Little River Rail Trail


Jump on your bike for a lakeside ride along this historic rail trail. Stop at the world famous bird watching lake Te Waihora - a migration destination for some amazing birds. Spot the long distance godwit, or a velvet-black tuna/eel.


  • Is that a godwit? Wow, there are some long distance flyers around here!
  • This wetland is fed by the Southern Alps, and the wild Canterbury braided rivers.
  • Time for a snack? Pace yourself – it’s an epic day out.

Kiwi Guardians adventure map for Little River Rail Trail.
Kiwi Guardians adventure map for Little River Rail Trail

Get ready

Download the adventure map (PDF, 3,932K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word – write it down.

Getting there: There are a number of entry points into the railtrail, accessed off the Christchurch to Akaroa highway.

Toilets and parking are available at Prebbleton, Lincoln, Motukarara, Ataahua, Birdlings Flat, Cantons Bay, and Little River.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Little River Railtrail code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

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