Top 5 Christchurch Walks
Find out about other walks in and around Christchurch from 10 minutes to a whole day, from coast to forest and tussocky hills (CCC).
Get information about walks on Banks Peninsula (Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust).
- Walks in the Selwyn District (Sensational Selwyn).
- Waimakariri District walkways (Visit Waimakariri).
- Walks for families in Canterbury (Department of Conservation).
- Department of Conservation tracks and walks in Canterbury (DOC).
- Hurunui Trails.
Find out about walkways and trails in one of Canterbury's Regional Parks:
People are being encouraged to step up their fitness through a new series of FREE guided walks that gradually move from a wetland wander to a more challenging hill climb. The Sport Canterbury-based Green Prescription team – together with the Adventure Specialties Trust – has designed four winter walks for “beginner explorers”.
“There are four bush walks in the series and they start flat and progress, so that participants may be prepared for a gentle gradient by the fourth walk,” Green Prescription team lead Abby Wilson says.
Ms Wilson hopes that people will “explore the benefits of being in nature and walking with a group – the sense of community, connection and enjoying new scenery with like-minded people”.
Contact Abby Wilson at Sport Canterbury to register for these walks (abby.wilson[at]sportcanterbury.org.nz). Bookings are essential as numbers are limited to 15 people per walk.
A hut can be a great option for accommodation if you’re heading out on a family adventure. Staying in a hut is a quintessential Kiwi childhood experience. Many of us will recall the first time we stayed in a hut as a child - the sense of freedom, excitement and “getting back to basics”.
We are spoilt for choice in Canterbury when it comes to huts that are within easy reach of main centres. Banks Peninsula is a good place to start, with three delightful huts available that are well set-up for small children and family groups.
Download an information sheet about huts in Canterbury, including those on Banks Peninsula [PDF].