LADIES ONLY – E Bike Tour – West Coast

Join Helen our experienced tour guide on one of our ladies only E-Bike Tours

 

The tours are designed to be 4 days of fun cycling with no pressure and no competition, ride at your own pace.

 

You get detailed practical hands on lessons on how to ride and operate your E-Bike.

 

You will be amazed at how easy E-Bikes are to ride and operate and how easy the whole idea of biking a trail has become.

 

Easy Cycling, Incomparable Scenery

Distances average around 30km 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?

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).

 

Tour Type

Cycling Tour

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Fitness

Price

NZ$2095

Book now for Next Season! 2019 / 2020

  • 27 January 2020
  • 23 March 2020


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Tour Itinerary

Price: NZ$2095

Day 1

Greymouth to Kumara

 29km

Historic Hotel Kumara

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

Motel

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

Hotel

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 2km 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.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.

From Ross we return you to Christchurch.

What's included?

Accommodation

  • Day 1: Charming historic hotel, queen or twin beds with ensuite or dedicated bathroom.
  • Day 2: Motel, Private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
  • Day 3: Modern beachfront hotel. Private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

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

 

Bike Hire

Your E Bike hire is included in your tour cost

 

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 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

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.

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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