Test the Trails in South Canterbury

Explore the heart of South Canterbury by bike, a great way to soak up the coastal, rural and river based scenery the region has to offer. From gentle tracks to challenging terrain there's a track to suit everyone in South Canterbury. 

Centennial Park (The Scenic)

Track length: A wide range of tracks to suit all ages and abilities
Start location: Quarry Road off Otipua Road (there are also 2 other access points)

Key highlights:

  • Timaru’s main mountain biking area.
  • The small valley (formerly a quarry) is set amongst a mixture of native bush, pines, gums, oaks and other exotic trees.
  • Combine the trails to form different tracks.

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Gordon's Valley

Track duration: Approximately 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Start location: Southern Trust Events Centre on Morgans Road

Key highlights:

  • Rolling farmland dotted with cabbage tress to the Ancient Maori rock art drawings.
  • Return through Beaconfield Settlement.
  • Enjoy a break at the popular Wetlands Café.

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Orari River Flat Tracks

Track duration: 45 mins
Start location: A few minutes from Orari township

Key highlights:

  • Orari River Flat tracks offer fun for riders of all abilities.
  • Most picturesque between spring to autumn. 

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Pleasant Point-Geraldine-Temuka Loop

Ride duration: Allow 3 hours
Start location: 100% Homemade Café, Temuka (home to the famous Temuka Pottery)

Key highlights:

  • Encompasses the South Canterbury townships of Winchester and Geraldine.
  • Sample well-known Talbot Forest Cheese, Barker's jams and chutneys.

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Pleasant Point-Totara Valley Loop

Ride duration: Allow 1 hour
Start location: Pleasant Point

Key highlights:

  • A great loop track.
  • Varied and interesting ride taking in the aptly named township of Pleasant Point.
  • Fantastic views across rolling farmland.

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Saltwater Creek to South Beach

Ride duration: 1 hour 45 mins
Start location: Centennial Park Reserve

Key highlights:

  • Take in rural views cycling though native plants to Otipua Wetlands.
  • Picturesque coastal track complete with ocean vistas. 
  • A great family ride.

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The Four Peaks Circuit

Ride duration: 2.5 hours
Start location: Geraldine

Key highlights:

  • Uphill climb captures expansive views of the township.
  • Views include Four Peaks, Mount Peel, the Southern Alps, Canterbury Plains and native wildlife.
  • The circuit includes sealed and gravel roads.

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