Little River Rail Trail

1.00 out of 5
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↑ 200 m
↓ 200 m
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Trail Description
About this trail
The 49km long Little River Rail Trail follows an old railway line starting in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby. It heads south east towards Akaroa passing suburbs, farmland, the university town of Lincoln, Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth to end in the quaint village of Little River on Banks Peninsula.

From Hornby to Motukarara the trail is mainly on sealed road or concrete path. The 23km from Motukarara to Little River is all off-road on gravel. It is wide, packed and smooth. The whole trail is flat and tends to go in long straight lines with gentle curves. It is suitable for children and absolute beginners and is popular with families.

The section from Motukarara to Little River goes alongside Lake Ellesmere and then Lake Forsyth. It is quite scenic and there are lots of birds - mainly ducks and shags.

You can ride the trail in either direction. Check the weather before setting out and see which way gives you a tail wind. The trail is very exposed along the shores of Lake Ellesmere.

Toilets and parking are available at Prebbleton, Lincoln, Motukarara, Ataahua, Birdlings Flat, Cantons Bay, and Little River. You'll need to bring drinking water with you.
added by Jim CummingsWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  Jim Cummings   on Jun 5, 2015
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World Champ

June 5, 2015
Review: I find these long, straight, flat, rail-trail rides a bit tedious although they usually have tunnels, bridges, viaducts, gorges, mountains, stunning panoramas, history, cafes, pubs or other interesting distractions. The Little River Trail is lightweight on all counts. Nevertheless, Christchurch people like it and lots of them are out there enjoying it on fine weekends.

Little River Rail Trail MTB Trail 1.00 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1 user reviews.
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