Christchurch is situated in Canterbury region of the South Island and is the second largest city of New Zealand. It represents the getaway to Antarctica, while lying next to Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
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 most popular cycling routes in Christchurch is Le Race Route. It is a challenging ride of 98.6 km/61 mi, starting from the heart of the city and finishing in Akaroa. Although it is addressed to riders of all levels with good physical state, you should bear in mind that, besides its great length, there are several demanding uphill sections.
The last part of the route is more relaxing though, as there is a long downhill section. Christchurch holds annual events and races on the route.