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The Star: March 23, 2017

THE RAIL TRAIL

THE RAIL TRAIL The Little River Rail Trail is a fantastic scenic ride from Christchurch via Prebbleton/Lincoln out to Little River. LIFESTYLE I 4 resort style living The residents enjoy an enviable resort style lifestyle. It is also surprisingly affordable. McKenzie Lifestyle Village is in the final stages of completion. We are finishing Stage 6 presently and are beginning the earthworks for Stage 7, the final stage. There are still great sites available and we also have a number of affordable villas ready for immediate occupation. Our beautiful Leisure Centre was opened last year and the pools, gymnasium and library and lounge area are in use daily. Outside, the bowling green is very popular along with Petanque, Mini-golf and Table Bowls. By next summer the Croquet Lawn will also be available. The residents enjoy an enviable resort style lifestyle. It is also surprisingly affordable. A former Christchurch resident, Judith, says “We couldn’t have all this for what we are paying AWAITING COPY Ad Number: FG9522 Artwork: FG9522 Size: 9x8 Description: MCKENZIE LIFESTYLE VILLAGE Account: Forward 50 Colour: F Filename: FG9522 if we were still in Christchurch.” Another resident, David, says “my wife and I have never been so well off as we are now we moved to McKenzie Lifestyle Village.” There are fuller testimonials on the village homepage at mlv.co.nz. Geraldine is a great little town with a very pleasant microclimate. There is plenty to do in and around the town with art galleries, theatre and cinema, interesting shops and boutiques, two museums and a wide range of good places to eat. For the more adventurous there are river and forest walks nearby, opportunities for biking and a choice of two local golf clubs. For more information you can talk to David about this on 0800 84 55 24. 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Fully sealed the track takes you through Prebbleton on the old railway corridor. PREBBLETON TO LINCOLN Distance: 10KM Difficulty: EASY The track starts at the Birchs Road/Trices Road intersection and is a seven kilometer off-road ashphalt pathway alongside Birchs Road to the township of Lincoln. It runs alongside the original railway line through pleasant rural surroundings and is wide enough to enable cycling in both directions. LINCOLN TO AHURIRI RESERVE Distance: 10KM Difficulty: EASY This section connects Lincoln to the Ahuriri Reserve utilising a number of sub-sections and on-road segments. AHURIRI TO MOTOKARARA Distance: 4KM Difficulty: EASY The route is adjacent to the Halswell Canal but deviates away onto farmland for a approximately 1.7 kilometers to reduce the impact of disturbance on the visiting bird life. The bird life will be a key attraction of this unique wetland area. MOTOKARARA TO BIRDLINGS FLAT Distance: 13KM Difficulty: EASY Most of this section of the Railtrail runs alongside Lake Ellesmere, where the railway embankment is raised above the lake and adjoining wetlands, affording magnificent views of the surroundings and the prolific birdlife. BIRDLINGS FLAT TO LITTLE RIVER Distance: 9.7KM Difficulty: EASY This section traverses along the old railway embankment until it gets closer to the Little River township. In places where the old railway ballast is loose, a new surface of compacted gravel was installed. The railtrail ends a few hundred meters from the Little River. 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