Information on the Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail

Photo of cyclists on the rail trail

After several years of promotion by a working party comprising the Department of Conservation (DOC), Environment Canterbury, the Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Banks Peninsula District Council, Transit New Zealand and others, a group of enthusiastic supporters came together in November 2003 as the Christchurch to Little River Railtrail Trust to develop the cycleway/walkway from Christchurch to Little River.

The Christchurch to Little River Railtrail mostly follows the route of a 19th century railway line between Hornby Junction and Little River via Prebbleton, Lincoln, Motukarara and Birdlings Flat.

While the majority of the route has been constructed the final "missing link" along River Road is now able to proceed.

A Concept Scheme Report has been completed which includes information on the project history, generic track types, bridges, costs and route plans.

Any queries regarding the planning of this can be directed to

Information can also be sourced from DOC (Department of Conservation)