Short walks provide the perfect opportunity to explore the city in more depth. With a wealth of walking tracks from easy-going to challenging there’s something to suit everyone. Here’s a sample of short walks on offer in Christchurch.
A spectacular coastal walk and a favourite for many. The Boulder Bay track offers stunning views of the coastline, Boulder Bay baches and sea caves. Beginning at the popular swimming and surfing beach of Taylors Mistake, the one hour walk traverses the coastal cliff edge about 20 metres above sea level. Highlights include the baches lining the rocky beach at Boulder Bay and spotting white flippered penguins enroute. For a more comprehensive walk continue on to Godley Head and complete a round trip by following the Crater Rim track.
Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park
The Travis Wetland track encompasses 116 hectares of low lying wetland, offering a number of easy access tracks suitable for wheelchairs and prams. There’s a number of viewing locations situated throughout the wetland to discover the many species of bird that populate the area. To date 55 species of bird have been recorded at the Travis Wetland. The area is also the most important fresh water wetland in Christchurch supporting about half the total Christchurch pukeko population. The boardwalks throughout the wetland are a hit with young children and adults alike.
Halswell Quarry Park
In 1990 the former working quarry was converted into park and recreation grounds. The history of the quarry is still evident today with impressive rock formations and structures. There’s a variety of walking tracks throughout the park including the Rim Track, the Crocodile Track and tracks that link to the Kennedy’s Bush Track and Sign of the Bellbird. The park is also the ideal picnic location with a series of Sister Cities’ Gardens within its boundaries.
Bridle Path Walk
A visit to Christchurch is not complete without walking the Bridle Path. Follow in the footsteps of Canterbury’s early European settlers, experience first-hand the trek from Lyttelton to Christchurch, minus the Victorian clothing and having to carry all your worldly belongings! Memorial seats to commemorate the first four ships and early pioneers are situated along the way providing the perfect spot to rest tired weary legs. If you’re short on time don’t want the uphill climb then combine the walk with the Christchurch Gondola.
Enjoy the vast and often untouched expanses of the Christchurch coastline. Walk the length of the sandhill track from Southshore to the Waimakariri River mouth. Areas of interest along the way include the Southshore Spit Reserve, New Brighton and Waimairi Beach.
Victoria Park and Port Hills
The Port Hills has to be the most popular recreation area in Christchurch offering a wealth of walking tracks from easy-going family walks to half day hikes.
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