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Little River Rail trail Motukarara Drop-off & Pick-up

Duration: Approximately 50km, allow 4-6 hours for the whole trip
Location: Christchurch, Canterbury
Start time: 9:00am, adjustments can be made to suit
Days: Monday - Saturday, Sunday by appointment
Included: Helmet, lock, electric bike & shuttle to and from Motukarara
Cost: $245 per person. Min. 2 people per booking
Departure Location: Chill HQ, Ground Floor, Awly Building. 287 Durham St North, Christchurch. Start point can also be the location from accommodation.

Keen to try your hand at the Little River Rail Trail but want to cut out the part where you bike through the city? Hop on our shuttle from Central Christchurch to Motukarara, where you will bike to Little River and back, and then ride in our shuttle back to town. This is a great option as this is the most scenic part of the whole rail trail and is very easy to naviagate.

If you are interested in riding the entire Little River Rail Trail instead, check out our Little River Electric Bike Tour here.

The Little River Rail Trail track is one of the easiest and most picturesque rides on the Banks Peninsula that mostly follows the route of an old 19th century railway line between Hornby and Little River via Prebbleton, Lincoln, Motukarara and Birdlings Flat.

The Rail Trail takes you through a changing landscape that has seen a thousand years of human history. It passes through rural areas and settlements on the Canterbury Plains, skirts past the massive flanks of the ancient volcanoes which make up Banks Peninsula, and hugs the shoreline of a vast lagoon, Te Waihora or Lake Ellesmere, and its smaller twin, Te Roto o Wairewa or Lake Forsyth.

It is an ideal gateway-ride if you want to try your hands at cycle-touring; the terrain is mostly flat and the conditions quite forgiving. The length of the trail from Motukarara to Little River and back is 49km which makes an easy ride, especially on our fleet of comfortable e-bikes.

Prices include the use of an electric bike, helmet, lock and a shuttle service to and from Motukarara.

If you would like to book this tour as a single person or a large group, please get in touch so we can provide you with a quote.

Got a question? Please contact us for more information, email explore@chillout.nz or phone 03 365 6530.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refund less 15% deposit (admin fee) if you cancel more than one month prior to start.

No refund if you cancel one month or less prior to start.

If the tour/course is cancelled by Chill due to circumstances outside our control, a refund less 15%. This is at the discretion of the guide, and safety is the most the most important consideration.

In case of rain or inclement weather, the bike tour will be changed to a walking tour, umbrellas can be provided by Chill.