The Christchurch 360 Trail is approximately 135 km long and encircles the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. It showcases the wonderful diversity of the city, featuring not just the flora and fauna but also historical, architectural and cultural aspects of Christchurch.
Affectionately known as The Meurky Walk in honour of its inventor, it links up many existing tracks and urban routes. The trail highlights the diverse ecology, from marshes and wetlands to dry savannah ecosystems, from verdant bush remnants to the exposed open hilltops of the Crater Rim.
There are items of historical and cultural interest, layers of Maori history and two centuries of colonial to post-modern architecture. There are restored wetlands, preserved coastal dunes, river stopbanks topped with walkways; a braided river bed, home to rare birds. Craggy cliffs support hot rock ferns and natural hedges. Saltmarsh reed-beds. Clear spring-fed streams slip through the suburbs. Kahikatea tower skywards within an inner city forest.
Discover native orchids hiding in pine woods. There are nearly 100 types of native birds and at least 400 wild native vascular plants in the greater Christchurch area.
Some sections of the trail in parks are shared pedestrian and cycling trails. However we cannot promote this trail as a cycling trail. The precautionary approach advocated by the Christchurch City Council sends a message to Christchurch 360 Trail users that this is not a recommended cycle safe route but that use of the route is up to the individual.
|2018||planned – Rotary seats. Submission issues. Incorporation. Student projects. international marketing|
|2017||CCC Submission presented; ongoing negotiations on nailing down NW route and sections from The Sanctuary, to Groynes and SH1 developments and around the Estuary; improving the bike option. Rotary’s support continues with enhancement planting in The Sanctuary. Port Hills fire in February closes the Kennedy’s Bush segment. Students. Poster.|
|2016||15 Rotary Clubs maintain 105km, Summit Rd Soc 30km. The CHCH360Trail was featured in the Christchurch walking festival in October and about 20 people completed the whole circuit in 8 days again with 50 completing some featured segments. Canterbury University Students (volunteer programme) compiled an inventory of service providers around the trail. G&T run in <24hr.|
|2015||Chch 360 Trail opened by Deputy Mayor Vickie Buck 3 Oct, 2015 with Booklets, 9 signs, Rotary & Summit Rd Soc mark trail. Half a dozen souls then walked (some cycled) the whole approx. 140km in 8 days using local accommodation along the way|
|2014||Chch Perimeter Trail working group made submission to CCC and granted $50,000 for Logo, Website, Facebook, UAV drone videos, track markers, signage & internal staff costs. Perimeter walkway rebranded as Christchurch 360 Trail.|
|2011||Earthquakes take CCT money away. digging out.|
|2010||Living Streets Aotearoa granted $20,000 by Canterbury Community Trust for the Great Perimeter Walkway.|
|2009||The Great Perimeter Walkway wins Golden Foot Award after 12yrs of Meurky Walks and 4 complete circuits.|
|2003||Colin Meurk starts formally working with CCC on the “Meurky Walk” (Note – he didn’t call it this himself!).|
|1997||Forest and Bird-sponsored Saturday Meurky Walks begin – approx 7km walk every couple of months.|
|1991||Colin Meurk proposes a city-encircling walkway (The Great Perimeter Walk).|