Two Christchurch men have been arrested after a joyride in a stolen car.

Canterbury Police arrested the two men aged 28 and 22 after a short pursuit of a stolen red Subaru Impreza station wagon in Cashmere, Christchurch at about 11:30am today.

Police stopped the car by using road spikes at the intersection of Colombo St and Tennyson St, Detective Sergeant Nicola Reeves said.

"The driver and passenger were arrested after a short foot-chase."

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A number of items were also seized from the car which included an imitation firearm, she said.

The 28-year-old man was charged with unlawfully being in a motor vehicle and the 22-year-old man was charged with reckless driving and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

They will appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow.

Police investigations were ongoing and further charges could be laid.