Christchurch-Little River Rail Trail
With the opening of ECan's Ahuriri section it is now possible to ride the entire length of the Rail Trail from Christchurch (current starting point is the Shands Rd car park 400 m south of the Halswell Junction Rd-Shands Rd intersection) through to Little River. The one-way distance is approximately 49 km. A map of the entire route can be downloaded.
Where should I go? With car parking available along the way many people choose to do smaller return journeys along the trail e.g. Shands Rd to Lincoln, Motukarara to Little River etc. See the relevant sections to find out more detailed information in Overview/Sections.
Please note that there are several temporary sub-sections of the Rail Trail that are on-road and do not have dedicated cycle lanes - these are between Edward St (Lincoln township) and Geddes Rd (southern end of River Rd). If you are cycling with young children please consider using the off-road sections of the trail that can be accessed at a number of points along the way.
The Rail Trail Trust is working with the Selwyn District Council to complete the off-road sections of the Rail Trail that will connect Lincoln township to the Ahuriri Reserve.
What will I see? The Rail Trail takes you through a changing landscape that has seen a thousand years of human history. It passes through rural areas and settlements on the Canterbury Plains, skirts past the massive flanks of the ancient volcanoes which make up the Banks Peninsula, and hugs the shoreline of a vast lagoon, Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, and its smaller twin, Te Roto o Wairewa/Lake Forsyth. The lakes and associated rivers and wetlands are rich in wildlife and natural vegetation. There are History and Landscape, Flora and Fauna sections with more information.
Visit the Things to do section for some interesting side trips and attractions. And if you want to make a weekend of it there are Accommodation and Dining options too.
How can I help? For more information about how you can help visit the Friends section. The Rail Trail is a community project and has been generously supported by many Sponsors. All donations (see button below) are tax deductable and go toward completing the Rail Trail.