Home to some of the best cycle ways in the country, Christchurch is leading the charge for all things two wheeled. Cycle throughout the city and you’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere that doesn’t cater (or in the planning) for bikes. Get your helmet on, your bell at the ready and head out to some of the best haunts in or just out of the city centre.
Based in the most beautiful street in New Zealand Rollickin Gelato have recently opened their doors on New Regent Street. Salted caramel, coconut surprise, lemon sorbet, just to name a few. For an extra dollar you can fill your waffle cone with chocolate to enjoy the delicious last bite right to the very end. Beautiful art work adorn the walls and you can settle into their vintage couches and watch the rest of the hustle and bustle in the street outside.
Christchurch Art Gallery and Arts Centre
A ten minute ride along some of the new bike paths in the city are two spaces ripe for all your art gallery needs. More than half of the Arts Centre has now been restored and there are boutique shops, galleries and food outlets to discover as well!
Christchurch Art Gallery is just across the road and is literally bursting with new exhibitions that change monthly. Look up before you enter and see the huge Ronnie Van Hout hand on top of the roof! There’s also a large shop and free WiFi so you can let the world see your photos online from the gallery.
A slightly longer ride out of the city centre (around 30 mins) is The Tannery. A boutique shopping emporium which started it’s life as a 19th-century Industrial precinct and is now home to many small beautiful businesses from all over New Zealand. An absolute must do whilst in Christchurch, you’ll find a brewery, cafes, fashion, homewares, florists and more. Filled with owner-operated businesses you can take the time to stop and chat with creatives actually at work in their own small spaces.
Don't have a bike?
Christchurch has enough shops that rent out bikes and bike gear:
Owners Charlotte & Ken will ensure you've got the coolest gear to be turning heads next time you pedal out the door.
Together they are on a mission to help build livable, cycle-friendly cities we can be proud of. Creating beautiful bikes, apparel and accessories, ABC also takes 3% of their sales to fund community cycle projects.
With the friendliest service in town, check out their store at 8 Walker Street, Central Christchurch.
For visitors & locals who enjoy the "finer bikes in life."
The Vintage Peddler is Christchurch’s home of vintage bicycles and an eclectic bunch of cycle enthusiasts.
Their passion for vintage bikes culminates in a unique selection of steel framed beauties that they’re happy to share with everyone.
Head out on a tailored tour of the city or hire a bike to enjoy and explore Christchurch’s side streets, boutique shops and fine cafes in style.
Visit them at 7/75 Peterborough Street.