Ahuriri rail trail section opens

Last updated 07:32 22/12/2012

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Another section of the Christchurch- Little River Rail Trail has opened.

The four-kilometre Ahuriri section, which links two existing parts of the trail, has been built by Environment Canterbury on regional council land.

Rail Trail Trust chairman Don Babe said the trail would be one of the "great rides" of New Zealand.

"The Ahuriri section passes through some amazing landscape which has stunning scenery and a lot of history."

He said people could explore this section from River Rd off Lincoln Tai Tapu Rd or park at Motukarara and ride 1.6 kilometres northwest along Park Rd to the Halswell River.

The new section goes along the river and through farmland.

"The trail is designed for all weather, with a well-compacted metal surface," he said. "It is suited to riders of all abilities as well as walkers or hikers, and is completely away from the road."

The trust has commissioned an extensive planting plan for this section, with the aim of restoring a native habitat. Ultimately, the trail will extend over 45km from Shands Rd in Hornby to Prebbleton, Lincoln, Motukarara and Little River.

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