Many of our visitors are keen on hiking (or tramping as it is called locally) and are lured to Christchurch by the picture-postcard images of New Zealand's mountains and hills. The great news - especially if you are short of time - is that it is only a short drive from Christchurch city to a huge variety of hiking routes: easy, challenging, short, long, remote, hilly and mountainous. The City Centre Motel offers convenient access to all major roads leading out to the hills, as well as to tour operators based in Christchurch who specialise in guided day hikes.
Your choices for hiking accommodation in Christchurch at City Centre Motel include:
Some of the day hikes you can enjoy within easy reach of Christchurch include:
- Mt Grey - An hour's drive from Christchurch (15 km west of Amberley) lies the summit of Mt Grey and the Maukatere, an area of alpine and and forest environment. Two day-hike routes to the summit or short walks to scenic waterfalls and challenging tramping routes along exposed mountain tops.
- Mt Richardson - In the Glen Tui and Ashley Gorge area (an hour drive west from Christchurch), lies Mt Richardson (1047m). A moderate to steep track to the summit is a good option for hikers with a good standard of fitness.
Our guests (and friends) have particularly recommended the following hiking area:
- Arthur's Pass - This small village is in the heart of mountain country and tracks in the region provide ample opportunity for short walks, half-day and day walks, walks for families, as well as challenging overnight hikes. Avalanche Peak is the most popular (reasonably challenging) day walk from Arthur's Pass village, marked by a poled route to the summit. On a fine day, it offers fine views of the surrounding peaks. (In winter conditions: iceaxes, crampons and good self-arresting skills are absolutely necessary).
For more information about hikes in Christchurch and Canterbury, view the Department of Conservation website.