West Coast Wilderness Trail
For a West Coast experience like no other, with easy cycling, this trip should be on your bucket list!
One of the premier Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Rides, this 132km trail is rated Grade 2 Easy, for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the trail. Immerse yourself in the full four day experience with this amazing self-guided package that Kiwi Journeys offer, passing through the towns of, Ross, Hokitika, Kumara and Greymouth.
The trail showcases some of the most outstanding scenery on the South Island’s West Coast with a diversity of landscapes second to none. Journey in the footsteps of the pioneers as the trail takes you past vast driftwood strewn beaches, virgin rain forests, snow-capped mountains, pristine rivers, lakes and wetlands, and scenic reserves home to special flora and fauna.
You will pass through historic gold mining sites, along early bush tram tracks and over former railway bridges. Enjoy some classic West Coast hospitality, visitor attractions, cafés, accommodation and shopping along the way.
Flanked by the stunning panoramas of the Southern Alps to the east and the Tasman Sea to the West, the West Coast Wilderness Trail is a unique and memorable experience.
Arrival: Kiwi Journeys will shuttle you to Ross
Day 1: Ross to Hokitika (33kms)
Easy riding with surprises around every corner. Experience the charm of the old gold mining towns of Hokitika and Ross, cross amazing historic railway bridges and cycle through some of the country’s most exceptional wetlands, home to rare native kotuku (white heron). Experience all this with New Zealand’s highest mountains forming a stunning backdrop.
Hokitika is a town well worth exploring with its many art, craft and pounamu shops, heritage buildings and sites, industrial heritage park, museum and driftwood strewn beach.
Highlight: The Tree top walk is a must do! This is included in your tour.
Day 2: Hokitika to Cowboy Paradise – (36kms)
Relaxed riding with plenty of highlights along the way. Ride through the historic Kaniere Water Race and Tramline with a spectacular mountain ringed valley and a cruise through magnificent native forest. Discover one of New Zealand’s most picturesque lakes – Kaniere. Linger here and take in the stunning natural beauty of the lake’s setting.
Day 3: Cowboy Paradise to Kumara - (34kms)
The most challenging section but with views to die for, it’s well worth it! Ride beneath the dramatic mountain landscapes of the Southern Alps, pass through old goldfields and follow historic reservoirs, water races and old stage coach roads. Enjoy the stunning scenery before your overnight stay at the thriving, former goldmining town of Kumara. This day has it all.
Day 4: Kumara to Greymouth - (29kms)
An easy ride packed with plenty of history and variety. On leaving Kumara the trail follows an historic bush tramway through impressive bush, before the dramatic coastline and passing through old gold mining and timber milling sites and towns. You may wish to take some extra time to discover Shantytown. Once you reach the Tasman Sea Riders can pause at the mouth of the mighty Grey River, scene of many tragic shipwrecks. The trail leads around the picturesque fishing lagoon where riders are introduced to the features and relics of Greymouth’s industrial history, an historic “S” railway bridge span, restored Signal Box, clocktower and wharf cranes. You will arrive in Greymouth at aprroximately 11.30am where you will be met by Kiwi Journeys.
We recommend you fly into Nelson and Kiwi Journeys will shuttle you down to Ross. This is a fantastic drive with amazing scenery!
On departure: Take the stunning Tranz Alpine train trip from Greymouth to Christchurch. This is full of breath taking scenery and a must do on your New Zealand bucket list. The Tranz Alpine leaves greymouth at 2.00pm which allows plenty of time after the final days ride from kumara.
NB: Kiwi Journeys will package this tour, to your requirements. To be cost effective, this tour is suitable for groups of six or more, departing from Nelson. For smaller groups we recommend contacting us, as there are different options available. Contact us for a detailed itinerary.
15/03/2019 - Bob Cambridge
Our group of 14 over 65s from Brisbane have just completed the West Coast Wilderness Trail with Andrew and Kiwi Journeys. We all thoroughly enjoyed the 4 days which went without a hitch.
We all agreed that the trail is very special varying from riding along the beachfront to going past beautiful lakes and through long stretches of magnificent rainforest.
Andrew is a great host. The bikes were great and the accommodation and meals he had organised were terrific especially the Theatre Royal Hotel in Kumara.
Thanks Kiwi Journeys for a most enjoyable trip.