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Christchurch Flat Trails

Grab the bikes, pack a picnic and enjoy a great family day out exploring the forests, beaches and parklands of Christchurch. Explore these great rides:

Bottle Lake Forest Park

Track distance: Family loop 7km (aprox)
Start location: Bottle Lake Forest entrance car park, Waitikiri Drive, Parklands

Key highlights: 

  • Follow the blue markers towards the coast and return
  • An expansive network of forest tracks crisscrossing 1,000 hectares of pine forest from Burwood through to Spencer Park
  • Tracks for all ages and riding abilities
  • Mostly flat terrain
  • Take in the coastline to make riding more challenging

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Coastal Ride to Spencer Park

Track distance: 10km roundtrip
Start location: Either Spencer Park, Spencerville or Bower Avenue, Parklands

Key highlights: 

  • Finish same as the starting point
  • Great family riding

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McLeans Island

Track distance: 10.5km easy single track loop
Start location: Entrance opposite Orana Park Wildlife Park, off McLeans Island Road

Key highlights: 

  • Suitable for families
  • 2km River Loop and 5km Coringa Loop can be added for a longer ride
  • Close to Christchurch Airport
  • Bike hire available

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North Hagley Park

Track distance: 4.75km gentle track
Track start: Multiple start locations around North Hagley Park

Key highlights:

  • Perfect for families, children with balance bikes and learning to cycle.
  • Tree-lined avenues and bike paths for great inner city riding
  • Seasonal colour with blossoms and changing of the leaves

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  • Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s and is today the most significant central city park. It offers a diverse range of entertainment and recreational facilities close to the city centre.

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