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West Coast Wilderness Trail

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great trail for most riders

The best part of the trail is from Kamara to Hokitika. It goes through forests and on service... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
bailiej757
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Seattle, Washington
Beautiful trail

I rode an ebike from Kawhaka to Hokitika, using Chris’ shuttle service. Chris was very helpful and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
101sylvian
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Frankton, New Zealand
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The West Coast Wilderness Trail is a 132 km Grade 2 easy cycle trail that takes the rider through some of the most stunning and diverse scenery the West Coast of the South Island has to offer. The Trail is part of the Great Rides Nga Haerenga...more
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80 Tainui Street, Hokitika 7805, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The best part of the trail is from Kamara to Hokitika. It goes through forests and on service roads. I recommend skipping the first part of the trail on the road and riding clockwise from Kamara. Stay over night at Cowboy Paradise and finish the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank bailiej757
Reviewed 2 days ago

I rode an ebike from Kawhaka to Hokitika, using Chris’ shuttle service. Chris was very helpful and encouraging. The trail was gorgeous! My favourite was the water races area. Like a dream! Do it!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 101sylvian
WCWTManager, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Trail, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. The trail is full of impressive scenery and the section your rode is one of the most popular, going from vista to vista. We hope you get the chance to return and ride some of the other sections.

Reviewed 5 days ago

We were a group of six ladies from Australia who cycled the Wilderness Trail with the help of Chris from Wilderness Trail Shuttle. Based ourselves in Hokitika and did 4 days cycling with either Chris or Bob dropping and picking us up each day. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank deluxe
WCWTManager, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review and especially also for your time on the trail. Wilderness Trail Shuttle has been operating on the trail since it was opened and Chris is a very dedicated operator with a huge knowledge of the trail. We are glad you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We did three days cycling on this trail in February 2019 from Greymouth to Hokitika. My husband and I are enthusiastic social riders from Sydney, Australia.We hired good quality mountain bikes from Colls Sports World in Greymouth and Trail Transport provided very reliable transfers along...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Julie J
WCWTManager, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Julie, Thank you for your review. Doing each section as a day return is a big ride so well done. The other section is from Hokitika through Mahinapua down to Ross and the section through Mahinapua is exceptional. There seems to be lots of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such an amazing fun ride. We cycled from lake Kanarie in both directions and enjoyed the ride up to the cowboy paradise so much we did it twice. The ride to Hokitika was great too having lunch there and returning back to lake...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dobbee
WCWTManager, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Dobbee, Thank you for your review. Yes it is pretty stunning and the ride up to Cowboy is fun and so is coming back down. We are glad you enjoyed it. You still have lots more to explore and we welcome your return visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Try to fit this into a trip to the area. We cycled for a day, but you can even get on trips that take you days on this trail. There are sections that would be beautiful for a long walk as well, but seeing as...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 54jls
WCWTManager, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of the trail. The trail can be cycled or walked and has opened up some magnificent parts of the West Coast. We encourage people to make a special trip and enjoy the full trail over four days.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently completed the trail , starting at Ross through to Greymouth . Definitely the easier direction to ride the trail for sure (not that it’s a hard the other way, just a few less hills to grind up). We have done quite a few...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 811dannys
WCWTManager, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your very positive review. The scenery is truly stunning and locating on one place as a base and riding the various sections each day is becoming very popular with rides.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We planned this ride some time ago, working to avoid steep climbs by the way we organised it. Then having discovered I need a hip operation, I was still able to do it comfortably on an e bike to take away strain and pain on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GIllJill
WCWTManager, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your response Jill. We are pleased you had no difficulties riding the trail even after the hip op. Gary and Delia purchased Hokitika Sportsworld last year, are providing an excellent service and have lots of local knowledge. Hokitika is becoming increasingly known...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rode this in two days, staying in Cowboy Paradise to break the ride. Easy ride and very scenic however 70% is on gravel track or farm track. There is about 40km on single track that is heaps of fun to blast through.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Darren W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chris from Wilderness Trail Shuttle organised two MTBs for us and brougth us to the starting point of 55 km MTB ride. Great environment, very nice ride, good signposted, ends in Hokitika. Total circuit is 130km from Greymouth to Ross. This part certainly worth the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RiesB_12
WCWTManager, Manager at West Coast Wilderness Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and feedback to others. Its a great ride and we are pleased you enjoyed it.

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europanz
10 July 2016|
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Response from Jandalz3 | Reviewed this property |
We did greymouth to Cowboys paradise in one day, about 65km and that was great but enough. That's the sort of distance we normally ride on our road bikes. It could be done in a day if you left really early (6am) and rode... More
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Tcscmk
29 September 2015|
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Response from misadventerous |
Hi Cath In January the weather will be at it's hottest at a likely maximum of 27degrees. Being next to the sea you will get a breeze there and shade in the bush, so nothing to worry about. The West Coast Wilderness Trail... More
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