Christchurch - Little River Rail Trail

  • 2 days one way
  • Easy

Walking and cycling trail along the path of an old railway from Christchurch to Little River.

Key information
Walking time
2 days
11 hr 15 min
Distance
45.0km
Type
One way
One way
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Shands Road, Hornby, 400m past Halswell Junction Road.
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Ends
Little River
Maps
NZTopo50-BX24
NZTopo50-BY24
NZTopo50-BX23
Altitude
Sea level – 30m
Altitude change 30m
More information

The Christchurch - Little River Rail Trail follows a 19th century rail corridor, completed 1886. The line was still used until 1967, and a short section from Hornby to Marshs Road remains in use today. The Little River Station remains as a shop, and the Motukarara Station has been restored for the trail.

There is no camping anywhere on the trail and accommodation is largely limited to Christchurch and Little River. Effectively, the trail is best walked section by section. The section from Motukarara to Little River is of most interest to walkers. Dogs are prohibited on this section. 

Walking times:

  • Hornby to Prebbleton: 4km, 1 hour
  • Prebbleton to Lincoln: 7km, 1 hour 45 min
  • Lincoln to Ahuriri Reserve: 10km, 2 hours 30 min
  • Ahuriri Reserve to Motukarara: 4km, 1 hour
  • Motukarara to Birdlings Flat: 13km, 3 hours 15 min
  • Birdlings Flat to Little River: 7km, 1 hour 45 min
Map
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ID 8589

About this track

Added 4 May 2013 by MatthewMatthew. No revisions.
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