Christchurch City has a collection of local rides and is a gateway for many to riding throughout the South Island. It is in the middle of a full scale CBD rebuild, and is looking beautiful.
It’s an exciting time to visit Christchurch: as the post-earthquakes rebuild transforms the city in many ways. The inner city is easily explored by bike, and there’s a huge range of off-road options - including the nearby Port Hills trails.
Crammed end-to-end with breathtaking views over bays and beaches, quiet roads and a huge variety of riding possibilities, Banks Peninsula is an unspoilt, relatively undiscovered cycling gem, right on the doorstep of Christchurch.
Words by Stu Wadde, Photos by Eggleton
By Roy Sinclair
The road is a reminder of how rural roads once were. I cruise beside fields of farm animals. I see fresh milk and free-range eggs for sale, and a serve-yourself fruit stall with honesty box.
By Roy Sinclair
"Once again it takes 2.5 hours to cover 30 miles (from Hornby). Cyclists, both men and women, boast of having beaten the train from station to station when it (the train) is moving only 12 miles per hour … "
By Stu Waddel
An urban outing by day is also pretty attractive, Vintage Peddler style; an adventure, finding the good coffee spots, enjoying the quieter streets of the city,while it is in pseudo lock down, is even better.
By Amber Coubrough
Back when Licence to Ride asked me to be a contributor, I was to write an article on the Heaphy. It was to be one of those weekends — you know the kind: the mountain biking trip of the year that you and your mates plan 12 months in advance, clogging each other’s Inboxes with mail of banter and excitement.