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Papanui ki Waiwhetū: Connects the airport to the Nor'West Arc and Northern Line cycleways at Papanui.

Information days

We’re postponing the Wheels to Wings – Papanui ki Waiwhetū cycleway information days due to Covid-19 restrictions. We apologise for the inconvenience and we’ll look to reschedule as soon as possible.

We were planning to hold the information days on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 September.

It’s really important that we have a conversation with the community about the changes we’ve made and the different design concepts looked at, so we’re waiting until we can have these discussions in person.

As there has been a high level of engagement with this project it is important that we have the information days when people feel comfortable attending and have the time to consider the information. There will still be an opportunity to give further feedback as planned on the additional design work we’ve done when we hold the information days at a later date.


We consulted on the Wheels to Wings cycleway from January to March this year. We received 1348 submissions from residents, businesses and organisations. Many submitters have lived, or worked, in the area for a long time and have provided us with very detailed feedback. Thanks to everyone who took the time to consider the cycleway proposal.

The cycleway

This cycleway will provide a connection for local cycling trips in the Harewood, Bishopdale and Papanui suburbs to destinations including schools, shops, businesses and recreational facilities.

Find out more about the plans for the cycleway.(external link)

Harewood Rd by Chapel St

It will also connect to cycling facilities further afield.

At its western end, Wheels to Wings – Papanui ki Waiwhetū will connect with the Johns Road cycle and pedestrian underpass, linking through to the commercial areas surrounding the airport, and to McLeans Island Road via the Johns Road shared path.

This will be a good connection route for the large number of people working in the commercial area near the airport.

At its eastern end, the cycleway connects directly to the Northern Line cycle route and the future Nor’West Arc cycleway which is currently planned along Matson's Avenue (this will be consulted on later in the year).

Te Ara O-Rakipaoa: Connects Princess Margaret Hospital to the Northern Line near St James Park in Papanu via Spreydon, Middleton, Riccarton and Bryndwr.

NorWest-Arc illistration

Work is complete on the first section of the Nor’West Arc cycleway between Cashmere Road and Annex Road.  Construction is also well underway on further sections on Ballantyne Avenue, Hansons Lane, Suva Street, Middleton Road and Ilam Road.

The section of this route from Princess Margaret Hospital to the University of Canterbury was consulted on in 2017 with changes made to improve visibility and add safer road crossing points.

Map of the route between Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of Canterbury. [PNG, 350 KB]

More information on the consultation.(external link)

The route for the northern section (University up to Harewood Road) is proposed to run along Ilam Road to Aorangi Road, Condell Avenue and Matsons Avenue before linking to the Northern Line cycleway via Harewood Road. We're planning public consultation on this route later this year.

Once completed, this route is expected to be used primarily by commuters and students from Cashmere High, Our Lady of Assumption, Hoon Hay, Manning Intermediate, Spreydon, Hillmorton High, Middleton Grange, Kirkwood Intermediate, Ilam, Burnside, Cobham Intermediate, Burnside High and Allenvale Schools.

It connects to the Quarryman’s Trail, Little River Link, South Express, Uni–Cycle and Northern Line cycle routes.

Puari ki Niho-toto: Connects Templeton, Hornby, Sockburn and Middleton to Riccarton, Addington and the central city.

South Express cycleway at 36 Main South Road

This cycleway will run from the edge of the city’s western boundary in Templeton to Hagley Park in the central city. 

Work is underway on sections of the cycleway between Deans Avenue and Craven Street, scheduled for completion late 2021:

Construction of the section between Craven Street and Waterloo Road is due to start late 2021.

The cycleway route will pass nine schools as well as The Hub Hornby, Riccarton Raceway and Market, Upper Riccarton Library and the Wharenui Recreation Centre.

Puari ki Papanui: Connects Northlands Mall and the Northern Line Cycleway to the Central City.

People cycling on the cyclewayThis is a good route to head to the pool or have a work out at the Graham Condon Recreation and Sport Centre and you can also get your retail fix at Northlands Shopping Centre or Edgeware Village.

It connects to the Northern Line Cycleway on Sawyers Arms Road, and also links to the shared path that runs along the Christchurch Northern Corridor all the way to Kaiapoi in the Waimakariri District.

Puari ki Pū-taringa-motu: Connects the University of Canterbury to the Central City.

People cycling on the Uni-Cycle cyclewayA scenic, tree-lined route Uni–Cycle was named the Supreme Winner(external link) at the 2018 national Bike to the Future Awards. 

You can ride to the Saturday market at Riccarton Bush or check out the native forest.

Mona Vale has beautiful grounds and you can book in for high tea on the weekends. At the city end of the route you will pass through Hagley Park and you can visit the Canterbury Museum or the Arts Centre, both in stunning neo-gothic heritage buildings.

The route will link in with the Nor’West Arc cycle path by the University  (under construction 2021) and already connects to the Northern Line Cycleway by Mona Vale.

Puari ki Rapanui: Connects Ferrymead Bridge to the central city via Linwood.

This route is open from the Fitzgerald Avenue and Worcester Street intersection to the Charlesworth Reserve Bridge on Humphreys Drive.

The next stage of work through Charlesworth Reserve is expected to take place from August to December 2021.

The cycleway follows an existing path through the Reserve before crossing over Humphreys Drive and continuing along Tidal View until it reaches the Ferrymead Bridge and the start of the Christchurch Coastal Pathway.

The Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway appeals to people accessing local destinations like the Stanmore Road shops and Tiny Village, Eastgate Mall, Linwood Avenue School and the soon to be built Linwood Pool, as well as weekend recreational cyclists heading to Sumner via the Christchurch Coastal Pathway(external link).

The cycle path takes you through the daffodils down Linwood Ave and by the Charlesworth Reserve which is a tidal wetland home to native birds and over 100,000 trees and shrubs.

Puari ki Wairewa: Connects Prebbleton and Wigram in the south-west to the Central City via Middleton and Addington, and joins the Little River Rail Trail for those wanting to pedal further afield.

People cycling on Little River cycleway

This cycleway runs from Moorhouse Avenue through Church Square to Barrington Street where it connects to the shared path that runs alongside the Southern Motorway. The shared path now links you to the Little River Rail Trail which goes all the way to the Little River township via Prebbleton and Lincoln. 

The Christchurch end of the route is great for anyone looking to get active as it runs through Hagley Park and links to the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub. You will also glide through the historic Church Square in Addington.

If you’d like to cycle the Little River Rail Trail, see their website here: link).

Puari ki Otūmatua: Connects Halswell to the Central City via Hoon Hay and Somerfield.

People cycling on Quarrymans Trail cycleway

The route starts at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre and Halswell Domain and provides a safe route to four schools in the Hoon Hay area. It also connects recreation facilities Pioneer Stadium in Hoon Hay and the Metro Sports Facility that is currently being built on Antigua Street in the central city.

It connects to the Nor'West Arc route and will link to the Southern Lights cycleway on Strickland Street once that cycle path is built.

Puari ki Kahukura: Connects Heathcote to the Central City via Ferrymead, Opawa and Woolston.

The Heathcote Expressway will serve well as both a commuter and recreational route with connections to Ōpāwaho River Route and on to the Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway and Christchurch Coastal Pathway out to Sumner.

The city end of this route has been built between The Tannery and the central city, while construction on the Heathcote end of the route is expected to start during Summer 2021/22.

Ara Institute is a key destination at the city end of the cycle path, you will find a boutique shopping experience and cinema at The Tannery and for history lovers, the Ferrymead Heritage Park will hit the spot.

Puari ki Pū-harakeke-nui: Connects Belfast to South Hagley Park and the Central City.

The off-road path along the railway line between Kilmarnock Street and Tuckers Road is already a popular route for pedestrians and cyclists.

St James Park is a great place to check out monarch butterflies in springtime and at the beautiful Monavale Homestead and Gardens you can choose to turn off towards the University or through Hagley Park to the central city if you wish.

Further work on the Northern Line Cycleway will in future extend this facility at both the southern and northern ends to provide a full shared path along the railway line from Belfast to South Hagley Park.

We consulted on plans to extend and improve the Northern Line cycleway in 2016 before Councillors made a decision to go ahead with the cycleway improvements.

Approved plans for Northern Line. [PDF, 9.7 MB]

Consultation summary. [PDF, 427 KB]

Puari ki Waimōkihi: Connects the southern suburbs around Beckenham to the Central City.

It will appeal to commuters in the south of the city and will connect the Quarryman’s Trail and Ōpāwaho cycle routes using the existing cycleway along Tennyson Street. 

Puari ki Te Karoro: Connects New Brighton to the Central City via the Avon River corridor.

A natural extension of the central city river pathway, it will primarily provide a high-quality route for recreation and tourists and, in sections, commuter cycling.

Te Ara Ōtākaro Avon River Trail currently provides a path along a similar route using some gravel paths and closed roads that have not been repaired since the earthquakes.

Ōpāwaho ki Ihutai: Connects Heathcote River near Princess Margaret Hospital to the estuary at Ferrymead.

This scenic route will be popular with recreational riders and connects with Nor’West Arc, Southern Lights and the Rapanui − Shag Rock Cycleway.

It will provide an ideal option for local trips to shops and libraries as well as schools, such as Cashmere High School.

The exact route is not yet determined, and will go to public consultation before it is confirmed.