By Jay French
Check out these popular trails that make the Christchurch and Canterbury region a mountain biking mecca.
This remote and challenging ride is an epic journey enriched with Canterbury's stunning alpine vistas, mountain beech forest and vast grassland valleys dotted with rustic farm buildings.
By Bevan Triebels
Located 90 minutes from Christchurch, you can easily access one of the best mountain biking tracks in the South Island, St James Cycle Trail.
St James cycle Trail Information
3hr 30mins from Christchurch
1hr from Hanmer Springs
Easy - Advanced
Skirting the foothills of the Southern Alps, this challenging trail cuts across a steep scree slope before diving into a beech forest for a fantastic descent.
By Yeti Cycles
This spectacular ride traverses the foothills of the Southern Alps, taking you through beech forest and across the base of ski fields.
Craigieburn Forest Information
1hr 20mins from Christchurch
Ride this impressive network of tracks in Christchurch with more than 40km of flowing singletrack traversing the rim of a massive extinct volcano.
One of Christchurch's most-loved landscapes, the Port Hills, are home to amazing mountain biking tracks.
The Crater Rim - Port Hills Information
35mins from Christchurch
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