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Distance: currently just over 30km, it will be 45km when fully completed

The Little River Rail Trail is a community project and when fully completed will run 45km from Hornby in Christchurch to Little River on Banks Peninsula. This route follows much of the old railway line that was last used in the 1960s. There are a number of entry points into the railtrail, accessed off the Christchurch to Akaroa highway.

Currently the completed sections include the 20km from Motukarara to Little River (opposite the Little River Railway Station) and the 11km from Hornby to Lincoln. The rest is still under construction.

The Railtrail is open to both walkers and cyclists, please note though that dogs and horses are strictly forbidden.

Little River Rail Trail - Christchurch

Little River Rail Trail - Christchurch

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2 reviews with the most recent first

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Helen T

England

Ranking: 9/10

I'm no cyclist but walked the short section between Little River and Caton's Bay. on a hot day, taking care to defer to cyclists, who seemed pleasantly suprised by my courtesy. It is a delightful walk full of wild flowers, shady trees including English Oak and a bird watching heaven. I wish I'd had more time, but it was my last hours in NZ. A lovely area that I'd like to revisit and explore more.

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Dave Bugden

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic Cycle way-flat-picturesque

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