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The Big OE – Outdoor Experiences in Christchurch

Sure, the days might be getting a little cooler and the sun might be rising a tad later, but there’s no need to start hibernating just yet.

With a growing list of walkways and mountain bike tracks reopening, combined with autumn's cool clear days, it's the perfect time to get out and rediscover Christchurch's natural beauty. Whether you're after a short stroll with Fido, day trek with friends, white-knuckle mountain bike adventure or, if your knees are up to it, give the endurance-pushing trend of mountain running a whirl, this great city of ours has you covered.

History buffs can discover how the Heathcote River would have looked before European settlement on the Woolston Loop, while the Crater Rim Walkway from Evans Pass to Godley Head offers jaw-slackening Port Hill panoramas and a great workout. Nature lovers can get their fix among the 57 hectares of the Styx Mill Conservation Reserve with its natural river corridor an eco-haven for 10 species of freshwater fish and 46 bird species. Add a dog exercise park and tick the canine companion box.

For the more adventurous, there's the gruelling 8.6 km Bowenvale Valley mountain bike track in the Cashmere Hills, while neighbouring Victoria Park's natural beauty hides a grisly past as seen in the final frames of Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures. And remember, keeping active will not only extend your summer, it'll also help maintain that hard-won summer trim. Before you hit the great outdoors be sure to check in at for the latest updates – happy trails!


Cityscape is the essential Christchurch directory of where to eat and drink, what to do and where to shop. From the best events to add to your calendar to tips to ensure you squeeze out the very essence of the city, Cityscape has the city of Christchurch covered inside and out.


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