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Avon City Loops, Canterbury

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Trail Information

11.10km

75m

75m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban

Loop

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Riverside
Other

Beginner

1:30 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)

-0.1%

+0.1%

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Description

Full loop here is 11km and can be squeezed into a wonderful, slightly longer lunchtime stretch out. Strike the Avon River urban trails on a sunny day and they can be surprisingly scenic.

Follow the twists and bends and meandering loops of the Avon River through firstly the Botanic Gardens, and then past the hospital as the first loop brings you back to the CBD. Pause for a moment at the Earthquake Memorial Wall, truly a place of tranquility and reflection. Carry on along the newly minted trails that dart through town following the Avon. A few works in progress are still under construction on these trails but are easily skirted around.

As you head east towards the Avon loop you may be tempted to add the Tower of Terror at the amazing Mahy/ Locke playground to get some vertical :)

Keep following the river round the Avon Loop redzone, poignant to think what was here and has been lost. Then cross the river at the Fitzgerald Bridge and head back to town following the north bank of the river past the Firefighters Memorial (part of the World Trade Centre) , Town hall, and back around the other side of the river through the Botanic Gardens from where you started.


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Features of interest

Hagley Park Botanic Gardens
Regenerating Christchurch CBD and Earthquake Memorial
Modern and Heritage buildings
Mahy / Locke playground
Avon River and surrounds including the historic Avon Loop, now sadly Redzoned.


Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 80%

Sealed Road: 20%


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  • Access

    Armagh Gates, Hagley Park. Rolleston Ave, Central Christchurch. Or anywhere else along the route.

    You can usually find parking in Hagley by the botanic gardens, although weekends and school holidays can be busy. Otherwise parking on surrounding streets, some are metered.

    1 km

    4 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the RunHunters app on your phone. View on RunHunters .

    Take care crossing roads, and there may be the odd small detour while earthquake repairs continue.

    Perfect throughout.

    Cellphone, Map.

    Plenty of water fountains in Hagley park, and along the way at Mahy playground and near the Town Hall.

    You may want thermals in winter, Christchurch can get a bit nippy at times then.

    Rebuild cones and traffic occasionally.

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    All accross the CBD

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