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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, a huge area of hills, forests and valleys between the city and Lyttelton port. Two of the best freeride/downhill tracks start at the Bowenvale Park, addressed to advanced and expert riders.
The Lava Flow Track is a 1.5 km/1640.4 yd single track with many technical difficulties, throughout and a rocky and demanding terrain (grade 4-5). The Bowenvale Downhill Track is a 3.15 km/1 mi 1684.9 yd single track that gradually gets difficult and harder, with a rough and technical terrain (grade 3).
Note: Have spare tubes with you, since snake bites are quite common.