We had a scenic trip from Queenstown to Christchurch with some beautiful views of Mt. Cook along the way. We arrived in a very quiet and peaceful Christchurch on a Saturday evening, again with beautiful weather.
The next day, Sunday, we headed out to the Port Hills Tracks for a short ride. We stopped along the way at a bike shop to find a map (they were out) and XTR brake pads (no luck there, either). We did get some directions from a local enthusiast and headed up the hill to the trails. We only got a brief glimpse of the trail offerings in this area, in part because of the short time to ride and in part due to the lack of a good map. It seems to be a real favorite of the locals and there is an extensive set of trails to explore. We’re not sure that this is a biking destination, in and of itself, but we are certain that we would look forward to more exploration of the trails in this area when we come back.
Tomorrow, unfortunately, we pack and head back. It is more than a bit too soon for both of us.