Due to a recent spate of bush fires, many of the mountain bike tracks in Christchurch’s Port Hills are currently closed to cyclists and walkers. The new Adventure Park, which opened in December 2016, is also closed until further notice.
If you’re planning a trip to Christchurch to sample the trails and hills, fear not, there are plenty of other great riding spots to choose from.
Within Christchurch itself, you have a number of options, including Bottle Lake Forest Park, 10km north-east of Christchurch. This 1000-hectare pine forest offers eight tracks and mainly flat terrain, making it a great spot for families and less-experienced riders. Alternatively, head to the Waimakariri River Regional Park and McLeans Forest, where 36km of tracks for all ability levels await.
Fancy heading further afield? Located only an hour from the outskirts of Christchurch, the Craigieburn Forest Park is home to some of the best purpose-built singletrack in New Zealand. Mainly a mix of grade 3 to 5 tracks, these can be ridden independently, or linked with others to create a full day of challenging riding.
Hanmer Springs is a 90-minute drive from Christchurch, and offers a good range of singletrack for all abilities in and around the Hanmer Forest. Another popular ride in this area is Jacks and Jollies Loop, a 25km ride that starts in Hanmer Springs Village. The route circles Mt Isobel, passing through Jacks Pass and following the Clarence River, before entering Jollies Pass and returning to Hanmer Springs Village.
Poulter Valley in Arthur’s Pass is a 27km grade 3 route that follows a 4WD track alongside the Poulter River. The trip offers bikers great scenery, some tricky terrain, and a hut for an overnight stay.
We can help kit you out with bike hire for all these destinations. Find your ideal off-road companion on our website.
Have a great week,
P.S. You can keep updated with the status of tracks in the Port Hills on the Christchurch City Council website.