Guide to Riding E Scooters in Christchurch
Over the last few years, electric scooters have certainly taken Christchurch by storm. From a casual weekend scoot to a necessary daily commute, these whizzy vehicles make navigating the city so much easier!
But, with a few regulations and guidance to keep in mind, it's important to know where you're allowed to ride. So, to make sure you’re “in the know” when heading out for a scoot, check out our Christchurch Electric Scooter Guide below.
The Best Places to Ride an Electric Scooter in Christchurch
Before we get into the locations, let’s quickly recap the basics.
- E-scooters can be ridden on most footpaths, shared pathways and roads.
- On the footpath, ensure you’re being considerate and riding at a safe speed. Plus, don’t forget to give way to pedestrians (and anyone on a mobility device).
- E-scooters can’t be used in designated cycle lanes. These are painted onto the road and have no barrier separating the path from the roadway.
- And, finally, wearing a helmet is HIGHLY recommended.
For more information about riding guidelines, check out our overview of Electric Scooter Laws in NZ.
Basics sussed. Now, where can you ride?
Here are some of the best shared pathways and cycleways to ride your electric scooter in Christchurch!
Northern Corridor Shared PathwayThis relatively new shared path provides access to South Kaiapoi via the Waimakariri Bridge. It conveniently links to existing shared tracks (such as the Papanui Parallel Cycleway), and additional council plans are underway!
Papanui Parallel CyclewayThis popular cycleway makes travelling from Papanui to the city centre a breeze! On route, you may be tempted for a pit-stop at Edgeware Village or Northlands Shopping Centre. You can also get your sweat on or go for a swim, with the track providing easy access to the Graham Condon Recreation and Sport Centre.
Hagley Park Shared Pathway
As the city’s ‘largest urban outdoor space’, Hagley Park has been a go-to leisure spot in Christchurch for over 160 years. The 1.65 km2 area is located near the city centre and contains a section of the Avon River, charming Victoria Lake, several sports clubs, a golf course (and more). It’s also home to the Botanic Gardens—but this is a no-riding zone. If you head around the North perimeter of Hagley Park via the hospital, the shared track offers a 4.5km ride. Or for a slightly shorter option, the Southern boundary is 3.9km in length.
Quarryman's Trail CyclewayConnecting the Halswell area to the city centre, the Quarryman’s Trail Cycleway is perfect for those in the outer south-west suburbs wanting to plan their scooter commute into the CBD. Remember to share with care, particularly during ‘peak’ school hours, as Haswell School is right on the route.
McLeans ForestLocated just 15 minutes away from the CBD, the rural McLeans Forest makes for an epic weekend escape. Here you can emerge yourself in nature with a refreshing ride through native bush. The area’s Templars Island Trail is a popular shared option—offering 11km of adventure. But with its relatively “off-road” terrain, you’ll want to ensure you’ve got a durable ride.
Rapanui Shag Rock CyclewayRiding through Linwood, this cycleway connects Ferrymead Bridge to the city centre. That means it's ideal if you want to visit Eastgate Mall, the Stanmore Road shops, or the Linwood Pool. The path also gets the tick for natural scenery —meandering by the wetland edge of Charlesworth Reserve.
Northern Line CyclewayThe Northern Line Cycleway connects the suburb of Belfast to the CBD. The path is popular amongst walkers and riders. If you’re based out North, this is the route for you!
Oxford Terrace Promenade
In addition to its iconic riverfront steps, Oxford Terrace is also a bustling spot for pedestrians, cyclists, and scooterists. This wide, paved path is 2km in length and runs along the eastern side of the Avon River. When riding here, it's essential to remain alert of your surroundings, especially between 4pm-10am—when vehicles can also access the area.
The City Centre
Beyond the terrace, the flat streets of Christchurch CBD are also ideal for a scoot! Most areas are suitable to ride (except Victoria Sq and the Margaret Mahy Playground, which are no-riding zones).
Little River Trail Shared PathwayThe 50km Little River Trail follows the railway line from Hornby to Little River. Known for its wetlands, lakes, birdlife, and farmland—it’s an experience that you won’t easily forget. Plus, there’s plenty of history (such as old rail stations) to explore along the way. Depending on your scooter range and how much time you have, you may want to ride just one or two sections of the track.
Southern Lights CyclewayAs the name suggests, this cycleway connects the southern suburbs of Christchurch to the city centre. While most of the track is open, work is underway to link the cycleway to other shared paths. So, it’s a good idea to regularly check the cycleway status on the Christchurch City Council website.
Heathcote Expressway CyclewayLikewise, parts of the Heathcote Expressway Cycleway are still in the works. However, you can currently use the completed ‘city-side’ section, which runs from the Tannery (shopping mall) to the CBD. Once complete, the track will extend to Heathcote, enhancing Christchurch’s growing cycleway network.
Ready to Ride?
With many epic places to scoot, we bet you can't wait to ride! But, of course, there's no riding without a good pair of wheels (aka your scooter).
And, while you may be tempted to 'make do' with a rental, it's just not the same!
Not only are your riding destinations limited due to rental companies' geographic boundaries, but there's a lot of other elements to consider, such as safety and hygiene. To find out more, check out our article Renting vs. Buying - The Benefits of Owning an Electric Scooter.
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