Southeast of Christchurch, the Port Hills Reserve encompasses a long volcanic range running east-west above Lyttelton Harbour. The Port Hills is managed by the Christchurch City Council and has an extensive trail network. There are numerous MTB-only singletrack and many multi-use shared tracks along the ancient volcanic crater rim. The trails are mainly packed dirt, but you can expect to find plenty of lava rocks on the climbs and descents.
There are two popular riding areas in the Port Hills: Bowenvale Reserve near Victoria Park and Godley Head in the far eastern edge above the South Pacific Ocean.
To reach the Godley Head trailhead at Evans Pass from Christchurch, head east on Moorhead Avenue (which becomes Ferry Road then Main Street). Continue east along the coast into Sumner. Turn right heading south up Evans Pass Road to the pass to intersect Summit Road and Godley Head Road. The Godley Head MTB Track starts just east on Godley Head Road on the right. It is a rolling, rocky 6.4km mountain bike ride one-way to Godley Head.