Mountain Biking Port Hills
The Port Hills of Christchurch attracts thousands of locals and visitors every year and is largely regarded as the best place to enjoy panoramic views of Christchurch by day and night.
What will be a surprise to many New Zealand and overseas visitors is that this range of hills is also the go-to location for avid mountain biking enthusiasts. Situated just 10 minutes’ drive from your motel accommodation at Westside Motor Lodge, Port Hills offers an endless network of tracks and views that reach from the Pacific Ocean to the Southern Alps.
The Port Hills are an eroded remnant of the Lyttleton Volcano which erupted millions of years ago. The tracks on Port Hills feature tussock grasslands and rugged rocky outcrops and provide a wonderful opportunity for cyclists to get away from Christchurch city and amongst a stunning natural environment.
During 2015 construction will begin on a $25 million, 358 hectare Adventure Park in the Port Hills. It will include more than 100km of downhill mountain bike routes, a 1.8km chairlift for people and bikes, a 2km zip line through forest, a mountain coaster and a restaurant and bar that will seat up to 180 people.