children pony rides, Mr. Whippy icecream, clowns. jugglers, free bouncy castle and lolly scramble. Family fun day out in the country.

Sunday 16 October 2005






for men & women



to $180




47c Garlands Road


Next to Flagg Tyres
Ph 389 3431
Parking at front & rear

Christchurch to Little River Railtrail Opening


Cycle, run, or walk stage one of the new railtrail and experience the sights and sounds of this wonderful natural environment. The 20km flat trail leads from Motukarara to Catons Bay, Little River.


Opening 28 May 2006

Starts 9.45 am




11th City of Christchurch Multi Sport Race

Run 17km - Cycle 30km - Kayak 6km

Saturday 4th November 2006 - Victoria Square, Christchurch

"The athlete's tour of Christchurch, all the icons - Port Hills, Avon River, Cathedral - so much fun you often forget you're racing."
- Steve Gurney (past winner)




1 November 2006

5 Kilometre Run, jog, walk open to employees of businesses. Each company may enter an unlimited number of participants. All levels of ability are catered for.



Check 2006 Calender


5, 10 Kms and Half Marathon, Fun Run, Walk

                              Fairydown 6 Hour Adventure Race  

                                    Christchurch Secret Location

                                            25 March 2006


                                       City to Surf
                       Runners        •      Walkers      •      In line Skaters
                                             26 March 2006 




                   Marathon, Half Marathon,18Km Walk

                     10Km Fun Run, 2Km Kids Mara'fun

                                          4th June 2006





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