Christchurch is the city of cycling and with so many accessible cycleways, there’s no easier way to explore our central city. So, grab the bikes, pack a picnic and enjoy a great family day out exploring the parks, sights and sounds of our CBD.
North of the CBD
If you’re north of the CBD, check out the Papanui Parallel, connecting Northlands, Papanui and Edgeware and the Northern Line Cycleway to the Central City. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to pop into the cafes and boutiques along the five-kilometre cycleway via Colombo, Rutland and Grassmere Streets. Once you’re in town, why not enjoy a leisurely ride around Hagley Park, stop off for a picnic in the beautiful Botanic Gardens, grab a coffee at the Ilex Café, check out the amazing art installations as part of Season 2018 of SCAPE Public Art and roll down Worcester Blvd to indulge in a decadent dessert at Rollickin Gelato and explore the latest offerings at the Arts Centre.
Scenic Cycle Routes
If you’re coming from south of the central city, try the Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway, which starts at Ferrymead Bridge and leads to the CBD via Linwood. Or if you’re south-west, the Little River Link connects residents to the CBD via Addington and the lower end of South Hagley Park. From here, you can check out the action at South Hagley’s many sporting fields then cruise into the central city via Cambridge Terrace. We like to stop off for a coffee and a view of the beautiful Avon River at the historic Antigua Boat Sheds and if we’re feeling adventurous, swap the bikes for a kayak for a paddle up the river, or relax in style for a guided tour along the river thanks to the amazing team at Punting On The Avon.
Heart of the City
From here, you can cruise down Cambridge Terrace and across the Bridge of Remembrance right into the heart of Christchurch’s CBD. It might be a good time to lock up the bikes and continue exploring by foot – whether you’re into food, fashion, arts or entertainment, there’s so much in store in our central city. Take a trip in Tūranga and rediscover your love of reading in the South Island’s biggest and most modern library or check out what’s playing on one of the seven movie screens at the brand-new HOYTS EntX multiplex. Satisfy your inner foodie amongst the 13 food outlets, including Cleaver and Co, Joe's Garage, Two Fat Indians, Infinito, Habitual Fix, Hanoi Old Quarter, Leemo, Nando's, Nourish Pod, Ottoman Turkish Kebabs, Shanghai Dumplings, Roll and Bowl, and Pad Thai Pan or head on over to the iconic Little High to indulge in the various market-style eateries. All this gustation couldn’t be complete without a refreshing beverage, so grab a fine wine or a craft beer for the grownups and a yummy ice cream for the little people and relax in your central city before embarking on the ride home.