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Christchurch E-Scooter Guide (Contents):
E-scooters are fast becoming one of the most popular ways of travelling in Christchurch, and that’s no surprise considering how easy, energy-efficient, and economical it is to ride them.
So if you’re wondering where exactly you can ride e-scooters in Christchurch, check out our Christchurch Electric Scooter Guide below that includes a list of cool spots in and around the city.
But, before we get into those locations, let’s quickly go through the basics. We checked with the Christchurch City Council to give you some answers to some common questions about e scooter rules.
You can ride an electric scooter on footpaths, roadways and shared paths. Electric scooters with seats, like the ones here, can be ridden on cycle lanes and roads.When you're riding on the footpath you need to,
On roadways, you need to ride as close as practicable to the edge of the road.
Source: Christchurch City Council
No - If your electric scooter wheels do not exceed 355mm and the motor has a maximum power output not exceeding 300W, it’s considered by the NZ government as a low-powered vehicle. This means you can use it without registration.
Yes - if your scooter doesn’t have wheels exceeding 355mm and a motor exceeding 300W maximum power output, you don't need to have a license to ride it.
The short answer is no. According to the Christchurch City Council, it is not a legal requirement to wear a helmet when you ride an electric scooter, but it is highly recommended you wear one for your safety.
A speed limit of 15km/h (about running speed) is recommended for escooters used on the footpath by the NZ Government.
Got more questions about electric scooter laws? Check out our comprehensive guide here.
Basics sussed. Now…
Here are some of the best shared pathways and cycleways to ride your electric scooter in Christchurch!
This 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!
This 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.
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.
Located 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.
The 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!
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.
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).
The 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.
Likewise, 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.
Storm Rides is your go-to destination for electric scooters, mini bikes, skateboards and accessories. You can shop our range of scooters right here online, and get it delivered to you in Christchurch. We’ve got e-scooters to fit every size, budget and style.
If you'd like to arrange a time to test ride a escooter in Christchurch, get in touch with our dealers George or Julie on the numbers below.
You can also call our national hotline 0800 448 366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready, Set, Ride!
We hope you’re feeling better equipped with the knowledge to navigate the e-scooter life in Christchurch. As mentioned above, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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