Garden Route is a popular stretch of the south-eastern coastline of South Africa. It is sand-witched between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains. It has a mild oceanic climate with mild to warm summers and mild to cool winters and considered second mildest climate after Hawaii according to the Guinness Book of Records.
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Mountain Biking in Port Hills, Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand
Overall the city is surrounded by Avon, Heathcote and Waimakariri Rivers, and the Canterbury Plains. The climate is considered to be temperate, with cool and mild summers (maximum temperature 23°C/73.4°F), and cold and frosty winters (temperatures fall below 0°C/32°F frequently).
One of the best and most popular mountain bike sites in Christchurch is Port Hills. It is a huge area of hills, forests and valleys between the city and Lyttelton port.
It offers 40.6 km/25 mi of single-track, 16.5 km/10 mi of 4wd track and 3.4 km/2 mi of double-track, all designed mainly for mountain biking. It is addressed to riders of all levels and it provides a total of 34 trails you can choose from, depending on your skills and stamina (Anaconda, Captain Thomas, Rapaki Track, Siberia).
Note: For detailed information on the tracks, check with the Christchurch City Council official website.