Little River Railtrail

Little River Railtrail



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11 Banks Peninsula

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Little River Rail Trail - Christchurch


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.


Feature Value Info


DOC Canterbury

Central government organisation


South IslandCanterburyBanks Peninsula


  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Free


Marcus's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

The rail trail is flat and straight for slot if the time but close to little river it winds around the lake. Shade from sun and if you are lucky there's no lake flys. You can start in little river and if you stay the campground is 4km from the start. Nice and easy but depends on the wind. Enjoy.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Helen T's avatar

Helen T


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.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Dave Bugden

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic Cycle way-flat-picturesque

Reviewed about 12 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick