Our guided and self-guided tours are  fully booked for the current season.  We are now taking bookings for October 2024 onwards.

Little River Rail Trail Day Tripper

1 Day Self-Guided Rail Trail Tour

A relaxing and fun day trip out of Christchurch to explore the beautiful Canterbury countryside.  Easy biking along country roads and the historic Little River Rail Trail at your own pace.  As a destination, Little River ticks all the boxes – great food, a fantastic art gallery and a warm and friendly welcome.  One of the best days out on the bike you can imagine.

  • Starts/Finishes: Christchurch 
  • Ride 50km from Hornby to Little River (shorter or longer ride options available)
  • Biking Grade 1- Easy country roads and trails


  • Tour is able to be booked any time of year subject to availability of bikes

Price: $199 per person based (2 people minimum)
Upgrade to an E-bike for an additional $40 per person

A $50 per person deposit is required at time of booking  

Prices valid until April 2023

Tour Information

The Christchurch Little River Rail Trail is a fantastic day trip out of the city.  Winding its way out of town into the country and along the historic Little River Branch railway line, this easy and accessible ride weaves through little towns and villages until reaching Little River.   There are preserved railway stations and information boards along the way for the history buffs and incredible scenery and wildlife for nature lovers.  The trail passes Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) which is recognised as home to New Zealand’s most diverse bird population and the abundant birdlife is an incredible sight to experience. 

Perfect for riders of all abilities, it’s the perfect way to escape the city for a day.  Whether you are visiting Christchurch and want to enrich your experience by jumping into nature for a day, or you’re a Christchurch local looking to try something different, this is a fantastic day out for everyone.

Tour Itinerary Summary

9am: Pick up from Central Christchurch Accommodation
3pm: Pick up in Little River and return to Central Christchurch Accommodation (timings flexible - just ask!)

Bike Information

The Avanti Discovery 3 is the perfect choice for the rider wanting to experience the trail on a standard bike. With 29” mountain bike tires, 27-speed gearing, hydraulic disc brakes, and a front suspension fork, this bike is great choice for the trail.

The German engineerd Kalkhoff Voyager B8 E-bike utilises the award winning Bosch Perfomance Line motor system, providing unparalleled climbing confidence and impressive range. Our Ebikes have all been fitted with trail tyres for extra traction and have Concept tour handlebars allowing for more upright body position when riding - perfect for touring on the cycle trails.


  • Bike hire – standard or E-bike, helmet, pannier, bike pump, spare tyre and multi-tool
  • Pick up and drop off to your central Christchurch accommodation
  • Trail Map


  • Meals/food 
  • Personal expenses
  • Drink bottles

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