The Christchurch – Little River Railtrail

Escape the city and discover the delights of the Banks Peninsula

Following the route of a 19th century railway, the Little River Railtrail is a combined walking and cycling track running from the edge of Christchurch city out into the beautiful, rural landscape of the Canterbury region.

The tranquil surroundings of the Little River Railtrail.

An area rich in history, geology and bird life


Skirting the massive flanks of the ancient volcanoes which make up the Banks Peninsula, the trail hugs the shoreline of the vast lagoon Te Waihora/ Lake Ellesmere, and it’s smaller twin Te Roto o Wairewa/Lake Forsyth. This is a region rich in wildlife and natural vegetation. Keep a pair of binoculars handy as you ride alongside Te Waihora: the lake is home to one of the most diverse bird populations in the country, with as many as 98,000 birds nesting along its shoreline at any one time.

A great daytrip from Christchurch

Riding from Christchurch to Little River is a journey of approximately 49km, and the trail makes for a great daytrip from the city. If you feel your legs aren’t up to the full distance, you can choose to ride shorter sections of the route and we can provide transfers to various access points for the trail, including Motukarara, the Quarry and Little River (if you’d like to ride in reverse).

Discover the Little River Railtrail

Little River Railtrail bike hire and transfers

We stock New Zealand’s largest supply of top bike rental gear and we can also organise all your transfers to and from the trail. Our Christchurch branch is located on Harewood Road, close to Christchurch International Airport.

Self-guided cycle tours of the Little River Railtrail

Explore the delights of the Railtrail and the Banks Peninsula region at your own pace. One, two or three day self-guided tours on offer. We supply the bike, route details and maps, you supply the schedule.

Guided cycle tour of the Little River Railtrail

Let us take care of your entire Railtrail experience. Enjoy a relaxing day of riding from Christchurch to Little River, led by an knowledgeable, local guide. Tour includes:
Hybrid bike and helmet, hotel pick up and transport to and from the trail.  9am pick up from your central Christchurch accommodation, 3pm drop off.
Pricing details:
$265 per person one – two people.
$200 per person for groups of more than 2+.
Duration: 6 hours. Motukarara to Little River is a distance of 22km. Fast riders can ride both ways.

For more info, or to book a Little River Railtrail tour, send us an email or phone us on 0800 444 144.