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Iconic West Coast - Walk/Cycle - 7 Days

Start:ChristchurchTours run:November - April (On demand)
End:Christchurch
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Duration:7 days/6 nights
NZ $3,345.00
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Iconic West Coast

Walk/Cycle 7 Days





Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and history of the famous West Coast with 4 easy days of walking followed by 4 days of magical cycling
 

Your 7 day adventure departs from Christchurch.

It takes you on a discovery of the alpine pass area through to the Wild West Coast of New Zealand.

With three and a half days of unique West Coast walks, you experience a diverse range of rugged and dramatic landscapes including tussock lands, alpine bush, West Coast native rainforest and sub-tropical bush.

The next three and a half days we spend cycling in a landscape rich in beauty, history and diversity. Distances average around 30 km a day, and the cycling is suitable for beginners and families.

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



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Iconic West Coast

Walk/Cycle 7 Days




Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and history of the famous West Coast with 4 easy days of walking followed by 4 days of magical cycling


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Day 1  Christchurch to Flock Hill

You depart from Christchurch and travel along the Great Alpine Highway to Castle Hill where you walk amidst the distinctive limestone rock formations. You will continue your journey with an afternoon on Flock Hill. This working high country sheep station was part of the movie set for the climactic battle between Aslan’s forces and the powerful army of the White Witch in... The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
“Most remarkable was the battle scene filmed at Flock Hill Station which shows off New Zealand’s uninhibited beauty...” – Reuters.

To top off your high country experience you will dine and stay overnight at Flock Hill’s lodge accommodation.

*(During lambing season walkers will instead walk in the Craigieburn Forest Park)
 



Day 2  Flock Hill to Greymouth

A short walk before breakfast takes you to a spectacular view of Lake Pearson which is situated at the base of the foothills of the Southern Alps. After breakfast you will begin your walk along the Bealey Track in Arthur’s Pass where you will be guided up the Bealey River to the base of Mt Rolleston. The group will stop to enjoy the scenery and a picnic lunch together.
The Dobson Nature Walk is the next experience along the trail. You will pass through colourful alpine vegetation, tussock, and wetlands while enjoying the view of mountains and valleys towering in the distance.

You will then explore some of the old goldmining relics on the Goldsborough Track near Kumara. This historic walk takes you through a wonderful array of West Coast ferns, with some of the best remaining examples of hill country rimu and miro. You can try your hand at gold panning.

You are then guided along the Tunnel Loop Walk where you will see an outstanding display of hand dug goldminers’ tunnels.

Tonight, enjoy the best of West Coast hospitality, with a relaxing evening at your Lodge accommodation.

 


 

Day 3 Greymouth to Punakaiki

Your day begins by exploring the ‘Jewel of the West Coast’, the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes. You will walk around these spectacular limestone formations that were created over 30 million years ago. The timing of this walk will coincide with high tide so that you can see the huge water spouts that blast from the crevices in the rocks, a truly spectacular and breathtaking sight.

The Truman Track is the next stop on the trail. You will be guided through lush coastal rainforest and capture fantastic views of the coastline.

From there you walk along the Cave Creek Track , in the fascinating heart of the Paparoa National Park.

You will stay in high quality West Coast lodge accommodation amongst the nikau palms, with magnificent coast scenery, and enjoy an entertaining evening meal
 


 

Day 4 Punakaiki to Greymouth to Kumara

Your adventure continues this morning, after breakfast, with the Pororari River Walk, where you will experience spectacular West Coast native rainforest and broad limestone canyons, while walking alongside the lovely Pororari River. The track passes through dense sub-tropical forest of coastal broadleaf, tree ferns and towering rata. Once this walk is finished we head to Greymouth where we start our cycling Adventure.

We cycle 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. Toital cycling distance today is 29km

Tonight your overnight stay is in a charming historic hotel in Kumara
 



Day 5 Kumara to Milltown - 37km

Action 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 6 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 7  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.

We stop in at the West Coast Treetop Walkway and Cafe for lunch and a walk amongst the treetops with the birds on the specially constructed walkway.

Your tour ends at mid-day in Greymouth.

Return to Christchurch by:
The TranzAlpine Railway - rated ‘one of the top 6 train rides in the world’ and highly recommended by Tuatara Tours. From your carriage you will enjoy stunning views of farmland, gorges, river valleys, lush beech forests and the Southern Alps. (4 hours) (addtional cost) or

Tuatara Tours Coach (4 hours)(no additional cost)

Ask our team for details.

If you wish to continue your stay in the West Coast region or explore another area of the South Island there are hire car facilities in nearby Greymouth.


 
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Iconic West Coast

Walk/Cycle 7 Days




Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and history of the famous West Coast with 4 easy days of walking followed by 4 days of magical cycling
 

Accommodation

  • Night 1:  Cottages and motel units situated on a High Country farming property. Private rooms with shared bathrooms.
  • Night 2:  A beautifully renovated 1902 farmhouse, private rooms with either ensuite or private bathroom facilities. Swimming pool, spa and sauna for guests.
  • Night 3: Modern beachfront hotel. Private rooms with ensuite
  • Night 4:  Charming historic hotel, Private rooms with ensuite
  • Night 5:  Modern beachfront hotel. Private rooms with ensuite
  • Night 6: Modern beachfront hotel. Private rooms with ensuite

Double or twin share. If single room accommodation is requested, an additional fee  (NZD$875) per person is payable to cover this requirement for the duration of the tour.


Bike Hire

Bike Hire    NZD$180
Electric Bike Hire      NZD$400


Food

qc18tYou 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 except your evening meal on night Five. Wine and other beverages are available to be purchased during dinners.

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
 

Tour Kit Bag - Exclusive to Tuatara Tours 

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




 
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
  • Tuatara Tours brochures
  • Field & History Guide of the area
  • Bag of Tuatara scroggin
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Contents may vary from time to time!  
This will be given to you at the start of your tour.

 

An experienced guide

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.
 

All transport

 

Access and Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

 

NZ Goods and Service Tax (GST)

 

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.


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Iconic West Coast

Walk/Cycle 7 Days




Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and history of the famous West Coast with 4 easy days of walking followed by 4 days of magical cycling
 
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.

Early Maori called Franz Josef, Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere The Tears of the Avalanche Girl (Hinehukatere).

Maori legend explains very poetically how the glaciers advance from snowfields high in the Southern Alps.

Hinehukatere loved climbing in the mountains and persuaded her lover, Tawe, to climb with her. Tawe fell from the peaks to his death. Hinehukatere was broken hearted and her many, many tears froze to form the glacier.

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.

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Industry
Although forestry is still an important industry on the West Coast, logging of nearly all native species has been stopped to preserve the pristine environment for future generations.

Gold and coal mining as well as tourism and fishing are now the main areas of industry in this region.

 


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