Eastern Cycle Trails

 

Waimakariri boasts tracks that make cycling both accessible and fun. Being on the Canterbury Plains means our eastern cycle trails are mainly flat, perfect for individuals and families. The trails take you through farmland, river and coastal recreation areas. You will be treated to the smells of pine and willow forests. Experience views of the Pacific Ocean, Pegasus Lake, Te Kōhanga Wetlands, the braided rivers of the Waimakariri and Ashley/Rakahuri and the Ashley/Rakahuri Estuary. You can take the straighter, flatter rides along the stop banks or follow the mountain bike trails to enjoy more twists and turns. Most of the trails are two way and shared with walkers, so cycling etiquette applies. Ride the trails individually or join them up by using our map.

 

Update 29 November 2021
Due to a fire salvage operation in the Tūhaitara Coastal Park the Pegasus Trail from Pines Beach/Kairaki to Woodend Beach will be closed from November 30 2021 until at least mid-Janaury 2022.

Kaiapoi Island Trail
Time/Distance: 18 km of trails
Grade: Easy

Access:

Raven Quay, Kaiapoi (take the stop bank to the trail), OR Wrights Road, off Old Main North

Description:

A great ride for both families and individuals. Enjoy views of the Waimakariri River, willow forests and ponds. The river used to be an unconstrained braided river with two splits forming a number of islands. For Maori, the island was an important site spiritually and as an education facility. You have the option to stay on the stop bank.

Pegasus Trail
Time/Distance: 10.5 km one way
Grade: Easy

Access:

Take the stop bank on Charles Street near the Coastguard building.

Description:

Follow the Kaiapoi River along the stop bank to where it meets the Waimakariri River. Ride through the small beach settlement of Pines/Karaki into the forest to Woodend. You will need to lift your bike over styles.

Te Kōhanga Wetlands
Time/Distance: 3.8 km Looped
Grade: Beginner

Access:

Tiritirimoana Drive, Pegasus

Description:

Te Kōhanga is the 97 hectare recreation and conservation area of Pegasus. Enjoy a range of natural habitats of native plants and animals.

Kaitiritiri Ridge
Time/Distance: 1.8 km One way
Grade: Easy

Access:

Pegasus Town, from corner of Pegasus Boulevard and Infinity Drive

Description:

Take this short ride to gain a view over the Pegasus Golf Course, Pegasus Township. Read the information platforms along the way.

Tūtaepatu Trail
Time/Distance: 5 km One Way
Grade: Beginner

Description:

This all-weather track joins together the beach settlements of Woodend and Waikuku. Take a break at the Tūtaepatu Lagoon, a spring fed freshwater wildlife sanctuary for flora and fauna and historically a rich source of mahinga kai (food gathering) for Maori. Take a side trip into Pegasus Town to ride Te Kōhanga Wetlands and Kaitiritiri Ridge or replenish at one of the eateries.

Rakahuri Trail
Time/Distance: 18 km including the loop - one way
Grade: Easy

Access:

Take the stop bank at the end of Park Terrace, Waikuku Beach, OR End of East Belt, Rangiora

Description:

This fun trail runs alongside the Ashley/Rakahuri River. There is a dedicated mountain bike park within the trail with areas of one way riding, twists, turns and moguls. Fun for the family and individuals. The trail starts near the Ashley/Rakahuri Estuary in Waikuku. This Estuary is one of the largest unmodified estuaries in Canterbury and home to many endangered bird species. You have the option to stay on the stopbank.

Tarapiroe Trail
Time/Distance: 1.4 km One way
Grade: Easy

Access:

Cones Road, Western side of Ashley Bridge

Description:

Cones Road, Western side of Ashley Bridge

Passchendaele Memorial Path
Time/Distance: 8km One Way
Grade: Beginner

Access:

Kaiapoi:
Raven Street North

Rangiora:
Use on road facilities at Lineside Road to join up with track.

Description:

The Passchendaele Memorial Path links our two main towns of Kaiapoi and Rangiora.

Rangiora Woodend Path
Time/Distance: 6.5km One Way
Grade: Beginner

Access:

Rangiora
Use on road facilities on Kippenberger Avenue to reach track.

Woodend:
Utilise on-road facilities at Rangiora Woodend Road.

Description:

Pathway taking you from the township of Woodend to Woodend Beach.

Jill Creamer Trail
Time/Distance: 3.8 km one Way
Grade: Beginner

Access:

Woodend:
Woodend Beach Road

Woodend Beach:
Woodend Beach Road

Description:

This track will take you from the Woodend township to the beach. It is named after a community stalwart who dedicated her time and energy to many community projects.

Christchurch Northern Corridor Cycleway
Time/Distance: 15km from Cranford street to Kaiapoi township
Grade: Beginner

Description:

The CNC off road shared path runs along the entire length of the new motorway, and then connects to new and existing paths both north to Waimakariri and south to central Christchurch. The new clip-on path over the Waimakariri River provides access over the river for all cyclers