It doesn’t matter if you’re a local with an afternoon to spare or a tourist eager to see as much as possible. Taking one of Christchurch’s breathtaking short walks is always unforgettable. One of the finest ways to experience Christchurch’s scenery, take in the native flora and fauna, and breathe in the fresh South Island air is to go for short walks. Take a look at five of Christchurch’s top short hikes!
1. Dry Ridge Track, Mt Vernon Farm Park (25min one way)
Although the Dry Ridge pathway is frequently utilized as a shortcut to other routes, it also provides a really pleasant short walk on its own. It’s simple to park and get started on this track, which begins at the end of Hillsborough Terrace. It doesn’t take long before you begin to understand what makes this track one of the more interesting family walks Christchurch has to offer.
Soon after, trekkers come upon a cave, and the majority of the route offers views of both the core city and the Southern Alps. From here, walkers can choose to continue on one of the other well-liked trails or turn around and return to the parking lot.
2. Port Levy Saddle to Rod Donald Hut (50min)
This enjoyable trail, which is a section of the Te Ara Pātaka/ Summit walkway, passes through a stunning old tõtara woodland before coming to a finish at the Rod Donald cabin. The private property contains woodland.
You have a choice of spending the night in the chalet or going back to make it a day hike. Because of its intermediate complexity, this walk is best suited to hikers who are comfortable on occasionally steep and tough terrain.
3. Mitchells Track, Port Hills (30mins)
Mitchell’s trail is among the best treks in Christchurch if you’re looking for breathtaking views. The Whakaraup or Lyttelton Harbour and native trees are encountered by trekkers in just thirty minutes.
This song is for you if stunning views of the land, sky, and sea are your thing! Walkers can reach the trail from the parking lot next to the neighbourhood cafe Sign of the Kiwi, which is also a great place to get a flat white after a walk.
4. Old Halswell Quarry Loop (36min)
You may enjoy a picturesque stroll around the Halswell quarry loop in the time it takes to watch an episode of a TV show. Between 1861 and 1990, the park was a working quarry; today, it is a well-liked area for walking, running, and hiking.
Even your dog is welcome to join you for a walk as long as it is restrained by a leash. You may take in the scenery and observe some intriguing rock formations from the time when it was a quarry as you travel. It has a 4.5-star rating on AllTrails and is a popular walking path.
5. Ngaio Point Track, Duvauchelle (1hr return)
After guiding visitors through abundant native bush, the Ngaio Point Track offers beautiful views of the Onawe Peninsula. Leashed dogs are welcome on this trail, which is one of the best places in Christchurch for active family outings.
Many beaches are available for swimming in the summer at low tide, including a 15-minute return path to sand-covered Archdalls Beach. However, remember to bring sturdy footwear because there may be slick clay patches throughout the route.