Enjoy the comprehensive range of trails in the Selwyn district. From advanced downhill and cross country riding to long open stretches of road, it's not uncommon to see cyclists of all varieties enjoying the rides on offer in the Selwyn district.
Broken River Ski Field Road
The multi use track follows Cave Stream to Jacks Pass. It is steep and loose sections. The ski basin can be accessed by bike.
Track distance: 6km (from picnic area to the hut).
Start location: Cragieburn Picnic Area.
Broken River Ski Field Road to Camp Saddle
An old 4WD track, climbing through beech forest. The track arrives at open tussocks then poles mark the route to Camp Saddle.
Track distance: 2.5km.
Start location: Opposite the ski club tractor shed, beyond the located gate on Broken River Ski Field road.
Dracophyllum Flat track
Pole Bridge is not suitable for bikes so riders will need to ford the river instead. Cycle through mountain beech to a sheltered picnic area covered in red-brown Dracophyllum, native tussock, small herbs and ground-cover plants.
Track distance: 1.8km.
Start location: Take the road from the Craigieburn picnic area following Cave Stream to Broken River ski field road. The track begins opposite the road intersection.
Hogs Back mountain bike track
Ascend through beech forest to the Long Spur ridgeline. Bike Cheeseman ski field access road and Waterfall Creek crossing.
Track distance: Castle Hill to Texas Flat 7.4km. Roundtrip via the Cheeseman ski field road 15.6km.
Start location: Behind Castle Hill Village or from Texas Flat.
Mt White Road
Broad sweeping views up the valley. Traverse tussock flats bordering the Waimakariri River.
Track distance: 25km.
Start location: Mt White Road (25km east of Arthur's Pass Village SH73).
4WD tracks and an easy ride over river flats and through beech forest. Two river crossings - Poulter River and Casey Stream. To park boundary it's grade 3 intermediate, beyond park boundary grade 2 easy
Track distance: 27km.
Start location: Mt White Road.
Starvation Gully to Trig M
An uphill marked track amongst diverse shrublands, traversing open ridges to reach Trig M. About half way up, the track from Coach Stream joins this track from the southeast. Grade 3 intermediate track.
Track distance: 3.2km.
Start location: Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park.
Trig M to Coach Stream
The track travels alongside a ridge before reaching part of Ben More Station. The 4WD track heads back into public conservation land. Follow SH73 over Porters Pass back to Starvation Gully (an additional 4.5km). Grade 3 intermediate track.
Track distance: 5.5km.
Start location: The Coach Stream route branches off 1.5km down from Trig M.
Little River Rail Trail
The Little River Rail Trail begins in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby and flanks the shores of Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth to end in the quaint township of Little River. Enjoy the ever-changing landscapes from farmland to wetland on this 49km trail comprising of both on and off road cycling.
Section 1, distance 4km – Christchurch (Hornby to Prebbleton)
This section is sealed and follows Shands Road to the intersection with Marshs Road. It then crosses the road to follow the old railway corridor through to Prebbleton.
Points of interest: Hornby is a residential suburb of Christchurch and an important commercial centre.
Section 2, distance 7km – Prebbleton to Lincoln
Beginning at the intersection of Birches Road and Trices Road. This section comprises of a 7km off-road wide asphalt pathway that runs alongside the original railway line from Birches Road to Lincoln.
Points to note: For those beginning the trail in Prebbleton there is car-parking available along Birches Road between Springs Road and Trices Road or at the Prebbleton Reserve.
Section 3, distance 10km – Lincoln to Ahuriri Reserve
This section connects Lincoln to the Ahuriri Reserve utilising a number of sub-sections and on-road segments. The Rail Trail uses a shared pathway along the northern side of Edward Street. Continue to the Edward Street – Ellesmere Road intersection and then turn right into Ellesmere Road. Travel 1km along Ellesmere Road, turn left into the Rail Trail that connects to Collins Road East and River Road. This section provides safe off-road cycling to River Road. From River Road to Ahuriri Reserve care needs to be taken as cyclists will be sharing the country road with heavy vehicles. At the end of River Road there is a section on the true right connecting from Geddes Road to Neills Road.
Section 4, distance 4km – Ahuriri Reserve to Motukarara
Off-road riding on hard packed gravel. The section begins adjacent to the Halswell Canal before deviating away onto farmland for approximately 1.7km.
Point to note: A joint planting plan for this area is being carried out by The Waihora Ellesmere Trust (WET), Rail Trail Trust and ECAN.
Section 5, 13.3km – Motukarara to Birdlings Flat
Arguably the most picturesque section of the Little River Rail Trail. The track follows the old rail embankment from Motukarara to Little River alongside Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora) and Lake Forsyth (Te Wairewa). The trail offers stunning views across the lakes towards the Southern Alps, with great opportunities to see a variety of bird life.
Riders can access this section of the trail at Kaituna Quarry, Seabridge Road, Birdlings Flat and Catons Bay.
Points to note: Picnic stops are at Kaituna Quarry and Catons Bay. There is a small on-road section near Little River, please take care here when crossing the road.
Section 6, distance 9.7km – Birdlings Flat to Little River
The trail navigates along the old railway embankment, turning inland and ends closer to the Little River township on a compact gravel track. The majority of the track travels beside Te Roto o Wairewa (Lake Forsyth).