Godly Head is the park at the end of peninsula to the south of Christchurch. There are mountain bike and hiking trails throughout the peninsula called the Port Hills Tracks. This was our 8th day straight riding and we had to pack the bikes and head home that night so we were looking for an easy ride.
We wanted to get a look at the area before we rode so we drove out to Godly Head at the end of the peninsula. My guess is that most rides start somewhere west of there and head towards Godly Head but we wanted to know what we were getting into.
There are some trails that parallel the road on the ridge so if you are after dirt, there’s plenty. There are some tracks that drop down to the coast from the ridge that are probably fun to descend, but we didn’t want the climbs back up so we stayed on the trails near the road.
I loved this ride. It was a beautiful, clear day with comfortable temperatures. The views were fantastic. We started riding out to the end of Godly Head to see the the old WWII gun emplacements. We jumped on the singletrack and rode back away from Godly head, more or less parallel to the road.
After a few miles we decided to ditch the trails and just enjoy the views and ride the ridge road for the rest of the ride. Frankly, although the trails are nice, it seems like an awesome place to be a roadie. We saw maybe two other MTBers and tons of road bikes.
After the ride, we cleaned up in a sink in the bathroom at Godly Head Park and started packing up the bikes for the trip home. After eight days riding in New Zealand, it was time to head home to California.
You can see where we rode in the video below.