West Coast Wilderness Trail Cyclists said...
“Better than excellent.!!”
Faye, Whangamata, March 2017
“Just loved the scenery.Enjoyed the variety of tracks and trails.The fun we all had!”
Beverley, Waihi, February 2017
"Well organised.Great accommodation.Wonderful scenery. Friendly leader!”
Jim and Lesley, Havelock North, February 2017
"Wonderful. This was a perfect way for us to explore New Zealand. This is our first trip to your beautiful country!”
Elizabeth and Brian, U.S.A, February 2017
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.
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.
Dates For this and next Summer
2018 2019 summer season-get in early!
- Feb 12: On sale now $100 off
- Feb 19: 2 places left
- March 5: guaranteed departure
- March 12: (tour is full)
- April 1: guaranteed departure
- April 16: guaranteed departure
- 20 November 2018
- 10 December 2018
- January 2019: 7, 21
- February 2019: 4,12,25
- March 2019: 4,11,25
- April 2019: 8,22
Lock in one of these dates now for your group!