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West Coast Wilderness Trail

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Duration:4 days/3 nights
US$1,010.39
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West Coast Wilderness Trail Cyclists Said....


"It was a fantastic experience, in a beautiful part of New Zealand. Amazing scenery"
Gary and Jackie, Auckland N.Z, December 2016 


 






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Easy Cycling, Incomparable Scenery



Distances average around 30 km a day, and the cycling is suitable for beginners and families.

Follow the West Coast Wilderness Trail and enjoy gentle cycling in a landscape rich in beauty, history and diversity.

Where else but in Westland can you see such diversity: towns, alps, lakes, rivers, wetlands, ocean and native bush, all in such close proximity?

All meals are provided, and you'll stay in very comfortable accommodation.

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Official Partner

 
wilderness partner-616Tuatara Tours is proud to be in an official partnership with The West Coast Wilderness Trail


CTlogoThe West Coast Wilderness Trail was created as part of a government-led initiative: Nga Harenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trail, developing New Zealand's best cycle tracks. 

Tuatara Tours is an official partner.

 


 

 

West Coast Wilderness Trail Highlights Video

 
  • Fully Guided
  • Untouched Wilderness
  • Diverse flora and fauna
  • Average of only 30km per day

 


Dates For Next Summer

2017
  • 23 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 11 December 2017
2018
  • January: 8 , 29
  • February: 12, 26
  • March: 5 , 12
  • April: 2 , 16
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New Zealand Cycling Tours

West Coast Wilderness Trail Cyclists Said....


"It was a fantastic experience, in a beautiful part of New Zealand. Amazing scenery"
Gary and Jackie, Auckland N.Z, December 2016 


 






The West Coast Wilderness Trail


Easy Cycling, Incomparable Scenery
 
Four days of diverse riding await: from commercial centres to tiny mining towns, mountains to sea, native bush to farmland, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and historic bridges.

Some sections follow pioneer tracks laid by gold miners, and by Maori seeking greenstone (pounamu).

Others follow quiet stretches of State Highway 6, arguably New Zealand's most scenic highway.
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Day 1: Greymouth to Kumara - 29km


Welcome along! Your tour begins with a scenic coach journey from Christchurch across the Canterbury Plains and over Arthurs Pass to Greymouth. Originally established as home for hundreds of gold and coal miners following the 1860’s gold rush , Greymouth today enjoys popularity as a base for fishing, hiking and other recreational activities with its wild river, rugged native bush-covered hills and pounding surf.

Today from Greymouth you’ll start your ride cycling 12km down a coastal path on a raised dune system. Along the way enjoy views over several small settlements and the surrounding countryside as you follow the spectacular coastline of the Tasman Sea. The trail then continues on the scenic route south to Taramakau, between Greymouth and Hokitika. Turning inland from here, you’ll head to Kumara along a historic tramway. Kumara is a former gold mining town and home of one of New Zealand’s greatest early politicians, Richard Seddon. Tonight your overnight stay is in a charming historic hotel in Kumara
 


Day 2: Kumara to Milltown - 37km


The West Coast Wilderness Trail continues this morning with a ride through rainforest as you head towards Milltown.

This section of the route (and indeed the trail itself) is certain to become one of New Zealand’s most popular cycle rides, offering stunning scenery and fascinating local history. You will pass through some of the best stands of native forest left in New Zealand on your journey today.

Milltown overlooks the Arahura Valley, an area once rich in gold and still known as the source of the highly prized pounamu (greenstone).

Tonight your stay is in Hokitika, a pretty seaside town known for its greenstone carving industry and home to many artisans and craftspeople.
 


Day 3: Milltown to Hokitika - 33km


Your ride today starts at the head of the Arahura River, which rises from the Southern Alps and meets the Tasman Sea just north of Hokitika.

You’ll pass water raceways, rich dairy farmland and the tranquil Lake Kaniere, described by some as” the most beautiful lake in New Zealand”. Formed by glacial erosion in the last ice age, Lake Kaniere itself is only 8 km long and 2 km wide but can be as deep as 195 metres in places and is surrounded by verdant native bush, making it a popular spot for campers and holiday makers in the summer. You bike through a section of towering ancient rimu forest and tree ferns.

Tonight, you’ll spend a second night in Hokitika.
 


Day 4: Hokitika to Ross - 33km


Your day starts with an easy coastal ride, then follows the bush tramway past Lake Mahinapua. It is a great ride through typical West Coast bush and wetlands.

The final leg of the cycle ride follows a disused railway line with a number of distinctive wooden bridges and wild west coast coastal scenery to your next and final stop the gold mining, farming and forestry town of Ross. 

From Ross we return you to Christchurch.

 
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Dates For Next Summer

2017
  • 23 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 11 December 2017
2018
  • January: 8 , 29
  • February: 12, 26
  • March: 5 , 12
  • April: 2 , 16
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What's Included

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New Zealand Cycling Tours

West Coast Wilderness Trail Cyclists Said....


"It was a fantastic experience, in a beautiful part of New Zealand. Amazing scenery"
Gary and Jackie, Auckland N.Z, December 2016 


 






The West Coast Wilderness Trail

 

Accommodation

 
Day One
  • Charming historic hotel, queen or twin beds with ensuite or dedicated bathroom.

Day Two
  • Modern beachfront hotel. Private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Day Three
  • Modern beachfront hotel. Private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

*Please note accommodation is double or twin share. If single room accommodation is requested, an additional $250 per person is payable to cover this requirement for the duration of the tour.
 
 

Cycle Hire


We have cycles for hire and recommend you use them as they are tried and true in the areas we operate. All of our cycles are fully maintained and serviced before they leave. Included in the cost of your cycle hire is a cycle helmet and safety vest You may use your own cycle, but please ensure it is well maintained and fully serviced before your tour starts.

*Cost of bike hire for the West Coast Wilderness Trail is NZ$170
*Cost of electric bike hire for the West Coast Wilderness Trail is NZ$300
 
 
 

Food


You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings.

If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking.

All meals are included in your tour cost. Wine and other beverages are available to be purchased during dinners.



The West Coast Wilderness Trail Tour
 
 

Fully Guided


Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.


 
The West Coast Wilderness Trail Guides

Staff induction day


 
The West Coast Wilderness Trail Guides

End of season staff function
 
 

Exclusive to Tuatara Tours - Tour Kit Bag

To ensure you get the very best out of your journey with the least of fuss, we provide you with a calico kit bag full of useful goodies on the morning of your tour departure.

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      Free Field and History Guide
 
 
 

Your Tour Kit Bag Contains the Following

Contents may vary from time to time!
  • Tuatara Tours cap
  • Tuatara Tours cup
  • Tuatara Tours drink bottle
  • Tuatara Tours hand sanitiser
  • Tuatara Tours tissues
  • Tuatara Tours lip balm and sunblock
  • Tuatara Tours emergency whistle
  • Tuatara Tours brochures
  • Field & History Guide of the area
  • Bag of Tuatara scroggin
  • Bag of Tuatara energy plus confectionary
Contents may vary from time to time!  
   

Luggage


Tuatara Tours transports all your luggage for the duration of the tour.

All you carry is a small day pack with your personal gear, drink and lunch.

We do the Rest


We Supply the following equipment

 
  • fully equipped tour kit as above
  • fitted bike helmet
  • hi viz safety vest
  • full hire bike repairs as necessary

You may bring your own bike or we can hire you one for the duration of the trip.
 

What Do I Bring


For your own safety there are a few things that you must bring yourself:
  • Comfortable cycling and or walking shoes
  • Thermal top - wool or polypro
  • Thermal bottom - wool or polypro
  • Waterproof parka with hood
  • Fleece jacket or woollen jersey
  • Woollen or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Medium size day pack
Other things we recommend you bring are:  
  • Cycle shorts
  • Cycle gloves
  • Hat, sunglasses
  • Drink bottle - at least one litre capacity (we supply you with one bottle, but you may wish to bring another)
  • Swimwear
  • Your sense of humour
  • Camera
  • Small personal first aid kit including blister block or similar
  • Casual attire for the evenings
  • Any other personal items
   

Safety and Risk Management


To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.

Dates For Next Summer

2017
  • 23 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 11 December 2017
2018
  • January: 8 , 29
  • February: 12, 26
  • March: 5 , 12
  • April: 2 , 16
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New Zealand Cycling Tours

West Coast Wilderness Trail Cyclists Said....


"It was a fantastic experience, in a beautiful part of New Zealand. Amazing scenery"
Gary and Jackie, Auckland N.Z, December 2016 


 







Dates For Next Summer

2017
  • 23 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 11 December 2017
2018
  • January: 8 , 29
  • February: 12, 26
  • March: 5 , 12
  • April: 2 , 16
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History

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New Zealand Cycling Tours

West Coast Wilderness Trail Cyclists Said....


"It was a fantastic experience, in a beautiful part of New Zealand. Amazing scenery"
Gary and Jackie, Auckland N.Z, December 2016 


 






 

West Coast Wilderness Trail - Free Field and History Guide

On the West Coast Trail we provide you a comprehensive field and history summary of the West Coast.
The West Coast Wilderness Trail History  
  • Maori History
  • Fauna
  • Flora
  • Geology
  • Did You Know?
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People


According to legend, the Maori chief Ngahue was brought to the West Coast of the South Island around 950 AD by the canoe Tahiriangi

Archaeological evidence suggests the first Maori settlers lived a coastal existence; exploring the mountains and bush in search of pounamu (jade or greenstone).

Because of the hardness of pounamu, it was prized for making ornaments tools and weapons of warfare.

Ngati Waewae, a hapu (sub-tribe) of Ngai Tahu, claimed ownership of much of the West Coast.

In 1831 a band of invaders from the North Island defeated Poutini Ngai Tahu and briefly obtained control of the main pounamu gathering sites, including the Arahura River. They remained for a few years, but when they withdrew around 1837, Poutini Ngai Tahu regained control of the region.

The first European settlers arrived in the early 19th century however it was the discovery of gold and coal that drove the main settlement of Europeans to the West Coast in the late 19th century.


Flora and Fauna


Flora: A huge area of the West Coast remains in an almost original state. Some areas nearer the coast have been cleared for farming and mining but there remains huge areas of conifer, broadleaf and beech forests.

Fauna: Because of the large forested areas on the West Coast, the abundance of native birds is greater than in most other parts of New Zealand. Conifer and broadleaf forests tend to support larger bird populations than beech forest because it is richer in food sources.

Before the arrival of man the area was populated by an abundance of bird life. Previously as an important food source for Maori and more recently because of the introduction of cats, stoats, ferrets and weasels by the European settlers, bird numbers and varieties have been drastically reduced.

Fortunately the region hosts a number of rare and protected birds such as kea, the New Zealand falcon, rock wrens, black stilt, wrybills, and black–fronted terns and these can still be seen today.

Introduced deer, thar, and chamois can also be found here and are hunted recreationally.

 
 
 


Industry

It is about 457 metres (1800 ft) above sea level rising to 2660 metres (7500 ft). Its size is just over 25,000 acres and currently has 11,000 merino sheep, 3000 deer and 500 cattle. Tourism and hunting concession areas cover some 75,000 acres.

Dates For Next Summer

2017
  • 23 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 11 December 2017
2018
  • January: 8 , 29
  • February: 12, 26
  • March: 5 , 12
  • April: 2 , 16
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