World Class Pathways

Many cities around the world have international-quality coastal and waterfront walkways. We feel that the people of Christchurch deserve an asset of equal quality to show off our stunning location.

Wellington Harbour

Wellington’s waterfront area has always been a drawcard for visitors. It includes landscaped public areas, recreation facilities and a range of bars and restaurants. It showcases the diversity of Wellington’s downtown experience and is a key brand element of Positively Wellington Tourism’s marketing activity. Visit the website.


“Think of
it as your
right here.”


New Plymouth Walkway

The award-winning New Plymouth Walkway is an 11km pathway that forms an expansive sea-edge promenade stretching from Port Taranaki to Hickford Park. The walkway is ideal for walking, running, cycling, skating, or simply enjoying the view of the dramatic west coast. In 2008 the New Plymouth Walkway was named as one of the world’s best environmentally sustainable projects and it was also given a special award for its community sustainability. Visit the website.


“the success
of similar
walkways in
communities is
well proven…”

Thunder Bay Canada

Prince Arthur’s Landing transforms the City of Thunder Bay’s waterfront into a
mixed-use village and animated waterfront park reconnecting the downtown
to the shores of Lake Superior. The waterfront was opened to the public in
December 2011 and has seen record attendance. Visit the website.


Bondi to Coogee Beach, Australia

The Bondi to Coogee Walk is a picturesque coastal route featuring beaches,
bays, rock pools, cliffs and of course stunning views. The 6 km route also
meanders past the café strips of Coogee and Bronte so stopping to refuel is
all part of the fun. Visit the website.


best coastal
walk, with
views and
great coffee




Further Inspiration

If you still need convincing or would like to read
further about walkways, cycleways and their
benefits, browse through this collection of links.

Local information
Christchurch Coastal Pathway Facebook Site
Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust
Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON)
Spokes Canterbury Cyclists’ Association
Sumner Community
Ministry of Awesome
Christchurch City Council
Eastern Christchurch Cycling Visions

NZ cycle and pathway projects
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
New Plymouth usage graph
New Plymouth Let’s Go campaign
Hawkes Bay Cycle Trails
Upper Hutt Cycling & Walking Strategy
Taupo Cycling & Walking strategy
Waipa Cycling & Walking strategy 2008
Nelson shared pathways
Great Harbour Way / Te Aranui o Pōneke, Wellington

Cycling in Brisbane
Sydney coastal pathway
Cycling Resource Centre – Australian information hub

Marvin Braude Bike Trail, Los Angeles County, California

Research and Policy
Beehive – Walking and Cycling as strategy
Learning for Sustainability “Parks and Pathways”
Living Streets Aotearoa
NZTA Model Communities
ViaStrada – Shared Use Path Width Investigations
VicRoads article on Widths of Off-Road Shared Use Paths


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