The Christchurch 360 Trail is approximately 135 km long and encircles the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. It showcases the diversity of the city, featuring not just the flora and fauna but also historical, architectural and cultural aspects of Christchurch.
The trail, links up existing tracks and urban routes, highlighting 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.
Click this link for a Google Map of Component Tracks.